Ludwigs’ Top 4 favorite Ski Fashion Brands of this Season

Just got back from my trip to Austria and seeing all those fab ski fashion brands in the shops over there, I really got inspired to write this post about my Top 4 favorite brands of this season and show you some highlights of their collections. If you haven’t decided about your ski outfit yet, or need some last minute Christmas wishlist inspiration, the brands in my post may be of help. They are from Austria, South Tyrol and The Netherlands and have one thing in common: Main goal is to design stunning ski fashion to make you shine like never before, on and off slope!

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Trachten Couture at its finest! In VOGUE by LODENFREY München

There is one place in Munich that is thé home to the finest Trachten. At LODENFREY – the well known and luxurious department store in downtown Munich – you find this inexhaustible collection of beautiful dirndls, from many different designers. Couture brands, newcomers, established ones, but also non-traditional brands like Tommy Hilfiger. It’s all there, waiting for you to be discovered!

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Thé 5 Must-go Reasons to visit Rosi’s Almrauschparty in Kitzbühel

Well my friends….the Almrauschparty at Rosi’s wonderful Sonnbergstuben in Kitzbühel, that was quite a blast! I’m still reminiscing about this highlight Trachten event in the Kitzbühler Alps. And my feet are still sore from dancing, because that’s what the 800 fancy dressed guests did, dance until the crack of dawn! Despite being a fairly insider event – mainly German and Austrian guests (we were the only Dutch ones) – it’s definitely a must-go. Especially if you’re a die-hard Oktoberfest fan, this event is indisputably your prelude to the largest Volksfest in the world. Once inside, you instantly get caught by the flow and mood of Austrian tradition, Gemütlichkeit, Tracht and glamour. Let me tell you the 5 reasons why you should go there to have an unforgettable night out!

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On point in Tracht! Ludwigs’ Top 5 favorite Dirndl Designers 2016

Trachten season is in full swing and the partytents are already built at the Wiesn; Oktoberfest 2016 is coming! Thé perfect moment to share my favorite dirndl designers again. Like last year, I will show you loads of stunning dirndls, for inspiration but also because it’s so much fun to have a look at all those beauties. I will show you vintage ones, traditional designs and sophisticated styles. All of them on point and designed with only one thing in mind; To make you feel at your best in Tracht and give you that irresistible feminine feeling. Ladies get ready….here they are; My top 5 favorite dirndl designers of this season!

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Chalet N. The ultimate ‘All your dreams come true’ Chalet in Oberlech

Always wanted to have a look inside the most expensive chalet in the Austrian Alps? Well…this is it! The Chalet N in Oberlech, is where the richest among us relax and have a blast in maximum privacy. Surrounded by top notch amenities and in one of the most beautiful and high end ski resorts in Austria. Are you ready to absorb some eye candy images of Alpine style at the highest level?

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Dutchweekend Saalbach; A fab way to ski, party and have a blast amongst friends

Just got back from a couple of great days in Saalbach and I’m still thrilled about this positive vibe I’ve experienced over there. Almost 10 years ago I was in Saalbach for the first time, but this time it turned out to be totally different! I had already heard a lot about it. The event was created by the ‘fab 4’ – Wim, Fabian, Anouk & Laura – and rolled out by the professional and dedicated Dutchweek crew. My expectations were high and I was prepared for everything….

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Get inspired! My top 9 ‘mountain-love’ Instagrammers of the moment

For quite some time now I’ve been wanting to share my favorite Instagrammers of the moment with you. The ones that inspire me big time! I don’t know about you, but checking my Insta is what I love to do first thing in the morning. Probably just like you, I have favorites in many different categories. Today I start with the ones that definitely know how to capture the beauty of the (snowy) mountains. Why start with these? Because my passion for the mountains is definitely the main reason why I started blogging about mountain travel, life and leisure in the first place! I hope you too will get inspired by this bunch of mountain and snow lovers. Enjoy!

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48 hours in hotspot Sölden; 8 things you should definitely do!

It’s your first time in hotspot ski-resort Sölden and you only have 48 hours to explore it. What should you definitely do and where should you go, to get the best first impression of this very versatile ski resort? A couple of weeks ago I was there. It inspired me to write down this checklist. A list that will guide you along the finest spots Sölden has to offer. According to me, obviously..

