Austria

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[...]

Escape to the Alps - James Bond Style

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When I got invited to join Katja on a three day trip to Sölden, Austria, I didn’t really realize what I was in for. For starters, I’m not a big winter-sports gal and have never been skiing (crazy, right?) Second, I’ve only been to the Austrian Alps once before – and I slept in a tent, not a 4-star hotel. So little did I know what a treat this trip would be. [...]

10 Reasons To Love Innsbruck

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Some of my fondest childhood memories take me back to my auntie and uncle's summer house in the mountains. I remember sitting on the front porch cuddling with my beloved cats; I remember patrolling the garden with an empty yogurt cup in search for slugs; I remember the view down into the valley with the icy blue river and beautiful town. I also remember bein[...]