Hündeleskopfhütte

The first vegetarian mountain Hut in the Alps

Hündeleskopfhütte nearby Pfronten, Allgäu

The first vegetarian mountain Hut in the Alps

Hündeleskopfhütte nearby Pfronten, Allgäu

Instead of Schnitzel and cold meats, the menu of the Hündeleskopfhütte offers vegan cheese spätzle and zucchini lasagne. Silvia Beyer is the first hut manager in the Alps to take meat off the menu. What many may see as a contradiction in terms seems to be working well for her: The new concept is attracting many guests to the Allgäu.

The Allgäu in all its splendour

Walkers and mountain bikers who make their way through the wood and up to the Hündeleskopfhütte find themselves richly rewarded for their efforts: They are met by breathtaking views over the Allgäu Alps and the mighty Zugspitze. The cabin itself is as pretty as a postcard. The undulating East Allgäu glacier landscape stretches away at its feet. The striking tower of Pfronten parish church rises up into the sky.  When the sun shines it lights up the moorland and makes the lakes glitter.

Hündeleskopfhütte
Ausblick von der Hündeleskopfhütte

The Hündeleskopfhütte looks like a traditional mountain tavern of the kind that have always been present in the Allgäu. But appearances can be deceptive! Hut manager Silvia Beyer has gone down a different route. At the end of May 2015, Beyer - who was born in Nesselwang and is a member of the German Vegetarian Association - took on the lease of the ancient hut at 1,180 m and turned her dream into a reality: She opened the first vegetarian mountain hut in the Alps. “The time is right for it – even in the Allgäu”, she says with conviction.

Culinary experiments meet traditional home cooking

The concept of a vegetarian mountain hut and traditional Bavarian cuisine are not mutually exclusive - quite the reverse, in fact: In fact, many of the typical Allgäu dishes contain no meat – from Krautkrapfen (cabbage rolls) to the classic “Kaasspatzn”, or cheese spätzle. Even the locals are convinced. Many regulars have started to meet here.

Silvia Beyer in der Küche der Hündeleskopfhütte

Today the menu of the day features zucchini lasagne baked with almond cream and Krautkrapfen. The domestic science graduate is never happier than when she is cooking dishes from her childhood and refining these with her modern recipes. Her grandmother and mother were both vegetarian: Granny Buck ran a guesthouse and even in those days only served her guests dishes that contained no meat, fish, sugar or white flour. “The famous pilot and entrepreneur Beate Uhse was one of her guests”, remembers Silvia Beyer.

The hut manager herself chose to stop eating meat when she was twelve. However, she is not out to convert her guests: “Everyone should be free to eat and live in the way they think is right”, she says.

Bavarian attitude to life - in summer and winter

The Hündeleskopfhütte conveys cosiness, community spirit and hospitality. Many families make the trip here in the summer. The route is suitable for pushchairs. The cross on the summit is almost always visible, encouraging even the least enthusiastic child to keep going. In winter, Silvia Beyer provides a toboggan run. Guests can hire a toboggan and hare down the slope, It’s a real thrill!

Silvia Beyer gießt die Geranien
Gipfelkreuz Hündeleskopf

Hündeleskopfhütte

Silvia Beyer
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address: Am Hündeleskopf, 87459 Pfronten – Kappel
Tel: +49 (0)160 90113431
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email: hkh@email.de
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web: //huendeleskopfhuette.de