Welcome to Faistenau, a village roughly 30-40 minutes outside of Salzburg, in the heart of rural Salzburgerland for which Salzburg got its name. Can you guess its meaning? SALT of course, which has a long established history in Austria and has been significant to its trade for many years. While the salt mine we visited nearby is no longer a working mine, you’re brought back in time as you take in a bit of Austria’s history.
Throughout the area, including quaint Faistenau, there are farms, hills and mountains in the distance, and lush green trees basking you in pure nature. In the heart of this area lies an old fashioned farm called Oberhinteregghoff, which is run by a husband and wife team who makes their own bread, jams, olive oils, spirits, herbal remedies, soaps, spices and more.
The colors of fall were prevalent throughout the farm — we spent time exploring inside and out.
The barn and the inner workings of the farm — I felt as if I was traveling far back in time to a world of my childhood and was ready to be put to work, fixing, baking, raking, whatever it took to weave myself into their culture.
We went to town with break making in the afternoon before our late luncheon, which of course, included the bread we made. Below, we learn the process and each make a roll or two.
And of course, luncheon was served, on an old traditional farmhouse table in the main dining room.
Nearby the farm, you’ll drive past farms who were celebrating the Fall — leaves were changing and there was celebration of the Halloween season and beyond in the air.
Below is a snippet of video I shot while on site — learn about bread making in real time!
Be sure to read my Salzburgerland post, as well as my piece on Mondsee nearby, also a small town/village like Faisteanau but with a main town square and home to St. Michael’s Church, where the Sound of Music movie wedding was filmed fifty years ago.