New for Summer 2014: Tirol Mountain Bike Safari

June 5, 2014 on 7:31 am | In Adventure Travel, Austria | Comments Off



Undertaking challenging altitude gains with steep climbs is not the appeal for all mountain bikers, especially when they can see a mountain lift heading in the same direction! For 2014 a newly designed mountain bike route will run across Tirol, utilising the existing mountain lifts and an expanded network of trails. The route will go from Nauders in the west to Kössen in the east, with 15 stages to complete over a distance of 650km and 24,500 vertical metres, of which 12,000m can now be undertaken by a newtork of 18 mountain lifts. A new multi-day lift ticket (3- or 6- day) will be available so mountain bikers can use it with all the participating mountian lift companies. The idea to utilise the mountain cable cars was initiated in the mid-1990s and finally in 2014 it has become a reality, after the various tourism regions have worked closely together to create a mountain bike network, using the existing lift infrastructure. All information about Tirol Mountain Bike Safari, free GPS data available for download as well as valuable tips on accommodation and where to stay http://www.tyrol.com/bikesafari.

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New 10-Night Walk Following Mozart’s Footsteps in Austria!

June 5, 2014 on 7:29 am | In Adventure Travel, Austria, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Launched today, leading walking and cycling specialist, Headwater, are delighted to introduce their latest 10-night self-guided walk in the Austrian Lakes!

Combining relaxed, impeccably marked walks with high quality, luxury 4-star hotels throughout, this interest-packed route is packed with natural beauty, scenic views and cultural highlights. Much of the route follows lush forest trails and unspoilt lakeside paths (swimming opportunities galore!) linking picture-perfect “chocolate box” villages, waterfront castles and cobbled streets crammed with tiny frescoed houses. Every stop brings new discoveries too, from the antique cog railway in St Wolfgang to Mozart’s Museum in St Gilgen, and from historic Bad Ischl (Emperor Franz Josef declared war on Serbia form here, later leading to WW1) to St Michael’s Basilica in Mondsee, scene of the fanous wedding in The Sound of Music!

The hand-crafted 10-night itinerary has been cleverly designed to include both hotel-to-hotel walks, circular strolls and optional “rest day” excursions. Choices include the beautiful UNESCO lakeside village of Hallstatt (believed to be the oldest and most photographed village in the country) as well as Mozart’s fairytale city of Salzburg where Baroque palaces, Renaissance gardens and elegant Viennese coffee houses abound!

NEW for summer 2014, this holiday departs every 2 days from 23 May to 22 Sep and costs from £1057 per adult (tour only), child £728; £1076 per adult (self drive in return Eurotunnel), child £748; £1387 per adult (inc return flights with Austrian Airlines from Heathrow to Salzburg), child £1018.

Prices include: travel as specified, 10-nights 4-star hotel accommodation, all breakfasts and 9 evening meals, local transfers, detailed maps and meticulous walking route notes, transport of bags between hotels, and 24/7 support both in UK and overseas.

*Child: over 2 and under 12, sharing with 2 adults.

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PARK HYATT VIENNA OPENS AS FIRST HYATT HOTEL IN AUSTRIA

June 3, 2014 on 9:19 am | In Austria, Europe | Comments Off



Hyatt Hotels Corporation today announced the official opening of Park Hyatt Vienna, the seventh Park Hyatt property in Europe and the first Hyatt hotel in Austria. Formerly serving as a bank, the property has re-opened under the Park Hyatt name following a two year top-to-bottom renovation and restoration that preserved the history and charm of the original structure.

Situated in Vienna’s new pedestrian Goldenes Quartier and on the Am Hof square, Park Hyatt Vienna occupies a 100-year-old building that formerly served as the headquarters of the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy Bank and forms part of Vienna’s First District which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Located in the heart of the most exclusive shopping district in Vienna, just steps away from the celebrated fashion houses and boutiques of Tuchlauben and Kohlmarkt, the hotel is just a short walk from the city’s most important sights, including St. Stephan Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace, and all the historic monuments and museums that Vienna has to offer.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the Park Hyatt brand to a city like Vienna, which is rich in culture, art, history and sophistication,” said Monique Dekker, General Manager of Park Hyatt Vienna. “The Park Hyatt brand focuses on creating rare, intimate and unforgettable experiences, so we are eager to open our doors and welcome guests to discover a new business and leisure destination in the heart of historical Vienna.”

