Category: Austria

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Top Summer events in the Alps 2015

With my life being centred around the cycle of the ski season, reciting peak week dates and perfecting the snow dance way before the temperature drops in the Alps, it is a big adjustment for me to see through the whiteouts to the beauty of the Alps in the summer. You can’t beat a blue […]

Confessions of a Viking River Cruises addict

Confessions of a Viking River Cruises addict

I have a confession to make. I’m a Viking River Cruises junkie. I thought I had my addiction under control. It all started last year when Viking invited me to join them on their Portraits of Southern France-Avignon to Chalon river cruise. I was so not a cruiser (having had much less than wonderful experiences […]

Interview with George Gorrow, Creative Director of BASK Gili Meno

Interview with George Gorrow, Creative Director of BASK Gili Meno

George Gorrow was born in Australia and raised on the Northern Beaches. He’s one of four brothers and a loving creative and entrepreneur. He was heavily into the surf and skate scene from a young age, so followed that path for a while. His best friend was the number one surfer in the world at […]

A Taste of Austria: an amazing timelapse video that'll inspire you to visit soon

A Taste of Austria: an amazing timelapse video that’ll inspire you to visit soon

Prepare yourself for a quick insight into Austria’s amazing natural beauty. If you love travelling around Europe, you’ll want to know more about Austria, famed for its gorgeous mountain scenery, its architecture and its music. The following video made by Vienna-based FilmSpektakel offers a brief but fantastic insight into all three. The company spent two […]

The world’s most luxurious skiing resorts

The world’s most luxurious skiing resorts

There’s a skiing break, and then there are the kinds of skiing breaks that you never forget. The snow is lush, deep and plentiful. Your bed is the best you’ve ever slept in, and the food – well, you’ll never eat like that again. The whole holiday is a sensory delight from start to finish, […]

The best underrated ski resorts in Europe

The best underrated ski resorts in Europe

Skiing in Europe’s top resorts is one of greatest thrills a person can experience, the wind on your face, the fresh snow biting at your skis, it really doesn’t get much better than that. But with so many top resorts in Europe, sometimes the lesser known ones can fly under the radar. Here are some […]

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014 include beautiful new properties in Beijing, Kyoto, Moscow, NYC, Orlando and Vienna. Some of these hotels are entering extremely crowded markets, while others are in the enviable position of having only a few luxury competitors, making them the go-to property for most luxury travelers to that destination. […]

6 of the best outdoor skating rinks around the world

6 of the best outdoor skating rinks around the world

Winter is not all about staying inside by a fire, but also getting out in the fresh air and enjoying outdoor winter activities. Ice-skating is the perfect winter activity for all ages and a great way to get some much-needed exercise while enjoying the festive season. I’ve chosen some of the best outdoor skating rinks […]

The toughest slopes on the Alps

The toughest slopes on the Alps

Ever wondered wha the toughest slopes on the Alps are? This infographic created in association with SkiBoutique highlights ten different routes, showing the ability level required to take on each challenge, along with descriptions of the routes, altitude and maximum gradient… a really useful resource for anyone heading for the slopes this winter!

5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

5 of the best luxury ski hotels in Europe

Skiers visiting the Alps by and large usually prefer the independence and freedom that a luxury ski chalet provides, however one mans meat is another mans poison, some prefer the hotel experience. For those that do prefer to stay in a hotel there are a wide range of options, from the cosy and intimate small […]

27 of Europe's best Christmas markets

27 of Europe’s best Christmas markets

Mulled wine, magical Christmas scenery, romantic European destinations, roasted chestnuts, local delicacies and the opportunity to shop til you drop. What more could you want? Festive singing, a bit of ice-skating, unusual local arts and crafts and plenty of Christmas cheer – that’s what it’s all about in some of the finest Christmas markets Europe […]

Recipe of the week: Carinthian blueberry 'datschi' with vanilla-thyme foam

Recipe of the week: Carinthian blueberry ‘datschi’ with vanilla-thyme foam

Carinthian blueberry ‘datschi’ is inspired by local and seasonal ingredients of the Carinthian mountain and lake area with its flora and fauna. It uses blueberries, a seasonal fruit. Furthermore it contains thyme, a herb which grows in Carinthia. The dish combines the tradition of Austrian flour based pastries and the Mediterranean influence of Carinthia – […]

8 of the world's 'ultra luxe' bathrooms

8 of the world’s ‘ultra luxe’ bathrooms

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom. A good bathroom is a necessity, a beautiful bathroom is a luxury, but the following bathrooms, are just out of this world. I like to put them in the ‘Ultra Luxe’ box. A section of the ‘marketing mix’ which has been thoroughly thought about and is […]

8 reasons to love Lech

8 reasons to love Lech

I have skied in Lech since I was a child, and it is the resort that I keep returning to. Lech fuses tradition and modernity perfectly. In the 25 years or so that I have been going, its charming character has remained reassuringly constant; strict planning laws means that expansion and development is virtually non-existent […]

Beat the end of season blues - book next Winter's ski trip now

Beat the end of season blues – book next Winter’s ski trip now

As winter draws to a close, some people may already be packing away their ski gear and turning their thoughts to swimming, sailing, cycling and sun. Others however, may already be looking forward to next winter, and taking advantage of some of the early booking offers which seem to be landing in our in boxes […]

Top 5 luxury ski chalets for families

Top 5 luxury ski chalets for families

It’s no accident that half term is one of the busiest periods for the ski industry. It’s an opportunity for parents to take their children for a weeks skiing and a lot of parents do just that, creating a mini boom, mid-season. One thing guaranteed to make that week a success is a family friendly […]

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