Greetings from Großglockner
At an altitude of more than 1,200 metres, amidst the picturesque mountain backdrop of Grossglockner, lies the Carinthian community of Heiligenbelt. Aside from booming tourism, traditional agricultural life has been preserved here. The only thing unusual about Elizabeth Robich and her husband’s farm is the shaggy Galloway cattle, which originally come from faraway Scotland. The two drive their livestock every summer to nearby Satellalm. Farmer Florian Glanchnigg’s sheep also spend the summer at the Glocknerhausalm in Großglockner. While hiking, mountain rescuer and former mountain guide Friedrich Flessner talks about his local mountain, Glockner. For many years, Heiligenblut’s alpine shepherd, Sigi Pichler, grazed about 36 cattle and 12 Cameroonian sheep every summer on shared alpine pastures managed by local farmers. Life on the roofs of civilization is full of hardships, but rewarded with unparalleled peace and a unique connection between people, animals and nature. The traditional costume band surrounding Friedrich Flessner, together with the local singing group, invites you to a concert that culminates in the middle of the village square on Heiligenblut.
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