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Jagdhausalmen Alpine Pastures, Defereggen, East Tirol, Austria, Europe
Wildpitzbahn, Pitztal Glacier
The Wildspitzbahn on the Pitztal Glacier is at 3,440 metres above sea level the highest cable car in Tirol. Nowhere else in Austria can passengers travel as quickly and comfortably into the realm of eternal snow and ice. However, building and operating a cable car at this altitude is a huge technical and logistical challenge requiring innovative solutions.
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Ever an inveterate mountaineer, Wilfried Studer, hut keeper of Neue Prager Hut on foot of Großvenediger, is a true “mountain family-man.” His wife and daughters share his mountaineering adventures on a global scale – in the great ranges of the world. The family philosophy is: “Everything we earn in the mountains, we spend in the mountains.”
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One of the most beautiful moments for hut keeper Anton Herrmann Kraft is very early in the morning, when everything is still peaceful and quiet. Standing on the terrace and watching the sun rise over the mountains gives him strength and encouragement for the long and busy day ahead of him. By the way, ‘breathtaking’ does not begin to describe the view at Bayreuther Hut.
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Ramolhaus hut.
Updated on 07.06.2021 in Architecture from Michael
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Many people imagine that a mountain hut consists of nothing more than a wooden shack with an outhouse. This preconceived notion is nonsense, of course, as these Alpine Association lodges well demonstrate. Some are so beautiful that they are listed as historical monuments; others inspire with their sustainable and modern construction: in other words, first class architecture.
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Photo Credit: Ricardo Gstrein/Ötztal Tourismus
The incredible “007 Elements“ cinematic installation opened after filming of the James Bond Spectre film in Ötztal. Is it worth making the trip to the glacier? As a former Bond fan, the author went to go see.
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 Tirol’s Ötztal Valley is home to an innovation that is future-proofing the snow-sports industry: The new state-of-the-art Giggijochbahn Gondola in Sölden.
Tirol’s Ötztal Valley is home to a ski resort innovation that is future-proofing the snow-sports industry: The new state-of-the-art Giggijochbahn Gondola in Sölden. Architect Johann Obermoser regards the building of gondolas as a link between the built and natural environment. Making the Alpine setting, with its beauty and built-in drama, accessible for people. Mission accomplished.
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Perched on the top of 3,048-metre Gaislachkogel Peak in Soelden, the distinctive cuboid-shaped ice Q Restaurant with its walls of sheer glass fits in with the surrounding mountainous landscape. Together with the neighbouring Gaislachkogelbahn gondola top station it ranks among Tirol’s undisputed highlights. Designed by Innsbruck-based Architect Johann Obermoser this is an architectural masterpiece that surpasses any other – it’s not surprising that the iconic ice Q plays the leading role in the Tirol sequences of Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond series.
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Irene Heisz
Updated on 10.07.2019 in Architecture from Irene
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A girl from Germany’s Sauerland and a Pinzgau native of the Austrian Province of Salzburg run Berliner Hut in Tirol. Now that sounds pretty complicated. Is it? Kerstin Schöneborn and Rupert Bürgler have been operating Tirol’s largest mountain shelter for more than one and a half decades. Living a mountain life like this can make or break a couple.
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Olpererhütte Hut.
Irene Heisz
Updated on 27.06.2019 in Architecture from Irene
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Women in the mountain hut field have for a long time been rare. When Katharina Daum, a single mom to a seven-year-old boy, started running her first mountain hut, neighbouring farmers were taking bets on how long she would make it. Little did they know that she would outlast most of them: A quarter of a century later, the dedicated mother-son team is running the storied Olperer Hut together.
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Exterior view with Jesuit Church | Photo Credits: Günther Egger
Updated on 11.12.2018 in Architecture from Klaus
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By their nature, cultural centers must serve a variety of purposes. But chief among them is to promote a sense of wonder and welcome for its visitors. In the Tirolean capital of Innsbruck, this goal was accomplished with the newly completed “Haus der Musik”.
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