“Vienna was a priority development location for us, along with other gateway cities in western Europe where our guests are increasingly traveling,” said Peter Norman, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Vienna presented an opportunity with the right location and the right owners that will allow us to create long-term value and build preference among travellers. As the Park Hyatt brand continues to expand into new and exciting locations, including the soon-to-open Park Hyatt New York and Park Hyatt Zanzibar slated for later this year, we are excited to be bringing this sophisticated and inspiring brand to destinations that are critical to our company’s growth.”

Design and Guestrooms

Park Hyatt Vienna maintains its original architecture, renovated and redesigned by the Dutch interior design company FJStijl. The hotel features 143 guestrooms, including 35 suites, ranging from 375 to 1,830 square feet square, which are among the largest standard rooms in the city. Inspired by the ancient bank building and Viennese culture, FJStijl designed a one-of-a-kind hotel with attention to detail and a passion for colour and texture that reflects the dual nature of the city’s historic environment. Vienna-inspired contemporary art, wood floors, Italian marble and elements such as blown-up brooches and other wall decorations are used for the interiors to offer a sophisticated, residential feel, a signature concept of the Park Hyatt aesthetic.

Dining

With the Park Hyatt brand known worldwide for its innovative dining concepts and exquisite cuisine, Park Hyatt Vienna will deliver memorable dining experiences with its restaurant, bar and lounge.

Located in the former cashier hall, The Bank is an all-day dining restaurant at Park Hyatt Vienna that features European provincial cuisine created from regional Austrian products that are freshly prepared in the restaurant’s show kitchen. The Bank offers an extensive buffet breakfast and gourmet cuisine combined with regional specialties for lunch and dinner.

Guests can discover a blend of elegance and luxury at the Pearl bar, which serves signature cocktails, long drinks, champagne, wine by the glass, premium spirits and bottled beer. Park Hyatt Vienna’s Pearl bar is the ideal location for a pre- or after-dinner drink or a warm place to meet friends and take a break from city shopping. From bar food to Vienna’s famous Wiener Schnitzel and small dishes on sharing plates, Pearl offers a variety of menu options for guests.

The Living Room allows guests to experience Park Hyatt Vienna as an extension of their own personal living space. This venue offers a cigar and whisky lounge in the heart of Vienna where guests can relax and enjoy a large selection of rare single malt whiskies and fine cigars.

The Lounge, the centrepiece of Park Hyatt Vienna, creates a tranquil sanctuary for guests who can relax and have a quick meal, enjoy delicious pastries, or indulge in a selection of wines and champagnes in the Lounge’s comfortable ambience.

Spa and Fitness

For relaxation of mind and body and as a retreat after a full day in Vienna’s city center, guests can escape to the luxurious 10,000 square foot Arany Spa which offers superior beauty and health treatments. Using the Australian product line, Sodashi, Arany Spa takes guests on a sensory journey. The word “Arany” is derived from the Hungarian language and means gold, and it reflects the location of the spa, which is the treasure room of the building. Spread out over two floors, the spa features six spacious treatment rooms, one of which is a couple’s treatment room with private changing facilities and a shower.

Other facilities available at Arany Spa include a 160 square foot pool located in the former vault of the bank, fitness facilities featuring the advanced technology line Artis from Technogym, and a separate wet area with sauna, steam bath, sanarium, vitality shower, and relaxation area, all which are also accessible for non-hotel guests.

Event Facilities

With its central location, Park Hyatt Vienna provides exclusive conference and meeting facilities and offers more than 8,000 square feet of space, perfectly designed for small meetings, cocktail receptions, weddings, gala dinners and more. All conference rooms are equipped with natural daylight, the latest audio-visual equipment and individually adjustable air-conditioning. Five boardrooms will feature permanently installed screens ranging from 70 to 80 inches, as well as interactive touch panels to control the lighting.

