Active along the Balaton in Hungary

Segway and e-biking in Hungary

Is there anything better than exploring nature with wheels? Especially when they do most of the work. ūüėÄ

In Hévíz in Hungary we experience our first time twice.

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Gourmet Days at the Kleinwalsertal

coffee time

 

“Vom F√§ld uf s T√§llar “- From the meadow to the plate

The Kleinwalsertal is a valley in the western part of Austria. It is special because you can only reach it by car or bus from Germany (close to Oberstorf). In the valley they know what relishing means.

That¬īs what we encountered at the first Walser Gourmet Days in June (June 12-15, 2014).

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Im Land der Schwarzen Grafen und Sensenschwinger РEntlang der Eisenstraße

Kreativ und kulturell unterwegs waren Thomas und ich entlang des Kulturparks Eisenstraße in Niederösterreich, um nicht nur altes Handwerk inmitten des Mostviertels zu bestaunen, sondern es selbst auszuprobieren. Getreu nach Konfuzius:

“Erz√§hl mir etwas und ich werde es vergessen; ¬†Zeig mir etwas und ich werde mich daran erinnern; Lass mich etwas tun und ich werde es behalten.”

In Ybbsitz,¬†einem kleinen Ort im Mostviertel, s√ľdlich der Donau gelegen, leben die Schwarzen Grafen. So wurden fr√ľher die Schmiedeherren in der Eisenstra√üe genannt.

Wir treffen beim Hammerwerk Eybl ein. Es ist k√ľhl, der Bach rauscht leise vor sich hin und schon beim √úberqueren der Br√ľcke erkennen wir unschwer, dass hier ein K√ľnstler am Werk ist. Die Br√ľckengel√§nder sind mit stilisierten, geschmiedeten Wassertropfen verziert.

Schmiedemeile Kulturpark Eisenstraße Sepp Eybl
Hammerwerk Eybl

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Entlang der historischen Eisenstraße in Niederösterreich

Wie wohl ein Hotelzimmer in der einst gr√∂√üten Klosteranlage Mitteleuropas aussieht? Diese Frage stelle ich mir schon auf dem Weg in das Mostviertel, welches wir schon vor zwei Monaten besucht haben, um dort fr√ľhlingshafte Winterfreuden zu erleben.

KARTAUSE GAMING ‚Äď KULTUR UND KREATIVIT√ĄT GROSS GESCHRIEBEN

In der Kartause in Gaming angekommen bietet sich uns ein fröhlich buntes Bild. Kinder laufen durch den Innenhof und Frauen im Dirndl rufen sich englisch zu. Englisch? Wir sind doch in Niederösterreich. Mostviertel Gaming Eisenstraße Niederösterreich

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Visiting The Twin Cities Vienna And Bratislava

Vienna, capital of Austria and Bratislava, capital of Slovakia are rich in history and only 60 kilometers (37 miles) apart. While visiting one city, it¬īs a smart idea to travel to the other city as well. Both countries belong to the European Union and have the same currency (‚ā¨). That¬īs what I really like. Not … Read more

Vienna – A Day In The Footsteps Of Sisi

Vienna Austria

The Travel Bug Infected Empress Elisabeth

Sisi Sissi Empress Elisabeth ViennaHave you heard of Sisi before? In the German speaking area the Empress Elisabeth is famous mostly because of the ‚ÄěSissi‚Äú films with actress Romy Schneider. Her life was shown as romantic but the reality seemed to be different.

‚ÄěFreedom was my mother, Who, disguised as a cuckoo, Laid me in a stranger¬īs nest; That¬īs how this misfortune came to pass.‚Äú ¬† –¬†Sisi, August 1887 in Kreuth

In Vienna, capital of Austria her presence is everywhere and it¬īs interesting to follow her footsteps cultural and culinary wise.

You can spend a whole day or more following and experiencing her life.   I am not a museum fan but the Sisi Museum at the Hofburg is definitely a place to go.