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DAS.GOLDBERG, Bad Hofgastein. A golden stay in every single way!

The drive to 4 star superior hotel DAS.GOLDBERG in Bad Hofgastein was a lovely one. Heavy snowfall had created this amazing scenery. The climb all the way up to the hotel was quite challenging, but was definitely worth it. When I walked into the hotel, the first thing that struck me was the lovely smell of fresh, roasted coffee. A good sign, instantly felt the cozyness and hospitality.

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5 Reasons to visit the über Hotspot ice Q Restaurant in Sölden

The ice Q restaurant in Sölden! Never heard of it? That’s almost impossible. If you’ve seen the latest Bond film SPECTRE – like millions of us around the globe – you must have seen it. Not in its actual restaurant setting though, but as a futurist hospital where villain Christoph Waltz pursues his devilish plans. I had to see this cool spot with my own eyes and walk in 007’s footsteps. When I recently visited Sölden I took the opportunity to go there at 3.048m. above sea level. Let me tell you the 5 reasons why you should visit the ice Q too!

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Wish List to Santa, Part II. 10 Exclusive Gifts for your Sweetheart

Running around like crazy to arrange all the Christmas gifts for the Holidays? I know the feeling, it’s by far the busiest time of the year. Finding that special gift for your sweetheart can be very nerve wracking. Earlier I shared tips on where to spend your Christmas with loved ones, followed by my wishlist to Santa, part I. Now it’s time to share part II. Here’s my top 10. Hopefully it will inspire you!

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6 excellent Restaurants to have Lunch on the Slopes of Austria

To me one of the best parts of being on the slopes is, that joyful moment when you kick off your ski’s to go for lunch. I love these endless lunches, high up in the mountains, preferably sitting outside in the winter sun. It may sound a bit crazy, but the level of cuisine and service on the slopes is definitely something I keep in mind, when deciding where to go for a ski trip. Don’t settle for uninspired, soulless, self-service restaurants. It takes away so much of that lovely, traditional ski-vibe. Make sure to enjoy it to the fullest and choose the ones, where they waiter your table in Tracht and serve delicious homemade dishes, mostly based on family recipes. That’s the way you want it to be. Agree? Check the ones on my list, for sure they will give you that typical Austrian feeling!

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Wish List to Santa, Part 1. Classy Mountain Lifestyle Fashion Items

Holiday season is coming up pretty soon. The most wonderful time of the year! Are you starting to get nervous already? Writing down checklists on where to go, what to give and wish for? Relax….breath in – breath out. In this post I may be of help. Let me show you my list with Classy Mountain Lifestyle Fashion items, to either give or wish for these Holidays. Get inspired!

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007 is Back! Starring Austria’s Sölden, Obertilliach & Altaussee

Daniel Craig is seen in almost every TV show and Sam Smith’s Bond song airs a couple of times a day. It can’t be missed, the worldwide media campaign is launched in full force. Soon the new James Bond film Spectre premieres! I always look forward to it. The spectacle, the gadgets, Daniel’s blue eyes and last but not least the fantastic locations, where 007 gets to do his job to save the world from the villains. This time I am looking forward to it even more. The beautiful Austrian spots Sölden, Obertilliach and Altaussee are starring!

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Destination Detox! 5 heavenly Spots to cleanse Body, Mind & Soul

The Oktoberfest is over and wintersports season is about to start; the perfect time to do this ‘in between’ thing, that you’ve probably always wanted to do: Detox! Finally getting rid of all the bad stuff that’s been in there for so long. Cleanse your body, mind and soul and make this fresh and fruity reborn start. Curious to find out more about it, I dived into this world of detox & spa hotels in Austria, Germany and South Tyrol. Must admit, quite tempting to try this major clean-up in these heavenly surroundings.

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5 Tips to have the Oktoberfest of your Dreams

Just got back from a wonderful weekend in München. It was my second time at the Oktoberfest and it was even better than the first time! I reckon the more often you go the better it gets. They say, ‘good preparation is half the battle’ and that’s true. There are some things you can already take care of before heading to the biggest Volksfest in the world. Check my 5 tips below. These will definitely contribute to an even greater Oktoberfest experience!

