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      A Dose of "Vorfreude" For You

      “Vorfreude” is Austrian for joyful anticipation, excitement about what’s to come. Experience it for yourself - with our inspirational tips for next winter.

    Your Austrian Word of the Day: Vorfreude - /ˈfoːa̯fʀɔɪ̯də/

    Yes, we really do have a word for everything in Austria. One of them is “Vorfreude”. It means joyful anticipation, excitement about what’s to come, looking forward. Literally, it translates to "advance joy". Who couldn't use a little "advance joy" in their life right now?

    It’s that “Christmas Eve” feeling from childhood. Anticipation mixed with pure joy - and that is definitely something we could use in our lives right now.

    Learn how to pronounce "Vorfreude" here
    Vorfreude: Skiing
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    Our "Gift a Friend a Holiday in Austria!" Giveaway Has Now Ended

    We asked you to tell us about a friend of yours who really deserved a holiday in Austria in these tough times. Amongst all those nominated, we drew a winner who would receive a week-long stay in Tirol's SkiWelt resort, to be taken next year when it is safe to travel again.

    We are happy to announce that our winner is Sonia, nominated by her good friend Julie. On why Sonia truly deserved a holiday, Julie wrote, "Sonia deserves a wee treat for working long hours & risking her life to deliver babies safely during this global COVID-19 pandemic #truehero"

    The surprise: It was not just Sonia who received the holiday for two she was nominated for, we also gifted Julie an Austrian getaway for being so kind to her friend. We wish them both the best of times in Tirol next winter!

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    A dose of "Vorfreude" for you - some inspiration for your next winter holiday:

    Do you remember? Early mornings on the piste, the sun still weak, the slope still untouched, the day ahead.

    Do you remember? Giant evergreens covered in snow, deep, crunchy footsteps between them, the twinkling lights of the village.

    Do you remember? A crackling fire, tired feet in woollen socks, a cup of steaming tea in both hands.

    The Austrian mountains will be waiting for you. Read on and remember. And then, plan ahead.

    Austria's Most Iconic Pistes

    • SkiWelt
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      SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental

      One of the largest and most modern ski resorts in the world is calling!

      Come enjoy!
    • Panorama Paznaun-Ischgl / Ischgl
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      Ischgl in Tirol: The Full Alpine Experience

      Snow-sure slopes and award-winning cuisine are calling!

      Be part of it
    • Skiing Kitzbühel
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      Legendary Kitzbühel in Tirol

      A winter fairytale in Austria's Best Ski Resort is calling!

      Try the best
    • Skiing in Obertauern
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      Obertauern in SalzburgerLand

      Austria's snowiest town is calling!

      Discover Snow-bertauern!

    The perfect combination of city and mountains is calling!

    City + Skiing = Innsbruck in Tirol

    Yes, Innsbruck is pretty unique: Where else do you get a beautiful Baroque town surrounded by 13 ski areas? Stroll its streets full of imperial elegance and have a coffee in a classic Austrian coffeehouse. And then, take a cable car from the city centre and be at 2,000 m in just 20 minutes.

    Explore Austria´s skiing city
    Innsbruck in front of the Nordkette
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    • Aqua Dome in Ötztal valley
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    Austria's Cosy Winter Wonderland

    • Ski touring in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee
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      Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in SalzburgerLand

      Christmas markets and world-class skiing are calling!

      Your 2-in-1 ski holiday
    • Winter Wonderland St. Johann in Tirol
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      St. Johann in Tirol: Austria's Cosiest Mountain Huts

      Austria's cosiest mountain huts and a world-class ski resort are calling!

      Choose your hut
    • View over Wildschönau / Alpbachtal Wildschönau
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      Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau

      Vintage Alpine charm and Austria's prettiest village are calling!

      Read more
    • ski region Arlberg / Arlberg
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      Vorarlberg: Feel the Snow

      Go your own way, feel the elements, be in the flow: Skiing trailblazer Vorarlberg offers open space galore and fascinating landscapes, on pistes and paths alike. Let your hosts pamper you in style, always with a sense for outstanding quality.

      Discover Austria's best-kept secret

    Exciting glacier skiing with snow guarantee and romantic walks on a frosty lake are calling!

    Winter Wonderland Zell am See-Kaprun

    When you are up on one of Zell am See-Kaprun’s groomed pistes, taking a breather, this is what you’ll see: A glittering lake way down below you; a natural panorama of snow-covered mountains all around; and way up, a glacier that beckons with snowy adventures all year round.

    Step into a world of snow
    View from Mitterberg, Zell am See-Kaprun
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    Top Family Ski Resorts

    • Skiing, St.Johann in Salzburg
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      St. Johann in Salzburg: Take the Kids

      A charming town and splendid family skiing are calling!

      Snowy fun with the little ones
    • Family skiing, Tiroler Zugspitz Arena
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      Family Paradise Tiroler Zugspitz Arena

      World-class skiing and Alpine cosiness are calling! Enjoy views over 4 countries from Zugspitze mountain and befriend a llama.

      Your next family trip
    • Skiing in Brandnertal
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      Brandnertal, Klostertal, Großes Walsertal: A Winter for Every Taste

      Your 3-in-1 winter region for families, nature lovers, and wintersport aficionados is calling!

      Take a husky tour

    Mahlzeit! Mountain Hut Favourites

    • Käsespätzle - a hearty, typical Austrian dish
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    • Glühwein at Seefeld Christmas market
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    • Kaiserschmarrn on an Alpine hut
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    • Hot Spiced Punch
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    • Tiroler Gröstl
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    • Tyrolean Kaspressknödel
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