The small village of Obdach has just 2,000 inhabitants, but connoisseurs from all over the province of Styria
know it well. 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 antique pattern blocks. In Kainisch, shoe maker Sonja Grill crafts the original Aussee Haferschuh, a double stitched leather shoe that is worn with traditional costume. And 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 Austria, which extends into Lower Austria
, the Salzkammergut and Tirol
. This umbrella organisation is dedicated to the preservation of authentic handicraft culture.