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Vienna, Austria – the Christmas capital of Europe?

Europe, Travel Vienna, Austria – the Christmas capital of Europe? Guest Blogger / 21 December 41SHARESShareTweetGoogle+Pin ItStumbleBufferWith its handsome palaces, fancy coffee houses, cosy wood-panelled Beisln and labyrinthine of smart cobbled lanes, Vienna – the beautiful Austrian capital steeped in hundreds years of history and counts Mozart, Strauss and Freud among its residents – is seemingly made for Christmas. Our guest blogger Adam Cheshier from the Wanderway Movement tells us how you can easily fall for its elegant seasonal charms…
Vienna is often referred to as one of the most beautiful country capitals in Europe and even the world, and Christmas is a truly magical time to visit. When I visited Vienna I was stunned by the city’s cleanliness, charm, and the Baroque-styled structural beauty. Admittedly, I was only there to see a few concerts in some of Vienna’s world-class music venues, but I stayed longer than I expected because there is so much to see in Austria’s capital ci..

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7 reasons why Austria’s top ski destinations are even better in summer

7 reasons why Austria's top ski destinations are even better in summer Think Austria’s only good for polishing up your off-piste skills and sporting your best salopettes? Think again. Here’s why Austria triumphs in summer too
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1. Avoid the crowds As one of Europe’s top skiing destinations, Austria’s resorts are flooded with UK travellers in the winter months. A peaceful lull in the country’s mountains sets in when the snow begins to melt and the temperature rises.

Hiking in Zell am See
Visit in the peak summer months from late May to early September to get the most from your 'off-season' trip here – not only will it be comparatively deserted, the sun will be shining too. Perfect for hiking.
2. Uncover the magnificent scenery Austria’s scenery in winter is undoubtedly striking, with dustings of white powder on the mountains and decorating the trees. The colder months are magical, but underneath all that snow lies a world of alpine pastures a..

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Austria on a plate: 7 foodie experiences to feed your wanderlust

Austria on a plate: 7 foodie experiences to feed your wanderlust Exploring the great outdoors works up an appetite, and with its stunning natural scenery Austria is bound to leave you ravenous. Satisfy your body’s craving for good food with these seven unique dining experiences
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1. Indulge in fine steak Vegetarians, avert your eyes. The Steak Alm restaurant at the Kirchleitn Hotel in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Carinthia, is a meat-eater's paradise. Serving up succulent cuts of quality beef, here you can choose from tender T-bones or juicy rumps, cooked precisely to your liking. Sides of chips and corn polish off the dishes perfectly. The restaurant couples this exquisite food with the alpine-inspired but modern interior design to create a cosy log-cabin retreat.

Steak at Steak Alm restaurant (kirchleitn.com)
Kirchleitn Hotel is located amidst outstanding mountain scenery in the Carinthia province, where you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. In winter, t..

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Skiing in Salzburg, Austria – Shredding Slopes and More in the Skicircus

This trip to the Salzburg mountain region was the first of many that will form part of my ‘Year in Austria’ project. I am now the official UK ambassador for the Austrian National Tourist Office, where I will be travelling all around the country (using my home of Vienna as the starting point) over the next 12 months. I will be sharing content on my social channels and on the Visit Austria channels also. A big part of this project is to include insights from what you know already and questions about what you don’t, and even challenges set by you, the readers, on what you want me to see and do. Ultimately, I want you to come here too! I hope you will follow along and join in, and put Austria more on the map!
Skiing in Salzburg is as Austrian as it sounds and since ski is the national sport of the country, shredding the slopes of Austrian Alps is a rite of passage for every visitor who passes through the country in winter. Now that I live in Austria, I need to up my ski ante to assimilate..

