THE JAMTAL HUT: BROAD SHOULDERS AT THE END OF THE VALLEY

The Jamtal Hut is an exclamation point in the Paznaun landscape, lying at a height of 2 165 metres and a good ten kilometres distance from Galtür. It invites you to enjoy the peace of the Jamtal valley, whose sound in summer is characterized above all by lively streams and content cows. Tim Möller-Kaya has painted the popular hut for Trisanna – and here are facts to accompany the picture.

The Jamtal Hut belongs to the Swabian Section of the German Alpine Cub. It is the ideal base from which to climb the Jamspitzen, Fluchthorn and Dreiländerspitze peaks.

The first incarnation of the Jamtal Hut dates from the year 1882. It offered accommodation for ten people, who did however have to provide for themselves. As ski tourism began to boom in the 1920s, the Jamtal Hut also felt the impact. Between 1929 and 1932, the building was renovated and modernised, with running drinking water and connection to the power supply grid.

During the Second World War and in the years after the war, the hut was used by the border guard. The Swabian Section only got their hut back in 1955.

The Jamtal Hut had already become a popular place by then, even though supplies still had to be delivered by carthorses and pack animals up until 1958. The hut was very short of space, in particular in the spring, the favourite season for tours, so between 1958 and 1961 it was extended with what was known as the Robert Leicht Building.

Further modifications followed between 1978 and 1979 as old parts of the hut were dismantled and rebuilt anew. Following damage from several avalanches in 1999, the year of catastrophes, the hut was completely renovated and made avalanche-safe.

The Jamtal Hut is a lovely destination for hikers who want to go up into the mountains. But the journey from Galtür up to the hut is worth it by itself. Hut leaseholder Gottlieb Lorenz and his team offer a heart-warming programme of culinary classics and novelties. The journey there is fun, whether you go by foot, with the bike or perhaps even with the e-bike.

By the way, if you don’t fancy carrying your rucksack through the Jamtal valley, you can have it taken up for you. But the rucksack has to be light enough to be carried back down into the valley again on foot – on your own back.

ILLUSTRATION: TIM MÖLLER-KAYA