Travel Blogger Campaign “Burgenland Neu Entdecken”

Mag. Ulrike Tschach-Sauerzopf, head of Innovation & Strategic Development, at Burgenland Tourismus destination management company, writes to me on 3 October, 2011 (my 28th birthday) along the following, fateful lines: “You have written a lot of travel articles on blogs haven’t you … Could you email me the link once more?” …

Well, I could. And only a little later, we started envisaging the travel blogging future together. This was beginning of my travel blogging love affair to date, combining PR & Blogs, writing & photography, travel & networking. I was really lucky to count on the support of the likes of fellow Austrian “Tripwolf” Lea Hajner who herself is a talented travel blogger in the field, as well as being able to participate in one of the first international travel blogger conferences“Travel Bloggers Unite” in Innsbruck in August 2011.

THANK YOU, dear Lea, dear Oliver, dear Sarah, dear Terry, dear Julie, dear Uli and all of who “started believing in and encouraging me even back then” – when I had “only” published abou 30 stories for the Tripwolf travel blog, had only started building our own corporate “Kreativ Reisen blog” while still being a year away from starting my own weblog at But let’s recapitulate. What has actually happened, in & around Burgenland, Austria’s eastern-most charming travel province? “You have written a lot of articles on blogs haven’t you …?”

Momente wie diese gilt es einfach, festzuhalten: Internationale Reiseblogger & Journalisten aus ganz Österreich, Deutschland und UK sind im Burgenland zum Thema "Kreativ-Reisen" beim Motorsägenschnitzkurs vereint!

Moments like these simply deserve to be captured: International travel bloggers from the UK, Germany and Austria gather in Burgenland to do a chainsaw sculpting lesson as part of creative tourism offered in this area.


"La Dolce Vita" - oder doch "harte Arbeit"? Reiseblogger Stefan Eschert ( ist extra aus Berlin angereist, um die Festivalatmosphäre beim Surfworldcup in Podersdorf am Neusiedlersee im Frühjahr 2012 einzufangen. Seinen Bericht könnt Ihr hier nachlesen:

“La Dolce Vita” – or “hard research work”? We let you be the judge of that! Travel blogger Stefan Eschert ( has made it a point to join us for the 2012 Surfworldcup in Podersdorf on lake Neusiedl. Check out what he wrote here: “Festivalcheck Surfworldcup in Podersdorf


Tripwolf, Creative Travel & discovering “Burgenland Neu Entdecken”

Sometimes, life really plays in your favour. Or so it appears. Those who share a passion and work on their quality will, I believe, will be able to reap the benefits sooner or later. Still today, I’m a regular contributor to the Tripwolf travel blog maintaining close relations with Lea and her team. The Creative Travel Blog has grown thanks to several articles and travel blogger events experiencing creative travel in Austria: Our next creative beer brewing event, among other activities, takes place in June 2013 in the city of Salzburg, Salzburg province and Tyrol expecting high-profile travel bloggers such as Yvonne Zagermann’s brother Johannes / JustTravelous, Susi Maier of BlackDotsWhiteSpots & Janett Schindler of (I look forward to you guys!! :-D)

And Burgenland – my first big project concerning the marriage of travel destination management and travel bloggers? Well, dear Uli – “Innovative & Strategic” Mind! Thank you above all for having realised the potential on the (Austrian) travel blogging horizon even back then when the media landscape was still, well, rather traditional-thinking. I remember as we sat down in 2011 / 2012 thinking which topics could be of interest for bloggers in Burgenland. It had to be out of the ordinary, honest and authentic, offer a unique level of quality and reflect an easy-going, “everyday travel life” attitude. “Grenzerfahrungen im Burgenland” (pushing to the limits – cycling along the Austro-Hungarian border), “Pannonia Nature Experience ” or visiting world-famous “Surfworldcup in Podersdorf on lake Neusiedl” it was, topped by eating at wonderful pubs and restaurants and staying with local storytellers, the “Pannonisch-Wohnen” guesthouses typical of Pannonia Burgenland.

