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 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
by Eckard in Recommendations

A Day In The Snow: Kitzbühel

Think of Kitzbühel and you conjure up ski pioneers, cat-suited ski racers and designer and fur-clad celebrities. A legend in its own right, Kitzbühel is the playground of the Rich and Famous, set against a backdrop of jagged and rugged mountains. It is where majestic mountain scenery can mean anything from glorious peaks to beautiful…

7 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Recommendations

A Day In The Snow: Cross Country Skiing in Seefeld.

Make-up artist, hair stylist, photographer and Seefeld local Rainer Renauer took us to his favourite places to shop and to dine. And, as Seefeld is one of the best cross country skiing destinations in the world, he showed us around his favourite cross country ski tracks, too.

5 min. Reading time
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by Eckard in Sports

Learn How to Cross Country Ski – Nordic Skiing Techniques

One decision to make when you first start cross country skiing is whether you want to classic ski, skate ski, or learn both at the same time. Martin Tauber, cross country ski pro and four-time Austrian Champion, breaks the two cross country skiing techniques down into easy understandable parts. Learning how to cross country ski…

3 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Recommendations

My Top 5 Ski Towns in Tirol

As a passionate skier, I have my favourite ski resorts all across Tirol, depending on month and snow conditions. However, my favourites not only deliver the adventures that skiers want, but also have a certain small-town appeal, a sense of history, and the laid-back vibe that brought downhillers there in the first place. In short,…

3 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Food & Drink

Where to Eat in Tirol: My 33 Favourite Inns & Restaurants

Setting the criteria for my personal “best of” list was the easy bit. I’ve eaten my way around the country—and anywhere I felt compelled to revisit again and again was instantly in. I always loved classic Tirolean cuisine, long before the “slow food” and farm-to-table movements became popular. To me, Tirol serves up some of…

8 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Sports

Tirol Mountains: 10 Must-See Peaks

One of Tirol’s biggest claims to fame is its awe-inspiring mountains. Some of these peaks are famous, while others are not as well known. You will find tall mountains here and mountains which more than make up for their smaller size in terms of their unique and striking appearance. Here’s my personal ‘best of’. Even…

4 min. Reading time
by Eckard in Architecture

Cosy hotels with fireplaces in Tirol – A seat by the fire anyone?

I’m really looking forward to the arrival of winter, hopefully snow-filled with low temperatures – just the way we like it. Nothing beats that feeling of trudging home, boots crunching in the crisp, fresh snow and being cuddled by a warm down jacket. My heart warms, even now, as I think of that great feeling…

4 min. Reading time
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