Wood, resin and tree needles contain very special essential oils which can enhance health and well-being by giving off a quite typical scent. This aroma is preserved also if you use stone pine wood for making furniture. Additionally, research studies prove that stone pine wood has several positive effects on your recuperation and personal well-being.Tasty stone pine liqueur, stone pine cushions, wooden bowls and many more great products from Ötztal's stone pine forests are available here. Tasty stone pine liqueur, stone pine cushions, wooden bowls and many more great products from Ötztal's stone pine forests are available here.
A valley's traditional costume is not only an article of clothing but synonymous with the region's cultural heritage. The women's "Dirndl" is made of fine black fabric with a green trimming and a hand-embroidered stomacher which is combined with a white blouse and a dark blue apron. Men wear knee-length leather trousers and a white linen shirt, red suspenders and a brownish jacket made of traditional loden fabric. The precious quill embroidered belt is a real eye-catcher.
Here in the Ötztal they are called "Granten" in dialect. You can use the local cranberries in manifold ways. They are collected in late summer or early autumn in the valley's high Alpine areas. As marmalade they accompany the typical Austrian schnitzel or fine venison dishes. Delicious "Granten" juice is also a century-old remedy for fever and colds.
In 2010 the authentic Ötztal dialect was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Research studies prove that the typical Ötztal dialect is one of the most defining elements of the valley's identity, looking back on 900 years of deeply rooted tradition.
In October 2011 the sheep drives across the ridges of the Ötztal Alps were added to the Austrian list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Every year some 4000 sheep are driven from the Italian Tyrol across the main Alpine ridge to their summery grazing grounds in the uppermost Ötztal.
The Sheep Wool Center of Umhausen, already in its third generation, is always worth a visit. Handspun thread and handwoven carpets are available here.