The real home of the sweet chestnut is the Mediterranean region. Because vine stakes were often obtained from their wood, they were bought with the viticulture to the north. For this purpose, the chestnut forest in Unterach am Attersee was probably created in Roman times or in the early Middle Ages.
Wine has not been grown on the Attersee for a long time, but the sweet chestnut has survived in Unterach to this day. The chestnut forest, which is around one kilometer long, is a real rarity in these latitudes and has been under nature protection since the 1930s. The favorable microclimatic conditions have lasted this forest for centuries. The prickly injuries are recorded, albeit known so far in the north more roasted than winter fast food. The sweet chestnut and the horse chestnut, which is much further away in Upper Austria, are not related to one another. The sweet chestnut is a beech family.
In Unterach, on the slope of the Mondseer Flyschberge mountain range, the copper beech trees of a 3,7513 hecatare forest are interspersed with a high proportion of sweet chestnut trees.
What is so special about this is the fact that nowhere north of the Alps chestnuts attain full maturity - except here in Unterach in the beautiful Salzkammergut region. This is due to the mild climate where even wine can thrive.
On the occasion of his 60th crown jubilee, an anniversary tree was planted in honor of Emperor Franz Josef on 18 August 1908.
In autumn, Unterach is all about chestnuts and the people of Unterach celebrate the Chestnut Festival with their guests.
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