Lunch at a Farm in the Italian Alps.

Why is it that men in Alpe Di Siusi all wear such funny looking hats? Just like chef Franz Mulser at the Gostner Schwaige Mountain Hut (where I learned how to make dumplings from scratch during an outdoor cooking class), the owners of Tschötscherhof Farm were about to treat me to even more of their delicious local Tyrolean cuisine.

A whole bunch of really good stuff was about to go in my tummy! Thankfully, there was more than enough hiking on the itinerary during my trip to the Seisor Alm area to work off all of that food.

This adorable husband and wife team run a 500 year old farm that has a restaurant, several apartments and even a museum. In fact, the man in the funny looking hat grew up on the farm which has been in his family for several generations.

Tschoetscherhof Owners

After meeting the owners, they led us inside the farmhouse to eat lunch.

Tschoetscherhof Cuisine

This my friends, was the spread. Talk about some serious “food porn” happening here! If this doesn’t get a serous foodie all hot and bothered, I don’t know what will.

All food they serve is exquisitely fresh and grown locally. They also serve wine harvested from their own vineyard.

Tschoetscherhof Cuisine

For some reason, many dishes in Alpe Di Siusi are presented with flowers. I don’t mind as what girl doesn’t like a little flower in her food? There were even more dumplings on the menu. As if I hadn’t already had enough.

Tschoetscherhof Cuisine

The farmhouse interior is quaint as one would expect from a country home. A mishmash of kitsch items decorated the walls.

Tschoetscherhof Cuisine

The owners of the farm are also religious.

Tschoetscherhof Cuisine

Sadly lunchtime was over and it was time to check out the farmer’s museum which showcases the family’s collection of household appliances, agricultural tools and furniture.

Tschoetscherhof Cuisine

Tschoetscherhof Musuem

Tschoetscherhof Musuem

Upon entering the museum, we were greeted by this cute little feline.

You know how I love cats, right? Evident by a trip to Amsterdam where I visited a cat sanctuary on a boat and even a museum containing only cat art!

Tschoetscherhof Musuem

Tschoetscherhof Musuem

Tschoetscherhof Musuem

To be honest, the museum wasn’t that interesting but it was neat to get a glimpse of their past. It also appealed to my fondness of all things weird and offbeat!

One item I did like this old school radio. Can you imagine how much you could sell this for an antique market? I bet I could fool a hipster type into paying big bucks for one of these babies.

Tschoetscherhof Musuem

Like that mountain hut where I learned how to cook dumplings, Tschötscherhof Farm is a truly special place. It’s charming, quaint and down to earth.

My lunch there didn’t seem long enough and I would have loved to extend my time there by staying in one of their eight apartments (most with balconies.) Averaging around 45 euros a night, it’s an incredible bargain considering what you get – the chance to stay at a traditional farm, eat loads of the scrumptious local food and more importantly experience day-to-day life in Seisor Alm.

Alpe di Siusi is one of the most beautiful destinations on earth. It’s an underrated part of Italy that few outside of Europe seem to know about. If you ever make your way to the Italian Alps, include a stay in this area as part of your holiday and  in the very least, make sure you stop by the farm for some lunch or dinner.

Check out more of my posts about Alpe di Siusi and of course, bella Italia a country I visited four times during 2012. Also check out this video featuring things to do in the area (auf Deutsch.)

Tschötscherhof Farm
I-39040 Seis am Schlern (BZ) St. Oswald 19 Italy
Tel. +39 0471 706013

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* Disclosure – My stay in this beautiful almost unknown area of Italy was courtesy of Alpe di Siusi. Any opinions expressed about my love for men in funny hats remain entirely my own.

Founder of Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.


  1. That looks lovely. I know the food around there is amazing, but I always just go there in the winter, I’ve yet to go there in the summer, but it looks nice!

  2. @Jarmo – It was very lovely! I sometimes dream about the delicious meal. 🙂

    It’s definitely worth a visit in the summer. I’ve yet to go in the winter, would love to do so as well.

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