Tag: Austria

Story of the day: Kinderhotel in Austria


An old story to end the week – the first ever family travel piece when Maya (pictured above, aged six months) was just a baby.

Here’s an extract:

Little Maya was strapped to a giant runbber ring as I struggled to follow the singalong in German, while a large Austrian woman poured water over our heads from a plastic watering can.

Maya loved it and went off to the creche afterwards.

I took a Nordic walking class with Arnold. A strapping man with, sadly, a major sense of humour bypass, he clearly regarded walking as far more than just moving your feet in a vaguely co-ordinated way.

An hour later and we had established that while Austria’s scenery is superb, my talent for Nordic walking was limited.

‘Your problem is that your arms are just too short,’ said Arnold.

Read the full story, Baby’s First European Break.

Have you visited a Kinderhotel? Do you have a destination tip for families with very young children?

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Story of the Day: Cruising with Klimt


A new year resolution is to try a cruise story this year. Meanwhile, here’s a toe in the, ahem, water from last year’s Telegraph Cruise Style.

Last year was Klimt year in Vienna and I visited late Feb for a preview of the cultural jamboree.

Here’s an extract:

The “holy grail” for Klimt fans, however, is the final stop – an audience with The Kiss (1908). Klimt’s masterpiece is known throughout the world for its woven patterns of gold, floral motifs and kaleidoscope of colours.

It is on display at the Upper Belvedere, alongside the largest collection of Klimt paintings in the world – 23 of his works, including many from his so-called “golden period”.

Klimt died in February 1918 following a stroke, but his legacy to Vienna’s Belle Epoque is still very much alive. “The Kiss is a sensual masterpiece,” says Alfred Weidinger, the Belvedere Museum’s vice-director. “Personally, it gives me a new sensation each day. It’s an ongoing dialogue.”

Read the full story, Gustave Klimt and Vienna’s brush with decadence.

Did you visit Vienna during Klimt year? Or do you have an idea for a cruise story just waiting to be written?

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