The school on the mountain lies in a little piece of paradise high above the mountain village of Rauris, amidst lush green meadows. From the pastures you have breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, toy town houses down in the valley, thick forests and craggy cliffs. If you want to know where your food comes from, you can join the “bread and butter” class, which runs all year round. You will learn to recognize and taste different grains; the bread oven, a stone built bakery in front of the main house, is lit; flour is milled; dough is kneaded. Visitors can shape their own loaf, and as it bakes, Roswitha Huber the farm owner will show you how to milk a cow and how butter is churned. The highlight of the lesson is of course the farmer’s platter, when you can try the tasty, home-made produce for yourself. www.schule-am-berg.at
Traditional handicrafts, some using methods handed down for centuries, are very much alive in Styria. Fifty master craftsmen making hand-crafted treasures can be found on a journey along the Meisterstrasse.