The positive characteristics of the wood known as “Zirbe”, Austrian stone pine, Arolla pine or just stone pine, have been valued and used in Tirol for centuries. Three Tirol-based companies enable the traditionally rustic high Alpine timber to make the move into today’s modern interiors—in the form of translucent lampshades, wooden ventilation systems and award-winning furniture.
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.