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

A brave mom to two wild boys, Julia König explores the great outdoors with her family in tow. Ready to attempt new challenges and explore new adventure playgrounds, she provides inspiration, travel tips, and destination reviews for families.

Spinach Dumplings (Spinatlnödel)
Updated on 24.02.2021 in Food & Drink from Julia
3 min reading time
There are these days. It happens to all of us. It’s time to make lunch and I just don’t know what to make. Honestly speaking, it happens to me quite often. Well, if I’m at a loss, these spinach dumplings are just the thing! They are easy to make and always a hit with my boys. They contain enough spinach so my kids and I can enjoy healthy nutrients. They taste positively decadent, without needing any high-price ingredients. And they are wonderful to freeze and eat later. Here is my recipe for cooking delicious spinach dumplings. Sometimes it helps to have a visual: Watch the video below where we will walk you through every step of how to make them. Enjoy!
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Frisch gepflückte Preiselbeeren.
Updated on 14.10.2020 in Food & Drink from Julia
3 min reading time
In Tirol, fall is the season to pick "Granten" (cranberries) and to make them into homemade, fresh, fruity cranberry sauce. Here’s a classic, simple and easy recipe for making delicious cranberry sauce from scratch. At this time of year, cranberries are absolutely perfect with venison.
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Updated on 09.07.2020 in Food & Drink from Julia
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Bilberries are delicious fruits found growing wild in Tirol on high ground. The season for them is very short and when they ripen in June, we head off to the woods to pick them for dinner. Bilberry fruit pulp is purple, staining the fingers, lips, and tongue when eaten. They are eaten fresh and made into delicious dishes; the most famous one is “Moosbeernocken”, a real Alpine treat!
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The mighty „Jakobskreuz“ cross on top of the Buchensteinwand mountain accompanies pilgrims on the Way of Saint James in Tirol between Waidring and St. Johann (c) Tirol Werbung – Jens Schwarz
Updated on 26.02.2020 in Sports from Julia
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"All roads lead to Rome," the saying goes. However, everyone knows that pilgrimages are about more than just getting from A to B. They are a chance to escape the stress of daily life, to be at one with yourself – and to explore the nature of Tirol.
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Downhill, © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Updated on 18.02.2020 in Bits & Pieces from Julia
10 min reading time
The film "Downhill" featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell was shot in winter 2019 on location in Ischgl, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and the Kaunertal Valley in the Austrian Tirol. We have taken a close look at the filming spots to find out where you can ski "The Beast" yourself.
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Admittedly, getting two kids (1.5 and 3.5 years old) all geared up to go outside can be a major headache. Tears and tantrums can make even a quick trip to the mountains seem like a monumental task, not to mention the large loads you’ll have to carry and the all-terrain stroller you have to push (which tends to be off-road and trail-capable but not so manoeuvrable). And when the older one pulls the “I can’t take another step” trick you’ll be squeezing him into the stroller as well. That said, I really love being outdoors, but pushing two kids/40kg up the hill is tough...they're heavy! Not exactly my idea of a fun day out.
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Since very recently, a box filled with fresh, local vegetables is dropped off at our front door once a week. That’s great and it tastes just great, however, honestly speaking there are sorts of vegetables I didn’t even know they are existing. Let alone, how to cook them. The other day I was looking at all these beetroot (= red beet) with vague plans of eating them for lunch/dinner/as a random morning snack, and I had a lightbulb moment. How good would these be in a dumpling?!
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In Tirol, there are new opportunities to get young kids ages 3 to 6 on skis, in a way that is safe and enjoyable: The pre-school “Spielplatz Schnee" (literally "Playground Snow”) Programs are offered at 28 Tirolean ski schools. I sat down with David Bichler, Manager of Kirchdorf Ski School, to get his take on what it takes to get even the littlest kids in on the action.
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Updated on 01.10.2018 in Family from Julia
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Before you had kids, dining out was something you looked forward to. Now, you’re not so sure (you know, simultaneous meltdowns from all kids, having to carry them out kicking and screaming, that type of thing.). Honestly speaking, restaurants and kids can be a recipe for disaster...
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Updated on 01.10.2018 in Recommendations from Julia
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Summer delivers the perfect time to let kids run and play outside in the sun. Hot days where you need to cool down in a lake, swimming pool or watery on-mountain playground. From ice caves over glacier skiing to show mines, Tirol offers many of ways to beat the summer heat. However, not every summer day stays warm and sunny.
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