The Wild Herbs from East Tirol Taste of Place Tour is a leisurely and informative herb walk in Hohe Tauern National Park. A delightful loop walk takes you across Zedlacher Paradise where you’ll wander in the shade of gnarled, listed larch trees, some of which are many centuries old. The tour comes to an end with a guided tour of the herbal exhibition and a colorful herbal degustation menu served at Strumerhof Inn.
- The sheltered clearings, sunny slopes and rough pastures of Hohe Tauern National Park boast a rich variety of gems of plants. Here, a myriad of herbs can be found in abundance: the herbaceous thyme-leaved sandwort, also known as wild thyme, which is typical St. John's wort, and the yellow yarrow that has a healing effect in the treatment of blood pressure, kidney and skin problems. Quendel, a thyme-leaved sandwort, is found in abundance in the area’s woodlands.
- The mysteries of local plant life are unfolded at Strumerhof Herbal Inn. Herbalist Anna Holzer examines the history of herbalism and how herbs play a role in cuisine and health care today. A program of anecdotes will tell the story of your herbal dish as it unfolds at Strumerhof Inn.
- On your walk across Zedlacher Paradise at the heart of Hohe Tauern National Park, you’ll pass idyllic, fragrant heaths with cattle grazing under larch trees, some of which are many centuries old. Various loop trails meander between 1,300 and 1,800 meters above sea level where magnificent, large-sized, 500 years old larch trees with a trunk diameter of 6 and more meters, offer shade.
- The Zedlach Interpretive Woodland Trail provides an excellent introduction to and explanation of the flora and fauna indigenous to this area. The trail is graced with over-life-size sculptures of animals found in the National Park, which were created by Matrei-based artist and craftsman blacksmith Erich Trost, making this walk a true family attraction. Undisputed highlight for little ones is the three-meter metal bear to climb into. Along the well-maintained trail are seven signs with information on forest inhabitants. Even more noticeable are the giant metal ants, mites and spring tails, representing animal life in soil habitats, while giant metal owls and woodpeckers tell stories about nocturnal life in the forest.
- Upon returning to Strumerhof Inn, join friendly host Anna Holzer for an informative, guided tour of the herbal exhibition, discuss delicious wild food recipes and hear about the ancient folklore associated with these fascinating plants. At the end of your tour, you will sample a colorful four course herbal degustation menu and your palate will definitely be pleased.