SalzburgerLand’s Via Culinaria – A Fabulously Foodie Trip

Via CulinariaGastronomic tours are more popular than ever before.  What could be better than exploring a country’s culture through its best-loved food and drink?  That’s why I was excited to hear about SalzburgerLand’s Via Culinaria, a truly fabulous trip for foodies.  Via Culinaria offers a wonderful pathway to culinary enjoyment whatever your taste, from fish lovers to those with a sweet tooth. There are seven mouthwatering trails offering a total of 184 select culinary addresses of which 12 have Michelin stars and 63 are internationally acclaimed. Other delicious billets on the trails include 21 alpine huts and farms, 15 patisseries and cafes, 10 breweries, six schnapps distilleries, 36 food producers and 21 traditional inns serving hearty regional dishes.

Each of the 7 culinary pathways are taste themed. There is one for dedicated fish fans, one for gourmets, one for those with a sweet tooth, one for serious meat eaters, one for cheese freaks, one for beer and schnapps aficionados, and finally one that is perfect for skiers visiting 16 of the regions best ski huts along the ski slopes including:

Tennengau:
Karkogelhütte in Abtenau
Rottenhofhütte in Annaberg-Lungötz

Lungau:
Treff 2000 and Schi-Alm in Mauterndorf
Kösslbacher Alm in Unternberg

Pongau:
Burgstall Hütte in Flachauwinkel
“Zur Brennhütt’n” in Flachau
Oberforsthofalm in St. Johann/Pongau
Gehwolfhütte in Grossarl
Weitmoser Schlossalm in Bad Hofgastein

Pinzgau:
Panorama Alm in Hollersbach
Areitalm mountain terminal in Zell am See
Wieseralm in Hinterglemm
Panorama Alm in Saalbach
“Alte Schmiede” in Leogang
Bürglalm in Dienten am Hochkönig

So if you are looking for a trip to liven your taste buds visit www.via-culinaria.com to find out more!

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City, Ski & Musical Inspiration – Frommer’s Salzburg Guide

Make the most of a winter break by sipping cocktails in Salzburg by night and skiing in a different nearby resort every day with advice from the latest pithy Frommer’s Day by Day Guide written by Nick Dalton who promises to help travellers plan a trip in the smartest and most efficient way.

Dozens of ski areas are less than an hour outside Salzburg and a daily snow shuttle can connect skiers to resorts such as Obertauern which was made famous when the Beatles capered around on skis for their movie Help! Frommer’s Salzburg Day by Day is the first travel guide to explore Salzburg’s nearby ski areas. The book gives useful tips on the best slopes for families such as Gastein and warns of possible overcrowding in Kitzbühel.

To make the most of a city-stay the guide is also usefully split into themed sections with clear maps and top tips of what to see in a short time. There are practical listings of best locations for Christmas markets, or how to spend a break immersed in Mozart, from visiting his birthplace to finding concerts.

Fans of the Sound of Music are presented with an entirely different picture of the city with recommendations for visiting iconic scenes from the films such as the Mönchsberg Terrace, now the terrace of the Museum de Modern, where the Von Trapp children sang Do-Re-Mi with panoramic views of the city. Frommer’s tip for die-hard Sound of Music fans is to hire a car to visit them all because the iconic scene locations are so far apart that most organised city tours don’t take them all in.

Frommer’s Salzburg Day by Day Guide by Nick Dalton, RRP £8.99, available nationwide in all good book shops

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The Golden Valley of the Alps

Considering a rural, mountain adventure, packed full of natural beauty and rich history?

The Rauris Valley could be for you.

Rauris ValleySalzburg’s Hohe Tauern National Park boasts many special spots, but the Rauris Valley is a secret golden jewel.  Shaped by a rich history, it offers today’s visitor a holiday that is relaxing and exhilarating.  At 1,800 km², the valley is the largest national park in the Alps, and boasts a rich variety of unique and natural treasures.

It is also home to tales of time gone by, of gold mining and mule packing. Its natural history attractions include the Tauern Window and the Valley of Vultures – a fantastic wildlife viewing habitat… Make your way up from the far end of the Rauris Valley to the glacial regions and you’ll stroll through every climate zone and habitat you would encounter if you were travelling from Central Europe to the Arctic.

Whether walking across these high-alpine pastures or following the footsteps of the mule packers, watching the bearded vultures, exploring one of the many self-guided trails, such as those in the Rauris Virgin Forest or at the foot of the Sonnblick Glacier, you’re sure to experience fascinating encounters leaving lasting memories.

In 1986, the Rauris Valley was selected as the primary site in the Alps for the reintroduction of bearded vultures (this year will see the final release of bearded vultures into the wild).  Since then, it has been possible to observe these impressive animals and their cousins, the griffon and golden eagle, in the wild, along with marmots and chamois.

The valley is not only one of the most beautiful but also the largest natural hiking playground in the Hohe Tauern National Park.  From tranquil trekking through glorious countryside to mountain tours leading up to glaciers. In just a few minutes, the Rauris Hochalm Lifts whisk nature lovers to the heart of the Hochalm hiking area.  With over 295 km of superbly marked hiking paths and alpine trails, the Rauris Valley is one of the most adventure-filled hiking areas in Europe.

During the summer months, around forty farms and mountain huts are staffed and fling open their doors to visitors. “Gold Fever” breaks out in Rauris every summer, as treasure hunters chance their luck as they pan the river for fine platelets of pure metallic gold. Though commercial gold-mining ceased in the last century, to this day there are still three beautiful gold-panning sites for locals and visitors to enjoy. Under the watchful eye of a local expert, become a real treasure hunter and, with a little bit of luck, find your very own pot of gold.

Traditions and folk culture is alive and kicking in the Rauris Valley, still practised in their original, authentic form.  As the saying goes, “we don’t just give guests a place to stay, but let them share in our traditional lifestyle”.

www.raurisertal.at

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