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 Bits & Pieces

Great gift ideas – the top 10 gifts to buy in Tirol

I’d love to share my top 10 souvenir recommendations with you, little keepsakes that I enjoy taking home for my friends – and a few things I like to buy myself! All of these gifts are made or finished off in Tirol.   1. Riedel Glasses The best wineries and top restaurants across the world highly…

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by Eckard in Feel Good

The perfect weekend in Gradonna Mountain Resort, Kals – East Tirol

I’ve stayed in far too many average hotels recently and, initially, I approached the Gradonna Mountain Resort with scepticism. To put so huge a complex in Kal’s small, village-like atmosphere at the foot of the Grossglockner appeared to be an acquired taste at first. But after experiencing it first hand, I’ve been converted. Here’s why:…

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by Eckard in Food & Drink

My 10 best pubs and restaurants in Tirol

Tirol’s top restaurants are well-known among connoisseurs, so there’s little point in me recommending places like Martin Sieberer’s ‘Trofanastube’; ‘Alexander’ by Alexander Fankhauser; and the ‘Rosengarten’ by Simon Tasacher, all of which promise an unforgettable experience with every visit. Instead, I’m going to suggest some of my absolute favourite Tirol eateries – special places which…

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by Eckard in Sports

My Top 5 Tirol bike routes for leisure cyclists

I’m going to recommend some of my favourite cycle tours – ones which are delightfully easy to cope with and include leisurely stops along the way. Many of these tours also offer extension options or an opportunity to exit early, so you can push yourself as much or as little as you like. Challenging altitudes…

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by Eckard in Recommendations

What to see in Innsbruck

Dies ist natürlich als langjähriger Innsbruck Bewohner und Liebhaber dieser Stadt eine ganz persönliche Auswahl “meiner” Favoriten. Als Ergänzung habe ich noch einen anderen Artikel zu den individuellsten Geschäften in der Altstadt geschrieben. Aber jetzt zu den herausragendsten Sehenswürdigkeiten die mich auch nach vielen Jahren in dieser Stadt begeistern.

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by Eckard in Food & Drink

The best ski lodges in Serfaus Fiss Ladis

The ski resort of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis is one of the best and most beautiful in Tirol, if not beyond. But good food and cosy cottages are as important to me as fantastic skiing, so I’d like pass-on my recommendations for the area’s very best guest houses and cottages: The hut I find most comfortable and appealing…

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by Eckard in Food & Drink

The best ski lodges in the Wilder Kaiser

Austria’s largest ski area is known for its excellent snow and ski terrain but I’d also like to share my personal selection of the area’s top ski huts with you. I’ve outlined my four favourites below and, as you’ll see from my photos, last time I visited, the weather was very foggy so I spent…

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by Eckard in Food & Drink

My Top 10 Restaurants in Innsbruck

Last updated on 12 September 2013 Here’s a selection of my favourite restaurants in Innsbruck, with two just outside. I’ve eaten at all of these places on several occasions and look forward to your comments and recommendations. Bon appetit! Restaurant Schindler Chic and classy, this restaurant attracts gourmet fans. Excellent food, good service, a…

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by Eckard in Recommendations

The 11 best shops and restaurants in Innsbruck

This post is all about the shops, cafes and restaurants in Innsbruck’s Old Town which I most like to eat, drink and shop at. I’m going to show you some independent shops which are a world away from the city’s chain stores and international brands. In my opinion, these rare places reveal a lot about…

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