Nestled in the Salzburg lake district the Wastlbauer farm sits on top of a small hill overlooking Lake Mattsee and Lake Grabensee. The farm has a splendid Alpin panoramic view to the south, and enjoys the natural beauty of the gently flowing Matig river that meanders along the property’s parameter.
26 hectares of fertile grassland, including 10 hectares of forest, belong to the farm. The forest at the end of the lane has recently become home to beekeeping.
Next to the farm sits the marker stones indicating to commuters the borderline between the counties of Land Salzburg and Upper Austria. So it goes without saying we always walk the line!
Overview of farm facilities:
Our guests are invited to use the garden and the playground. The cozy wine tavern with a beautiful ambience under the walnut tree is open for breakfast (in summer months). There is also a lounge in Salettl with an open-air bar and panoramic terrace that is opened on occasions throughout the year. This terrace, with its undisturbed south-facing location, offers a unique view of the Mattig Creek and the forest below. During the evening hours the most beautiful sunsets can be enjoyed here. There is also a bowls field. Guests can borrow a ball set at any time and end the day with a game.
We are happy to assist you during your stay with recommendations on activities and destinations. We also provide insight into the work on the farm and our project goal to transform the farm guided by the principles of permaculture. Our children Elliot and Robin are also happy playmates and are looking forward to joint adventures.
Agricultural lands are the habitat for many wild animal and plant species. Fields, meadows and pastures serve as a food source and provide breeding and retreat areas. Rich biodiversity is an important foundation for sustaining natural processes that benefit humans, such as natural pest control, pollination of fruit blossoms by insects, and soil up- and degradation processes.
The increasing intensification and monotonization of agriculture, however, significantly limits this potential. Climate change is already causing irreparable damage. Without serious changes in agriculture during this century, not only insects will be completely eradicated, but the entire civilization will be endangered. As little Greta from Sweden is now vocal in saying, at best, politics is reacting at a snail's pace to this urgency of climate change.
After 10 years as climate change campaigners, we have now said goodbye to the computer and have moved from theory to practice. Our goal is to slowly but continuously create a self-sufficient habitat with guiding principles of permaculture.
We aim to transform the farm into an integrative, sustainable living space with:
Agrarlandschaften sind Lebensraum für viele wildlebende Tier- und Pflanzenarten. Felder, Wiesen und Weiden dienen als Nahrungsgrundlage und bieten Brut- und Rückzugsräume. Eine reiche biologische Vielfalt ist eine wichtige Grundlage für die Erhaltung von natürlichen Prozessen, die dem Menschen dienen, wie zum Beispiel der natürlichen Schädlingsregulierung, der Bestäubung von Obstblüten durch Insekten und den Auf- und Abbauprozessen im Boden.
Die zunehmende Intensivierung und Monotonisierung der Landwirtschaft schränkt dieses Potenzial jedoch erheblich ein. Der Klimawandel verursacht schon jetzt unwiederbringliche Schäden. Ohne gravierende Änderungen in der Landwirtschaft im Laufe dieses Jahrhunderts werden nicht nur Insekten komplett ausgerottet, sondern die gesamte Zivilisation gefährdet sein. Wie die kleine Greta aus Schweden es nun lautstark zum Ausdruck bringt, reagiert die Politik bestenfalls im Schneckentempo auf diese Dringlichkeit des Klimawandels.
Nach 10-jähriger Tätigkeit als Klimaaktivisten haben wir uns nun vom Computer verabschiedet und legen selbst Hand an. Unser Ziel ist es, langsam aber kontinuierlich einen autarken Lebensort nach den Prinzipien der Permakultur zu gestalten.
Dabei soll der Hof als ein integrativer, zukunftsfähiger Lebensraum gestaltet werden mit
We are always welcoming of those who would like to learn more about our farm, and way of life. We offer the opportunity to students of all ages and walks of life to join us for an internship. For more information on internship programs and how to apply please send an email to Eva at firstname.lastname@example.org
We – that’s Eva Filzmoser and Andrew Coiley with our two little sons Elliot and Robin – have lived on the farm since 2018.
