“Now Yvonne and Hugh were high enough to see, through the trees, the stars low down on the western horizon. Scorpio setting … Sagittarius, Capricornus; ah, there, here they were, after all, in their right places, their configurations all at once right, recognized, their pure geometry scintillating, flawless. And tonight as five thousand years ago they would rise and set: Capricorn, Aquarius, with, beneath, lonely Fomalhaut; Picses; and the Ram; Taurus, with Aldebaran and the Pleiades.”MALCOM LOWRY: UNDER THE VOLCANO. 1947/1958>, LONDON: JONATHAN CAPE, 1947
With just under 1,000 inhabitants, Hinterstoder is only a few kilometers from the A9 Pyhrnautobahn, one of the great north-south axes of Europe, at peace with itself, conveniently located as well as secluded in the Pyhrn-Priel region of Upper Austria.
If Upper Austria can already be considered the undisguised, authentic Austria on a small scale, the area on the northern edge of the Alps once again occupies a special position. Connoisseurs of the region describe the sparsely populated and scenically very charming area as the Tuscany of the Limestone Alps.
THE STODERTAL VALLEY
Especially the Stodertal Valley has only been minimally developed. Except for the ski area on Höss Mountain, cable cars, ski lifts and power lines have no chance here. Hinterstoder attaches great importance to the sustainability of its development and has joined the Netzwerk Zukunftsorte (Towns of the Future Network), a platform for Austria’s innovative communities.
Another network membership makes Hinterstoder one of 27 European Alpine Pearls committed to soft mobility and sustainable tourism. For its efforts, the town already received the European Village Renewal Award in 1998.
IN THE SURROUNDINGS
Extensive nature reserves, including the Totes Gebirge mountain range with over 1,000 km2 of alpine wilderness are located in the Hinterstoder municipal area and in the immediate vicinity. The famous English alpine painter and mountaineer Edward Theodore Compton (1849–1921) could not and did not want to escape the charm of the mountains around Hinterstoder, which would make just as good a figure as those in Tyrol.
Several times he stayed for longer periods in Stodertal Valley.
What he painted here can be seen today at the Hinterstoder Mountain World Adventure Museum Alpineum.