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Vienna
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Cares unravel in the pristine alpine stillness of Upper Austria’s Grünau im Almtal Cascades of snowflakes thick as the Milky Way tumbled down the ski slope, erasing the trails made by the few other skiers. We had the piste, framed by snow-clad conifers, all to ourselves.At the end of a blissful Thursday – unencumbered by ski-lift queues, inept snowboarders or...
The adventures of a flatlander surviving in the AlpsDespite the 6 a.m. train, we planned to hit the slopes the moment we arrived in Oberndorf in Tirol five hours later. The excitement of a ski trip is palpable and quite contagious; even beginners can look forward to a few days in the mountain air.I started learning this alpine sport...
wolfgangsee
During the holiday season, the Wolfgangsee turns into a paradise for lovers of all things AdventWith the Christmas season starting earlier each year, it was no surprise that by early December last year my friends and I were already feeling burned out by the conspicuous consumption and forced cheer of the capital. So for St. Nicholas Day, or December...
Cycling from Vienna to Budapest along Europe’s iconic river, through three countries and changing cultures  It’s over 300 kilometers along the Danube from Vienna to Budapest, and I was going to cycle it. Despite the idea lingering in the back of my mind for ages, Viennese life somehow kept me from managing to find the time. With my sojourn in...
Pures Leben Chalets Styria
An out-of-town house experience with all the comforts of modern living. I’ll be the first to admit it. City kids always look a little out of place on a rolling hillside. It’s something about the all-in-black look and the impractical shoes that immediately gives us away. But nature beckons, and for those without out-of-town friends or a country house of...
If Austria’s symbol is the strong and proud eagle, South Styria might be a delicate and beautiful woman clad in a bright red and green dirndl; classy, light of foot, full of color and vitality, with a fine perfume.The leaves are falling, summer’s over and for many it seems like the end of the best of times. But in...
Wachau
The Wachau region is just a stone’s throw from Vienna and its secrets and treasures can be all yours for an afternoon.The dream of slowing down – of escaping the city to spend endless afternoons in the countryside – has always seemed like something for old people. But when I got the opportunity to visit the Wachau Valley, I...
Skiing
The sequestered slopes and secluded log cabins of Zettersfeld offer a different kind of skiing holiday.There’s a certain romance in packing a week’s provisions into the cabins of a gondola cable car. OK, this is hardly the pioneer spirit of a ski trip to wilder parts of Alaska, but when you are leaving the world of cars and supermarkets...
The high altitudes and fresh powder on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier makes it the perfect place to start the ski seasonFew things are finer than a ski escape in fall. When the leaves have turned brown and soggy, the tongues of fog have crept into the valleys and much of Austria feels slightly forlorn, it’s time to rummage in the...
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