Fatbike, Skiing, Schnaps & More: Adventure Travel #inAustria #LoveTirol!

“If all of us multiply, link and share our individual efforts, ‘one plus one really can become three’.” Such, or similar, are my words when interviewed as part of our international blogger meet-up #inAustria, which has brought me back to travelling in Tyrol. Both the Austrian National Tourist Board as well as the Tyrol Tourism Board have called upon a spectacular international host of travel bloggers joining us from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France, the UK, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia and even China! Jenny from Beijing, for instance, talks about her experiences in the following video, a great recap of our emotions and happenings during the #LoveTirol trip:

 

Visiting Martin’s Husky ranch will stay with me forever, I think. More about it in my following post. Let’s start with what we all want to know: Great foodie tips #inAustria.

Schnaps tasting, mountain huts, skiing downhill, trips to the sauna and our very own, Austrian “Gemütlichkeit” (cosiness): Thinking of winter in Tyrol automatically brings up some well-known images (and yes, we can confirm the one about the notoriously funny Austrian ski instructors!), however also adds news insights. What’s totally new this time is the Adeo Alpin hotel in Sankt Johann, which has been built by Austria’s famous ex-ski stars Hermann Meier and Rainer Schönfelder. We were lucky enough to stay there even before the official opening took place. It’s made to accommodate families and groups of friends staying in an affordable, modern environment. Check this out.

Ankunft in Tirol: Tief verschneite Winterlandschaften ...

Arriving in Tyrol: A true winter wonderland …

 

… gemütlicher Empfang ...

… as well as a warm welcome at the Adeo Alpin hotel: Hello = “Griaß eich” in the local language …

 

… und schöne Aussichten bietet das neue Hotel Adeo Alpin.

… adding to that some frosty, but beautiful views upon the surrounding landscape of Sankt Johann in Tyrol.

 

Fürs genussvolle Speisen empfiehlt sich ein Blick nach und vom Gaisberg in Kirchberg in Tirol, bei dem das Gasthof Obergaisberg zu wunderschönen Aussichten über die ringsum liegende Bergwelt einlädt.

My tip for you: Head to Obergaisberg inn located right up the Gaisberg mountain in Kirchberg for an amazing dinner with a view.

 

Dazu, ganz klassisch, gehört eine gehörige Portion guter Kaiserschmarren!

As well as, of course, one of Austria’s most famous meals: Typical Kaiserschmarren it is!

 

Frisch gestärkt, machen wir uns auf ans Nachtrodeln, hier mit Sarah & Veronika aus der Schweiz bzw. Tschechien!

With all these fresh forces, it’s easy to join a night tobogganing event. Here we gooo!

 

Ob die Contenance beim tatsächlichen Rodeln dann ...

To be, or not to be, looking good …

 

… wirklich so einzuhalten ist, sei dahingestellt ..!

… on a sleigh is the question here. Oh my, fast we were down the mountain! Read more about my love for this winter sport here.

 

Of course, we also got to hit the slopes of Tyrol. Turning this one into an unforgettable day was thanks our dear ski instructor Balthasar, who threw in some 30 seasons of experience with his ski school Alpin Hopfgarten.

“Do you know one thing that’s worse than ten English school children?”, Balthasar says all of a sudden as we sit down for lunch at the mountain hut. He looks around expectantly, but no one answers. No one but me even looks at him, the only one among us with a flat battery on her phone. I smile at him encouragingly: “Eight bloggers !!”

“M-hm, yeah well …” Some mumbled excuses, smiles and then finally more conversation as the food and drinks come up. The #LifeOfATravelBlogger as it is! I do manage to get some more out of Balthasar after convincing him to install his own ski school Facebook page manager on his iPhone, though. “All work, no fun”, he posts happily from the chair lift just a little later. That’s it – building bridges at all times. Even or especially during skiing in Tyrol.

Das gewaltige Skigebiet Wilder Kaiser-Brixental erkundet man an einem schneereichen Tag am besten mit einem erfahrenen Skilehrer (und seinem Sohn) ...

Check out the rather huge ski resort Wilder Kaiser-Brixental together with a ski instructor and local expert such as Balthasar and his son Hannes …

 

Um nicht abseits der Piste zu geraten ...

… who shall not be leading you astray …

 

… und tolle Kunststücke zu vollführen.!

… but rather show off some cool twists and turns.!

 

Ich bin übrigens auch gesprungen ...

I did, by the way, jump as well. Did you see me in the video up there?! 😀

 

Sogar eine verschneite Kirche (!) habe wir ganz oben am Berg gefunden!

Holy Moly! We even found a snowed-in church high up on this ski mountain slope.

 

Vielen Dank für das ski-reiche Vergnügen,

Thank you so much for this fun-filled ski day together, guys !!

 

Next up ist a little town called Fieberbrunn. There, our hosts at the S4Alm restaurant have come up with yet another special reason to visit: A typical, local Tyrolean schnaps tasting following our spare ribs dinner (schnaps is definitely what you need after a feast like that). Ahead of the tasting, we all get to smell different schnapps aromas, among the more exotic ones horse odour or truffles! I must say I did prefer the fruitier smells, such as berries or apricot. And you?

"It's a hard life": Ripperlessen auf der Hütte ...

“It’s a hard life”: Spare ribs meal at the mountain hut …

 

… gefolgt von einer richtig spannenden ...

… followed by an exciting …

 

… Tiroler Schnapsverkostung.

… schnaps (aroma) tasting.

 

Was sag' ich Euch: "Einer muss den Job ja machen." Exzellente Schnäpse hier auf der S4Alm - für alle Schnapsdrosseln & -Liebhaber!

Well, I guess .. One has to do the job! Schnaps tasting #inAustria #LoveTirol!

 

Last but not least, I would like to share something really cool with you: “Fat Biking”! Only in fashion for about a year, it’s all about pushing fat-tyre mountain bikes across a fairy-tale like winter landscape.

Would you try a fat bike? To be quite honest with you: I am not actually a mountain bike fan! But taking on an e-mountain-bike in Lower Austria once and now fat biking my way in Tyrol, I must say I do like certain aspects of it. Especially, when what you can discover is such a magnificent mountain landscape otherwise difficult to access or simply unknown to you without a (bike) guide. The #KitzAlps are amazing for that, and the Bike Academy here in Kirchberg is right about encouraging the use of fat bikes for some added winter fun. Check this out.

Los geht's beim Fatbike-Fahren: Selfie? Check.

Off we go fat-biking. Selfie done? Check.

 

Die Bike Academy Kitzbühl ...

The Bike Academy Kitzbühl in Kirchberg in Tirol …

 

… stellt uns perfekt auf uns angepasste, fette Fatbikes zur Verfügung!

… offers us well-tailored bikes for our trip!

 

Nach genauer Überprüfung & Begutachtung ...

After special handling instructions …

 

… sowie dem Test über Schnee & Eis ...

… as well as testing our fat bikes on snow and ice …

 

… steht dem zauberhaften Landschaftserlebnis ...

… nothing more gets in the way of us enjoying moments like these …

 

… nichts mehr im Wege.

… or this one.

 

Danke für die tolle Fahrt! Schon jetzt möchte ich wiederkommen zum Fatbike-Fahren in Tirol !!

Thank you for the ride! Already miss you guys !!

 

Check out some more travel tips & images from our international blog trip #inAustria here:

My international colleagues have had the following to say about their experiences #inAustria:

See you all soon #inAustria 😉

Disclaimer: We have been invited by the Tirol Werbung as well as the Austrian National Tourist Board. All opinions are my own.

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