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…

Oetztal in 2021: Remembering the past and rebuilding the present

If two events so contrasting to each other have come to exemplify the modern era and that of antiquity in Austria's Oetztal region, their diametrical opposed nature but weighty significance to the valley have once more reminded us of the fragility of life, and indeed that of the built environment which man often puts disproportionate…

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…