We are proud to be living right on the edge of the national park area of the Hohe Tauern mountain region of the East Tirol. The Hohe Tauern National Park is truly unique as it is the biggest national park in Austria and the European Alps. Highlights of the national park are its numerous high peaks, its glaciers, alpine creeks, lakes and of course the untouched mountainous natural environment.
Most of our hikes in the summer, as well as our snowshoe hikes in winter are within the national park itself. It is truly spectacular to walk on the mountain trails that lead over mountains and hills and through empty valleys, whilst surrounded by colourful Flora and Fauna and continuously distracted by breathtaking views!
For the ones with a good eye you will see much wildlife, among which the big five (Bearded vulture, Ibex, Golden Eagle, Chamoix and Griffon vulture) are most notorious. Please click on the right to get a feel for what you might encounter when joining us on a week of quiet, distant, mountain life.
Farming is important in the region and is integrated into the daily lives of the communities around us. There is no large scale industrial farming, but each farmer has his own patch of land and small herd of cattle that he tends himself. In the summer, the cows live and graze in the mountain pastures… you will see them next to us at MoaAlm, enjoying the views and wild flowers as much as we do!
What is typically Tirolean? The best way to answer this question is by visiting one of the many traditional celebrations in the region such as the "Herz-Jesu-Feuer", when fires forming religious symbols are lit on the mountain slopes, or the annual "Almabtrieb", a custom which sees cattle that have spent the summer grazing on high alpine pastures decorated with flowers and driven back down into the valley ready for winter. Another good place to explore the nature of the local population is in the countless huts and inns serving regional delicacies such as Kaspressknödel and Tiroler Gröstl; two hearty dishes which themselves are a culinary reflection of the Tiroleans' warm, down-to-earth nature. Visitors to the region’s towns will find an intriguing contrast of the old and the new: modern, eye-catching architecture next to centuries-old castles and fortresses. This juxtaposition is also true for the local arts scene, which sees classical opera and festivals of early music take their place alongside galleries displaying works of contemporary art.