The cattle hut, also known as "Holzknechtelde", served as a refuge for woodworkers when they could not return to their houses because the distance was too far. "Forest experience - cattle hut" offers children and adults the opportunity to hike to the cattle hut, listen to stories of "Franz" and get a small snack. Every thursday from 18.07.2019-29.08.2019. Info and registration in the tourist office in Hof: +43 6226 838422. Take the route Number 95.
These huts consisted of a scaffold made of piles, which was covered by bark bands. Inside the front room was a fireplace in the centre, surrounded by simple wooden benches. Above the benches were scaffolds for drying wet clothes. Pediments in the front and rear of the hut opened the room for the smoke to escape. In the rear of the hut was an area for four lumberjacks to sleep. When the workers had moved on and the huts were no longer being frequented, the huts, over time, eventually decayed.
The cattle hut were simple dwellings made of wood. In the old days it served as a refuge for the wood workers, when it was not possible to return home after working in the forest because the distance was too far.
Method of construction
They built the shelter from the materials they had at this time, the thinner poles and the bark from the felled trees, which if possible, were peeled in one piece from the trees. The shape allowed water to run well and so the weather could not affect the huts too much. They were closed on three sides and at the front was the entrance and exit.
In the middle of the woodpine field was the fireplace, built of logs and stone slabs, where on an open fire in a simple iron pan the "Muas", which consisted only of water, flour, salt and a large amount of lard or butter, was prepared and cooked. In addition, the interior consisted of two narrow, side-facing and one lower wooden bunk, which served as sleeping quarters with spruce or pine spruce. Above the sleeping quarters and also above the fireplace wet clothes and other things could be hung on poles or hooks.
The bark hut in Hof bei Salzburg was something "modernized". With boards as a base for the bark. This serves for a longer life and also that it warms up faster inside.