A holiday with a hint of history - heritage farms in Westendorf
If walls could talk, heritage farms would have a great deal to say. The designation 'heritage farm' can only be used by farmhouses which have been owned by the same family for at least two hundred years, without any interruptions. The unity between farm and family which has developed over the centuries radiates a serenity which allures every visitor. This designation is bestowed every year on Assumption Day, 15th August, by the governor of Tirol in the statehouse in Innsbruck. Westendorf is a large alpine region and there are a lot of alpine lodges and farms here. Yet only eight of them can use the designation 'heritage farm'. So whoever enjoys a holiday in a genuine heritage farm, is also booking a holiday which features the history, customs and traditions of eight or more generations. Heritage farms in Westendorf are far removed from the 'lifestyles' and demonstrate old knowledge and a traditional way of life. Being a part of this centuries old experience and understanding and witnessing it is what makes a holiday on a heritage farm special. These days sustainability is the catchword on every one’s lips. For generations farm people have been living according to these economic premises on heritage farms and it is this farsightedness which will safeguard their survival for the generations to come.
From creaky wooden floors and real farm produce Heritage farms are not museums; twentieth century comforts have found their way here too. Heritage farms are not stuck in the past, they develop from it. However, tradition is very much emphasised in heritage farms – be that in the making of the farm’s own produce or in looking after the cows. Christine Ehrensberger from Erbhof Thumerhof – constructed in 1580 – located above Westendorf, is very much a dab hand at the art of farmhouse cooking, handed down from generation to generation. She prepares jams using her grandmother’s recipes and gathers honey from her own bees. The little museum in the Thumerhof whisks you off into a rural life of a time long past – sheep shearing, butter churn, cabbage planer and the like give an idea of how demanding life was on a mountain farmstead just a few decades ago.
Places for romantic scenes The Kitzbüheler Alpen have long been an insider tip when it comes to film production. The fantastic landscape and the many old farmsteads with their flower-decked balconies are especially suitable for films about the local area. T