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2 designers & 1 young, Bavarian fashionlabel. VUI GFUI!

Let me tell you about Melanie & Armina, two talented Bavarian girls and their young, fashionlabel Vui Gfui. We’ve met through Instagram. I always scroll the explore page to find new and inspirational mountain lifestyle items. This time my eye fell on these cute leather shorts, with traditional, detailed flower embroidery. They turned out to be from this young Bavarian brand, based in Landshut.

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The 3 best features of VALAVIER Aktivresort, Brand

This summer VALAVIER Aktivresort in Brand, was one of our temporary homes abroad. Staying at the Valavier surprised us in many ways, but there are 3 specific things about this lovely place I like to share. Of course, the rooms are fully equipped and the Wellness & Spa facilities are well taken care of, but that’s what you may expect from a hotel like this. It’s the feeling you get when you stay here, that’s what actually makes the difference.

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Restaurant Hilberkeller in Kuens, close to Meran

Let me tell you about this ‘Geheimtipp’ Hilberkeller in Kuens. This lovely place in the middle of the beautiful vineyards and apple orchards in the Meran region, first caught my attention on Instragram. While I was preparing my first trip to Südtirol, their gallery was a great inspiration. It didn’t take long before I got in touch with Andreas Platter – son of the owners – and heard more about the restaurant, its rich history (the farm goes back to 1369!), the fine dishes they serve and the must-sees in the area. I could sense that they are really proud of their restaurant, traditions and life surrounded by all these gifts of nature. Of course I wanted to go there and see this place with my own eyes.

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Straight into the heart. AlpenHerz Designer Dirndls

With the Oktoberfest in München coming up in just a couple of weeks, I’m happy to show you some beautiful dirndls again. While staying in Südtirol and Austria, I’ve been able to wear these beauties in the perfect setting of Merano, Naturno and Brand. It’s all about AlpenHerz in this post. A lovely brand that I’ve been following for quite some time now. The dirndls below are definitely my favorites in the current AlpenHerz Exclusive Designer Collection. I hope you like them and that they will give you some inspiration for this year’s Wiesn-look!

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10 things to look forward to when visiting South Tyrol

Very soon we are leaving for our next trip. I am pretty excited about this, will be my first time to South Tyrol! I always love the researching part before traveling to a new place. It makes me want to go there asap. Because this region is on my wishlist for quite some time now, I’ve been surfing the web extensively lately. The surroundings of South Tyrol are well known for its beauty. The mountain views, palm trees and subtropical temperatures; can’t wait to experience and absorb it all. But what else is typical for this region? What should we definitely do, see, eat, drink? I’ve made a list with 10 things about South Tyrol, based on what I’ve read online and heard from locals and friends.

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Chalet Village Almdorf St. Johann. Luxury stay in Salzburger Land

Previously I shared a post about the amazing Chalet Village Bergdorf Priesteregg and I promised that more of these treasures would follow later. Well….here is the next one in the range of Luxury Chalet Villages.

While researching I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that Austria is home to many more of these beautiful mountain villages. Again I’ve picked a traditional one. Wood, pure craftsmanship and lots of luxury extras, it’s all there! Check out the features of Almdorf St. Johann in Sankt Johann im Pongau.

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Area 47. Ötztal, Sölden. The ultimate playground for thrill seekers

I have to be honest with you. Being a mom of 3 boys, I’ve seen quite a few playgrounds over the last 11 years, but I didn’t know about this one in Sölden, Ötztal, yet. Not really suitable for the youngest family members I would say. This ‘ground’ is for the true daredevils amongst us. The fearless ones, the thrill seekers out there that yearn for a big time adrenaline shot. I’m pretty sure your teenage offspring would love to go here, even with mom and dad :). A little warning upfront is in place though; don’t show this post to your kids, if you’re not into some action. Showing to them is definitely going with them!

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Ludwigs’ Top 4 favorite Dirndl Designers

With all the stylish Spring/Summer events and parties coming up, it’s about time to start looking for the most beautiful and perfectly designed Dirndl. The one that fits like a glove and makes you look stunning. In this blog I share my favorite Dirndl designers with you. Hopefully the selection of images will get you all inspired to find your own favorite style.

