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The museum Holzerhütte is located directly next to the Naturpark-Infozentrum Scharnitz. The historic wooden hut from the nearby Gleirschtal valley in the Karwendel Nature Park once served as a home for loggers. Today, the traditional building houses a modern multimedia exhibition on the history and present of wood utilization, on the everyday life and living of woodworkers once and today, as well as on ecological connectivity and natural biodiversity in the local mountain forests.
The current location of the Loggers’ Hut museum is also a historical one. The ‘Länd’ area in which it is set, takes its name from the word ‘Anlanden’, that is the bringing ashore of the wood that the loggers floated along the Gleirschbach stream and River Isar. For this purpose, the Isar was once dammed here to form a shallow lake, which was surrounded by a large store of timber. The logging hut itself was originally built in 1913 in the Gleirsch Valley, saved from demolition in 2017 by master carpenter Alois Seelos from Scharnitz, lavishly restored and rebuilt in the Länd.
What to expect in the museum
Room I gives an overview of the history and present of wood use. How did the tree get from the mountain to the valley in the past and how does it happen today? On a large, detailed model and with the help of old film recordings, you can take a closer look at the former stations of woodworking in the Gleirsch Valley. Room II tells of about a hundred years of wood use in the Gleirsch Valley, based on stories told by the woodcutters and planters' wives. In Room III, these contemporary witnesses have their say in detail and report in two short films on their everyday working life at that time. Room IV presents the breathtaking network of life in the natural forest. Take your time to get to the bottom of the puzzles and immerse yourself in the hidden life of the forest.
The museum's outdoor area is designed as a spacious nature adventure playground, with plenty of room for small adventures and ample space for recreation.
The museum can be visited from May to October during the opening hours of the Naturpark-Infozentrum Scharnitz.´Guided tours for groups are possible all year round on request.