Austrian mountain farm at the foot of the Hintertux Glacier

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Hintertux is one of the most popular summer skiing regions in Austria it lies furthest up the valley at the foot of the Hintertux Glacier, and is surrounded by mountains and glaciers. At the Tuxer Ferner glacier is an all-season skiing area with a large number of lifts. The place is the base for many walks and high Alpine tours. The Hintertux Glacier Ski Region belongs to the Zillertal 3000 meter ski region and is a popular with skiers in summer as well as winter. The Tuxer valley was first mentioned in the records in 1280. The Tuxer valley was discovered in prehistoric times as evinced by various finds from the middle Stone Age. Shepherds and miners also settled the valley, migrating over the Tuxer Joch from the Schmirn valley and cultivating it by clearing forests. The meadows and alpine pastures in the Tux valley continue to be cultivated even today, albeit most farms only provide a secondary source of income.

 

Tux is accessible from Mayrhofen by road. From Mayrhofen station on the Ziller Valley Railway there is a bus service. Within the Tux valley there is a free bus service. Yes there is some lovely views and walks from the first stage of the Hintertux cable car. It is above the tree line in the mountains and is used for summer pasture. Seasonal migration to high pastures is still practised in Austria.Cattle are taken care of by local farmer families who move to higher places. Austria has over 12 000 sites where 70 000 farmers take care of about 500 000 cattle.

 

Hintertux is een plaatsje in de Oostenrijkse deelstaat Tirol. De kabelbanen van de Hintertuxer Gletscher beginnen helemaal zuidelijk van het dorpje. Deze voeren van 1500 meter, naar een maximale hoogte van 3250 meter. Het skigebied op de Hintertuxer Gletscher gaat 365 dagen per jaar door, omdat er het gehele jaar kan worden geskiëd op de Hintertuxer Gletscher. De Tuxer Joch kan per kabelbaan worden bereikt. Het speciale aan deze berg is dat er hier een aantal opgravingen zijn gedaan. Deze opgravingen gaan terug tot de bronstijd. Dit toont aan dat het Zillertal al heel lang als bergpas werd gebruikt. De boeren zorgen in de zomer nog steeds voor verplaatsing van vee naar hoger gelegen weiden en lager gelegen dalen in de winter. De boeren wonen in principe permanent in dalen, in vaste huizen. Alleen de kudden en hun directe verzorgers verplaatsen zich. Oostenrijk heeft meer dan 12 000 boerderijen waar 70 000 landbouwers zorg dragen voor ongeveer 500 000 runderen.

 

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