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6 reasons to fall in love with Vienna

I’m not really sure why I hadn’t visited Vienna before. Perhaps I’d heard it was expensive and imagined it to be a little stuffy, full of gilt-chaired cafés with tourists eating Sacher Torte. Of course that is one side of Vienna, but on my Danube Cruise with Avalon Waterways I also found a city that is vibrant and youthful, with a sense of fun and style. Suffice it to say that I fell in love with Vienna and can’t wait to return and see more – here are some of the reasons why;

1. Mingle with the locals at the Naschmarkt Our Avalon Waterways river cruise programme allowed an extra day to explore Vienna before the main cruise started, which is an approach I highly recommend if you have the time. Read more about our Avalon cruise here. There were a range of different tours on offer, with everything from jogging and cycling, to a gentle walk around the main sites. I took Avalon’s early morning walking tour, designed to experience the city waking up, while also including some of the key hi..

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6 tips for high-altitude trekking

6 tips for high-altitude trekking High-altitude hiking can be a daunting prospect for first-timers. These expert tips offer some practical advice
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1. Acclimatise appropriately Acclimatising gradually is imperative for high-altitude trekking. Head up a trail too fast and you’ll be struck down with sickness and not be in any fit state to complete a full trek. If you’re not sure about how to acclimate effectively, hike with an experienced guide – it’s their job to make sure guests carry out their expeditions safely.
One top tip for acclimatisation: make sure that you never stay somewhere more than 1,000m higher than you were the previous night. Keeping below this level will increase the chances of you getting a good night’s rest and being in tip-top condition for continuing the next day.
2. Pack layers The weather up in the mountains can be unpredictable, so it’s important to make sure you have the appropriate layers to keep you warm. However, some days may be..

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8 experiences for culture vultures in Vorarlberg, Austria

8 experiences for culture vultures in Vorarlberg, Austria From traditional village festivals to Schubert concerts and artist-led hiking tours, these cultural events and activities in Austria’s Vorarlberg will connect you with the region’s rich and varied heritage
1. Listen to traditional music while you hike Over two days in July each year, groups of musicians from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria join forces and place themselves with their Alphörner (curved horn instruments) around Lünersee Lake in the Brandnertal to create a hiking experience with a difference. With this tuneful twist, you can soak up the breathtaking scenery while learning more about traditional alpine music.
On the first day, hiking groups meet at Lünersee mountain station at 10am and head around the lake for two to three hours. At 2pm, all the bands join up at a local restaurant, combining their musical prowess to put on a knee-slapping show all together. The bands re-group again for the event’s second day at..

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Christmas in Austria

An Austrian family enjoys cookies baked by grandma and the kids. (photo: Rick Steves) In Austria, children enter the room to discover the tree glistening with real candles and handcrafted heirloom ornaments. (photo: Rick Steves) The festive swirl of heartwarming sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas abound in Austria — the land where the season's most-loved carol, “Silent Night,” was first performed over 200 years ago.
Austria is known for its slow-paced, stop-and-smell-the-strudel attitude. For Christmas, Austrians start early, go slow, and touch all the holiday bases. It all begins four Sundays before Christmas with Advent, the period awaiting the “arrival” of Jesus. Families make or buy an Adventkranz (Advent wreath), usually made of fir or spruce. It's decorated with four candles that are lit successively on the four Sundays leading up to December 24.
December 5 is Krampus Day. With frightening fur, bulging eyes, and a long red tongue, Krampus runs through the stre..

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Three Inns in Saltzburger Land

THREE INNS IN SALZBURGER LAND September 20th, 2014
Picture-perfect Design: Hotel Wiesergut, Saalbach-Hinterglemm
The story: What was once a family-run guesthouse hidden in a simple building has three years ago been transformed into one of the most talked about design hotels in the Alps. Standing in front of Hotel Wiesergut it seems almost inconceivable that a 14th century building is hidden inside the tightly modern architecture. It’s also hard to believe that the stylish owners, Martina and Sepp Kröll, were once farmers, and actually still are. Sepp still has his cows alongside the alm high up on the mountain.
This forty-something couple don’t look like archetypal Austrian peasants in their stylish outfits, a mix of Austrian tradition and contemporary fashion. A couple of years ago, Sepp thought it was about time the old family guesthouse his grandmother Gertrude started many years ago was transformed into something completely new and until now unseen in A..

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