Category: Austria

Interview with Andrew Dunn of Scott Dunn

Interview with Andrew Dunn of Scott Dunn

Andrew Dunn is the Founder of Scott Dunn which he started as a luxury ski company in 1986 and which has since become a tailor-made tour operator of luxury holidays around the world. What is it that you do exactly? If I’m not going to our London office, I’m up by 6.45am and drive my […]

Win a trip to Salzburg!

Win a trip to Salzburg!

WhichBudget.com, a leading flight search and destination finder, has a pair of return Air Berlin flights up for grabs on their new direct flights from London Stansted to Salzburg which launch today.To be in with a chance of winning simply ‘Guess the Destination’. The destination is part of the Air Berlin network and to help […]

The top 5 strangest hotels in the world

The top 5 strangest hotels in the world

We’ve scoured the Web to bring you some of the most unusual hotels out there. They not all that luxurious but curious nonetheless and so I think worthy of a mention on any travel blog due to their quirky nature. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada Seemingly floating among the treetops, you could be forgiven for thinking […]

Top 10 destinations in Europe

Top 10 destinations in Europe

According to Tripadvisor, the top 10 destinations in Europe are currently: 1. Monte-Carlo, Monaco 2. Heidelberg, Germany 3. Salzburg, Austria 4. Florence, Italy 5. Lucerne, Switzerland 6. Venice, Italy 7. Siena, Italy 8. Rome, Italy 9. Hamburg, Germany 10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands Are there any notable omissions in the list, do you think? Where would […]

New Leading Hotels of the World

New Leading Hotels of the World

The Leading Hotels of the World annual directory for 2010 was released worldwide this week.  There are 13 new Leading Hotels in the handsome hardcover volume which showcases more than 450 members in over 80 countries across the globe.  They are as follows: Royal Spa Kitzbühel, Jochberg, Austria The Augustine, Prague, Czech Republic Kameha Grand […]

See a mountain in flames!

See a mountain in flames!

Get ready for an incredible summer solstice display at the Tirolean Zugspitz Arena  in Austria  next month. On 20th June 2009, when dusk settles, over 8,000 fires will be lit  on the  rock faces of Zugspitze, Grubigstein, Sonnenspitze and Marienberg creating a spectacular display at an altitude of more than 200 metres. Preparations for the […]

Short Bohemian journeys for luxury train travellers

Short Bohemian journeys for luxury train travellers

The trend towards luxury train travel appears to be increasing for travellers who enjoy a relaxing time watching the world go by in sumptuous surroundings, whilst also knowing exactly how their budget is being spent (being that many such journeys include most meals and drinks). And travellers should be pleased to know that short European […]

Want your own private lake in Austria?

Want your own private lake in Austria?

One of the last privately-owned lakes in Austria is up for sale. Occupying a secluded location in the  Salzkammergut region near Salzburg, the Mondsee or Moon Lake is being sold by Nicolette Waechter; it has been in her family since the early 18th Century but now she no longer wants to be responsible for its […]

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

This week Forbes Traveler has run a feature entitled “10 Gorgeous Glaciers“. It caught my eye not only because of the beautiful pictures but also because I have a particular  interest in this subject. Few of you will know this, but my  PhD was in glaciology.   Alas, Greenland – where I worked – doesn’t […]

Ischgl ends its ski season in style

Ischgl ends its ski season in style

The upmarket Austrian ski resort of Ischgl  brought the ski season to a spectacular close recently, with Sir Elton John playing a two-hour set of his best music. The performer has played at stadia and venues the world over, but this time it was a little different.   He had his piano transported 2,320 metres […]

Looking for the best in trendy hotels?

Looking for the best in trendy hotels?

Looking for the best in trendy hotels?   Look no further… Tripadvisor claim to have found them  in their ‘top 10 hot hotels’ list.   Here it is: Sanderson Hotel London, England   Front Hotel, Denmark   Rocco Forte Villa Kennedy, Germany     Britania Hotel, Portgual   Dream Bangkok, Thailand   DO & CO […]

The best bed in the world?

The best bed in the world?

How important is a really good quality bed to you?   It’s an issue that I’ve paid attention to more and more in recent times (my wife had a slipped disc that required surgery, just over 12 months ago) and so I was interested to hear that the Vi Spring is the bed of choice […]

Attitude Hotels

Founded by Pedro Castro, Attitude Hotels is a new hotel brand specifically geared towards gays and lesbians of a discerning nature. They offer a selection of over twenty-five hotels in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA. By next year, the objective is to propose […]

Top 10 resorts for crowd-free skiing

Top 10 resorts for crowd-free skiing

Want to go on a skiing holiday but avoid the hordes of people with similar intentions? Then The Guardian has just the article for you. They identify the following locations as the best places to take to the slopes  if you want to avoid the crowds: Alta, Utah, USA Big Sky, Montana, USA Cortina, Italy […]

World Airline Awards 2007

World Airline Awards 2007

The World Airline Awards are based on the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax and the results  are just out. Among the 2007 winners are: Singapore Airlines (Airline of the Year and Best Business Class Award) Qatar Airways (Best First Class, and Best Airline and Best Cabin Staff in the Middle East) Malaysia Airlines (World’s […]

Do & Co Hotel, Vienna

Do & Co Hotel, Vienna

A  hip, new design hotel  has arrived  in the very heart of Vienna in the pedestrian zone opposite St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The glass and steel Do & Co Hotel is brought to us by chef and restauranteur-come-celebrity Attila Dogudan. It offers 44 guest rooms with superb views of Stephansplatz, Graben and the Kärtnerstrasse.  At the […]