Category: Austria

Top 10 tourist attractions in Tirol

Top 10 tourist attractions in Tirol

When looking at the best places to travel in Europe, the focus is generally on a specific city or country. Don’t forget to think regionally, as each country has such diverse regional offerings to individual visitors. As one of the nine provinces in Austria, the Tirol region is well known as a year-round destination: Winter […]

The village so beautiful they built it twice

The village so beautiful they built it twice

There are few destinations in the world considered worthy of a full-sized replica being built in another country, but the Austrian village of Hallstatt is one of them. Last year, a full-scale copy of this charming Alpine village was unveiled in the Guangdong province of China. Hallstatt residents – of which there are less than 1,000 (not […]

Top 3 Tirol ski spots for families this Easter

Top 3 Tirol ski spots for families this Easter

Families restricted by school holiday dates should look at Easter as a more affordable option to take a family skiing holiday. With Easter falling favourably at the end of March, there are even more resorts to choose from and with sound historical snow records at this time of year means that’s one less thing to […]

The luxury sport of ice golf

The luxury sport of ice golf

Statistics say that more than 60 million people in the world have tried to play golf. What do you think how many of them tried to play snow golf? That’s right, not too much. Snow golf is much more rare and unusual kind of sport. Here the green grass is white snow, the balls are […]

5 ways to connect with the locals in Vienna

5 ways to connect with the locals in Vienna

Vienna, Austria has created a luxury environment to travel back in time: sumptuous baroque palaces and Art Nouveau architecture, a cake and coffeehouse culture nurtured over centuries, an unparalleled classical music heritage and a well cultivated Imperial history. However, more modern travellers are ready to venture beyond stucco, sweets, and stories of the defunct. They […]

5 of the very best ski chalets in the Alps

5 of the very best ski chalets in the Alps

Ski holidays are not just about whizzing down the slopes. A true winter sports experience surely must be about indulging yourself in the wonderful surroundings of a luxury chalet nestled in the snow. After a long day out on the ski pistes, you need some comfort and style to sooth those aches and pains, satisfy the […]

Interview with Charles Skene, Owner of Skene House, Aberdeen

Interview with Charles Skene, Owner of Skene House, Aberdeen

Professor Charles Skene OBE has been owning and running various businesses for 50 years. His main business in Aberdeen is Skene House Hotel Suites and Conference Suites, which he started developing some 35 years ago to satisfy a need for incoming oil-related families working for North Sea oil & gas. Over the last 15 years […]

A coffee and cake connoisseur’s guide to Kaffee und Kuchen in Vienna

A coffee and cake connoisseur’s guide to Kaffee und Kuchen in Vienna

Vienna has a great deal to offer the luxury traveller and the Austrian capital comes into its own in January and February. The New Year marks the start of the magical ball season for which the city is famous and, as a further antidote to the January blues, the square in front of the neo-Gothic […]

The top 10 wine destinations to visit in 2013

The top 10 wine destinations to visit in 2013

France is not going to be happy. Remember our ‘5 best wine destinations’ post a few months back?  Well, France – often regarded as one of the best wine producers in the world – was excluded from that TripAdvisor list.  And now they’ve been snubbed again, this time by Wine Enthusiast, who have declared the […]

The top 5 places for a holiday home in 2013

The top 5 places for a holiday home in 2013

Sometimes going away for two weeks just isn’t enough. Sometimes we find that perfect luxury holiday destination that makes us want to live there. This selection of 5 great places to buy a holiday home contains something for everyone, whether you are looking for a beach villa on a white sand beach, a relaxing place […]

Tales of the Vienna Woods… and ballrooms

In a travel world that increasingly defines luxury with unique, “experiential” travel, many look to the newest (a chic or 6 star hotel), most remote (newly reopened Burma or Bhutan) or most challenging (a climb to Everest Base camp or Gorilla watching in Congo) trip to add to their travel portfolio. Finding any of these, combined with the […]

Interview with Richard Lumb, Co-Founder and Director of Kaluma Travel

Interview with Richard Lumb, Co-Founder and Director of Kaluma Travel

As an unhappy accountant, an offer of a job as a ski guide in Kitzbuhel was just too attractive to turn down. In short, Richard Lumb was hooked on the travel industry instantly and never looked back. Finding new products, innovations and delivering the best service in his niche market keeps his job extremely interesting […]

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

Tripadvisor has once again published its Travellers’ Choice awards – this time for 2012.   The top 25 hotels in the worldwide luxury category are as follows: 1. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo – Chiyoda, Japan 2. Hotel Imperial Vienna – Vienna, Austria 3. Hotel Palacio de la Magdalena – Soto del Barco, Spain 4. La Casa […]

Top 10 cities for theatre lovers

Top 10 cities for theatre lovers

Whether you’re an opera addict or a ballet buff, visiting a theatre district can be the perfect way to enrich your city break or holiday. We take a look at some of the world’s cultural nerve centres to find the best destinations for fans of all things theatrical. Milan Stylish and refined, this chic city […]

Do river cruises make the best European tours?

Do river cruises make the best European tours?

Taking a quality European tour is often only a once-in-a-decade pleasure! World travelers have to ask for time off from work, have a caretaker, water the plants and board the pets, book travel transportation and accommodations, worry about language barriers and money conversions, and determine what sightseeing is worth the tourist’s time and money! Sometimes […]

The top 10 luxury ski resorts in Europe

The top 10 luxury ski resorts in Europe

Ever aspired to visiting the most expensive ski resorts in Europe? Skiing was once an exclusive sport which only the super rich could afford. Today, a varied mix of travel options to suit all budgets is available. Skiing is a truly a sport for all. But, some resorts, especially in the European Alps, remain exclusive, […]