Salty old Santa slides into Christmas


Christmas with a difference is being offered to visitors to the Hallein Salt Mine in the province of Salzburg. Instead of arriving on a sleigh Santa arrives on one of the giant wooden slides that leads into the massive Salzbergwerk Dürrnberg tunnel network, part of the underground salt mine located in the Dürrnberg plateau above […]

Vir Gin backs down over spirited row with Branson firm

Culinary Guide

Lawyers for Richard Branson’s Virgin firm have forced a small Alpine spirit maker to change the name of their gin after claiming it breached copyright. Austrian Anton Vogl from Guglhof in Hallein, Austria, had patented the name of his “Vir Gin” with the Austrian patenting authorities in 2010 and started putting it on the market […]

Graduate dies on post-exam holiday

General News

A Salzburg teenager who graduated with honours died on holiday in Turkey.Franz Kurz, head of the polytechnic HTL college in Hallein, said today (Thurs) pals tried to resuscitate Christoph H. after finding his motionless body lying on the beach in their resort.Kurz announced the 19-year-old – who went to Turkey with pals to celebrate his […]