Book details

408 Pages
Publication date: November 2022
Imprint: Benevento
Eduard Hochbichler Michael Köhlmeier Klaus Hackländer Othmar Pruckner Maximilian Moser Werner Meisinger

The Alpine Forest

A Description of Nature and Culture from 21 Perspectives

On the Wealth of the Forest

The Alpine forest has countless facets: it is habitat, resource, protection, reservoir, a space for enjoyment and recreation and a refuge.

The protagonists who work with our native wood are as diverse as the flora and fauna: the charcoal burner who has been harnessing the energy of the forest for centuries, the architect who creates excellent modern living spaces with the timber it provides, or the instrument maker who finds sonorous woods in the Alpine forest—all of them and many more have their say and get to talk about life in and with the Alpine forest and its secrets.

Maps, illustrations and impressive photographs give us an understanding of the incredible wealth of the Alpine region, whose preservation is of great importance for us.

»Thanks to the unique photographs and the outstanding layout of this illustrated volume, readers are transported into the fascinating world of the Alpine forest.«
Der Alm- und Bergbauer

»There are many books about the Alps, as well as about the forest. But this work about the “Alpenwald” is unique.«

»This unique illustrated book takes readers into a fascinating world whose protection is so important to us all.«

»Anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the development and significance of the natural phenomenon of the Alpine forest and its importance today for the lives of people in the Alps should definitely pick up this magnificent volume from Benevento Verlag.«

»Garnished with dreamy photos and clever graphic solutions, this magnificent volume can be read from back to front or from the middle (…) it has become a book that invites you to fall in love with the Alpine forest anew in every chapter.«

»While browsing through the more than 400 pages, the reader feels taken on a wonderful walk through the forest, where experts celebrate the flora and fauna of the alpine world with powerful words and images.«
outdoor Magazin

»You can lose yourself in it, marvel and bring back to consciousness the comprehensive importance and power of the forest and all that it enables and constitutes.«
Hoch Hinaus Alpenverein

»An ode to the trees was achieved in this magnificent volume “Der Alpenwald”«
Kleine Zeitung

»Hochbichler and a good dozen other authors, all experts in their field, thoroughly search these forest regions in order to provide a versatile, well-informed, vivid picture of the Alpine forest in this richly prepared book.«
Süddeutsche Zeitung

»This book is proof of it: reading changes consciousness.«

»The voluminous book “Der Alpenwald” takes everyone on an fascinating journey through the history and present of a unique natural and cultural landscape.«


Eduard Hochbichler

Eduard Hochbichler, born in Gmunden in 1958, studied forestry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, to which he returned to work and teach at the Institute of Silviculture after working for the Österreichische Bundesforste. His work focuses on the development and implementation of innovative silvicultural techniques and multifunctional forest management concepts. He is also an advisor to numerous national and international institutions in the field of sustainable forestry.