I wasn't in Austria long before it was explained to me that Austrian culture has the efficiency of northern Europe and the warmth of the south.
That they are like the Germans in that they tend to obey rules for efficiency but also like the Italians who will break them for expediency.
It was my taxi driver who explained this to me by pointing out the rules of the road and how they are typically followed and how, at other times, Austrians support each other as they break them.
I checked on this with my Austrian friend, Elena, also known as Creative Elena. She got a great kick out of it and agreed:
“We get our plans done, but are much more relaxed (us in the wine region) and rebellious (them Tyroleans) about it all … hahaha !!!”
I was in Tyrol.
In beautiful Kitzbühel, to be exact.
Autumn in Kitzbühel
I was in Kitzbühel for The Social Travel Summit which I help organize each year. As such, I didn't have a lot of time to explore the town but, one afternoon, I headed out for a stroll. Even with the weather being a bit overcast, it was spectacular. Kitzbühel is best known as a ski resort town and for the Hahnenkamm Races (including downhill, slalom, and Super-G) held there annually. But it has become a year-round destination with outdoor sports of all kinds. And there's also the town itself which dates back to the middle ages. Kitzbühel is the complete package.
Here's my wander in photos.