What was everyday life like in centuries past for those who worked the forests of Tirol? What is a 'natural' forest? The Museum Holzerhütte in Scharnitz provides answers to these and many more questions in its exhibition aimed at both adults and children.
As the name suggests, the Museum Holzerhütte is located in a wooden hut in the village of Scharnitz near Seefeld. This building, which dates back to 1913, is still in its original state, though it was originally located in the Gleirschtal Valley and used by forestry workers as accommodation during the time they spent in the nearby woods. The exhibition it houses today has been designed by the Karwendel Nature Park and is spread over four rooms. It showcases the history of forestry work and lumberjacking in the Gleirschtal Valley as well as the complex ecosystems which exist within forests and the features which make up truly natural woodland. Next to the building there is a large play area designed and constructed in consultation with local children.
It was in 2017 that the Holzerhütte was moved from its original site in the Gleirschtal Valley to Scharnitz and painstakingly reconstructed there. This was only possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of local carpenter Alois Seelos, who bought the hut in order to prevent this important piece of local history from being torn down and lost forever.