It is not only the natural landscape of the National Park’s core zone that characterises the landscape of the Hohe Tauern National Park Carinthia Region. The cultural landscape shaped by the hands of men and women is also very much part of the picture. The stock mills and the Mentlhof showcase farm in Apriach (municipality of Heiligenblut) are excellent cases in point.
A short nature trail gives access to the mills. Here, up until the middle of last century, they still processed corn produced even at this altitude.
By the way, their name refers to the millstone’s wooden drive shaft, which was known as a “Stock” in the local vernacular. It has nothing to do with the storey-like construction of the mills.
Mentlhof farmhouse is almost 400 years old and is a lovingly furnished mountain farming museum near the stock mills. Here you will get all the detail on a lifestyle full of privations at an altitude of 1,400 m above sea level.