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 Oetz,

The Oasis That Is Aqua Dome

The Story Of Tyrol And Its Schwabenkinder

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