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Bio Hotel Stanglwirt, Going. Where the magic really happens

The first thing that comes to my mind is, whether the word ‘hotel’ does justice to this remarkable place. Of course it offers all the features you may expect from a luxurious 5-star hotel, but in my opinion this idyllic spot – at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser – can’t be summarized just as a hotel. It’s something more profound, like a way of life. Let me tell you a bit more about Stanglwirt. The history, what the family offers their guests and how they incorporate the gifts of nature into their beautiful home.

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14 Great Things To Do in Ischgl during Closing Weekend

Of course the concert is one of the great things to go to, during Closing Weekend. But for those of you who are not that much into this music, there are loads of other great things to do and places to go to in Ischgl. I’ve selected my favorite ones and love to share them with you. It’s a combination of fine restaurants, nice spots for a drink and/or dance and experiencing the brand new, state-of-art gondola lift.

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Mama Thresl. Urban Soul meets the Alps

Urban Soul meets the Alps, that’s the credo of Mama Thresl and shows how contemporary hotel industry in the Alps can do without clichés and conventions. The idea for this hotel concept comes from the owners Renate and Huwi Oberlader, who are deeply rooted in their region and even like to spend their free time in the mountains. With their Mama Thresl they like to share a piece of Alpine Sports home to their guests. Let’s have a look at this remarkable hotel.

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Ludwigs’ way to have a great ski break in Serfaus

Once a year – always in week 11 – I fly to the beautiful village of Serfaus. This village is located at an altitude of 1427 meters, on a sunny plateau above the Tyrolean Inn Valley and is definitely one of my favorites. I’ve been doing this for 6 years now. Always love to go back here. Through the years I’ve collected spots, tips, venues and things that I love to share with you in this blogpost.

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Top 10 biggest Après-Ski Hits in Austria

For all you ‘newcomers’, below you find the list with the 10 biggest Après-Ski hits. Of course you can argue about it, but this is my personal list based on more than 15 years of partying in Austrian bars. My advice to you. Learn them by heart, it will make your Après-Ski experience an even greater one. My personal favorite – and number 1 on the list – is ‘Dem Land Tirol die Treue’ by Die Grubentaler. It’s a traditional march song about Tyrol, you won’t hear it everywhere in Austria.

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Dancing through Vienna

Vienna was named the city with the best life quality in the world by the global consulting firm Mercer – four times in a row. But why is Vienna so high ranked? Personally I think the slow and very traditional lifestyle makes a huge difference to other metropoles in the world. And the Viennese Ball-season is a big part of this old fashioned life-style of Viennese citizens.

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The MOOSER Hotel. 4 Star Superior Hotel hosts 5 Star Après-Ski Party

Next to all the luxurious features that come with the 4 Star Superior hotel rating, there’s this very special feature. Only to be found at the MOOSER Hotel. Eugen Scalet told me already that the ‘Mother of all Après-Ski huts’ – his MooserWirt – is part of the MOOSER hotel. Sounds good to me; Stay, Sleep and Party all in one place. But it even gets better. Only for hotel guests there is a connecting door, that leads you directly to the MooserWirt! Straight into the party heart of Sankt Anton. Doesn’t your heart beat faster knowing about this now?

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Kitzbühel. The legendary ‘Streif’ Hahnenkamm Rennen and more…

Once a year the entire ski world goes to the picturesque and upscale ski resort Kitzbühel in Tyrol. For one week this charming village is packed with visitors from all over the world. Press, top notch ski athletes and many, many celebrities; Everyone is into the ‘Hahnenkamm Fever’. The best ski athletes in the world gather in Kitzbühel to celebrate the highlight of the World Cup calendar. The ‘Streif’ is regarded THE BOMB. The most legendary and spectacular ski slope in the world and asks the utmost of the skiers.

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Ludwigs’ Top 5 Après-Ski Party Places

You can’t do one without the other, at least that’s what I think. I can’t imagine going back to the hotel for a relaxing evening, after a day on the slopes: No! For me a perfect day in the snow definitely has to end with ‘Fliegender Hirsch’, a fine glass of Grüner Veltliner and singing & dancing to the tunes of the (Schlager) music. I’ve surrounded myself with great people over the years, who enjoy this as much as I do. Lucky me!

