What is today a sleepy little town with pastel-washed houses and winding streets was once, believe it or not, the place where the richest and most powerful people of Europe lived, where an elephant took a rest, where famous physician and alchemist Paracelsus pursued his research and where a church stood the test of time. Schwaz offers surprises that stretch the traditional image of the town.
A few minutes by road east of Tirol’s capital Innsbruck is what many assert to be the most beautiful town in Tirol—ancient Hall, origin of the Dollar and where kestrels fly in and out of Hasegg Castle. And with a wonderfully preserved historic center actually larger than that of Innsbruck.
Is it true that weather and altitude have an impact on baking? And how many pieces of cake are enjoyed a day at Austria’s highest lying coffee bar and pastry shop? Norbert Santeler, Pastry Chef at the Pitztal Glacier Ski Resort, knows all the answers.
Rarely available in today’s Tirol, Gregor Mair offers perfection in design and perfection in craftsmanship: In his tiny workshop, he entirely handcrafts bags in sumptuous leather that are timeless and sophisticated.
With winter around the corner, the snowboard & freeski scene makes the journey into Kaunertal Valley: From October through late May, when the Spring Classics take place, snow heroes leap, carve and stomp landings in some of the most beautiful terrain parks in Tirol, the Kaunertal Snowpark.
Jürg Tarmann, aged 60, is the experienced head of the grooming crew and provides a superb training ground for ski teams and upcoming professionals from all corners of the globe at Hintertux Glacier, the only real year-round ski area in Austria. Hintertux is open for skiing 365 on the namesake glacier. There’s a terrain park, summer camps and some exciting terrain. Plus, Hintertux Glacier...
A blend of historic and modern architecture, finest glass art, jaw-dropping views and mouth-watering cakes and pastries: Rattenberg may be smallest town in Austria, but there is nothing small about its charming allure.