Our Blue Danube Intermezzo with More Lies About Vienna

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The whole of Vienna is built on a foundation of lies The Danube does not really flow through the city (and is neither beautiful or even blue), Vienna’s Imperial splendour belies the reality of being the capital of a small-ish country in Eastern Central Europe; a good portion of her much famed architecture is essentially just “icing sugar” that was pasted on uninspired pseudo-classicist structures. When you talk to the Viennese, it won’t be long

Our Blue Danube Intermezzo with More Lies About Vienna

Revealing the Many Truths About Vienna

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Vienna: for some people it is the city of Mozart, for others the city of Freud, for others still the place where Orson Welles charms and deceives everybody in The Third Man. Possibly the only thing they can all agree on is that Vienna is located on the Danube. It turns out, however, that the reality is a good deal more complicated than that. We reveal the many truths about Vienna

Even a

Revealing the Many Truths About Vienna

Who is Frau Holle and Why is She Called Franz in Austria?

"Chr"istmas market in Hattingen Germany

When Frau Easy Hiker saw this in Soelden, she was intrigued.

Who is Frau Holle and why is she called “Franz” in Austria?

Frau Holle heisst bei uns Franz

Frau Holle, you will be thrilled to know, is a rather complex character in Nordic mythology, associated with peace, fertility and the underworld.

She is also a supporting character in the Grimms’s fairly tale of the Cinderella-like Goldmarie,

Who is Frau Holle and Why is She Called Franz in Austria?

Rocky Road To The Tree Line

"The rocky hiking road beyond the tree line of the Alps"

Beyond the Tree Line of the Alps

For most of us lowlanders, the tree line is a fairly abstract notion. We know – well, most of us do – that trees not only refuse to “grow until they reach the sky” (to paraphrase a German proverb) but that they, at a certain elevation, simply refuse to grow at all.

To reach this tree line in central Europe, you have to take

Rocky Road To The Tree Line

Is Innsbruck Missing Out?

"Innsbruck Town centre Austria"

Innsbruck During our recent trip to the Travel Bloggers Unite conference, we also had the opportunity of spending a few days in the city of Innsbruck.

Our impression: the Tyrolean capital looks perfectly set as a hub for hiking excursions in the area, but – for some reason – appears determined to miss this opportunity.

Tourist towns all over the Alps have the same dilemma: they have built up

Is Innsbruck Missing Out?

The Oasis That Is Aqua Dome

"The Aqua Dome in Laengenfeld in Austria"

“That’s where you will be billeted.” the shuttle bus driver bringing us to Oetztal proudly informed us, pointing to a spanking new complex right in the middle of a valley.

Cue Easy Hiker and I exchanging perplexed glances, silently saying “But that’s so detached from the village.” Well, as a matter of fact it is.

Aqua Dome is an oasis

Almost organically integrated in the valley of

The Oasis That Is Aqua Dome

The Story Of Tyrol And Its Schwabenkinder

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Easy hiking in Austria Tyrol and its Schwabenkinder

Before the western Austrian region of Tyrol became what it is today – essentially an alpine fairy tale world of skiing resorts, happy cows and prosperous farmers – it was the poorest area in Europe.

So poor, in fact, that the desperate locals could not even feed their own kids and had to “sell” them for the summer as harvest helpers in the

The Story Of Tyrol And Its Schwabenkinder

Ramp Up The Adrenaline In Area 47

"Hanging out way up there in Area 47 Soelden Austria"

Pump Up the Adrenaline in Area 47 When we were in Aqua Dome during our recent blog trip, we were truly sorry that we forgot to bring any swimwear. In Area 47, this became a handy excuse so as not to have to try out some tricks to land on the pool from a sliding platform at least 10 meters long.

This video was produced by Easy Hiker Jr. from

Ramp Up The Adrenaline In Area 47

The Views From The Summit of Gaislachkogl

"Village of Soelden seen from Gaislachkogl in Austria"

Easy hiking in Austria On the Summit of Gaislachkogl

After attending the Travel Bloggers Unite conference in Innsbruck, we were treated to a blog trip to Oetztal, a favourite Austrian destination for skiers, hikers and mountain bikers. We were meant to relax in Tirol’s spa center, the Oeztal.

While Frau Easy Hiker stayed in the spa/wellness Hotel Bergland in Soelden, I escaped the pedicure and searched me out an easy hiking

The Views From The Summit of Gaislachkogl