Neustift im Stubaital retrospective

It has been several years since I last ventured over the Europa Bridge towards the Stubai valley/Stubaital in the high Austrian Tirol. Initially alarmed by the amount of traffic which this in effect 'one way in, one way out' valley receives, particularly heading towards Neustift, its all year round epicentre and the Stubai Gletscher(glacier), it…

Lake Bohinj welcomes all who arrive with the best of intentions

The Great Reset is a term that has been bandied around for the last year, primarily in the wake of and to some extent the continuation of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Seen by many as more a basis for what conspiracy theorists have presaged for years than a coordinated global response to Covid-19 and the…

Redux: Shortwave ‘Pirate’ Radio in the time of Covid-19 provides much needed entertainment and reminiscence

*For writing on a similar theme, please visit: https://ukshortwavefreeradiomemories.blogspot.com/ Aged in my early teens in the Autumn of 1990, little could I have known that randomly tuning around the international shortwave bands on a basic analogue radio one Sunday morning would spark a hobby that has, albeit intermittently, endured to this day. Already moderately aware…

New lift projects seek to keep the Stubaital competitive, but do they represent tired, out of date thinking?

The new General Secretary of the Austrian Alpine Club, Clemens Matt, recently made a bold statement which will resonate with those seeking to install more and further infrastructure in the mountains of Carinthia, Salzburgerland, and the Tirol, suggesting that every mountain does't need a cableway, nor a connection between neighbouring valleys. As winters shorten and…

Big money threatens to homogenize distinct alpine regions

Undeveloped land within the Austrian Tirol, in particular along the Inn Valley and where it is more tableland than vertiginous peaks, is in great demand and under growing pressure - in equal measure. There is little doubt that the region's popularity as a tourism destination and the location of second homes for wealthy Austrians, and…

Contemporary Alpine architectural design: A necessary break from the past or opportunistic shock value amid an inappropriate setting?

When thinking of classic alpine architectural design it is easy to bring to mind picture postcard images of the likes of Alpbach in the Austrian Tirol, where geranium-laden window boxes are framed by immaculately kept wooden edifices very much in the style found throughout Europe's alpine regions. Such is the dominance in mountain villages and…