Since June 2018 Erich and Petra Untermarzoner are delighted to be able to manage the Leger (“Alpine Hut”).
Their fundamental principles are the responsibility for the environment and for people.
Where everything revolves around respect, mutual consideration and a lot of joy, “hopefully our guests will be pleasantly surprised on how we present our philosophy of life”.
Return to “the origins” is our motto. Our dishes as well as our drinks are prepared with love and dedication using whenever possible our own products. Many things of the past can be found in our everyday life, such as the use of spices and other herbs (also excellent speck).
The amazing views of the Pietralba sanctuary and the Venostan Alps in the background plus the Corno Bianco offer a breathtaking sight.
Those who stop by and enjoy our food and drinks will enjoy pleasant and relaxing moments, and will for sure return for another visit.
PS: In Italian Morning TV we and our surroundings were worth a contribution! Click here to see it!
The stories, everyone wants to hear them, what kind of people are we, who are we welcoming to the Leger? How do you mix South Tyrolean and Bavarian culture? What is the history of the old Leger hut? Why are owls so important to us? You can discover this and much more in our alpine pasture.
Erich: I was born in Petersberg, my father was the “Schaffers” (manager of the farm) at the convent at Pietralba. I started working as a chef at the age of 15 at the Pietralba hotel and then after years of work as a chef, waiter, and manager of Malgas, I returned to my hometown of Petersberg. I always willingly helped my father on his farm “Probis” and say that cows and horses are close to my heart too. I have a great knowledge of wines, which I hope to share with you when you come to visit us.
Petra: I grew up in Aying near Munich and started working at 15 years old for an Insurance Company. After working in Munich, Fürstenfeldbruck and Hannover, I feel that I have over the year’s accumulated great managerial experience which I have found useful in the management of the Leger and our large family. During a crossing of the Alps in 2004 I met Erich. My Bavarian origins are very close to my heart and in our Leger with a welcoming environment we get as close as possible with the serving and taste of Bavarian beer.
Karlina lived for almost 70 years at the Petersberg Leger, and at just 11 together with 5 sisters and her parents, they had to build a new life. A life of hardship and full of misfortunes which made her a very strong woman.
At the age of 19, she took care of her sisters, survived a bombing during the Second World War, treated her sick father in a house without electricity and running water and brought up two sons of two of her sisters. Urban, the eldest of the two, supported her during her long life and worked with her on breeding St. Bernard dogs and peacocks. There is still a lot more to tell about Karlina, but this can be done in more depth at our alpine pasture. So please ask when you come to visit.
You may have noticed the numerous owls placed around the Leger, and many inhabitants of Petersberg will remember the many peacocks owned by Karlina and her nephew Urban. These two birds have much in common: calm, strength, stability, longevity, attention, elegance and their protective presence. All qualities that are very important to us.
Peacocks have the peculiarity of always sleeping in the same place. Their feathers are still used today in embroidery in leather goods, especially in the nearby Sarentino valley. An art that requires a lot of skill and precision and one that creates real masterpieces.
… and today? Today we want our guests to feel like peacocks, who will find their place in the Leger, and were they always return.
There are many reasons for visiting us at the Leger. In addition to fantastic views, a warm welcome and lots of entertainment, there are treats for true connoisseurs that make it even more inviting to come back. We are at the complete disposal of families and nature lovers.
We cater for vegetarians, gluten intolerance, dogs and their owners. Anyone who is interested, can look around the house at the many handmade objects and whoever wants to, can give us new ideas by writing them and posting them in the “new ideas” post box.
From our experience we know that if children feel comfortable, the parents will stay willingly longer. In our Leger we are trying to create and build, using mainly natural material, games for children. The sandbox and the lawns, the water games, the tower for climbing with a hay bath, games of skill. The area is flat and clearly visible.
In bad weather, you can enjoy a hot drink or juice in our stube (heated room), there are board games and books available.
In case you have forgotten some things, we have: reading glasses, sunscreen, and nappies/diapers. We can help you in case of wasp and bee stings and we have changing mats for the little ones. There is (almost) nothing that we have not thought of for you.
South Tyrol is gearing up for dogs. More and more people bring their four-legged friends to our Leger. To make these little guests feel at ease, we thought of a menu for them. The dog food comes exclusively from EU industry / products. Preservation is by drying and therefore all foods are free of preservatives and chemicals.
