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Situated in Tirol, Kitzbühel is a Kitzbuhel wind vanes on farmer's house famous ski resort in winter. The town is very picturesque: large parts of the town is laid out in cobblestones and weekly markets are held on one of the squares. On another square fiakers (horse-drawn carriages) are parked: I stroke the velvety noses of the large gentle horses with their big hooves every time I went by.

The first known settlers in the area were Illyrians (which is roughly the region west of the Balkan Peninsula, or where modern Albania is today). These people mined copper in the hills around Kitzbühel between 1100 BC and 800 BC. Under Emperor Augustus, the Romans extended their empire in 15 BC towards the Alps and established the province of Noricum. After them, Bavarii (the original Germanic name was “baio-warioz” and from where the name Bohemia was derived, thus Barvarians are also known as “men from Behomemia”) settled in the Kitzbühel region around 800 AD and started to clear the forest. A document from the Chiemsee monastery mentioned the name Chizbuhel for the first time in 1200 AD: Chizzo is connected to a Bavarian clan and Bühel means “a settlement upon a hill”. The town established itself as a market town, and under the Duke of Bavaria it enjoyed peaceful times – so much so that the stones of its fortified walls were eventually used as housing for its citizens.
Kitzbuhel town

The quiet painted town is just as peaceful today (although the ski slopes can get very busy in peak times). When strolling through the little lanes one hears the Decorative windowsgurgling waters of the streams as off-shoot canals from the Kitzbüheler Ache River; the rhythmic pounding of the horses’ hooves as they carefully tread on the slippery cobbles; hourly chiming of the churches’ bells; a surprize glockenspiel as two shutters would suddenly open on a tower and wooden figurines twirl with the music and the familiar sound of a piano-accordian playing Tirolean songs from one of the cafés.

Plush coffee cafés are beautifully decorated where the soft furnishing of curtains, cushions, tie-backs and napkins all match with the same fabric. The choice of pastries, cakes, biscuits and rich torte in their various sizes, shapes and colours is a feast for the eye. Many of those tasty and attractive looking assortment of treats can easily be veganized at home. For instance: Linzertorte or jam cake (use a dough with oil plus a nut butter as your base and scatter with fresh berries); Apfelstrudel or apple cake (I use Filo pastry filled with apple slices, lots of raisins and walnuts – which is a recipe from my vegan recipe book “BENESSERE well-being: vegan & sugar-free eating for a healthy life-style”, that looks and tastes very traditional); Topfengrießknödel or semolina dumplings (replace the quark and eggs simply with tofu and corn starch); Zwetschkenkuchen or plum cake (make a runny dough with a nut butter and corn starch to replace the eggs and butter, and place fresh plums or peaches onto the dough).
Coffee café
To my sheer delight, I discovered a well-stocked, small organic shop that apart from their usual range of exquisite foods, also sells fresh produce, mouthwatering wholemeal breads and rolls, sugar-free little cakes and sweets. My jacket pockets were stuffed everyday with these energy-giving but healthy snacks for when we stopped on the ski slopes to take a breather. I cannot wait for our next town (Wengen) where we will have an apartment for a week, and with my own kitchen I’ll be able to make use of these delightful organic shops and make my own healthy meals!

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