Philosophy
Mountaineering Villages under the roof of the Alpine Convention

It is in our interest to present places to you as a guest whose potential lies in their originality, their tradition and culture. The following items that are closely associated with the objectives of the Alpine Convention are particularly important to us: the philosophy of tourism, the village character and alpine flair, mountain farming and forestry, nature and landscape conservation, environmentally-friendly mobility / transport, communication and exchange of information.
Our mountaineering villages are selected according to strict criteria.

  • Nearness, but with respect
  • Enjoyment without annoyance
  • Motion under your own steam
  • Stimulation, but without a mad rush
  • Animation, but without noise

Mountaineering villages are willing to implement the protocoll of the Alpine Convention.
The Alpine Convention is an international treaty between the 8 Alpine Countries as well as the EU, for the sustainable development and protection of the Alps.

The philosophy of mountaineering villages covers following parts, on witch also the strict criteria are based on:

Duties and functions of the mountaineering villages
Mountaineering villages are exemplary regional cores of development in sustainable alpine tourism that have a corresponding tradition. They guarantee a professional range of tourism activities for mountaineers, boast an excellent quality of landscape and environment, and are committed to the preservation of local cultural and natural values. As alpine centres of competence, mountaineering villages place an emphasis on self-responsibility, capability and independence, as well as an environmentally-aware and responsible behaviour of their guests on the mountain.
The model character of the mountaineering villages is also apparent in the fact that they want to achieve the objective of sustainable development in the Alpine region, in harmony with relevant legal regulations and programmes.

Philosophy of tourism
The main focus is on achieving sophisticated mountain tour objectives and the deliberate overall experience of nature including the following components: physical exercise, coping with alpine difficulties, competence and risk management on the mountain, enjoying the beauty of nature, deceleration.
For local tourism providers this means a particular restraint in the technical development of the mountain region.
When accommodating guests we restrict ourselves to small-sized companies and support established providers in the region.
The mountain refuges are maintained in the long term in their function as high-altitude accommodation facilities with a base character and as a functional extension of the accommodation facilities in the valley.

Village character and image
Mountaineering villages take care of the quality of building work. In particular they make sure that buildings and facilities fit into the typical appearance in terms of size, choice of material and design.

Mountain agriculture, mountain forestry
The mountain agriculture and the management of the mountain forest is of great significance in terms of the function and image of the mountaineering villages. This is about the balance between contemporary management techniques, a reasonable financial situation, an ecologically stable overall condition and a cultural landscape that makes sense in terms of tourism.
The aim is to achieve a close connection between producers and consumers on a local and regional level as well as a permanent conservation and maintenance of typical elements of a cultivated landscape.
The tourist use of farmed alpine lodges must not jeopardise their key agricultural function. Particular care is taken to ensure that no additional motorised traffic is generated in alpine pasture areas.

Nature and landscape conservation
The mountaineering villages ensure that conservation areas are maintained and extended on a permanent basis. The communities here see themselves as an active partner in maintaining and supervising these areas.

Mobility / Transport
Mountaineering villages aim especially at attracting those guests who would like to reach the location without their own motor vehicles. The communities are actively involved in maintaining and improving public transport, whereby the needs of guests are taken into particular account.

Communication and exchange of information
Mountaineering villages regularly exchange their experiences with one another and discuss any suggestions made internally or externally.

Alpine Convention

Alpine Convention

Criteria for mountaineering villages

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