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Five Gorgeous ‘Last Christmas’ Ski Chalets

I don’t know about you guys, but around this time of year – with the holiday’s coming up – I always have to think about the classic video by Wham! from 1984. Writing this blogpost, I realized that it’s been 30 years!! since I sat down for the TV mesmerizing, when the iconic ‘Last Christmas’ video aired for the first time. What a romantic and cosy setting to celebrate Christmas with friends in a chalet in the snow. It was definitely something I wanted to experience once in my life.

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Obertauern. Hotspot Ski Resort High Up in the Mountains

Obertauern is one of the hotspots among the major ski resorts in the Alps. It’s known for snow from November to early May, for après-ski and great events. But also for 100 kilometers of slopes and 26 ski lifts. The Ski-Round Super Seven carries skiers to the 7 highest peaks of Obertauern. Knowing this, I wanted to see and experience it myself. You guys know that I am a huge fan of the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis area, but hey…I am always in for something new! So, last January we went to Obertauern. I was very excited. Would it really be such a hotspot? In terms of ski experience, snow conditions, good cuisine, excellent service and fun in apresski? Expectations were high!

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Hit the Slopes in Style this Season. The Five Ski Fashion Musthaves

Snow is falling in Austria and the slopes are already covered with a nice layer of snow. The perfect moment to start looking for a new ski outfit. Each year, I stop by at SportNStyles in Haarlem ( The Netherlands ) to get an extensive update on this seasons’ Ski Fashion Trends. Below you find the 5 Musthaves to hit the slopes in style this season. It’s all about tight skipants, bright colors, down jackets, functional wear, pom-pom beanies, leather gloves and the perfect cream for a shiny blush on your cheekbones.

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Meet Bartl Enn. The best Edelschnaps brewer in the world

Staying in Hinterglemm this summer surprised us in so many ways. Not only because of the beautiful Alpine Palace New Balance Luxus Resort and its staff, but also because of some quite interesting people who live in this village. For example Flo Wolf and his wood art gallery GlemmArt. I already wrote about him in my Alpine Palace post . But this time I would like to introduce you to Bartl Enn, the best Schnaps Brenner ( brewer ) in the world!

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6 Golden tips to have a terrific Oktoberfest

Months ago I had already announced it in one of my earlier posts on Dirndl Trachten. I was planning to go to the Oktoberfest and definitely wanted to experience this event myself. Well, I did it! Booked a flight to Munich, stayed there for 2 days and just got back. I am deeply impressed by what I’ve seen over there. What a blast. So many people and different nationalities. All of them drinking, partying and having fun together at the biggest festival in the world. Great! And because I can still feel the rush of the Wiesn, I want to share my tips with you as soon as possible!

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Fashion designer Lena Hoschek. Retrochic meets Dirndl Trachten

Before Lena became the successful fashion designer she is today, she studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute Vienna Hetzendorf. After an 8-month internship at Vivienne Westwood in 2003/2004, she started her own studio in Graz in 2005. In the years after additional stores were opened in Vienna and Berlin and today you can also buy her designs in Italy and Switzerland. She presents two collections a year. These contain dresses, skirts, blouses, pants and pajamas. Besides that she also designs a collection of shoes, swimwear, eyewear and accessories. And if you want to complete it all, you can sprinkle yourself with ‘Loverose’, Hoscheks’ first fragrance.

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The Alpine Palace New Balance Luxus Resort. Hinterglemm

We just got back from our summer trip to Austria. The first hotel we booked was The Alpine Palace New Balance Luxus Resort in Hinterglemm. We never stayed here before, so we were very excited what to expect. It turned out to be place that surprised us in a very, very pleasant way. The hotel of course, looks wonderful. But the main thing that surprised us was definitely the way the staff made it their biggest effort to give us the perfect stay. A big, big compliment to all of them!

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The Oberforsthof. Magnificent Family and Wellnesshotel

If you are planning a trip to Austria, this is the hotel to visit. In the summer of 2009 we went to the Oberforsthof in St. Johann Alpendorf, with our family and friends. I can be very brief about it. I would recommend it to everyone. The beautiful garden, the natural pool and especially the service and cuisine are magnificent. Children are more than welcome, that goes without saying. Austria is truly the number one holiday destination for families!

