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Zeit.los Magazin

von Zeit.los Magazin

January 09, 2023

WINTER

Wonders of nature: Lake Lotten and its cottages

Nature often works according to its own rules and laws. Some things seem natural to us in the truest sense, others leave us with wonder. When a lake disappears, for example, only to reappear the next year.

It is a beautiful and wondrous place in the Wildmoos, where you can observe an interesting natural phenomenon. Seemingly out of nowhere, two mountain lakes form in the midst of green meadows, larch and birch forests. The Wildmoos and the Lottensee. Sometimes, however, they do not. Why this is so is not completely clear. Presumably, the aperiodic, i.e. not regularly occurring, natural wonder probably results from spring precipitation and snowmelt water in underground karst systems. When the spring thaw sets in, the underground vessels (kaarsten) thus fill with water, and the overflow floods the meadow depressions, forming lakes there, but these often disappear after a few weeks. In some years, due to underground springs, the water level continues to rise even after the snow melts. Attempts to predict the occurrence of the lakes have so far been unsuccessful. However, when they do occur, they always do so in pairs. And often after a snowy winter. "A lot of snow means a lot of lakes," as the saying goes. But there is no proof of this. So we don't know anything for sure, but some things may simply remain nature's secret ...

C11 Loipe Lottensee

The C11 cross-country skiing trail along Lottensee lake

The Lottensee disappears - the hut and its hosts do not!

The Lottensee anyhow, that belongs since 1949 to the family Kluckner. That is known fix.1968 they have built the associated hut. In the 1970s Josef Kluckner added to it and decided to lease the still existing farm and turn to gastronomy. After more than 20 busy years, Josef and Anna Kluckner handed over the business to son Martin, who still runs it today together with Sonja and now also daughter Patrizia.The Lottensee disappears - the hut and its hosts do not!

Familie Kluckner auf der Lottenseehütte - Portrait der Hüttenwirte

The Kluckner family at the Lottensee Hut

There is plenty to do, especially of course when the lakes show themselves: "If the lake is there in summer, so are the people. Above all, it's a different class of guest, many from Innsbruck, who come to swim and cool off at altitude," says Patrizia. "Otherwise, it's a lot of hikers and walkers." Meanwhile, the hut is also well filled in winter. "We have many regulars who come to us, and the cross-country ski trail passes right by the hut. Some people like to stop in there. We are very centrally located, and from here you can get virtually anywhere in the region - to Mösern, Leutasch and as far as Seefeld," says the young hut hostess. People meet at Lottensee - to enjoy the wonderful surroundings, the warm-hearted people and the traditional cuisine: fortifying, hot soups, homemade cakes, dumplings and, above all, schnitzel and Kaiserschmarrn.

Lottenseehütte im Winter

Lottensee Hut in winter

A family business with a long tradition & many memories

Her first memories of the lake go back to 1999, says Patrizia Kluckner. She was just one year old. They are more like recounted memories, but no less beautiful:

"My mom says I was a real 'lazy sock' as a kid because I never wanted to walk. I didn't crawl or anything. I just didn't want to move. Even when the lake was very high, she just put me on a blanket on the shore along with toys and was never afraid that something would happen. I would sit there and play and watch the people. When the lake finally disappeared, I got up and left."

The lake became part of Patrizia's life, but she didn't want to go into the hospitality industry at first. Because she was good at accounting in school, the director thought she belonged more in a bank. "That would never have worked out," Patrizia believes. A tax firm it turned out to be: "I worked there for a year and went to the cabin on weekends. However, dancing at two weddings was too much at some point. Besides, I'm a very active person and didn't want to sit in front of the computer for eight hours a day. So I asked mom if I could start here. Otherwise, I would have looked for something else." Of course she was allowed. Today, in addition to Martin, Sonja and Patrizia Kluckner, there are usually three other people working in the kitchen, "but sometimes one of them drops out, and then Mom switches to the kitchen and Dad and I have to go one step faster.

Hüttenwirtin Patrizia Kluckner auf der Lottenseehütte - Portrait mit Hunden

Mountain hut hostess with her dogs

It seems as if she had gathered all her strength as a baby, because in addition to her work at the hut, Patrizia Kluckner is also a mountain rescuer trainee and as such - unfortunately - often in action. "At the moment I don't manage to do many missions in terms of time, because there is a lot to do in the hut and the work is voluntary. But on average we are called out two or three times a week. This year, it was really rough at times."

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