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The Tyrolean Mountain Hut

Outstanding local cuisine, a table on a sun-drenched terrace with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, Tyrolean traditions and charming hosts: winter or summer, lunch at the Gampe Thaya mountain hut is an experience you don’t want to miss.

Gampe Thaya © Gampe_Thaya_KL_B1327, Archiv Riml
Gampe Thaya © Gampe_Thaya_KL_B1327, Archiv Riml
Gampe Thaya © Gampe_Thaya_KL_B1220, Archiv Riml
Gampe Thaya © Gampe_Thaya_KL_B1220, Archiv Riml
Gampe Thaya © Gampe_Thaya_ZBOF0092, Archiv Riml
Gampe Thaya © Gampe_Thaya_ZBOF0092, Archiv Riml
Mountain huts were traditionally used as shelters for traders crossing the Alps, or as living quarters for herders looking after cattle and sheep grazing on the high-Alpine meadows in summer. Today, these huts are popular stops for hikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, often serving outstanding traditional food and affording beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. They are also testaments to Alpine traditions and a bygone lifestyle.

One of the best examples is the Gampe Thaya Mountain Hut in Tyrol. High up in the Ötztal Mountains, at 6,560 feet, Daniela and Jakob Prantl are running a hut that caters to skiers in winter and hikers in summer. The spectacular views from the terrace are rivalled by the quality of the traditional cuisine served here. The hut is also popular with locals, who either take the gondola up the mountain or hike up for special festivals and events in summer. Jakob Prantl is determined that only the best local ingredients are used in the kitchen, including milk and cheese from his own dairy, and home-made cured meats. As a farmer, Mr. Prantl is passionate about local traditions and strives to offer guests a truly authentic experience.

An adjacent chalet, built by a local carpenter with wood from the region, can be rented during the winter season. The (nat)UrHuetta - its name a play on the German words for nature, authenticity, and hut – reflects  the philosophy of the Prantls and exudes typical Tyrolean charm and comfort. During the day, guests enjoy direct access to the ski slopes and the culinary specialties of the restaurant next door. At night, the absolute stillness of the mountain, far away from the busy ski-resorts, is a rare treat and a reminder of how important it is to slow down every once in a while.
 

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