“The reaction was incredible to the idea of re-opening the Nessler Taja hut. Everyone was really enthusiastic. It was a happy day for me when it was finally finished and we were able to open to the public. We were able to refurbish the building just the way we had imagined. Of course we invested a lot of time, but with a project like this you don’t count the hours.

If you stand here inside the hut and look out and observe people from the village – especially the ones who are the same age as me or older – then you quickly realise that they all have their own personal connection with the Nessler Taja. They look at the chalk drawings on the walls and the names carved into the wood and try and find ones they did themselves as children.

I think we can only give guests an authentic experience if the locals also appreciate what we do. In the long term that is the only way. It wouldn’t have made sense to create a Heidi Hut, a kind of Disneyland in the mountains. That’s not sustainable. It might have been nice for a bit, but the novelty would have soon worn off."

 

Kurt Tschiderer – local historian in Pettneu am Arlberg

 

When Kurt Tschiderer shows visitors around the Nessler Taja hut, there is no doubting that this is a project close to his heart. He spent three years restoring the hut previously used by farmers to milk cattle. Today, guests can experience what life used to be like living and working up in the mountains.

 
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The Nessler Taja hut in St. Anton am Arlberg, © Tirol Werbung/Lisa Hörterer
Kurt Tschiderer, local historian from Pettneu am Arlberg, © Tirol Werbung/Lisa Hörterer
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