Today, it becomes clear why the Grossarl Valley is also called the "Valley of the Alpine Pastures". From the Draugsteinalm to the Ellmaualm high above Grossarl, there are a total of six traditionally managed huts on the way, and most of them are certified alpine summer huts. Anyone who thinks "When I know one alpine pasture, I know them all”, will be taught otherwise. Each hut is shaped by the families who have managed them for generations. An alpine farm with its hundreds of daily actions and painstaking work is an idyll that requires a lot of love and dedication. To the great delight of hikers, local alpine people cherish the heritage of their elders and keep these huts open. A stop off is always and everywhere worthwhile. Traditional alpine dishes are served, above all the famous Großarler cheese specialities, but also heavenly pastries. Usually the butter is still stirred by hand here and pressed in old moulds. At the end of the day, you will spend the night on one of the highest alpine pastures in the Grossarl Valley, where you can listen to the impressive deer rutting in the Buchbachkartal on September evenings.
Along the trail
At all huts along the Salzburg Alpine Trail in Hüttschlag and Großarl, hikers can discover the "Grossarl Valley alpine pasture secrets". These are recipes of the hut's own alpine delicacies such as Muas, Kasnockn with kneaded cheese, farmer's patties with potatoes, farmer's doughnuts, blackberry nocks and liqueur. The recipe cards can be collected in a handy wooden case, which is available in the Grossarl Valley Tourism Board for a small fee.
Alpine Trail History
From the Filzmoossattel, the Salzburg Alpine Trail leads over wide alpine meadows interspersed with pine trees down to the Filzmoosalm. The Swiss stone pines, which often grow here on barren rock soil, are several hundred years old and defy wind and weather, snow and cold. The "Queen of the Alps", as this tree is also called, is perfectly adapted to the hard life in the high mountains. Its essential oils have a positive effect on the human organism, slow down the heartbeat and thus promise intensive recovery. If you only sleep one night in a stone pine bed, you save your body one hour’s worth of heartbeats. The smell of Swiss stone pine also drives away moths and is one reason why wardrobes were often made of Swiss stone pine in the past.
ParkingIf you arrive by car, you can park it free of charge in Hüttschlag in the town centre parking lot near the Schappachkapelle for several days. Please remember to leave the "Alpine Trail parking meter" from the brochure in your parked car!
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