Oetzi the Iceman – 30 years on

Thirty years is a long time in the lives of most people but to Oetzi, the mummified iceman monikered as such due to the location of his discovery, it represents barely a blink of an eye in the timeline from when he roamed the high alps to the present day, via his introduction to the…

Wildschoenau development precedents threaten its wild and beautiful reputation

When I returned to the Wildschoenau three years ago after an absence of over a decade, I was quickly reminded why my 2007 vacation in Niederau was perhaps up there with the best I have ever had. In the twenty years I have been travelling to the Austrian Alps throughout Salzburgerland, Carinthia, and Tirol a…

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…

Oetztal: Crumbling Hochwildehaus hut a sobering, but unheeded, example of local Climate Change

The fate of the iconic Hochwildehaus mountain hut high in the Tirol's Oetztal should serve as a warning to those who continue to deny the onrushing effects of Climate Change, and the short-sighted within Austria's insatiable ski community who insist upon putting financial interests ahead of the core values that have sought to protect unique…

Bohinj: Slovenian Cryptocurrency millionaire invests in ailing hotel stock

An update from:¬†Bohinj: finally some hope for Hotel Zlatorog? A quartet of Bohinj-based tourist accommodation providers have been bought by Bitstamp co-founder Damijan Merlak, finally drawing to a close shameful scenes that saw several of the area's preeminent hotels fall into disrepair under the gaze of its powerless municipality. Purchased from erstwhile owner Zmago Pacnik…

Slovenia: ambitious plans to upgrade Mount Kanin’s iconic cableway

Facilitating Slovenia's highest skiing the eponymous Mount Kanin cableway, in the country's northwest, continues to enjoy an upturn in fortunes since the near catastrophic collapse of several of its carriages in 2013. Remaining closed for several years amid claim and counterclaim that ultimately failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt the cause of the accident, the…