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Vienna
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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...
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...
Once a Cold War no-man’s-land, the Thayatal national park is now a restored oasis of calm and natural beautySitting atop a mossy bluff overlooking the Thaya River near Hardegg, it’s hard to believe the Iron Curtain once ran through here. Gone is the barbed wire that once coiled along the riverbanks. The machine gun platforms and guard towers have...
Views to die for and the new Ice Q building were what attracted  the James Bond producers to Sölden. The town was sworn to secrecy, but now can finally tell the taleThe Ice Q, a three-story glass building in the Ötzal Alps became world famous overnight late last year when it made an appearance as the icily sinister health...
travel farm
Connect with nature while unplugging from city life... but leave enough time to milk the cowsWe talk about our dream of country life, walking arm in arm down a quiet lane while cattle graze in a field nearby; crossing a babbling brook in the shade of a mighty oak, the aroma of freshly cut hay radiant in the afternoon...
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...
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...
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...
hiking
Summer heat doesn’t temper Austrians’ appetite for high peaks in the slightest.Many Austrians have never seen The Sound of Music (after all, what does Hollywood know?). And those who have may well reject the picture of a folksy, slightly naïve and somewhat hillbilly people inclined to burst into song at the slightest excuse, that has somehow charmed generations of...
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