Ötztal Austria

The Ötztal is an Alpine valley in the western Austrian state of Tyrol. It’s known for its ski areas at Sölden and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. A stone pyramid on the Similaun glacier marks the site where the mummified corpse of “Ötzi the Iceman” was found. Ötzi Village is an outdoor museum recreating life in the Neolithic era. Mountainside stairs and a suspension footbridge offer close-up views of nearby Stuiben Falls.

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The ski stations of Sölden and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl are interconnected and offer adventure for any level. One pass = 55 lifts. Tear up the terrain! Tired? Restos galore. My favorite is the Hohe Mut Alm. Grab an XL beer and quench your thirst. Work on your biceps lifting that stein!

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Bond Forever. Shaken and stirred




The newly appointed, oh-so-central, and ultra-luxe Hotel Bergland. Owners Sigi and Elizabeth Grüner are your go to peeps for everything from the very first cocktail pour. Offbeat FF: don’t be surprised if you hear the sound of sheep bells and a few loud bleats from the Ötztal mountain sheep kept by Sigi!

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Make sure you visit the Sky Spa and pool!

Bonding with Bond

Wannabe secret agents — ask for the Summit Suite. James Bond actor Daniel Craig made the Bergland his home away from home while filming Spectre.


ExperienceThe ice Q

The ice Q might be one of the coolest pieces of architecture anywhere in the ski world. It is sexy and innovative, and the views are ridiculous. Enjoy it by day or go all out and book a summit dinner. Heaven!

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Going Gourmand

Chef Michael Eigl of the Bergland is a culinary genius! The dishes star local ingredients that tantalize the tastebuds. The Ötztal valley lamb is to die for. If you have a hankering for comfort food, try Restaurant Gusto. Warning! The Diavola pizza will have you emptying every water glass on the table.


Back to Bond

Check out the new 007 ELEMENTS — a film installation at the summit of the Gaislachkogl Mountain. James Bond fans can journey through a series of high-tech, interactive galleries, all dedicated to the world of Bond. Oh, that eye candy! Craving more action? The Top Mountain Crosspoint Motorcycle Museum rocks the coolest motorbikes ever made.

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5 best reasons to visit Kitzbühel Austria

Kitzbühel Austria, one of our favorite ski towns anywhere in the world. Heres a top 5 list of why we love it.

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