Nowhere are balls celebrated so majestically and splendidly as in Vienna, and this tradition has continued for many decades. Viennese Balls are the most glamorous annual galas and a high-key social events. Many international celebrities from the world of culture, art, business, politics and sports attend the Viennese Balls to celebrate the night with the orchestra of Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera and the Vienna State Ballet.Continue Reading…
While the wind gently pulls the leaves off the trees, golden and ruby red colored leaves carpeting the cobbled streets. You will be amazed by picturesque sunny parks, and the vineyards of Vienna’s surroundings. As one of the most beautiful cities in the World, Vienna becomes even more beautiful during fall.
Personally, I love Vienna in fall! A perfect time going outdoors and enjoying the crisp, fresh air of fall. You can experience the most picturesque surroundings of Vienna, or long walks through the vineyards. So, today I want to share with you, my favorite things to do in Vienna in fall.Continue Reading…
Get ready for the exclusive insights of my “Golden Twenties” experience at Vienna’s stylish hotel – Hilton Vienna Plaza. Located right in the heart of the famous Vienna’s Ringstraße, The Plaza is in walking distance to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and other important sights of the city. The building was built in 1872 as a primer hotel (Hotel Austria) for the World Exposition, which was due to take place a year later (the Ottoman Foundation of Ahmed from Constantinople and an Egyptian assembly with mosque and minaret has been constructed at the same time). Continue Reading…
What makes us want to travel and explore the world? Of course, the cultural differences we encounter. Being able to understand the humans from their cultural standpoint of where they come from and what they believe, as well as where those beliefs come from. Therefore I want to talk about the World Museum or Weltmuseum Wien (former Museum of Ethnology) in Vienna, which is the largest anthropological museum in Austria build in 1876. Located in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, WMW has a comprehensive ethnographical and archaeological objects from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and America. Since November 2014 the museum was closed due to renovation and was reopened on the 25th of October 2017.
Ethnological museums are witnesses to the cultural diversity and changes of our human societies. – WMW
Today, I am taking you inside the Museum of fine Arts in Vienna, which is one of the most important European museum buildings opened in 1891. The magnificent architecture creates a fitting setting for the artistic treasures assembled by the Habsburgs, amongst the most breathtaking in the world. The collections range from Ancient Egyptian and Greek and Roman Antiquities to Medieval Art and the splendid Renaissance and Baroque. So the museum is divided into eight different collections, some of which are housed in the Hofburg and in Schönbrunn Palace.
Hiding deep between the Dachstein mountains, approximately one hour far from Salzburg, with its lakeside views and charming old buildings make Hallstatt one of the most charming villages in Europe. There must have been fairytales born from this spot and so perfect, that China made an exact replica of the village to serve as high-end housing. When I heard about this fact I had to laugh, because they can really go too far doing replicas! *giggles*
After visiting the south of the Italy, Südtirol Tourismus invited me to visit the most beautiful autonomous province in northern Italy, South Tyrol. The province is bordered by Austria to the east and north, specifically by the Austrian federal-states Tyrol and Salzburg, and by the Swiss canton of Graubünden to the west. The landscape itself is mostly cultivated with different types of valleys and forests and is highly mountainous. Entirely located in the Alps, the province’s landscape is dominated by mountains.
I can say it loud, I love Airbnb and I’ve enjoyed numerous stays using the service. Sometimes in small rooms, sometimes in enormous apartments, sometimes with outgoing hosts and other times with hosts that I’ve never met. My greatest experience was in Paris, where I found a large room, clean, very bright, free WiFi and just a short walk to metro station.
Where the power of nature meets the tradition: A splendidly beautiful village, with magnificent chalets, alm huts (cabins), hunter and honeymoon chalets of the Almdorf Seinerzeit
After a magnificent weekend at the Kempinski Grand Hôtel des Bains in St. Moritz, together with Sonja and Maria – I was invited to the most beautiful village of the Almdorf Seinerzeit, to stay in a romantic chalet for a couple of days.
Almdorf Seinerzeit, is located in Carinthia (ger. Kärnten) at the southernmost Austrian state, situated within the Eastern Alps. Our journey by car started from St. Moritz, than we took the highway Munich, Salzburg and Villach – direction to Bad Kleinkirchheim. We arrived in the evening and greeted by brilliant village hosts, who prepared everything for us. I was stunned by the high-class hotel service, the amazing view, also how the inner peace expatiated to my body and soul, something that lately I was searching for.
I grew up in the city, where the traffic, loud noises and busy people who most likely won’t say “hi” to you if they’re in a rush. Spending my life in the capital of Austria – where my comfort zone is, however sometimes I miss going out of the city and just spend some days in a valley or mountains. This place gave me the feeling to realize, how calming and relaxing a alpine village can be, where I could open my mind for new ideas and to be grateful for important things in my life.
All mountain chalets of Almdorf Seinerzeit, have been traditionally constructed with natural materials, by specialists who still know the old craft. Natural sheep wool is used for insulation and roofs are made in “nail shingle” style. Gutters and hooks are made from naturally shaped trees and the “fried” (wound) fence rings are made with branches of pine trees.
One of the most wonderful things in Almdorf Seinerzeit is, that the village hosts serve the breakfast at the desired time in your own chalet. They also bring a daily newspaper and the polished hiking boots. Dinner can be also served according to personal orders, and the smell of delicious food in the chalet takes care of the rest.
All twenty-one chalets are perfect for family or romantic couple vacations, a very comfortable living space on two floors. The chalets have a kitchen-living room, a parlor, two bathrooms with toilet, one with a shower and the other with a wooden bathtub. As well as two bedrooms upstairs, a balcony overlooking the valley, a terrace and a beautiful garden.
Outside there were hundreds of paraffin lamps, which gently brighten the small village.
The village hosts take care of every chalet to keep them clean and warm, so when the guests return from a trip or any activities, they will find their chalet in the best conditions and fire crackling in the fireplace.
Our lovely kitchen.
Delicious home-made organic panna cotta, muesli, fruit salad and granola for the breakfast.
Alpine organic milk, butter, marmalade any many more.
Here you can relax with a panoramic view at Almodorf’s sauna.
If you want to have a typical Finnish and a mountain herbal sauna, here is the perfect place to relax in a room with panoramic view on the Nockberge, as well as you can jump right after into the pond.
Loved spending time in this magical place and I would like to thank everyone who made us feel great during our stay in this lovely village of the Almdorf Seinerzeit. Learn more and book your vacation here.
Photos #6, 7, 8, 13 (c) Disi Couture, the rest (c) Almdorf Seinerzeit