Alps

A weekend at Forsthofgut: hitting reset on your sanity

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Snowfall and a swim in an outdoor pool were not two things I would have necessarily connected until now but this past weekend I was taught that this is very much a winning combo. The Forsthofgut in Leogang, Austria is not your average spa hotel; it is very much a full-body experience, making it incredibly easy to treat oneself with all the goodness li[...]

Like a local: Hitting the slopes in Austria

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Have you ever thought about how the world would look if everyone traveled as extensively as we do? If home really was a fluctuating concept, something that can be changed and replaced within months? The irony is that I think many of us travel to get a deeper understanding of a culture but that culture obviously needs to be invested in over years and decades.[...]

My Dream Alpine Retreat: Family Hotel Löwe in Serfaus, Austria

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In the two years since my little girl was born, I've travelled many times; but thinking about it nearly all of them had been to visit family or friends, or to go to events like weddings, and I was ready for a real family holiday, just the three of us. I have always loved the Tirolean Alps, and I have an enduring fascination with mountains, snow and crisp col[...]

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[...]