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Today, I am on my way to one of the “last gourmet trips” in Lower Austria this year … But wait. Has it really been more than 70 travel articles I have already written and published about Gourmet Travel this year? Wow. Apparently, it has. I am a real gourmet traveller, then, and can make my blog responsible for gaining those few extra kilos, hehe … 😉 Anyway, back to those gourmet travel delights. Lower Austria really has a lot to offer in that sense. From June till September, this is what my fellow travel bloggers & I did: Visiting “Gourmet Mile” & “Geniesserzimmer” in the Vienna Forest District. Travelling the Vienna Alps. Gourmet Travel Delights in the Wachau Valley. “Tafeln im Weinviertel” Lower Austria Wine Tourism District. Mountain Musik & Heavenly Hikes in Mostviertel, Lower Austria. And now: Exploring the “Geniesserzimmer” & more in the high north of Austria.
PURE PLEASURE! 😀
The Waldviertel … “High up is where we are”: Such is the motto of the Waldviertel destination close to the border with the Czech Republic. High up here, we find peace, serenity, regional specialities as well as exceptional travel moments for gourmets. Three days in a row, “my” travel bloggers Monika & Petar Fuchs (TravelWorldOnline: Sechs Tipps für eine Genießer Reise durchs Waldviertel), Gudrun Krinzinger aka Reisebloggerin.at and I are travelling the Waldviertel. Oh, how we love those “Mohnnoodles” sweet poppy meals. And the “Geniesserzimmer” have really drawn us in with their special charm: Local accommodation with attention to (regional) details in furniture, equipment and meals. Take for instance the rose flower decoration of the “Geniesserzimmer Rose” here (a word of Thankyou to the Bauer family, who have really taken great care to welcome us here!). Or the imperial atmosphere of the “Geniesserzimmer” Emperor of Austria at the Schlosshotel Rosenau historical palace hotel … Wow. I have never stayed in a room quite like this. Check it out!
If you think that you could “never, ever” finish your own piece of ceramics in half an hour, then you haven’t met the enthusiastic, creative team at Kunstmuseum Schrems yet. This museum is a far cry from the original museum concept. Rather, it is a meeting place for creative and open-minded people who are encouraged to “touch, feel & become part of art” here. Professor Makis Warlamis, the originator of the “Kunstmuseum Waldviertel”, smiles politely in the view of all our questions about his creative space. Why are the walls colourful and uneven? What do the unusual sculptures in the sculpture park represent? And why are you always encouraged to touch everything here? We have come to find out and take part in a creative workshop offered by the museum on a regular basis – for “kids” of all ages, hence particularly suited for the inquisitive minds of us travel bloggers.
What on Earth are “Mohnnoodles“? Which parking site promotes the longest poppy painting in the world? And what does the Austrian Whisky Association stand for? Right at the start, we have been intrigued by these and other questions – even before heading further north and into the Waldviertel nature hiking district. Hosted by the “famous” Poppy Village Armschlag, we meet Rosemarie Neuwiesinger and her team who are infusing us with their enthusiasm, tasting “Mohnnoodles” which is a kind of Waldviertel national dish that is really, exceptionally good. A little later, we move on to enjoying pure Waldviertel Whisky distilled by the Waidenauer family … this district really has it going for regional gourmet travellers!
Fancy more regional travel moments in Waldviertel that will wet your appetite? Let me inspire you here … Meanwhile, I already look forward to my next trip into the high north of Austria!