The Ötztal dialect is a 900 year old, quite independent language. It has preserved numerous antiquities - due to the earlier seclusion of the Alpine valley. In 2010, the Ötztal dialect was awarded by UNESCO as an “intangible cultural heritage”. The dialect expert Josef Öfner has been watching - or rather listening to - the locals carefully for many decades. An outstanding feature: “The word 'mouth' doesn't exist in the Ötztal dialect,” smiles Josef. "No matter whether cow, horse or human: everyone has a muzzle."