Culinary pleasures between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea

Huts and pastures in the Nassfeld-Pressegger See region

What would a hike or bike tour be without a tasty break? That’s exactly the motto under which the hosts of a total of 46 mountain huts in the Summer World welcome their guests. Just the two of you or with the whole family: Stop by, take a break, and enjoy! From well-deserved relaxation to rustic fun at the hut: Diverse pleasures await you in the Carnic, Gailtal and Julian Alps.

A flavourful world of surprises

The culinary side of the World of Mountains & Lakes

Local cuisine in the World of Mountains & Lakes reflects regional influences. Diverse, natural, authentic and innovative: If you would like to learn about the country, the people and their lifestyle, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for that during a stop at one of the many huts. Between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, from the Nassfeld-Pressegger See region to the Lesachtal Valley and Lake Weissensee, all the way to the Italian city of Tarvisio – go on a culinary journey of exploration full of surprises!

Back to the roots of rustic cuisine

The starting point for tours on the sunny side of the Alps, an accommodation option for spending the night on a multi-day tour, or a stop for a short break in between: If you’re a hiker or biker, you won’t get around visiting the local mountain huts. And that’s great because what you’ll find there are rustic and authentic moments of culinary pleasure – thanks to highest-quality regional delicacies.

Tradition doesn’t exclude innovation, and a small-scale structure comes with a lot of advantages. The hosts of the various huts in the World of Mountains & Lakes know that very well, and the 46 extraordinary huts provide refuge from everyday life’s stresses. In the unique Slow Food Travel Region on the sunny side of the Alps, conscious enjoyment of pleasure-filled experiences takes centre stage. Good to know: Some of the huts and pastures are certified partners of the region.

A promise of pleasure: hikes along the Carnic Milky Way. Every star constellation tells a different fascinating (culinary) story – and establishes a flavourful connection to the regional pastures and their farmers, and to life on a pasture then and now.

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The following huts are looking forward to welcoming you:

Secret culinary tips

Tip no. 1: The Carnic Alpine Villages

Are you familiar with the three “Carnic Alpine Villages”? If not, then it’s about time! The history of the Egger, Dellacher and Poludniger Alm goes all the way back into the 19th century – which makes them some of the oldest and most traditional Alpine pastures in Carinthia. If you’re looking for a unique culinary experience, you’ll find it in the Alpine valley high above Hermagor. 

Tip no. 2: Gailtaler Almkäse g.U. and Gailtaler Speck g.g.A.

What shouldn’t be missing from your break after you’ve just climbed a mountain? Exactly: a hearty Brettljause (cold cuts and cheeses served on a wooden plate)! Cheese-making has a long-standing tradition in the Gailtal Valley – and both the Gailtaler Almkäse g.U. (cheese) and the Gailtaler Speck g.g.A. (bacon) carry a special distinction! These regional products are made under the highest quality standards, which you can taste with every bite.

By the way: The aromatic bacon receives green or red seals. Red signifies all production was carried out by the farmer himself, green seals signify that the bacon was produced by Gailtal butchers.

Tip no. 3: A taste of regional natural treasures

Honey from the Carnica bee, delicious Alpine herbs, or fish from drinking-water-quality lakes: Nature in the southern Alps has a lot of culinary treasures to offer. Come see for yourself and find out more about the unique Culinary World!

What do you want to discover?

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