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

A brave mum to two wild boys, Julia König explores the great outdoors with her family in tow. She is always ready to attempt new challenges and explore new places, providing inspiration, tips and reviews for families.

Spinach dumplings
Updated on 15.04.2024 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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Updated on 05.02.2024 in Recommendations from Julia
6 min reading time
Sure, skiing is a big part of winter here in Tirol. But I also like to try other winter activities away from the pistes with my kids. Here are a few ideas on what to see and do on holiday beyond the ski slopes.
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Early risers can ride a piste groomer to the Hexenseehütte before sunrise, where a fine breakfast awaits, before hitting the slopes. An unforgettable experience.
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Skiing is a great sport for lots of reasons. Some skiers like staying fit on the slopes, while others search for the ultimate adrenaline kick. Families enjoy spending time together in the fresh air, foodies complete a few runs in the morning before settling down to a long lunch. We have put together twelve unforgettable skiing experiences in Tirol, with something for everyone.
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Asa Butterfield (aka James Hughes) and Cora Kirk (aka Hayley Taylor) in the Sölden-Hochsölden Glacier Ski Area., © The Story Collective/Amazon. All rights reserved.
Updated on 11.12.2023 in Bits & Pieces from Julia
6 min reading time
The romantic Christmas comedy "Your Christmas or Mine" starring Hayley Taylor (Cora Kirk) and James Hughes (Asa Butterfield) has been continued on Prime Video since December 2023. This time, Christmas doesn't take them to each other's parents' houses but to a ski vacation in Tyrol, along with their families. The filming took place in April and May in the Ötztal region, and we've gathered the exact locations for you.
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Updated on 28.06.2021 in Food & Drink from Julia
2 min reading time
Elderflower syrup making season is here!  In June, the Elderberries are flowering and there is no better time to be outside harvesting elderflowers. Ahh, the taste of summer. Ice cream, sunbathing, swimming, …  And, of course, elderflower syrup. This refreshing and delicious syrup is a great way to capture in a bottle the essence of summer! Here’s my best elderflower syrup recipe for you.
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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 fruits found growing wild on high ground in Tirol. Their season is very short, so when they ripen in June locals head off into the woods to pick them for dinner. A real superfood found growing on our doorstep! Here is a recipe for “Moosbeernocken”, a real alpine treat made using bilberries from 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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Updated on 20.12.2017 in Arts & Culture from Julia
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Most people know Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night". But do you know where the expression comes from and what it means? It actually refers to the twelfth night after Christmas Day, also called the Eve of the Feast of Epiphany. Here in Tirol it marks the culmination of what are known as the "Rauhnächte" – nights around Christmas and New Year when incense and other herbs are burned to bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the new.
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Updated on 19.12.2017 in Food & Drink from Julia
6 min reading time
I have to admit, I like a little sweetness in my life every now and then. A steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee. A delicate cake. A spoonful of sugar really does help everything go down. Whatever tantalising treat you’re in the mood for, let the experts do the work and delve into six of my tried-and-tasted best coffee shops that Innsbruck has to offer—or rather, my 6 favourites. By the way, a good café isn’t just about the coffee and cake; I need the right atmosphere, too.
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