"Thayen", as Alpine huts are called in Tirol, stand in a clearing below. Shepherds built them a few hundred years ago to find shelter in any wind and weather. Now they are used by Ötztal locals for a few days off as a break from everyday life.
The Falkner family has also rented a hut, goes to bed with the first stars and wakes up with the early twittering of the birds. "I find the real wealth in simplicity," confesses the Saarlander who lives in Niederthai since the end of the 1990s. Out of love. Towards her future husband Peter and the place where she found exactly that feeling of life she had always been looking for.
"I still walked the hiking trail even when I was pregnant, then I tied my son Luis to my body to warm him and later I carried him on my back. By now, he develops a lot of imagination up there while playing in and with nature." Steffi also takes other children to Untere Hemerach Alm: "The girls tie flower wreaths, the boys collect beetles, proudly carve mushrooms out of wood with their first pocket knives and build caves out of branches." Skills that are no longer fashionable even in the mountain regions.