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New Blog Series: The Life of a Mountain Guide

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Being outdoors and being active. Climbing a mountain every day. Braving the elements. That’s just what mountain guides do – they are regarded as adventurers and other climbers look up to them. At least that is what I thought before I joined five guides on tours of the mountains in their backyard: Großvenediger, Olperer, Großglockner, Wildspitze and Wilder Kaiser.
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Krapfenschnapper and Schlittenkopf – 10 Surprising Objects at the Museum of Tirolean Heritage

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The Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (Museum of Tirolean Regional Heritage) in Innsbruck has accumulated a remarkable collection of everyday objects of rural, urban and aristocratic life in former days. Presenting a fascinating romp through Tirolean folk art, the museum holds an astounding variety of objects related to history, people, traditions and culture. It makes you wonder: Why does the museum have...
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MTB Region Review: The Bike Republic Sölden in the Ötztal Valley

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Sölden in the Ötztal Valley has created a new republic – the Bike Republic. What better reason to pay this pretty mountainbike region a visit? Sölden offers a total of 18 trails, and the terrain is so spread out that on some rides you will not meet another soul. Ready for a real adventure in the Ötztal Alps?
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Alpine Adventures on Foot: Running Tips from an Expert

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Two months ago I got back into running – and I haven’t stopped since then! Not literally, of course… To make sure I have the right technique out on the trail I spoke to running coach Alexander Pittl from the Laufwerkstatt running school who gave me some top tips which are useful for beginners, experts and people like me getting back into the sport after a while away. Of course, I am more...
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MTB Region Review: Kirchberg in Tirol

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Located in the Tirolean Unterland, surrounded by the rolling green foothills of the Kitzbühel Alps, lies Kirchberg. This region is well-known among trailriding enthusiasts in Tirol, not least thanks to Kurt Exenberger‘s Bikeacademy and the fact that World Cup winner Lisi Osl lives here and trains on the trails around Kirchberg. Reason enough, then, to take a closer look.
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“Moosbeernocken”: My Two Favourite Recipes

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Bilberries are delicious fruits found growing wild in Tirol on high ground. The season for them is very short and when they ripen in June, we head off to the woods to pick them for dinner. Bilberry fruit pulp is purple, staining the fingers, lips, and tongue when eaten. They are eaten fresh and made into delicious dishes; the most famous one is “Moosbeernocken”, a real Alpine treat!
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Out in the Wild. Wildlife Photography Stories from the Field

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“My biggest dream was to take a picture of a common buzzard approaching a branch,” says Fabio Hain, “I have been working one and a half years to get this shot.” Fabio’s dream came true. With his inspiring photographs, the young wildlife photographer aims at raising awareness and spark appreciation and awe of Tirol’s nature …

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How to Make “Zillertaler Krapfen”

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Some dishes of my childhood were only prepared by my Dad. As he didn’t cook that often, these rare occasions were something special—and the food was simply delicious. I remember that I always had to loosen the belt after his signature dish, Zillertaler Krapfen. I just couldn’t get enough of this traditional Zillertal Valley dish that comes with a tasty quark and grey cheese filling in a...
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Getting Started for the New Season: Six Tips from the Mountain Bike Expert

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Kurt Exenberger from Kirchberg in Tirol is one of the most successful coaches for Austria’s top mountain bikers and has been giving tips on how to mountain bike like a pro for many years. With the new mountain bike season fast approaching, expert tips regarding training and off-trail practice, basic bike maintenance, and trail finding come in quite handy. I asked Kurt if he would be willing to...
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Ten Mountain Biking Must-Do’s

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You are one of those avid outdoor extremists who consider mountain biking the most rewarding and invigorating sports around? You like to spend as much time out on the trail as possible? How many of these ‘must-do’s’ have you done? Make sure you check this bucket-list experiences off your list this season! ;-)
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