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RESTAURANTS Eating Out – Since 803!

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE YEAR 803? There were no cathedrals, Charles the Great ruled Central Europe and the Byzantine Empire the Mediterranian, the Maya blossomed in Central America and the earth was still a disc (the people believed). In in this year – unbelievable –  a gastronomical jewel was opened and is still going strong: … Weiterlesen »

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BOOK Up The Danube From The Black Sea

THIS RIVER SAYS MORE ABOUT WORLD HISTORY THAN ANY OTHER STREAM – THE DANUBE! Say I and the British author Nick Thorpe probably too. It took him a whole year to cover the 2680 km or 1665 miles from the delta at the Romanian coast of the Black Sea through the 8 not always easy … Weiterlesen »

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SECRETS Modern Wonders

Well, I admit it’s not easy to get to Hallstatt, especially in winter. That’s why this tiny and car-free village on the western shore of the Hallstätter See (lake) in the extrem western part of Austria (not far from Salzburg) is preserved like it looked 300 years ago. A medieval location. Not even 400 people … Weiterlesen »

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MYSTERY A Story Of Glory … (No. 41)

Look at this rock formation! My friend Tommy went up there and had a wonderful feeling – like being elated with both feet on the ground. It looks like a head with a horn, or a lady with a hat – 15 m or 45 feet high. Situated in the Lattengebirge in the southeast corner of Bavaria, … Weiterlesen »

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ART Collectors Corner … (No. 39)

I show you an example, printed ca. 1900. We see servants in the background, obviously amazed by the large chute of a very early recording machine on a traditional Sudanese bed, an „Angareeb“, made of wood, leather and rope. Sharing the bed is an exited white with turban and (red) beard, demonstrating something with his … Weiterlesen »

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MUSIC If You Ever Come To … Austria (No. 48)

The Zillertal is a cut into the Alps, running north to south and being 40 km or 25 miles west of the town of Innsbruck in Tyrolia (roughly 2 hours drive from Munich in Bavaria). The WHY can’t be answered, just call it vaguely „tradition“, but in this 20 km or  13 miles long valley … Weiterlesen »

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STYLE This Shop Is Top… (No. 17)

I’m fascinated by century old companies, still going strong. Just look in the internet for the list of Oldest Companies – you will be amazed: There is a hotel in Japan, open since 705, and a restaurant in Salzburg (Austria), open since 803. And in 1475 the first glasswares were produced by the company La Rochere … Weiterlesen »

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ANTIQUARIANS This Shop Is Top … (No. 19)

You wouldn’t expect these wonderful things in the Alps. In London, Paris, New York – yes! But the antquarian Dieter Tausch in Innsbruck, the Tyrolian capital, finds the most amazing things since 1979: rare books, precious prints, lost posters, missing watercolours and works of underrated artist who get unpayable after he discovered them (just to mention … Weiterlesen »

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NAMES Moments You Never Forget … (No. 32)

They can’t stand it anymore in this tiny Austrian village of hardly 400 inhabitants (near the Bavarian border). Three times per year the mayor has to substitute the board with the village name because souvenir hunters steal it. Hundreds of people pose in front of it for a picture. The truly funny thing is that … Weiterlesen »

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HUMOUR Interesting People … (No. 40)

His name: Hans Guggenberger. Nationality: Austrian. Profession: Stonemason. Place: Kramsach in the Inn river valley in Tyrolia. If you ever come near Innsbruck, Munich or Salzburg, take a detour to Kramsach. It’s worth it. There in the cemetery you will have a big laugh and that’s okay with the locals. Because Guggenberger collected unbelievable but … Weiterlesen »

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