Caring about nature and locally sourced products: In Montafon, farm production is closely linked to landscape preservation. The local farmers put every effort into cultivating the mountain pastures and alps in Montafon. The most valuable outcome is a well-tended landscape and healthy food. At Panoramagasthof Kristberg, a fine-dining spot in Montafon, traditional culinary specialities are served to match the awe-inspiring landscape, including the traditional “sura kees”, a spicy low-fat cheese from Montafon.
Montafon and the people who live here take pride in such a fascinating and colourful past and culture, that one stay is hardly enough to absorb it all. After lunch, Adolf Zudrell, the flute-player from Kristberghof, will share some insights about former silver mining in the 600-year old St Agatha chapel.
Participants will then have a chance to meet llamero Horst and his llamas. These unusual animals are known to be very sensitive and hiking with llamas is always a wonderful way of slowing down. The llamas make hikers stop for a while and take in the moment, something we often miss out on in our fast-paced daily routines.
The culinary highlight is the joint dinner at Montafoner Stube at Hotel Löwen Montafon in the evening. Look forward to regionally sourced ingredients refined by an international touch.
On the hike along the miners‘ trail on the following day, you will find out more about mining in Montafon and the cultural landscape and the settlement history of Bartholomäberg. The oldest settlement in the valley, Bartholomäberg is considered the “cradle of Montafon” and looks back on a striking thousand-year old culture.
The following 90-minute village walk in Schruns focuses on the cultural history of the village and, in particular, on Ernest Hemingway and the time he spent in Montafon. The most prominent guest ever, Hemingway spent two winters in Montafon in the 1920s, memories which he also captured in his writings. A monument and an exhibition are dedicated to the world-renowned author and Nobel prize laureate.
12:00 noon Lunch at Kirstberg
1:30 p.m. Mining tour with Adolf Zudrell
After lunch, Adolf Zudrell, senior boss at Panoramagasthof Kristberg, invites the party to the mining chapel St Agatha and will tell us more about the history of mining in the Silbertal valley.
3:00 p.m. Leisurely llama trekking tour to Bartholomäberg/Innerberg with llamero Horst Kuster
7:00 p.m. Joint dinner at Montafoner Stube at Hotel Löwen Montafon
Overnight: Hotel Löwen Montafon, Schruns
09:30 a.m. Walk from Bartholomäberg to Schruns
Along the Miners‘ Trail with information on the settlement history of Bartholomäberg
11:30 a.m. (optional): Village tour of Schruns.