Gschtrüübelhof Nature Adventure Farm  | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen |Photographer: Frank Drechsel

05 Jun. 2019 · Family | Summer Activities
Britta Maier

On the Nature Adventure Farm

Outdoor adventure is child's play at Gschtrüübel farm

“You can even ride ponies!” Do I need to say more? Josefine has a beaming smile. At the age of four, she has already been bitten by the pony bug. Spirited girls riding through the forest, fairies and unicorns – this is the stuff dreams are made of for my niece and for many other girls of her age. Josefine and her friend Leni (5) can hardly contain their excitement as they are about to set off. We have arranged to meet with Moni and her two children Emmi (6) and Elias (4) in Wäldele. More precisely, we have arranged to meet at the recently opened Gschtrüübel Farm.

Gschtrüübelhof Nature Adventure Farm  | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen |Photographer: Frank Drechsel

The nature adventure farm is a dream come true for its owners Isabella and Matthias Büttner. It is what could be described as a “hotchpotch” of people and animals which is precisely what the word “Gschtrüübel” means in the Walser dialect. This is a place where everyone can take part in farm life and exist in harmony with nature. The idea emerged when they spent the summer on an alp when they were still running their alpine dairy firstly in Switzerland and then on the Obere Lüchlealp in Kleinwalsertal. Their daughters Leni (11) and Lisa (9) grew up on the alp. Although baby of the family and wild child Laurin (3) can no longer remember these times, he can't remember life without the animals and especially his faithful dog Coy.

Gschtrüübelhof Nature Adventure Farm  | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen |Photographer: Frank Drechsel

Next to the splendid newly built wooden chalet, there stands a barn which is over 300 years old. It has been lovingly renovated and is now the home of eight cows, two goats, three ponies, two entertaining mini pigs and a host of what are currently young guinea pigs and rabbits. As a trained chef, Matthias primarily looks after the kitchen and the Hofstube restaurant. We meet Isabella in the barn.

Gschtrüübelhof Nature Adventure Farm  | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen |Photographer: Frank Drechsel

Lisa trots up on one of the ponies with her flashing blue eyes and her blonde hair flowing behind her. Our young riders’ hearts soar in an instant when they see her. Lisa and Leni help their mother in the stables and with the pony rides whenever they get the chance. Lisa quietly and calmly explains what the ponies do and don’t like. She also helps the riders to mount their steeds and everything associated with this. Moni and I have opted out of the pony rides. Whilst Emmi, Elias, Josefine and Leni saddle the ponies and go for a short ride through the meadows and forests with Isabella and Lisa, we head for the sheltered sun terrace in the courtyard.

Gschtrüübelhof Nature Adventure Farm  | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen |Photographer: Frank Drechsel

Experience, Marvel and Enjoy

Children don't just love Gschtrüübel Farm because of the pony trekking. They also get the chance to muck in or simply observe everything that is going on in the barn. Isabella and Matthias want to provide children with space and plenty of different opportunities to engage with animals. Their goal is to enable children to experience, marvel at and enjoy farm life and to learn how to relate to animals in a respectful way.

Gschtrüübelhof Nature Adventure Farm  | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen |Photographer: Frank Drechsel

After their ride, Emmi, Elias, Leni and Josefine are allowed to help groom the ponies. They look a bit tired, but we still can’t entice them to take a break for a snack. Elias is particularly motivated to “do everything right” and is eager and ready to go when Isabella starts to muck out the pen that belongs to the mini pigs. Sanny and Mascha are incredibly curious and especially playful. Wherever Elias tries to place the shovel, one or the other of the two pigs stands in front of him and wants to play. Emmi comes to help and distracts the two cheeky piggies with food. Leni and Josefine are hanging out with the guinea pigs and rabbits. They patiently try to entice the cute little rodents with fresh clover and grass they have just collected from the store area. The girls are both beaming with satisfaction when they are finally able to calm and stroke the nimble creatures.

Gschtrüübelhof Nature Adventure Farm  | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen |Photographer: Frank Drechsel

Gschtrüübel Farm is a fantastic place to visit and it also serves great food. Isabella and Matthias try to run the farm in accordance with the cycles of nature, so it stands to reason that everything they serve in their restaurant is organic and has been produced with a high emphasis on animal welfare. The food is produced on their farm itself when possible or from partner farms from around the region. It is always unprocessed and does not contain any flavour enhancers and trans fats. Vegetarians are also spoiled for choice and there is far more on offer than just the usual pasta dishes. Our four young horse and pig whisperers are now ravenous. Just as the meal arrives, we can see dark clouds looming overhead as a big summer storm starts to gather rapidly. We quickly move inside the cosy Hofstube restaurant. We relax and enjoy ourselves whilst the thunder rumbles and the rain pours down outside.

Facts & Tips

  • You can get to know the Gschtrüübelhof and its inhabitants in assisted mit-mach-actions
  • Register for the pony trekking in advance
  • The doors of the walk-in stable are open in summer and winter, and there is always something to do here, even when the sun takes a break
  • The best way to get to the Gschtrüübel farm is directly via bus line 3. Or take bus line 5 to the Auenhütte and from there take a leisurely walk through Oberwäldele.
  • "Burmis Adventure Holidays" also offers a great holiday program for kids, where your kids get to know the nature