“Niederthai is not a place where things are designed or constructed. Things are the way they are. They spring from deep inside and they are honest. You cannot invent an atmosphere. It just is. It is not a fast-paced place. In Niederthai things have to grow.
The Tauferberg has made Niederthai what it is: a beautiful alpine plateau which you will rarely find elsewhere. When you build a house on this ground, you won’t hit stone. We have sand and clay soil, just like the ground of a lake. The Tauferberg in contrast is a giant conglomerate of rocks, very distinct and special. It was formed about 9.000 years ago by the massive Köfler rockslide, one of the biggest rock movements in the Alps. It rose up and turned into this shielding threshold behind which our high plain came to be.
As kids we were always looking for ways through the stone labyrinth. It is a beautiful, fascinating and most of all adventurous playground with caves and cold vaults, where they used to cool the meat.