Tuesday, August 16, 2005
This is a bit of an insider-tip in the
summer, and completely overrun by tourists in the winter: Alte Schmiede in Leogang.
This place always amazes me. Yes, it is somewhat touristy, but it is very
well done. Basically, imagine a restaurant at the top of a mountain that you can
get to by lift or mountain bike (long uphill ride...) built out of collected
parts and pieces from very old buildings (farms, black smith shops, mills,...)
from all over Austria. So everything you see at this place is hundreds of years
old, much of it more than 500 years. I can not even begin to imagine the effort
and time it took to find all this stuff. The cost aspect, we will completely
ignore for now... ;-)
None of this is done by accident. The whole place is carefully designed, from
the eating areas to the bathrooms to the great view. It is somewhat over the
top, yet at the same time pretty authentic. Prices are also reasonable
(relatively speaking of course), and all the food I ever had there was very
good. All the dishes are very authentic Austrian food (generally
I shy away from tourist places because they serve "Austrian" food that no local
would ever eat...), and some of the items on the menu are very hard to find
In short: This is a must-see place.
We went there just a few days ago. Unfortunately, the weather was not very
good, so I didn't take very many photos, and those I did take are not all that
great. Here is one:
The mountains in the background are accross the valey. The place itself is
really pretty much at the top of its own mountain.
To give you a better idea of what the place is like (especially inside), I
"borrowed" a few pictures from their web page. Here they are:
As I said: None of this stuff is fake. It is all authentic and has been
working equipment, some of it hundreds of years ago. Even the bricks and the
wood came from old buildings.
And for the romantics among my readers, here is the winter shot:
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