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As is true with so many destinations around the world, a positive experience in Austria is defined by the people you meet along the way. Here are the people I met, and loved, during my visit to the Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg, Lech Zurs am Arlberg and Salzburg.
Cornelia Kriegner – Originally from the Bregenzerwald and intimately acquainted with the traditions of the area that differ from those in the rest of Austria, Connie [as I was instructed to call her], was kind and welcoming. I particularly loved her stories of the black dresses that women in Bregenzerwald wear and I was grateful when she pulled out her phone to show me photos of her and her family members in the costumes she described.
Katrin Preuss – Katrin showed me around Vorarlberg starting with lunch at Gasthof Krone in the town of Hittisau and with her I experienced Werkraumhaus. She seemed to perfectly understand my love of both modern and traditional Austrian architecture. It wasn’t difficult for her to reconcile how I could have room in my heart for both and when I struggled on a hike we ended the day with, I didn’t feel judged. She was a great guide! And she helped me take some wonderful photos that showed me actually enjoying being on #AustrianTime when we were on top of the mountain at Bezau.
Joschi or Josef Walch, the proprietor of Hotel Rote Wand and one of the most fun human beings I’ve ever encountered in Europe! I think I immediately wanted him to adopt me or at least hire me in his hotel so I could hang out with him more often! He and his wife and their wonderful employees, who work everywhere from the dining room to the check in desk to the Chef’s Table, will welcome you as if welcoming long lost family. They are the most welcoming and kind group of people I have ever encountered in Austria and they are not any of those things in a way that seems fake, which is a problem I’ve encountered at properties elsewhere in the world.
Martina Trummer – My guide in Salzburg, Martina was quick to make changes to my itinerary without a second word about why I might need said changes. She was an engaging guide who made sure I experienced the city in a way that worked for me and she seemed to have a sixth sense about what I would enjoy doing the most. I could have easily stayed longer and had a visit to Austria that was only about Salzburg, with Martina as my guide.
Should you travel to Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg, Lech Zurs am Arlberg or the city of Salzburg, do keep your eye out for these individuals. Accept the chance to get to know them if it occurs!