Austria

Hotels We Love: Altstadt Vienna

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The hardest part about going on a city trip for me is choosing the accommodation. I know exactly what I want: the uniqueness and creativity of an Airbnb, combined with the comfort and service of a luxury hotel. Most of all, I know what I don’t want: Waking up in a hotel which looks just the same in Amsterdam as it does in Zagreb. When I was invited to stay a[...]

Exploring Slow Food in Carinthia, Austria

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Are you a foodie? Do you know where your food comes from? I went on a trip to Carinthia to learn more about slow food and how to incorporate a healthy relationship with food into my busy daily routine (that usually doesn't leave a lot of time for hours and hours of cooking). Now this has been my second trip to Carinthia in just three months and I've been [...]

How to squeeze a full hiking trip in the Alps into one weekend

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A lot of things in life don’t always go to plan and that’s the fun of it, usually. Two friends of mine and I had been planning a week-long hike in the Austrian Alps for months, we sent round pictures of preparations and details of the exact route in a dedicated WhatsApp group and couldn’t wait for that well-deserved break. Then both of them became ill, I [...]

Splurging on life: A long weekend in Carinthia

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Carinthia has it all: lush mountains, crystal-blue lakes, Austrian cuisine and the hotel beds that will turn you into a different person. I never have an easy time deciding between a holiday by the lake or in the mountains because both make me happier than just chilling at the beach - and both have their unique perks. Thing is, sometimes good things are s[...]

Falling in love with Salzburg

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A river winding lovingly around Baroque buildings. Classical music filling the air. A fortress overlooking the small cobblestone streets. A vibrant art scene. A backdrop of breathtaking mountains. Ugh. Gross. Or at least, that’s what I suppose my teenage self must have been thinking: growing up in and around Salzburg, I spent most of my teens tryin[...]

An insider tip in the Alps: Haus Hirt in Bad Gastein, Austria

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There are at least 2 excellent reasons for this blogpost which has been a long time coming because this trip actually dates back a few months at this stage (6, to be precise). However, I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to tell you all about it because this place, called Bad Gastein, is really something else. One. This is still a real insid[...]

15 Foods you need to try in Austria

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Some years ago I had a heated discussion about Austrian cuisine with a friend who is half Austrian, half Mexican. He insisted that Mexican cuisine is so much better than the food in Austria and while I love Mexican food I clearly had to oppose this idea and defend my beloved dumplings. Although our discussion did not lead to any consensus it made me think o[...]

8 Places Not To Miss in Austria’s Salzkammergut

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Ladies, this is it. This is where the hills are alive with music. Most travellers who come to Austria stop by in Salzburg for that sweet, sweet taste of the real Sound of Music (for this is where the musical was filmed), but if you are searching for the real deal, look a little further - to the Salzkammergut. The region, filled with impressive mountains a[...]

Skiing and snow biking in the Austrian Alps

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My best friend always says she doesn't need a psychologist because she's got the mountains. And that's right, what else could you possibly need!? My last trip to more hilly spaces led me and my mum (!) to Obertauern, a ski area in the heart of the Austrian Alps. And no, that wasn't back in January, it was in late April - because it snows until May in that pa[...]

A Trip to Lake Achensee, or How I Fell in Love with Austria

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There is no place like home. As I live abroad these days and need to survive on a tight student budget, frequent trips back home are not always on the horizon. Ergo, every chance I do get to go back to Austria I am more excited than the last time. Last summer  I spent a fabulous weekend in Innsbruck, which is probably my favourite city in Austria when it com[...]