Irene Heisz

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Witty and sharp-tongued, Irene Heisz is a journalist and author who writes blog posts about Tirol, Tiroleans and their peculiarities—and there are many of them!

Where Getting Away From It All Comes Naturally: Snowshoeing in Tannheimer Tal Valley

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Scenic Tannheimer Tal Valley is a spectacular outdoor playground, well known for Alpine skiing. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the activities on offer here—strapping on a pair of snowshoes, for example, is more than just taking a refreshing plunge in some snow! I have taken an exhilarating snowshoe hike in the company of local mountain and ski guide Leo Ammann.
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Valley Life: Lower Inntal

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Strictly speaking, the Lower Inntal Valley begins a few kilometres west of Innsbruck, where the Melach drains into Tirol’s main river. But then again: try telling someone from Innsbruck or Hall that they are an “Unterinntaler” (from the Lower Inn Valley)! The greater Innsbruck area, with its two cities and several villages is, so to …

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Valley Life: Upper Inntal

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The River Inn traverses Tirol from its southernmost perimeter to the north-eastern border. It flows through the province, beginning its journey as a merrily bubbling stream in Engadin in Switzerland. It steadily gains in size and strength before flowing through Tirol and Kufstein, where it leaves the country in the direction of Bavaria. The capital …

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Valley Life: Stubaital

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The dialect of the inhabitants of Fulpmes in the Stubai Valley, with its penchant for exotic language variants, is a never-ending source of joy for other Tiroleans. The following example would never reach print in a formal newspaper, but amply demonstrates the point: „A Fulpmerer Rennradlfahrer isch in Berg auigetretn und oigebrettert. Und unten hat …

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Valley Life: Pitztal

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How times change: Back in the 19th Century, the people of Pitztal organised a procession to the Mittelbergferner Glacier every year on St. Anne’s Day, the 26th July, in a tradition that had been celebrated for several hundred years. The eternal, nonetheless constantly changing ice, moved dangerously close to the hamlet of Mittelberg in the …

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Valley Life: Villgratental

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Interconnected ski areas. None. Multiple star-bearing hotel palaces, indoor pool and spa facilities. No. One action-packed event after another to make sure you never get bored? Is also not offered by the “Villgrater” folk. There isn’t really anything in Villgratental. Or rather, there is everything that you actually need. And nowadays they make something extremely …

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Valley Life: Lechtal

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The likes of us, grown up and enlightened beings, do not generally believe in monsters. If, however, the fearsome mythical creature named “Bluatschink” does actually live in the River Lech, you can be sure of one thing: he is one tough cookie! For even on the balmiest of days, the river temperature never exceeds 14 …

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