Austria, Preserved valleys and ancient knowledge

This article was made in collaboration with the Austrian Tyrol board of tourism

Publication : Voyageons Autrement


In the heart of the Austrian Alps lie the small valleys of Schmirntal and Valsertal, where time seems to have stopped for the great pleasure of visitors eager to return to the roots. The village of Sankt Jodok, located in Wipptal between Innsbrück and the Italian border, is the gateaway to those two gems of North Tyrol. Here, you will not find any oversized buildings but small villages with a preserved mountain architecture. Stunning landscapes are maintained with traditional agricultural techniques, thanks to the common efforts of a group of dedicated people. Please meet those local actors who gather their skills to protect fragile ecosystems. Helga Hager unveils her thrilling life as a farmer, sommelier and mountain leader. Alois Gatt, Elli Mayr and Klaus Auffinger show us each in their own way the philosophy of the 'Schule der Alm' or Alpine Pasture School, which goal is to maintain and transmit the ancient cultural heritage of agricultural and culinary practices of those valleys.