LONG HISTORY & LIVED TRADITION
Niederthai [Lower Alm] in the Ötztal depends on its inhabitants and an intact village community that upholds its values: Lived tradition and customs, honest hospitality and old crafts are not only marketing clichés, but form the core of the attraction the region offers to guests. In the same way as the Dooigen [locals] do, leisurely and active holiday-makers appreciate the contemplative idyll of alpine pastures and mighty mountain summits. Peace and tranquillity - this is an attitude towards life that promises true relaxation here at the source of life.
Niederthai was first mentioned in 1121. The name of the village partially stems from the word "THAIA", which is of Romanic origin and means "alpine pasture". This term is common in many places across the entire Ötztal to this day. Due to its situation, Niederthai is referred to as "lower pasture".
In 2010, Etztolarisch [the Ötztal's local dialect] was added to the UNESCO list of "immaterial cultural heritage in Austria". The about 900-years old dialect is one of Austria's oldest varieties and with 8,000 to 15,000 active speakers in its specific and unique form is very much alive.
To this day, Niederthai's inhabitants generate their income from agriculture, farming, own production and crafts. However, this does not mean that there is no room for progress, technology and modern lifestyle in the middle of this alpine idyll - it is precisely the blend of tradition & modern trends that lends Niederthai its alpine character and charm.