The Fahrlechhütte is one of the two huts situated by the Duisitzkarsee, one hour hike (well, one and a half unless you are a Superman or an elderly Austrian lady) from Eschachalm in Obertal near Schladming, Styria. This hut has tables directly by the water, and the tourist guide told me they were using local produce for their dishes – the fact that made the choice between the two huts easy (the second hut, the Duisitzkarseehütte, also offers a Brettljause and is quite certainly worth a visit, too).
Fantastic location aside, this was the first Brettljause that came close to what they show on TV when they talk about typical snacks in the mountains. Served without a fork and thus destroying the childhood rule that eating with a knife is inappropriate, this Jause contained thick slices of a Wiener-type sausage, cheese (with some smoky taste, for a change), Speck and a half of a long smoked sausage. Also present were some Verhackertes with onions (looking like chewed-up meat and tasting great), lots of butter to go with two slices of dark bread and a wooden glass of weird brown powdery cheese with the smell and the taste of cow’s droppings (very very good, if you are in the right state of mind). The “accessories” side included horseradish, mustard, pickled cucumbers, a Pfefferoni and a couple of tomato slices.
The end result was fantastic, beating the greatest expectations. The Speck especially was miles above all the generic industrial shit served at 95% of places. It’s just another proof to the theory that the best Brettljause is available at the locations reachable by the owners’ cars but closed to the vehicles of the visitors. If you are into Brettljausen, visiting the Fahrlechhütte is a must, unless of course you are highly allergic to rabbits, who live and multiply in great quantities around there.