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

Window fitter, goldsmith, bouncer. And now a freelance journalist. Studied history, ethnology and communication in Freiburg, Munich and Canada. A graduate of the German School of Journalism. Prefers sleeping outside to inside – and whenever possible in Tirol.

Andreas Moser
Merlin Gröber
Updated on 31.03.2022 in People from Merlin Gröber
7 min reading time
Wood is a key element of Tirol's landscape and lifestyle. While the valley is dominated by large industrial sawmills, the mountains are still home to a few smallscale businesses which have been around for decades, if not centuries. We travelled to the Alpbachtal Valley to meet one of Tirol's last remaining master sawyers.
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The Naviser Hütte is a hut in the Tux Alps at 1,787 metres above sea level. It is popular destination for locals who enjoy tobogganing.
Merlin Gröber
Updated on 13.03.2022 in People from Merlin Gröber
14 min reading time
For many visitors to Tirol, contact with the locals is limited to the ski lifts, hotels and supermarket checkouts. But what are Tiroleans really like? We headed away from the pistes and bars to find out more about the lives of locals.
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Wintersport to the Power of Five
Merlin Gröber
Updated on 20.01.2022 in Sports from Merlin Gröber
11 min reading time
Many people come to Tirol in winter with a specific sport in mind, be it skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, biathlon or ski touring. But what if you put them all together? Our author set out in a quest to broaden his horizon by challenging an Innsbruck local to a mini Winter Olympics – five sports in four days. Who will win?
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