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All dressed-up in Trachten for the Oktoberfest 2014

Only a couple of months to go before the famous Oktoberfest starts at the Theresienwiese in München. I know what you are thinking right now, München? That is no Austrian hotspot, but I want to make an exception for this world-famous Volksfest, that connects Austria to Bayern and excites all of these other different nationalities. It is the largest Volksfest in the world. Over 6.5 million people from all over the globe visit this event every year, to drink, party and dress-up in Trachten. And Trachten is what I want to write about.

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Ludwigs' Backyard Wine Tasting. Grüner Veltliner

We wanted to start something new and fun to share with you. Ludwigs’ Backyard Wine Tasting with friends and family in our own backyard in Hillegom, The Netherlands. Not quite sure how often we will do this, but the plan is to do this as often as we can! A couple of days ago our order arrived. We always order directly from Austrian wine websites, like for example Weinshop24.at. This time four different and perfectly chilled Grüner Veltliners were waiting for us to be tasted.

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Serfaus. The all season holiday destination

In summer this place also has a lot to offer. As I already mentioned kids are very welcome in the village and the facilities and outdoor activities are tailored especially for them. There are many family hotels in various price categories. And on top of the mountain there is a true outdoor Adventure World for kids, with a lot of fun and cool things to do. As a guest staying in one of Serfaus’ accommodations you get the Super.Summer.Card for free.

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For your eyes only. Italia Independent

Today, our Italian friends will be delighted, because this time we are going to write about Italia Independent. This designer eye-wear (sun) glasses brand by Lapo Elkann (he is the grandson of Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli ) is enormously popular. We have been following Lapo for quite some time now. He is a busy bee, promoting his shades around the globe.

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Pannobile, the lovely red from Burgenland

Our first encounter with the red Pannobile wine was a couple of years ago at the Hotel Edelweiss in Grossarl. One evening at dinner we started talking to the couple at the table next to us. We had just ordered a red wine and they were also enjoying a bottle. They had noticed that we specifically asked for an Austrian wine and were curious if we ever tried the red Pannobile Gsellmann. We never did and soon extra glasses were put on the table and we were tasting the Pannobile Gsellmann for the first time. We had a lovely evening and the Gsellmann really tasted wonderful.

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Clubbing at the pool

If you like to party and dance in the open air, The Pratersauna is the place to go when staying in Vienna. No other club in Vienna has such a lovely pool in the garden, which is open for swimming in the afternoon during the summer season. At other times, the swimming pool is illuminated during the night and acts as an attractive setting for parties.

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First Austrian wine scores 100 Parker Points

A 1995 Nikolaihof Riesling wine bar has been given the highest score possible by a prestigious international wine reviewer – the first time an Austrian wine has been rated this high.

Robert Parker’s “The Wine Advocate”, a US magazine that reviews and awards scores to wines across the world, awarded the 1995 Riesling the full 100 points possible, placing it alongside some of the best wines in the world.

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Introducing Frauenschuh

Frauenschuh is the luxury brand I spotted a while ago. I saw our own Queen Maxima ( of The Netherlands ) on television at the annual Royal family photoshoot in Lech. She wore a gorgeous ski jacket that caught my attention. I googled it immediately and found out that it was from the collection of Frauenschuh, Kitzbühel.

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Latschenkiefer crème for the perfect tan

Ever wondered how your ski-instructor got that perfect brown tan on his face? It was my ski-instructor Manfred who revealed the secret to me almost 14 years ago. I went to Serfaus together with my love, to ski for the very first time in my life. Nervous and trembling like a leaf for my first lesson, I met Manfred. He looked at me and saw at once that I was not at ease. He promised me that, by the end of the week, I could do the ‘red’ slope without fear. I laughed at him and told him that this was not going to happen; no red slope for me! I really didn’t want to look like Brigdet Jones on her first skibreak with Hugh Grant and loosing her goddess image at once.

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The mountains are calling and we must go

Indeed. If the mountains are calling we must go. Make no mistake, not all the mountains make me move, but the ones in Austria do. I simply love the unexpected sights and views being in Austria’s countryside. Curvy mountain roads lead you to the most beautiful scenery. I’ve truly fallen in love with this country and its mountains, over and over again.

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