Stories from Life in the Mountains

Mountain huts lie perched high above the valley floor. For the people who live there, civilisation is often half a day's walk away. It is little wonder, then, that life high in the Alps is a little different.

"The time we spend up in the mountains is what life is truly about for us," explains Sarah Kofler. Together with her family she travels every summer from Munich into the remote Debanttal Valley in East Tirol to spend two months looking after cows and enjoying a simple but fulfilling life. For centuries people have felt themselves drawn to the mountains, a place where they can get away from it all and reconnect with nature. As well as those who swap city life for the Alps for a few days, weeks or months a year, there are also those who live permanently in the high mountains or at least spend the summers there. These include the mountain farmers and the dairy farmers responsible for producing the deliciously tangy cheese Tirol is famous for. And then there are people like Sepp Kahn, a writer who spends most of his time in a remote hut in the Kitzbüheler Alps working on his next novel or crime thriller. All these people draw strength and inspiration from their time in the mountains of Tirol.

Tales of Mountain Life

Shepherds for a summer, © Sebastian Höhn
Shepherds for a summer

From Munich to the mountains. Each summer, one family swaps big city life for a simple existence in the Tirolean Alps.

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Tirol's Most Beautiful Mountain Huts

Homemade Mountain Cheese

Some people say that Tirol has the best mountain cheese in the world. That may be a question of individual taste, but one thing is for sure: cheese connoisseurs will find lots to keep them happy here in the Heart of the Alps. Local delicacies such as the tangy Paznaun Valley cheese frequently win awards and gold medals. Visitors to the region can see how cheese is made at one of the local dairy farms open to the public or take a hike into the mountains and visit one of the mountain dairy farms operating in summer.

How Tirolean Mountain Cheese is Made

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