Moreover, Park Hyatt Vienna offers attractive daily delegate rates for meetings or conferences.

Reservations for Park Hyatt Vienna may be made by visiting the hotel’s website or by calling a Hyatt Worldwide Sales Centre. Visit Park Hyatt Vienna on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParkHyattVienna.

About Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt provides discerning, affluent business and leisure guests with elegant and luxurious accommodation and offers them highly attentive personal service in an intimate environment. Located in several of the world’s premier destinations, each Park Hyatt hotel is custom designed to combine sophistication with a distinctive regional character. Park Hyatt hotels feature well-appointed guestrooms, meeting and special event space for groups, critically acclaimed art, food and beverage programmes, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There are currently 33 Park Hyatt hotels in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Busan, Canberra, Carlsbad, Changbaishan, Chennai, Chicago, Dubai, Goa, Hamburg, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Maldives, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, Ningbo, Paris, Saigon, Seoul, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Washington D.C., and Zurich. www.parkhyatt.com.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™ and Hyatt Ziva™ brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of March 31, 2014, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 554 properties in 47 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Dances with Austrians

June 3, 2014 on 6:25 am | In Austria, Europe | Comments Off



For Hyatt’s first-ever foray into Austria this summer, an elegant, yet refined, splash was needed—and sneak peeks of the new Park Hyatt Vienna reveal that the company is certain to be celebrating a resounding success when the hotel opens in June.

A meticulous renovation breathes new life into a 100-year-old former bank building, bringing the baronial beauty into the new millennium with top-notch technology and first-class amenities. The august structure proclaims a handsome dignity from the outside; within, stately is the story, told in fine design that reveres the past while embracing the present.

Three beautifully restored spaces beckon guests for drinking and dining onsite: for cocktails at Pearl, a whisky-and-cigar experience at The Living Room or fine European cuisine at The Bank Restaurant.

From the grand marble staircase and wood-paneled ballroom, with its intricate golden ceiling, to the sumptuous rooms (some of them enormous, with lofty ceilings, to boot) and the serene design of the Aranya spa, the Park Hyatt Vienna is tuning up to hum a melody of nothing but refinement. Waltz, anyone?

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European festivals with self-guided bike tours

May 21, 2014 on 12:23 pm | In Adventure Travel, Austria, Europe, Festivals, France, Italy, Paris, Rome, Spain, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Planning to attend one of Europe’s hottest summer festivals? Event calendars start filling up this time of year and even though most of the events only last a couple of days, why not do it in conjunction with a bicycle tour to extend the fun? Any of the Discover France bike tours can be customized to fit a desired itinerary and travelers choose the dates! Here are some great ideas to get the wheels turning:

Vienna, Austria: June 27-29
On a skinny 13-mile-long island in the middle of the Danube River, 2,000 musical acts crisscrossing all genres arrive for Europe’s largest open-air festival. Come and groove along with, literally, millions, of music fans.PAIRING: Vienna to Prague Tour
After a weekend of singing, dancing and sightseeing in Vienna, pedal along the Czech/Austrian border through UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy spotting castles, vineyards and historic landmarks, many of which can be tied to World War II.

 

IL PALIO
Siena, Italy: July 2 and August 16

Since the 14th century, this epic horse race takes over Siena. On these two days, things get hairy: many riders get bucked from their horses and the winner is the first horse to cross the finish line, with or without its rider!
PAIRING: Tuscany Classic Tour
Begin touring the Tuscan countryside in Pienza four days prior to Il Palio. Explore famous towns like Montepulciano and Montalcino, winding through the scenic landscape, stopping to taste Brunello wine and taking a walk back through time. On Day 5, find Siena’s Piazza del Campo and get ready for the greatest 90-second race in the world!

