Irene

Irene

Witty and sharp-tongued, Irene Heisz is a journalist and author who writes blog posts about Tirol, Tiroleans and their peculiarities—and there are many of them!


by Irene in Architecture

Mountain Huts Close Up: Erlanger Hut in Ötztal Valley

But, as ancient Greek poet Hesiod put it, “between us and virtue the immortals have put what will make us sweat.” And sweat you will – as the steep five-hour climb from Umhausen or Tumpen will cost you lots of sweat and toil. But it’s so worth it. In 2008, Christian Rimml swapped his…

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Oesterreich Austria, Tirol Tyrol, Zillertal, alpine chalet, cottage, Olperer Huette 07/2016
by Irene in Architecture

Mountain Huts Close Up: Olperer Hut in Zillertal Valley

Women in the mountain hut field have for a long time been rare. When Katharina Daum, a single mom to a seven-year-old boy, started running her first mountain hut, neighbouring farmers were taking bets on how long she would make it. Little did they know that she would outlast most of them: A quarter of…

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by Irene in Architecture

Mountain Huts Close Up: Neue Prager Hut on Foot of Großvenediger

Ever an inveterate mountaineer, Wilfried Studer, hut keeper of Neue Prager Hut on foot of Großvenediger, is a true “mountain family-man.” His wife and daughters share his mountaineering adventures on a global scale – in the great ranges of the world. The family philosophy is: “Everything we earn in the mountains, we spend in the…

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by Irene in Architecture

Mountain Huts Close Up: Berliner Hut in Zillertal Valley

A girl from Germany’s Sauerland and a Pinzgau native of the Austrian Province of Salzburg run Berliner Hut in Tirol. Now that sounds pretty complicated. Is it? Kerstin Schöneborn and Rupert Bürgler have been operating Tirol’s largest mountain shelter for more than one and a half decades. Living a mountain life like this can make…

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by Irene in Architecture

Not Your Ordinary Hotel: Trinserhof in Gschnitztal Valley

When you book a room at Trinserhof, you’re in for a hotel experience like no other. While it may sound like a bit of a contradiction, it’s a little bit traditional (obviously), a little bit rustic, with a hint of modern, and infused with an heirloom and handmade look, created with great attention to detail…

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by Irene in Architecture

kontor Boutique Hotel: Blending the Old with the New

Ursula and Marek Drasny, the owners of a 500-year-old house in Hall in Tirol have turned a costly burden into a moneymaking business by opening up to overnight guests. What is involved when you convert your historic house into a boutique hotel? Does it take courage or ingenuousness to reach for dreams?

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by Irene in Recommendations

Lavish Minimalism: Stieralm in Nauders

Originally an abandoned Alpine pasture hut at an elevation of 2,000 meters, Stieralm has been converted into one of Nauders’ loftiest fine dining experiences. It’s the most delicious way to celebrate a perfect day on the hiking trails or slopes.

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by Irene in Food & Drink

Sublime Luxury: Kristallhütte in Zillertal Valley

With a sophisticated fine dining restaurant and a super stylish luxury hotel, Kristallhütte is hardly a ‘hut’. More “mountain chateau” than “quaint cabin,” this wonderful hideaway is perfectly positioned at the heart of Hochzillertal Ski Resort in Kaltenbach, Zillertal Valley.

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