Eckard

Eckard

World traveller, lover of new experiences, and Tirol aficionado Eckard Speckbacher is out exploring the hidden attractions. He offers insight into places and destinations that are less well known, along with restaurant and hotel recommendations.


by Eckard in Food & Drink

Fine, Fruity, Formidable – The Best Schnapps From Tirol

Autumn is the time of year in Tirol when preparations are in full swing at local distilleries to turn local fruit and turnips into schnapps. As winter arrives, the distilling process begins. When it comes to drinking these fine, fruity and formidable creations, however, there is no special season. Anytime is good! Just remember one…

4 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Food & Drink

Wildschönau Region: Awesome Places to Stay and Dine

Near the town of Wörgl, in the east of Tirol, the main road branches off south into a side valley. The visitor is immediately struck by the lush meadows and dense forests stretching out across the valley floor. And the flowers, the flowers! Everywhere you look you see dashes of vibrant colour decorating the balconies…

6 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Recommendations

A Long Weekend in October – 3 Reasons to Love Fall in Tirol

Ready for a weekend escape? The season of vibrant fall colours is arguably the most beautiful time of year to visit the Heart of the Alps. The list of what to do in Tirol in October is long, from glacier skiing in the morning and hiking in the afternoon to simply enjoying the incredible fall…

4 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Food & Drink

My Six Best Coffee Shops with Cakes in Innsbruck

I have to admit, I like a little sweetness in my life every now and then. A steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee. A delicate cake. A spoonful of sugar really does help everything go down. Whatever tantalising treat you’re in the mood for, let the experts do the work and delve into six of…

6 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Food & Drink

Michael Ploner Cooks: Arctic Char in Spiced Tea Marinade

Young chef Michael Ploner puts a culinary spin on traditional Alpine staples. His innovative style of cooking uses fresh and local ingredients and an inventive twist on classic favourites. The result is a spectacular menu of dishes you won’t soon forget, from Arctic Char in Spiced Tea Marinade for main to “Moosbeernocken” with Yogurt Mousse…

4 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Recommendations

10 Only-in-Tirol Places to Stay

After a full day of play on a Tirol getaway, there’s nothing more important than to relax in accommodations that fit your style. However, with so many things to do in the ‘Heart of the Alps’ — and even more places to stay — choosing might be the hardest part. Throughout the country, there are…

3 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Food & Drink

Thomas Penz Cooks: Grey Cheese Soup, Vegetable Groestl and Apple Fritters

Young chef Thomas Penz puts a culinary spin on traditional Tirol staples. His innovative style of cooking uses fresh and local ingredients and an inventive twist on classic favourites. The result is a spectacular menu of dishes you won’t soon forget, from Tirolean Grey Cheese Soup over Vegetable Groestl to Apple Fritters. Try these recipes…

4 min. Reading time
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