Eva grew up here and Andrew is originally from County Antrim in Northern Ireland. We got to know each other during a volunteering project in Thailand, after the Tsunami in 2004, when we helped divers clear garbage from the beaches and worked to rebuild residents homes. Most recently we founded an NGO in the field of climate change and development policy and led it for 10 years.
Back at the roots, we said goodbye to the computer life and now put our words to action at the farm. Our vision is to implement a sustainable farm with many small projects based on the principles of permaculture.
We are happy to tell you more about our farm concept, especially at sunset over a game of “Pétanque” – the French ball game suitable for all ages, or around the campfire with a guitar.
In addition, the “old farmers” Romana and Franz Filzmoser live on the farm. Despite their well-earned retirement, they are still actively helping as we open a new chapter in the farm’s 250+ year history. The incomparable beauty of the farm is the result of years of hard work and pride. You can tell by the sparkle in their eyes when you’re talking to them.
There are several hundred chickens laying fresh eggs every day. For animal lovers, there are also rabbits and cats, who like to be cuddled. From autumn 2019 there will also be a petting zoo, with pony, sheep, and a few goats.
Cows, geese and pigs will soon be migrating to the farm within the new concept. This will take a while. Quality takes time to grow and behind top quality is above all a lot of love and planning that can't happen too quickly – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Our farm is an ideal starting point for many trips. There are a large number of touristic destinations within an hour's drive by car or bus. There is a bus stop in front of the farm gate, from where buses run every hour to the nearest villages and to Salzburg.
The Wastlbauerhof is located in the beautiful Salzburg Lake District, in midst of the 3 lakes Mattsee, Obertrumersee and Grabensee, which can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bicycle. All lakes have public beaches.
In addition, there are many other lakes in the area. These include the Irrsee, the Wallersee, the Mondsee, the Wolfgangsee, the Traunsee and the Attersee.
In a few minutes’ drive there are the idyllic villages Mattsee, Seeham and Obertrum, which have tourist attractions. For example, Seeham is known as organic village in the Salzburg Lake District and offers not only adventures in its “herbal world” but also in the climbing park. In the village Mattsee there is one of the oldest settlements of the Bavarians and also the Ferdinand Porsche adventure world “fahr(T)raum”.
This region is proud of the sustainability of fresh produce, such as fish from the lakes as well as the best free-range eggs in Austria, which are produced here on the farm. For beer fans there are visits to the Trumer private brewery, beer tastings and even draft beer from the unique beer fountain. In addition, culturally-minded guests get their taste, with the many music concerts in the nearby places. The long list of leisure activities in the Salzburg Lake District is best read on the website of the tourist office.
Also the Salzkammergut with the famous places St. Gilgen and Mondsee with many other attractions is not far away. In the picturesque St. Gilgen there is the all-weather amusement park, a cable car to the mountain “Zwölferhörndl” and of course the Wolfgangsee. In the direction of Upper Austria there is the open-air museum in Neukirchen and the chocolate manufactory Frucht & Sinne in Frankenmarkt. There is also the new KTM Motohall in Mattighofen.
In the lake district it goes without saying that bathing is in the summer months on the program. The lakes often heat up to 25 degrees. On windy days there are many opportunities for water sports such as sailing, (pedal) boating, wind and kite surfing. In addition, forests and paths invite you to go hiking and walking. You often meet deer, rabbits, pheasants and many species of birds. There are also several horse stables in the area. For cyclists, the area is ideal. Sports equipment can be rented in the surrounding villages.
An hourly bus service from the bus stop in front of the farm offers trips directly into the center of Salzburg allows an uncomplicated exploration of the area.
The Salzkammergut is a traditional place in Austria. All year round are traditional events, processions and regional town festivals. As a guest in our region, you are always invited to festivities such as Maypole Setup or Perchtenläufe.
Even in winter it is not boring with us. Above all, the many Christmas markets in the area with their many Standerln and colorful lights worth a visit. On the big ski slopes in Werfenweng or the Salzburg Amade-Skiwelt you are in about 1 hour but also around there are activities in the snow. In the frozen Lettengrube we can try the arts on two runners in the forest and slide skates over the ice. The lakes can also completely freeze and then offer an unforgettable skating experience.