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

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
by Eckard in Arts & Culture

Krapfenschnapper and Schlittenkopf – 10 Surprising Objects at the Museum of Tirolean Heritage

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…

9 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Sports

Getting Started for the New Season: Six Tips from the Mountain Bike Expert

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…

4 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Recommendations

Nordic Skiing in Tirol – My Best 8 XC Ski Tracks

During the last few years, I more and more became a big fan of cross country skiing – I started with the skating technique but over the last two years I found classic is the way to go. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to ski in almost all of Tirol’s Nordic ski centers. So here’s…

4 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Food & Drink

Meet a Tirol Speck Maker

Ever had the chance to enjoy a hearty Tirolean “Marend”? The most important part of the Marend and the host’s pride is always a delicious, local charcuterie specialty named ‘speck’. It is distinctively juniper-flavoured, cured and smoked bacon native to Tirol. To find out more about high-quality speck, I visited award-winning speck producers Hannes and…

3 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Recommendations

Highly Romantic: Schloss Matzen is a Tirol Castle Hotel Fantasy

The Castle Schloss Matzen in Brixlegg combines the mysteries of times long gone with the charm of a restored 12th century castle. A Roman sentry first stood watch on the strategic site of today’s castle. Over the centuries, the citadel was fortified with extensive walls and turned into a stunning home around 1870. A…

3 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Nature

Identifying Alpine Wildflowers in Tirol

As you set foot in the Alps, the seemingly infinite array of peaks spread out before you will most likely grab your immediate attention. I’ve been playing the peak identification game on hikes for many years, trying to name as many of the surrounding summits as possible. However, what’s right beneath my feet is something…

6 min. Reading time
2 by 4

Don't miss another article!

Subscribe to the BlogTirol newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest content.



Go up
Down