Istria – the undiscovered Croatian gem

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By Kathryn Quinn Many holiday plans start with an argument: She wants to lie idly by the pool and bake in the sun, he wants to do something more active – even if it is only sampling the local beer. Istria, a little known region by the Adriatic Sea, is the perfect solution to this […]

A holiday in the heart of the Austrian Lake District

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By Kathryn Quinn Lake Fuschl located in Austria’s beautiful Salzkammergut region was created after the end of the four ice ages when the foothills of the Alps were covered by massive glaciers. Huge amounts of ice and rocks from the Alps were brought into the Salzkammergut as well as huge amounts of melted snow and […]

Tyrolean Alps claim 13 lives

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The number of hiking and climbing fatalities in an Austrian tourism hotspot has soared. Rescue officials in the province of Tyrol announced today (Tues) that 13 people had lost their lives in the region’s mountains so far this year. They pointed out that just four people had died in the same time span of 2010. […]

Anger over Nazi-named hiking paths

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Constitutional authorities are under pressure to act after it emerged that the names of dozens of hiking paths implied links to the neo-Nazi mindset.Austrian hiking and climbing platform Bergsteigen.at revealed popular paths across the country had names like “Riefenstahl” or “Swastikaar”. While the former term clearly seems to refer to Third Reich filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, […]

Injured hiker keeps 75 busy in Salzburg

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Seventy-five firemen took part in a five-hour search operation for a slightly injured hiker in Salzburg today (Weds).Local authorities said the man called for help after falling down a ravine at the Kapuziner mountain close to the city of Salzburg. They said the search lasted around five hours as the 58-year-old gave wrong information about […]

Icy Simpsons clones move in on Austrian mountain

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More than 13 tonnes of ice were used to create life-sized models of the main characters from the hit TV series The Simpsons.Managers of the Planai skiing and hiking area in the province of Styria said today (Weds) it took Sebastian Zörweg, Hans Böhmer and Christian Schmid several weeks to turn the blocks of ice […]

Hiker hospitalised after snakebite

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A hiker had to spend the night in intensive care after he was bitten by a crossed viper.Lower Austrian Franz Seiberl said today (Weds) he tried to scare away a few of the poisonous snakes – which are also known as European adders – when he spotted them winding towards him on a hiking path […]