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Walchseer Hof (Tirol, Austria)

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The hills are alive indeed at Walchsee in Tirol, Austria http://www.walchseerhof.com What makes these hills even more alive is the beautiful view, while staying at the Walchseer Hof Hotel where Georg and his small but gracious team went out of their way to make you feel at home, relaxed and full from the absolutely amazing gourmet food served for kings and queens. Their motto, “a little luxury” and this is an understatement. Between sitting outside on the beautiful terrace overlooking the mountains, while drinking the best latte macchiato I have EVER had, the delicious food and wine suggestions that matched perfectly or enjoying the Spa on the top floor at night, overlooking a beautiful night sky aligned with stars! Even Did I tell you about the amazing food! My mouth is still watering over the hand-made ravioli, as well as the variety of things to choose from for breakfast, your traditional Weißwurst, marmalade, muesli with (chia seed, flaxseed and nuts) and every morning a nice bottle a sekt for those who want to make mimosa with the freshly pressed orange juice.

I was equally impressed by their hospitality, spectacular views, how easy it was to get out and about. Down the road about 15 -20 minute drive depending if you get stuck behind a tractor and warning there are a lot. There is a place to go down the mountain in a bobsled, I DID IT! Granted I was going the speed of a turtle but hey I got out of my comfort zone. There is also not far from there an animal zoo where you see all the cute fury and not so fury animals up close and personal. Anyone who is sensitive to poo, if I can move past it, then so can you. Also from directly from the hotel, we did a 1 hour hike up into the mountains that was breathtaking and where the Apfelstrudel got rave reviews.

The small but little gestures that turned this family holiday into a luxurious vacation continue to stay fresh in my mind. Whether it was the homemade cake and beverages that awaited us in our room, the fresh water and fresh mint hand-picked from their garden that was always available and the most delicious basket of red apples I have ever seen and I can’t even begin to describe the taste. Every afternoon in the entry lounge there was a fresh pot of tea brewing and home-made pastry cakes that my 2 ½ year old couldn’t keep his grubby little hands off. Therefore, forcing me to eat several. I know it seems I’m really keen on food but isn’t this what we all want, good quality food, inviting ambience and surroundings to boot. On our departure they gave us these cute handmade pin wood chips, I am looking forward to winter even more so I can make good use of these.

From Munich, it is about a 1 ½ hour drive and for those of you who don’t live near to Munich or in Germany, I would highly recommend this as a must-do on your vacation list when considering a day or two trip of Tirol, Austria.

This is our new go-to weekend get-a-way, I just hope there will be a room available for us. Woodluv Diaries luvs Walchseer Hof Hotel.

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Asia in Munich

Let me count all the ways that I love the city of Munich. For all things food, nature and the complicated dialect of Bayerisch; are just a few of the things I have come to adore. One can truly find him or herself wondering how is it possible not to fall in love with the German culture. Munich is located in the south of Bavaria and surrounded by massive lakes, mountains and lederhosen, as far as one can yodel. And yes, they do yodel here and do the funny knee, leg, paddle your butt dance but hey it is not as easy as it looks. After moving here 12 years ago from the hustle and the bustle of the big apple, I thought I had escaped literally into the calmness of one, that being me (Asia) in Munich. It all started with the purchase of a bicycle. Mind you I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was maybe 17 or 18 years old and this is how the love story began. The best way to see and experience this city is on two wheels that require no benzene and preferably after waking up in the morning and dipping out the door to go around the corner to one of the hundreds of local bakeries to get freshly baked croissants- let me say this again freshly baked croissants that water your mouth with a crispy crunch that quickly turns into a soft sensation of buttered heaven. I can promise you, you’ve never tasted a croissant like this before. Now hold on, because I know there may be another country claiming “their” croissants are the best but I do not live in France and this story is about me, living here and now. If someone wants to fly me France, I am happy to take a German croissant with me for a dual to decide which is the winner. With a bicycle you can venture to an oasis of small or big rivers throughout and near Munich. Although, I am not a fan of water (make your own conclusions), I do enjoy laying on a blanket with it’s view before my eyes. Watching the sun go down and having a nice glass of Riesling is definitely something one should do more of but then I wouldn’t be able to get back on the bike and steer without incident. If I am not on my bike the next best thing is hiking in the thrills of the hills in Bavarian Alps. Hiking boots anyone? You have to see it, well make that climb them to believe them, the hills do have eyes so be sure to pack your sunglasses, all proof light weather jacket and don’t forget the sunscreen. Got your camera ready…stay tuned

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