Daniel Craig Spectre James Bond. Sölden & Obertilliach, Austria. ludwigs.nl

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!

Detox, spa hotel Lanserhof, Tegernsee. Germany. ludwigs.nl

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.

Kinga Mathe Trachtencouture Fall-Winter Collection 2015. Designer Dirndl Oktoberfest, Wiesn München. ludwigs.nl

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!

Bavarian fashionlabel Vui Gfui, Landshut, Bayern. Dirndl Trachten. ludwigs.nl

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.

The garden of Aktivresort Valavier, Brand. Brandertal. photoshoot Dirndl Kinga Mathe Trachtencouture. www.ludwigs.nl

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.

Restaurant Hilberkeller. Kuens, Meran. Südtirol. ludwigs.nl

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.