Simple Pleasures

Address:8974 Schladming
Status:Open (last checked on 3 March 2024)
Eaten:Brettljause, two beers (Stiegl)

I have been to Ramsau am Dachstein so many times that finding an untested Brettljause in the vicinity is quite an event. Wiesmahdalm is a tiny hut on the Schadming-facing slope of Rittisberg. It is a five-minute walk from the much larger and very popular Sonnenalm, and many hikers seem to be unaware of it. Only two other tables on the terrace were occupied when I arrived at lunchtime and I was the last one to leave.

As much as I appreciate solitude, Wiesmahdalm deserves more visitors for its Brettljause alone. Thickly cut, it looked and tasted very authentic. The Verhackertes was as perfect as it can be, especially when eaten with fresh onion rings, while the slice of a cold Leberkäse (meat loaf) was unusual and welcome, though it did not impress with any strong flavors. Two types of salamis were served, both quite tough and very different from the industrial stuff one finds at supermarkets. The Speck, on the other hand, was very tender, giving my tired teeth a well-deserved pause. As for the cheese… let’s say it was added as an afterthought.

It can be, of course, that one of the first opportunities this year to have a beer outside while looking at snow-covered peaks (don’t expect fantastic views, however) made me too relaxed and accommodating, but I found the hour that I spent at Wiesmahdalm very pleasant, reminiscent of the good old times I was exploring Schladming area and marveling at the genuineness of its Brettljausen. I was just feeling very cold at the end.

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