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 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.

5 min. Reading time
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.

5 min. Reading time
by Irene in People

Homeworker in a Fragrant Paradise: Verena Buchhammer’s Herbs from Kauns

Verena Buchhammer is a homeworker who works outdoors – she grows an incredible selection of medicinal herbs and spices in her garden that sprawls over 500 square meters. Her passion and knowledge of herbs encapsulates in hardy varieties that thrive in the region. Just as the Tuxer Rinder, a local breed of domestic cattle that…

4 min. Reading time
by Irene in Arts & Culture

Valley Life: Lower Inntal

Strictly speaking, the Lower Inntal Valley begins a few kilometres west of Innsbruck, where the Melach drains into Tirol’s main river. But then again: try telling someone from Innsbruck or Hall that they are an “Unterinntaler” (from the Lower Inn Valley)! The greater Innsbruck area, with its two cities and several villages is, so to…

3 min. Reading time
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