Who says learning German isn’t fun?! We are just back from an amazing trip to the Austrian Tirol, where the Spring sunshine was strong enough to give some warmth to the mountain air without melting the excellent snow cover. Our school is in Kitzbuehel which is picture postcard pretty, and the skiing has been second to none with regular fresh snowfalls all winter. As the school is located close to the slopes, it is easy to get out for the afternoon straight after classes. We checked out the skiing further along the Inntal too, with a couple of days at the former Olympic ski area of the Axamer Lizum. The famous Damenabfahrt (Ladies Downhill) takes you from the very top of the mountain all the way down to the foot of the skilifts in one gloriously heady run. A real adrenalin rush. The mountain air coupled with incredibly beautiful scenery and the visible power of nature all around is good for the soul too. Austria was surprisingly inexpensive too, and with hearty home cooked leberknoedlsuppe, kraut and enormous slices of Apfelstrudel we were well fed at a very good price. What we loved about the Tirol was the scenery, the people and the genuinely friendly welcome everywhere we went. Traditional wooden farmhouse buildings, impressive towering mountain peaks all around, fresh mountain air, good food and great accommodation – a winning combination for people of all ages. Innsbruck and Salzburg airports both have regular UK connecting flights on a daily basis, so if you are thinking about brushing up your German, the Tirol is a pretty good place to go. Summer offers excellent cycling and hiking, and in the winter skiing and snowboarding so plenty to do outside of the classroom. Ask us for more details!