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.
The small village of Obdach has just 2,000 inhabitants, but connoisseurs from all over the province know it well, because this is home to Josef Kern
, who produces hand crafted Zirbenkugeln
– dark chocolates filled with a truffle made of cocoa, fresh cream, pine schnapps and honey from the local beekeeper.
In Bad Aussee, Sekyra Stoffe produces beautiful, hand-printed fabrics with century-old pattern blocks
. In Kainisch, shoe maker Sonja Grill hand crafts the original Aussee Haferschuh, a double stitched leather shoe that is worn with traditional costume
. In Neumarkt, Coloman Strohmeier produces air-dried ham from local game, much coveted by gourmets.
All these craftsmen form part of the network known as the Meisterstrasse, which extends into Lower Austria, Salzkammergut
, and which is an umbrella organisation dedicated to preservation of authentic handicraft culture.www.meisterstrasse.eu