High up in the mountains of Tirol, Gertrud and Florian Maas today continue to farm in the same way as previous generations. They stick closely the rhythm of nature and treat their animals with respect. The same goes, of course, for their guests, who come to enjoy the simple things in life and get back to nature.
Those in search of a clichéd, romantic image of life on the farm will not find what they are looking for at the Tiefhof. As visitors will soon learn, that is not what Gertrud Maas is all about. Stylish, modern but straight forward – this description applies both to host Gertrud and her holiday apartments. No television, no kitsch, in other words: nothing to distract guests from the task of getting back to nature and relaxing.
The location at 1,570 metres above sea levels certainly helps. Up here there are no roads, just moorland, streams, lakes and the Tieferwald forest. While the children are busy building treehouses, riding the friendly Haflinger horses or splashing around in the small lake, their parents can walk to Italy or Switzerland. What sounds like an epic adventure is, in fact, nothing more than a short stroll – the Swiss and Italian borders are both less than half an hour away. This position between Austria, Switzerland and Italy means that the Tiefhof has a rich and varied past. In the years following the Second World War it was a popular stopping point for smugglers working the busy contraband route leading through the region. As you can imagine, Gertrud Maas and her husband Florian have plenty of entertaining stories to tell during the regular barbecue evenings held in the garden!