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Jagdhausalmen Alpine Pastures, Defereggen, East Tirol, Austria, Europe
Irene Heisz

Witty and sharp-tongued, Irene Heisz is a journalist and author who writes blog posts about Tirol, Tiroleans and their peculiarities – and there are many of them!

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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Irene Heisz
Updated on 21.06.2021 in Food & Drink from Irene
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Sabrina, Katrin and Maria Steindl run the Unterwirt in Ebbs. We sat down with the three sisters to talk service, servants and striking the balance between authentic hospitality and award-winning food.
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Natural materials are merged with contemporary, sustainable design. Photo by Charly Schwarz
Respecting the natural environment in Pillberg where Grafenast Hotel is set within, Unterlechner Family has been placing eco-friendliness and sustainability at the forefront of everything it does for decades—long before it became an international trend.
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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.
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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Tirol West, Landeck, Cafe-Konditorei Haag, Tiroler Edle Schokolade
Irene Heisz
Updated on 27.06.2019 in Food & Drink from Irene
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Product visionary, agricultural economist, idea woman, enabler, and entrepreneur: Innsbruck-native Therese Fiegl has masterminded a range of products based on local ingredients that combine high-quality workmanship with environmentally friendly options. This is her personal way of addressing the big challenges of the world.
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Irene Heisz
Updated on 16.10.2018 in Food & Drink from Irene
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With a sophisticated fine dining restaurant and a super stylish luxury hotel, Kristallhütte is hardly a ‘hut’. More “mountain chateau” than “quaint cabin,” this wonderful hideaway is perfectly positioned at the heart of Hochzillertal Ski Resort in Kaltenbach, Zillertal Valley.
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Gampe Thaya Sölden (2)
Irene Heisz
Updated on 23.09.2018 in Food & Drink from Irene
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Tyrol Grey beef carpaccio instead of chips and naturalness instead of a buzzing après-ski scene: Gampe Thaya in Sölden is one of Tirol’s most unique on-mountain eateries.
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Stüdl Hut-Großglockner
Matteo and Vroni Bachmann run the Stüdl Hut in East Tirol. The arrival of baby Marta in May 2019 forced the couple for the first time in many years to spend the summer apart. We met up with them to find out more.
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