Why you should visit Saalbach Hinterglemm, the Wildschoenau, Kitzbuehel, and Bohinj

There isn't enough time left in my life, nor available funds, to venture everywhere in the world where I would ideally like to visit. That isn't to say I presume that death is imminent, nor that I exist on the very brink of destitution, but it isn't unrealistic when reaching a certain age to accept…

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Further pictorial musings from Kitzbuehel

This is a rather attractive although some might say cliched Tirolean property. Whilst most things in life are subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I just say kudos to the owner who has created a floral balcony for their own pleasure as much as for anyone else's: On the outskirts of…

Kitzbuehel: The Legend Lives On

A balmy evening on the Vorderstadt, with the yellow and salmon-pink fronted Hotel Tiefenbrunner dominating the background. A boiling hot Sunday, where only escape to the Schwarzsee or the highest reaches of the Kitzbueheler Horn afforded welcome respite. The aforementioned Schwarzsee. A view from the Kitzbueheler Horn towards the settlement of St. Johann, and its…

Abandoned hotels in the Alps: Why, despite their location, they are just as vulnerable to universal human frailties

I am struggling to decide whether it is either extremely difficult to define why empty buildings are so fascinating to those with no prior knowledge of their interiors, or incredibly straightforward. Therein lies the issue: are we drawn to abandoned edifices through what might lie beneath, or because of what we expect to find? Is…

Kitzbuehel retrospective

In my penultimate alpine retrospective I focus on Kitzbuehel, the chic Tirolean resort situated within its eponymously named alps. Having travelled for over 20 years to Austria's mountainous regions, predominantly throughout the Tirol but also within Salzburgerland and Carinthia, the two resorts seemingly visited by nearly everyone who insist they have stayed in the country…

Tirol: Will the onset of Climate Change make sustainable development in the Alps unrealistic?

Architecture, similar to many areas of modern life, has become highly subjective as tradition gives way to the Avant Garde, the controversial, and a general feeling that 'anything goes' in an era of declining standards, moral ambiguity, and disrespect. Even in the Alps there is no longer a uniform design template to which architects must…

Kitzbuhel: Hiking from the Hahnenkamm

Frustrated at the first time of asking by extremely poor visibility I hoped that my next attempt to ascend the iconic Hahnenkamm and spend a day walking from the top station of its eponymous cableway, would bear greater fruit. I was indeed second time lucky, at least from a meteorological perspective. Home to the most…