Tourismusobmann & lokale Surfworldcup-Koryphäe Walter Gisch (Mitte mit weißem Hemd) begrüßt unser Team in Podersdorf am Neusiedlersee im Jahr 2012.

Local tourism responsible & Surf World Cup “veteran” Walter Gisch (centre) welcomes our blogger team in Podersdorf on lake Neusiedl in May 2012.


Im Sommer darauf ist "Andersreisender" Gerhard Liebenberger aus Salzburg entlang der burgenländisch-ungarischen Grenze unterwegs und berichtet parallel auf seinem Blog und über Social Media über seine Reise-Erfahrungen; später erscheint sein Reisebericht gar in den Salzburger Nachrichten!

During the summer of 2012, “Andersreisender” Gerhard Liebenberger from Salzburg cycles along the Austro-Hungarian border for five days and regularly shares his adventures on Social Media & travel blog. Later that year, his travel story even features in the provincial newspaper of Salzburg, the “Salzburger Nachrichten” – a big success for everyone!


Wenig später sind wir mit einem weiteren internationalen Team zum Thema Kreativ-Reisen & Pannonisch-Wohnen im Burgenland unterwegs, der deutsche Reiseblogger Jörg Baldin hat dazu nachstehendes Video produziert - "mit der Motorsäge auf Schmusekurs"!

In July 2012, we have welcomed several international bloggers to Burgenland in order to experience creative travel. The German travel blogger Jörg Baldin has produced the following video about his chainsaw sculpting lesson – “cuddling up with my chainsaw”!


100+ new articles, 10+ new videos, millions of page views & Tweet-Impressions – only in 2012. “Burgenland Neu Entdecken” goes viral – and “through the roof”!

If ever there was a roof. Because what actually happened is that the campaign of receiving travel bloggers to Burgenland in 2012 has created its own benchmarks, only to successfully conclude at the end of the year: This is working! Now, even newspaper journalists have started joining the scene, realising the value of an online (blog) article rising over time, being shared, viewed & commented on many times over and just remaining there permanently. Along these lines, Karl-Heinz Jeller, head of the travel department at daily Austrian newspaper KURIER has decided to blog about his Burgenland travel experiences even two days ahead of the official print release: “Frauen mit Stihl – reisen made by jeller”!

This is an exciting outcome and a good reminder of how the Internet and traditional media may successfuly combine, fuelling the current debate of travel bloggers vs. journalists. Owing to our very own positive conclusions and experiences, we can only say that the market is unfolding quite rapidly: EXCITING TIMES ARE AHEAD! Stay tuned !!

Nicht nur im Frühjahr und Sommer hat das Burgenland einiges zu bieten: Im Rahmen der diesjährigen Winter-Safari erleben wir im Jänner 2013 den Nationalpark Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel von seiner ganz zauberhaften, winterweißen Seite und entspannen uns danach gemütlich in der neu errichteten, modernen St. Martins-Therme.

The Burgenland is a destination all year round: During winter 2013, we experienced the national park Neusiedler See clad in winter snow while relaxing at the local, modern Spa St. Martins later during the day. Travel bloggers who joined us were Martin of Tripwolf travel blog, Janett Schindler of & Christian Kermer, our “vlogger”!


Die allererste Bloggerreise im Burgenland, "Ab Ovo" rund ums Thema Ostereier (schnitzen) & Schnapsbrennen (!) im Brennerei- & Wellnesshotel Lagler, war schon etwas Besonderes. Fast 10 weitere Termine sind seither dazu gekommen, das Renommee der Destination im Web international gestiegen.

The very first trip with travel bloggers in Burgenland, “Ab Ovo” featuring carved Easter eggs and distilling our own whisky (!), among other activities, was quite an experience. I could almost be overcome with nostalgia right now! 10 further trips have since taken place, successfully raising the online profile of Burgenland thanks to countless publications, photos, videos & travel reports.

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