A heritage holiday - Heritage farms in Brixental Valley
A HERITAGE HOLIDAY Heritage farms have been family-owned for at least two hundred years. If walls could talk – the heritage farms in the Kitzbüheler Alpen really would have a lot to tell. The definition 'heritage farm' can only be borne by farmhouses which have been in the possession of the same family for at least two hundred years, without a break.
The Kitzbüheler Alpen are one of the biggest alpine regions in Europe, and accordingly, many of the alpine inns and farms can be found here. Yet only 82 of them are able to bear the designation 'heritage farm', which certifies that the farm has been in the ownership of the same family for at least two hundred years, without interruption. Those of you who spend your holiday in a real heritage farm are also booking a holiday featuring the heritage, customs and traditions of eight or more generations. Heritage farms in the Kitzbüheler Alpen are far removed from the lifestyles of the city of Kitzbühel and preserve old knowledge and traditional ways of life. To share in this centuries old experience, understand it and experience it, is what makes a holiday on a heritage farm special. These days sustainability is the word on everyone's lips in. On heritage farms the farm people have for generations been living according to these economic premises and this foresight has secured the survival for the coming generations.
Heritage farms in Brixental Valley
Heritage farm Fragenstätt in Kirchberg
Tradition meets modernity The heritage farm Fragenstätt run by the Schipflinger family above Kirchberg is home to beef cattle, pigs, sheep and Haflinger horses. Hans Schipflinger has a particular interest in the old machinery and techniques of his forebears. With hours of work by hand he got the old threshing machine working again for the grain and proudly presents it to his guests. He also serves his guests home-brewed schnapps, and also his speciality bacon. His wife Herma contributes with her home-baked spelt bread and home-made jams. Mentioned for the first time in 1428, the Fragenstätt-Hof is the oldest heritage farms in the region. Yet guests don’t have to relinquish the comforts of a contemporary guesthouse, the few rooms there are were recently renovated. The creaky wooden floors and the little chapel in the garden contribute to the wonderful, genuine ambience of the farmstead. After a few hours at the farmstead you will have adopted the tranquillity and serenity of your landlord. A good talk with Hans helps you put things in perspective and review your priorities.