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

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…

5 min. Reading time
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?

5 min. Reading time
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…

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