Vienna - One Day In The Footsteps Of Sisi Her majestic dresses and her life in the Hofburg is shown.   Even if you are not interested in Sisi you will enjoy walking through the residence of many emperors and empresses of Vienna.

Sisi started her day at 5 o¬īclock in the morning. She worked out, took a bath afterwards and every three weeks she had her hip long hair washed. It took many hours because her hair was displayed on a washing line to dry in the cool rooms of the Hofburg. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† No wonder Sisi¬īs bed was right in front of a fireplace.

During summer she stayed with her husband emperor Franz Joseph at Schloss Schönbrunn, a large castle with a huge garden area in the west of Vienna.

Vienna - Castle Schönbrunn
UNESCO World Heritage Site Schloss Schönbrunn
Nibbling like an Empress

Sisi was concerned a lot about her shape. She was 1,72 m tall (about 5,6 feet), her waistline was only (1,64 feet) and she had never more than 52 kg (114,6 pounds). Every day she stepped on the scale to check her weight. She liked eating but when her weight was going up a few gram she put herself on a strict diet.   Her favorite food was sorbet with crystallized violets. The K&K Zuckerbäcker Demel close to the Hofburg supplied her with her favorites.

Demel Hofburg Vienna Austria
K&K Zuckerbäcker Demel with the Hofburg

The Demel is still a famous place to go today. It¬īs in the Kohlmarkt in walking distance to the Hofburg. In the old cellar of the Demel you can see the antique trays where the ice was being held for Sisi.

Demel in Vienna - One Day In The Footsteps Of Sisi

If you are at the Demel you should take your time for having a coffee and trying a cake while watching the confectioners working on special projects. ¬†The prices aren¬īt cheap but the whole atmosphere and the taste is worth it. Everything is handmade at the Demel. ¬† But a warning: The cakes feel like having at least 2000 calories a piece. ūüôā

After coffee and a cake, like the Cleopatra cake I tried, the shop at the Demel will bring you back to Sisi. Pictures of her and her husband wrapped around a chocolate bar or her favorite crystallized violets.

Sissi kandierte Veilchen
crystallized violets
Modern day Sisi style

If you want to feel like a modern Sisi you can dress up like her. At the Annagasse I found a Sisi boutique. It¬īs a Pret-a`-Porter shop with designer clothes made in Austria.

Spending the night like a royal

Sisi didn¬īt have a luxurious bed. Hers was narrow and it reminded me of a bed at a boarding house or at an old hospital. It was portable to take it with her while traveling. I prefer it the modern and comfortable way. I¬īm sure Sisi would have enjoyed my room at the Hotel Lindner Am Belvedere as much as I did.

The chair in the room is in Sisi style and the view from overlooking Vienna and the Schloss Belvedere is stunning. Sisi would have enjoyed the view from the fitness room at the 7th floor with a view to the Belvedere while working out.

Sisi didn¬īt like being in Vienna. She had the travel bug (like a lot of us). She even had a tattoo with an anchor showing her love for the sea and today maybe she would be a journalist or a travel blogger because she liked to write (secretly). ūüėÄ

‚ÄěI am a seagull, of no land, I call no shore my home, I am bound to no place, I fly from wave to wave.‚Äú ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†– Sisi, Novotser Lieder, 1885

Thanks to Lindner Hotels&Resorts for the invitation. The opinions are ours.

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Skiing At The Hochkar And Oetscher And A Huge Pinch Of Salt

Hospitality And A Pinch Of Salt

The skiing and snowboarding weekend slowly comes to an end and the ski area Hochkar shows its wild side. Heavy wind and now  that we are looking out of the big window front at the JUFA Hochkar Sport Resort and enjoying cup cakes it starts to snow.

JUFA Hochkar Sport Resort

The Mostviertel shows us the whole weather spectrum. From spring temperatures with a blue sky, to a clouded sky with lots of wind and now snow.

¬†Lackenhof-√Ėtscher and Hochkar

…is awesome.

But take a look at it and decide on your own:

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