Montreux, Switzerland: July 4-19

Along the sublime Lake Geneva shoreline, this celebrated jazz festival attracts some of the biggest acts in jazz, but also other genres. This year’s highlights include Stevie Wonder, Massive Attack, Van Morrison and Booker T. Jones.

PAIRING: Geneva and Lakes Region Tour
This is a great option for families! Follow country roads and vineyard paths on this easy itinerary from Geneva to Solothurn. Customize the itinerary by adding a loop from Morges to Montreux in order to spend an evening listening to jazz along the Lake Geneva shoreline at the second largest jazz festival in the world.
Avignon, France: July 4-27
 As one of the largest international festivals for contemporary live performance, culture vultures from all over the world descend upon the City of Popes to witness brilliant works of theatre and dance, as well as fine art and music.
PAIRING: Provence Star Cycle Tour
Arrive in Avignon the day of or day before the festival to provide enough time for sightseeing and festival activities. Then choose from four itineraries to embark on and enjoy three full days of cycling or sightseeing in the villages surrounding Avignon.
Perugia, Italy: July 11-20
For 10 days Perugia—Umbria’s romantic city on a hill—becomes a global musical village, where the music dances between medieval buildings and squares, with performances by Herbie Hancock Wayne Shorter Duo, The Roots, Dr. John and many others.
PAIRING: Umbria, Italy’s Green Heart Tour
Plan the bike tour around the festival performances you want to see. Travelers can bike through vineyards, olive groves and medieval villages from Orvieto to Torgiano before extending the trip to enjoy the festival in Perugia before returning home.
Perpignan, France: August 30-Sep 14
The world’s largest photojournalism event brings together 3,000 of the most accomplish photojournalists, photography agencies and photo professionals to Perpignan, a dynamic city Salvador Dalí once called the “center of the universe”.
PAIRING: Languedoc – Carcassonne to the Coast Tour
Start the journey in Carcassonne, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, then wind through the wild landscape, passing Château de Queribus and Château de Peyrepertuse to where the Mediterranean waters meet the Pyrenees Mountains. The stone and sandy beaches, creeks and crystal clear water will entice travelers to stay for a while and take a swim! On Day 7, head to Perpignan for the festival and to share the French country through beautiful, artistic photos.
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Europcar customers drive away with peace of mind

May 5, 2014 on 8:49 am | In Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Crete, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Europe, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Paris, Poland, Portugal, Road Trips, Rome, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Europcar is piloting a new camera system at Brisbane Airport to provide customers greater transparency on the condition of hire cars and reduce uncertainty about damages to rental vehicles.

Using high definition cameras and licence plate recognition, the Car Rental Vehicle Inspection System (CRVIS) captures multiple images of the vehicle; including the vehicle’s roof, windscreen, bonnet, boot, bumpers and door panels as each Europcar vehicle enters and exits the fleet car park.

While the cameras won’t replace physical inspections, Europcar Operations Director Matt Barker said the new system is designed to deliver customers greater peace of mind and improve customer relationships.

“Uncertainty around damage is a significant issue for the vehicle rental industry but this technology will help us find quick and fair resolutions to what can be an otherwise complicated and lengthy process.”

“The technology gives us the ability to compare images of the vehicle, before and after it was rented, giving customers a definitive answer as to whether a vehicle was damaged during the course of their rental,” Mr Barker said.

Mr Barker said that Europcar is committed to continually improving its quality standards.

“Investing in best practice systems such as CRVIS demonstrates how much Europcar values our customers, innovation and our goal of continuous improvement.”

CRVIS is one of many Europcar initiatives to improve transparency and provide a hassle-free customer experience. In 2013, Europcar introduced a nation-wide centralised charging model for damaged vehicles to eradicate the risk of overcharging for damages. In late 2013 Europcar launched GoZen, an easy-to-understand cover product that provides complete cover with zero damage liability.


