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Aloisia Bischof talks “Heanzisch” with us – a typical, local area dialect from Southern Burgenland. Travelling in the very east of Austria, you will not only be won over by its charming, undulating landscape and mild, Pannonia climate, but also by the charm of the local people. Throughout history, many different peoples have settled here: Magyars, Hungarians, Croatians, the Burgenland still home to their descendants – and their cultural traditions. One of those, “sweetly” enough, is the tradition of wedding bakery. “All my life, I have been baking cookies, sweets & cakes for typical Burgenland wedding parties”, Aloisia smiles while talking about her life & background. Aloisia, who is THE wedding baker of Burgenland known far across the borders of her tiny village in Badersdorf, who simply loves to look after each one of her guests personally, showing full attention and grandmotherly-care. We have visited here in her cute little home town and fallen in love with her sweet little secrets …
The gently rolling hills of the Southern Burgenland, whose mild climate makes for growing the local “Isabella” grapes turned “Uhudler” wine (make sure you try this local speciality!), are also perfectly apt for any kind of bike trips. Some eight years ago, Martin has started organising those bike trips from his home town Oberwart, offering visitors the chance to explore hidden alley lanes, forest trails and wine-terraced hills that mark Southern Burgenland’s reputation as an acclaimed wine-growing district. Not far from our visit of one of the local area wine shops, we enjoy wonderful views and a delightful stop at a local “Kellerstöckel” wine hut set right inside the vineyards. Travelling with the locals simply continues to be the best form of new explorations, especially here in the Burgenland.
Fancy an e-bike exploration of Southern Burgenland yourself? We have an e-bike tour for two to give away! All further details such as travel dates, services and ideas on what to expect are listed here. Just answer the following question until 31 October, 2014: Where is Creativelena travelling to next for the upcoming Digital Wine Communications Conference as a “winelover” traveller? Among all comments left here, we give away 1 x e-bike trip for two in Southern Burgenland. I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂
Those who travel looking behind the scenes usually take time for the people and their many fascinating stories. It is when minutes become hours and you really make connections that you will feel the essence of a place reaching out to you. Such is the story with “Werner”, whose “last name never really mattered”, introducing us to local ceramic artist Petra followed by a spontaneous invitation to visit her house & workshop. In all her modesty, she does not reveal that she has already been commissioned by the Who is Who of Austrian cooking & househould firms to make ceramics for tableware. Petra has moved here from Upper Austria after falling in love with Southern Burgenland. We meet the charming artist amidst her workshop, taking a closer look at her unique creations.
Eveline Niederbacher-Kisser and her husband have long since started to “collect” and save old farm houses from being torn down, thus helping to preserve a unique heritage here in Southern Burgenland. Thanks to their relentless efforts and unfaltering enthusiasm, they have successfully established and opened up the open-air museum in Gerersdorf as the place to go to for an experience of past life in Burgenland. Only a stone’s throw away from the mighty Güssing Palace, the peasants once led quite a dour life in rather poor circumstances. Hard to believe how much the world has changed in only a few centuries, even decades – a reality check of a kind!
Next to introducing you to all these wonderful hosts from Southern Burgenland, check out my article about the area’s many palaces and fortresses here in BURGENland: Bernstein, Forchtenstein, Lockenhaus, Güssing & Schlaining. More photos can be seen here, too.
My dear friends & colleagues have also published the following stories and photographs about the Burgenland:
Disclaimer: We have been invited on this trip discovering the BURGENland. All opinions are my own.