Where tranquility in the mountains is home
For Gertraud and Clemens Sieberer it is clear: their greatest wealth is their native home, their farm, their regionally produced food and the happiness of providing their children with the opportunity to grow up in the midst of the most beautiful playground on earth: nature.
As a young student, Gertraud Rieser moved to Scotland. There, between the wild Highlands and rugged coastal landscapes, she realised that she wasn’t yearning for the distance, but for her homeland. "When I saw the Wilder Kaiser for the first time in a long time after my stay abroad and filled my lungs with the fresh mountain air, I knew how much I missed Tyrol and the Kitzbühel Alps." Growing up on a farm, her childhood was influenced by working on the steep mountainside and living in and with nature. Her young years were fulfilling and enriching, there wasn’t much to miss. "Of course, we would have liked to go to the swimming pool more often than having to help with the hay harvest in the Summer, but we lacked nothing, we had a great childhood."
A home with a soul
The experience of operating in the rhythm of the seasons, of living together in tune with nature, these are all values for Gertraud, which she and her husband Clemens want to pass on to their children Josef and Sarah. In the middle of the Hohe Salve holiday region, the family runs the farm that Clemens inherited from his parents. The old farmhouse has been in the family for 300 years. A good reason why the outer façade was left in its traditional character, rather than demolishing it, and the interior was carefully renovated. "This farmhouse has a soul of its own that was worth preserving," Clemens and Gertraud agree. All around the Sieberer family cows graze peacefully. They provide for the “daily bread” with their milk and meat. Clemens runs the farm as a sideline and also works as a carpenter and joiner. "Leisure and work complement each other. Quality is more important to us than quantity. My father used to bring home the hay harvest on horseback. We stand for innovation, of course, but everything in moderation."
Summer days à la Kitzbühel Alps
When the cows begin their well-deserved holiday on the surrounding Alpine Pastures in Summer and when most of the hay has been harvested, the Sieberers can also relax a bit, enjoy balmy Summer evenings and enjoy carefree excursions in the region. "We benefit a lot from the infrastructure of local tourism." A gondola ride up to the Hohe Salve to look out for special bugs in the mountain meadows as a tracker, a trip to the Knights' Realm playground, the medieval adventure playground on the Rosenweg or fun swimming days in Salvenaland followed by ice cream - all this is within close proximity, all this gives the family strength and energy.
Gertraud is truly a child of the mountains. And when the hustle and bustle in the valley threatens to get too much for her, she simply puts on her backpack and sets off for the next peak. "When walking uphill, the pace of everyday life automatically slows down, everything becomes calm, I'm more myself again, I see everything from a different perspective. When I then reach the summit, the land spreads out below me, the view expands and feelings of happiness take over. Then I know why the exertion of the climb is worth it every time."
It is the tranquility of nature that the Sieberer family’s guests also seek when they come on holiday to the Hohe Salve holiday region and rent an apartment on the organic farm. "Of course, we don't have the cultural offerings of a city, but that's not what people who come here are looking for. They are looking for nature, peace, the rise and fall of the landscape and, above all, mountain tranquility." And they find all that here wherever they go.
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...nurture body and soul. Born 1986 in Carinthia, studied media and communication sciences in Klagenfurt. As a freelance journalist, copywriter and blogger she likes to travel a lot. Mountain freak, horse freak, neo-cellist and gourmet. More details: www.gedankenschmiede.at more details