Silvo Tischler is closely connected with both countries. He is Slovene on his mother’s side and Austrian on his father’s side but in his soul he claims to be a ‘European’. His roots are the reason for his enthusiasm to make the hut Koča Stari Loibl Hütte a place where Slovenes and Austrians can meet in a friendly atmosphere. A place where there are no boundaries, not even those in people’s minds; where there are only people who are searching for their piece of paradise on Earth, away from the everyday hustle and bustle of the valley.
Silvo Tischler was also one of the main initiators of the event ‘dance without borders’, an event on old Ljubelj that was first organized a year before Slovenia entered the European Union and has been a tradition ever since. Eleven years later he decided to buy the mountain hut on old Ljubelj. “As I am a hunter I intended to build a hunting lodge on the alpine meadow Kal at first, but then the Koren family suggested I take over this hut,” Tischler says, explaining his decision.
Together with Slovene and Austrian co-workers he has renovated it in a natural way, considering the architectural basis of the old hut, and providing a self-sufficient environmentally-friendly electricity and water supply for the hut. The interior of the hut is characterised by the past of old Ljubelj, as well as by Silvo Tischler’s touch, while the additional feeling of homeliness and warmth comes from the decorations of Tischler’s wife Martina.
Tischler entrusted the keeping of the hut to Aleš Grum. Aleš and his team work hard all year round to make sure hikers feel comfortable, and Toni Kavčič meets the hungry guests’ needs.
One can often hear all the guests singing together, either Slovene or Austrian songs. “It is my wish that cultural meetings for people from both sides of the Ljubelj are organized here,” says Silvo Tischler. The meetings would become a regular part of events on old Ljubelj, the Hrast Memorial of Oldtimers being one of them.