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Eckard

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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.

Nordic Skiing in Tirol – My Best 8 XC Ski Tracks

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During the last few years, I more and more became a big fan of cross country skiing – I started with the skating technique but over the last two years I found classic is the way to go. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to ski in almost all of Tirol’s Nordic ski centers. So here’s my best of list, my personal top eight of Tirol:
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Meet a Tirol Speck Maker

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Ever had the chance to enjoy a hearty Tirolean “Marend”? The most important part of the Marend and the host’s pride is always a delicious, local charcuterie specialty named ‘speck’. It is distinctively juniper-flavoured, cured and smoked bacon native to Tirol. To find out more about high-quality speck, I visited award-winning speck producers Hannes and Gertraud Danzl in Schwaz. Among...
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Highly Romantic: Schloss Matzen is a Tirol Castle Hotel Fantasy

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The Castle Schloss Matzen in Brixlegg combines the mysteries of times long gone with the charm of a restored 12th century castle. A Roman sentry first stood watch on the strategic site of today’s castle. Over the centuries, the citadel was fortified with extensive walls and turned into a stunning home around 1870. A few years …

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Tirol’s Ten Best Rainy Day Options: What To Do When It’s Lashing It Down

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Keeping an eye on the forecast in the days leading up to a vacation or to the weekend is often a nerve wracking experience. You’ve spent months planning your trip and the prospect of it being scuppered by poor weather is not something you want to deal with. How do you make the most of your trip if rain threatens to spoil your plans? Well, as you’ll find out, rainy days does not mean there isn...
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My Personal Travel Recommendation: Scenic Virgental Valley in East Tirol

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Advocating a cultural shift toward slowing down life’s pace, the slow movement is definitely out of place in a place like Virgental Valley in East Tirol. Even thinking of that trend word made me feel really embarrassed. Not at all because Virgental Valley is old school, it’s by no way. Instead, the people living here do so at their own pace, in their own time, and in their own way. They seem...
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Identifying Alpine Wildflowers in Tirol

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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 …

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A Day In The Snow: Kitzbühel

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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 people and larger-than-life characters.
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