It is not new to us that some people must give up gluten. Every weekend we offer at least 2 types of gluten-free cakes and we always have four different types of bread for you to choose from.
Even the jams and our yogurt contains carob seed flour and are a delight for those who are unable to eat gluten. We are working closely with the Italian Celiac Association of Bolzano in the aim of gaining a certificate.
Today many alpine pastures attract guests for the wonderful views and for particular or special events. For us it is important that the guests find an old traditional feeling of an Alpine hut, so the food that arrives on the table is really tasty, filling and substantial especially after a good walk. Our menu is quite rich, but not exaggerated. The pieces of crispy rye bread, the speck and cheeses and along with delicious dumplings are just some of the specialties.
The food in South Tyrol is culture and is also greatly appreciated outside the regional borders. This is because our region offers a very wide choice.
We try to offer the best to our guests and we procure from the local farmers’ eggs, meat, cheese, pasta, vegetables and syrups (squash). Our bio coffee is produced by the company Caroma di Fiè allo Sciliar and is marked with the seal “fair trade”. We do not use ready-made products and use a lot of spices and herbs from our garden. Our garden salad is washed only by rain.
Entertainment when choosing food? Yes, it is possible with us.
In addition to the menu for our guests, you can choose the food for your four-legged friends from the menu prepared especially for them. You will also find a page titled “It costs almost nothing” and a page containing various information about the Leger.
While waiting for the dishes to be prepared and served you can read stories of the Leger or try to solve a puzzle.
A menu you will rarely find in another Malga, we bet?
Spend your time with loved ones? It does not matter if it’s for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, family party or any other type of event. We can cater for all occasions, you can personally choose your menu with us and have use of the guest stube (maximum 30 people), the barn stube (maximum 50 people) and of course there is the garden.
If you wish, we can also arrange musical accompaniment for you. In order not to find us unprepared, please kindly contact us in advance to organise. +393282095725
You can walk, come by car or use public transport, it does not matter as from Pietralba sanctuary it is an easy walk of approximately half an hour. While walking through the woods you can admire the Dolomites.
With 200 meters difference in height it is accessible for older people, young children and parents with strollers. Then once you arrive at the Leger you can marvel at the panoramic views that ranges from the Venosta Alps to the Villandro huts and relax. Our Leger is also a point of departure and connection for different excursions.
If you begin your journey with bus number 142 from Ora you must change at Montagna. Travel time approx. 50 min. On the web page you will find the correct times of the buses, also you can find the timetable of bus number 142 from Egna to Pietralba.
From the motorway take the exit Bolzano North or Ora you will arrive in Pietralba in just over half an hour. From Bolzano Nord take the Val d’Ega and then follow the signs for Nova Ponente and then Pietralba.
Those coming from Ora take the road towards Cavalese and then turn towards Aldino, Monte San Pietro and Pietralba.From Pietralba Sanctuary a half-hour walk awaits you.
In Pietralba there is a very large free car park. Those wishing to reach us from Laab da Nova Ponente your walk will take you about half an hour.
Those departing from Laives to reach the sanctuary of Pietralba will arrive at a car park from where you will be able to admire the impressive church and the splendid Catinaccio massif. Take path number 2 for approx. half an hour to the Petersberger Leger, were you can enjoy a well-deserved and tasty meal accompanied by a good cold beer. We wish you fantastic views and beautiful walks!
… makes the Leger a special experience for every season!
The Easter bunny hides colourful eggs for us to find, also fun games that will test your skills!
Anyone that has an egg that survives the 3 games will be given a small suprise.
Starts at 11am.
Book for Mum and the family, or for you and your friends’ a delicious brunch buffet (€16 per person), delicacies available from 9am.
From 14.00hrs there is a “work table” available where mother and child can play and make crafts using all natural materials (all for free), maybe if Mum is allowed to “rest” then Dad can participate!
Culture and fun at the Leger. (Mountain hut)
Formentera’s Hofnarren present the unique play “Indian” with Simon Schwarz and Thomas Rizzoli. Directed by Marion Gamper.
Two health inspectors forced together on a work journey.
A play in which absurd comedy, weird humor and very strong human feelings, all come together, creating moments of poignant sincerity.
Limited number of seats. Booking in advance is recommended. Enjoy!