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Treasure on the Edge
Herbalism in Salzburg, Herbalism
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Treasure on the Edge

“As the saying goes: A healing herb grows for every ill. And where do the tastiest herbs and best herbs grow? Naturally, here in the mountains on meadows and pastures” says Margarethe Balla, who is a trained herbalist and TEH practitioner so she knows what she is tal king about.

Herbalism in Salzburg, Herbalism

She passes her experience on, once a week in the summer, as part of a leisurely Herb.Discovery Walk through Altenmarkt. “Whether in the kitchen, in cosmetics or as a medicinal herb, the wild herbs do a very good job of helping people,” says Margarethe Balla.

Herbalism in Salzburg, Herbalism

Herb.Discovery Walk

During her guided 2 ½ hour herbal walk, which begins in the garden of her country house, then leads along a fence into the nearby forest, the guests get to know the often overlooked plants and learn a lot about the plants and their effects: “So many inconspicuous blossoms on the verges have a lot of power in them that the previous generations used for the healing of illnesses or for spicing food”.

Herbalism in Salzburg, Herbalism

In the kitchen, Margarethe Balla swears by stinging nettle. “It can be used for donuts, dumplings and foam soup, and Gout weed, an unpopular, invasive weed in the garden that tastes like parsley when harvested regularly.” Margarethe Balla collects medicinal herbs for teas and natural cosmetics and processes spruce resin traditionally into a healing ointment.

Herbalism in Salzburg, Herbalism
Herbalism in Salzburg, Herbalism

Summer Farm Hikes

The alpine hike with Margarethe Balla – also once a week from June to September – is just as exciting as the Herb.Discovery walk. It starts in Zauchensee and continues over the Stubhöhe to the Tauernkarleiten Alm, one of the most pristine mountain pastures in the region.

Herbalism in Salzburg, Herbalism
Herbalism in Salzburg, Herbalism
Herbalism in Salzburg, Herbalism

Here the landlords Michi and Vroni welcome the hikers and offer them a well-earned snack: homebaked bread and Radstädter cheese.

photo credits: Nadia Jabli Photography, Matthias Fritzenwallner


What could be nicer for someone born in Hamburg, to live in the mountains for the past 20 years? And what could be nicer for a journalist/writer from the North – to work where others take their holiday too? Sorry, it´s not work what I do daily, the written word is my passion! Writing is my vocation … and that for 40 years now. And finally, what could be nicer for a passionate writer than to meet new people every day, who are interesting, who have a story to tell and who concern themselves with subjects which bring us all joy …

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