Rail Europe Gift Card Promotion‏

May 5, 2014 on 8:25 am | In Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Paris, Poland, Portugal, Rail Tours, Rome, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Details: Rail Europe, Inc. announces a limited time offering on its Gift Cards. Purchase today, April 29, through May 12 and receive an additional $75 when you buy a $500 Gift Card, or an additional $25 when you buy a $250 Gift Card. Gift Cards are available in five denominations ($25, $50, $100, $250 and $500).


Plan it... Book it! It's that easy to travel by train in Europe.

· Sales dates: April 29-May 12

· Purchase $250, receive $275; Purchase $500, receive $575

· Terms and conditions apply

· To book, visit raileurope.com

· For more information, visit http://www.raileurope.com/activities/rail-europe-gift-card/index.html

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Flybe adds Maastricht from Southend

April 24, 2014 on 9:12 am | In Airlines, Austria, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Flybe will offer direct return flights between London Southend Airport and Maastricht Aachen Airport from 10 July, operated by franchise partner Stobart Air.

Services will operate six days a week, with prices starting from €34.99 one way including taxes and charges.

They are on sale now.


Take a stroll through downtown Innsbruck

April 22, 2014 on 11:51 am | In Austria | Comments Off



Amidst the houses of charming Old Town, which are built in a mix of Gothic and Baroque style, you will find Innsbruck´s most characteristic landmark: The famous Golden Roof. It was built by Archduke Friedrich IV in the early 15th century as the residence of the Tyrolean sovereigns. The Golden Roof actually is the three-story balcony on the central plaza at the heart of the Old Town. It has 2,657 gilded roof tiles. It was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I from the royal Habsburg family to serve as a royal box where he could sit in luxury and enjoy tournaments that took place on the square below. Opposite the Golden Roof is the Helbling House – a Gothic town house dating from the 15th century and decorated with Baroque stuccos. Just around the corner of the Old Town you cross the Innbrücke, the bridge over the river Inn which gave Innsbruck its name.

The Imperial Palace was built in the 15th century and used to be the residence of the Austrian royal family from which they reigned the Austrian Empire from the 15th century onward. Extended in late Gothic style under the rule of Empress Maria Theresa, the splendid rooms and apartments and – most notably – the central Giant’s Hall are decorated with precious furnishings and paintings and provide eloquent testimony of courtly life. The museum is open to public visits.

The Imperial Church is the most impressive sight in the western part of Austria. The memorial tomb for Emperor Maximilian I from the royal Habsburg family is surrounded by 28 larger than life bronze statues, called the “Black Men”, depicting members of the royal family. The tomb is one of the most important art treasures of Renaissance art in Austria today.

To round off your city stroll Innsbruck’s cafés and restaurants take advantage of the nice weather with outdoor seating becoming very popular just as it is elsewhere in the world – however, nowhere else in the world is the splendid mountain scenery so fine a dining companion.


Free Summer Promenade Concerts in Austria

April 20, 2014 on 11:35 am | In Austria, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Offering delightful evening entertainment under starry skies, the Innsbruck Promenade Concerts have been a firm fixture on the towns musical calendar for the past twenty years. This summer, a number of renowned brass bands and symphony orchestras from all over Europe will be performing again in the central courtyard of Innsbruck’s Imperial Palace. This ties in perfectly with the longstanding Austrian tradition of acquainting people with musical works of art by means of light-hearted serenades, ranging from pieces dating from the 18th and 19th century, including the era of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, to contemporary pieces. This year, an exciting string of performances will be showcasing transcriptions and arrangements of famous pieces, skilfully complemented by popular Viennese light music and marches from the same periods and enhanced with film material and other visual components. Just like every year, the Innsbruck Promenade Concerts will bring to town a host of military and police orchestras and civilian marching bands. During the 2014 Innsbruck Promenade Concerts, audiences can look forward to as many as 30 different guest performances, all of them absolutely free of charge and offering something for all musical tastes – from rhythm and romance to jaunty tunes, from dance beats to classical works and contemporary pieces. But whatever the mood – the enchanting ambiance of the Innsbruck Imperial Palace works its magic on everyone as another endless summer’s day slowly turns into a wonderfully balmy evening.


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