Portorož entdecken… Explore Portorož


Dieses Mal möchten wir euch eine unserer Destinationen an der Adriaküste näher vorstellen. Es verschlägt uns nach Slowenien – nämlich zum Hauptort des slowenischen Tourimus.


Der Name leitet sich vom italienischen her ab und bedeutet frei übersetzt “Rosenhafen” | porto – Hafen | rose – Rose/Blume und ist beim schlendern entlang der Marina (Yachthafen) Programm. Lasst Euch vom türkisblauen Meer verzaubern und verlebt wunderschöne Urlaubstage in dieser tollen Destination.

Leider besitzt der Ort selbst keinen historischen Kern, was jedoch durch die Thermalbäder in allen ansässigen Hotels sowie dem tollen, künstlich angelegten Sandstrand im Zentrum schön kompensiert wird.
Unweit, erreichbar über die schöne Küstenpromenade befindet sich die historische Altstadt von Piran – welche unserer Meinung nach sehr sehenswert ist.

Ebenfalls in der Nähe befinden sich die Salinen von Secovlje – ein wunderschöner Naturpark – in der Bucht von Piran gelegen. Die unberührte Naturlandschaft erstreckt sich über eine Fläche von 6,5 km² und lädt zum verweilen, träumen und abschalten ein.

Für die “Gambler” unter Euch – es gibt auch ein Spielcasino im Ort, ein weiteres Highlight während Eures Adria-Abenteuers.

Active-Retreats bietet 4 Hotels in Portorož | hier unsere Favoriten:

  • Hotel Vile Park****:
    Dieses Hotel bietet alles was das Herz begehrt, zu einem sensationellen Preis. Ab Euro 40,- pro Person & Nacht genießt Ihr einen tollen Aufenthalt inklusive Halbpension, direkt an der Küste gelegen. Die Altstadt von Piran ist nur 1,5 km entfernt.
  • Remisens Premium Hotel Metropol*****:
    Nur wenige Gehminuten vom Zentrum entfernt findet Ihr das 5* Grand Hotel Metropol, das mit höchstem Komfort und Service glänzt. Genießt die 2 Außenpools, Whirlpools, das Fitnesscenter und ganz besonders den hoteleigenen Strand – Metropol Beach. Buchbar ab Euro 85,- pro Person & Nacht

Portorož – ein wunderschöner Urlaubsort an der Adriaküste für die ganze Familie | Kommt und seht selbst…




Salzburg ~ Top 5 Must-See!

Things to do

The city of Salzburg in Austria is a world famous UNESCO world heritage site, celebrated for it’s musical influences and baroque architecture. National treasure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in the city 1756 and became a particularly influential composer of the classical era. More recently, Salzburg acquired international fame when the city was used as a setting for the 20th century film, The Sound of Music. We strongly believe that Salzburg is a city trip for the bucket list and have compiled a list of the Top 5 things not be missed on your Austrian adventure in the city!

1. Salzburg Fortress – Undoubtedly Salzburg’s most easily recognisable landmark. This majestic 11th century fortress overlooks the city and the Alps providing beautiful views across the region from within the medieval walls. It was originally built to protect the Archbishops of Salzburg and has also been used over the years as a prison. Since 1892 the fortress has been easily accessible by a funicular railway which whisks you from the city floor up into the best preserved castle in Europe.


Mirabell Palace & Gardens

2. Mirabell Palace & Gardens – The Mirabell Palace was built in the year 1606 as a gift from Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau for his mistress Salome Alt and their 15 children. The gardens were opened to the public in 1854 by Emporer Franz Josef. Both the Palace and Gardens featured in The Sound of Music where Maria and the children were seen dancing around the Pegasus fountain singing “Do-Re-Mi”. The tranquil setting of the Palace combined with quirky characteristics of the Gardens make Mirabell a must-see!


Mozart’s Birth House

3. Getreidegasse – This famous shopping lane in the centre of the city is where you can find the birth house of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at No.9. Romantic alleys lead onto the charming lane with an array of alluring shops, each with wrought iron guild signs outside giving Getreidegasse an entirely unique appearance.


4. Salzburg Cathedral – The Cathedral is a remarkable example of the baroque architecture to be witnessed throughout the centre of the city. Originally  founded by Saint Rupert in 774, the cathedral was completely rebuilt in the lavish baroque style which we can see today under the reign of Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in the 17th century. Among the artifacts to look at inside, the Cathedral contains the original font which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised in.

5. Mönchsberg – One of the 5 mountains in the city of Salzburg, the Mönchsberg sits at an altitude of 507m. Accessible either by mountain lift or on foot, the mountain offers spectacular views of the city and beyond. Nature lovers can enjoy a ramble along the many footpaths, extending towards the Salzburg Fortress and witness the grandeur of the busy city from a quieter setting. The top of the mountain is also home to the Salzburg Museum of Modern Art.

Our Top 5 Must-See things to do in Salzburg city centre – what are you waiting for?!

Until next time,

Lynsey & Mike

Top 10 Summer Favourites

Things to do

The Ziller Valley is a spectacular wonderland during the summer months and with an abundance of activities, attractions and tasty local delicacies, it can be difficult to know where to start! Here is a list of our Top 10 Summer Favourites to help you make the most of your time spent in paradise…

1. Summer Cable Cars – The Zillertal is home to 11 cable cars, allowing you to experience breathtaking views and high altitude mountain trails. The Ahorn cable car in Mayrhofen is Austria’s largest reversible rope way and transports up to 160 people, 2000m above sea level in only 6.5 minutes. For an entirely unique experience we also recommend the Ramsberg lift in Ramsau – a traditional 1-man chair, complete with cosy blankets for a chilly day!



2. Paragliding – If you are looking a more adrenaline fueled way to experience the valley, then paragliding may just be the activity for you! Glide effortlessly over the mountains and enjoy being literally as free as a bird. An experience like no other and undoubtedly a must-do during your stay.

3. Tiroler Gröstl – A hearty dish of fried potato, bacon and onion served with a fried egg on top. This tasty dish is perfect for refueling during an active day on the mountain.




4. Stillup Valley – This private side valley gives you the chance to witness some of the untouched natural beauty of the region. Accessible from Mayrhofen, shuttle buses are running throughout the day to transport you to Mayrhofen’s best kept secret. The Stillup Valley is also a popular spot for cycling with many natural waterfalls and alpine wildlife to spot along the way. Take a well-earned break at the Stilluperhaus mountain hut where you can enjoy a slice of homemade cake and on special days, relax to the sound of Grandpa Herbert playing the harp.



5. Arena Coaster –  The alpine roller coaster in Zell am Ziller is great fun for all the family. With twists, steep curves and loops – we recommend you let your Tiroler Gröstl settle first!

6. ErlebnisSennerei – Experience the production process of local milk and cheese from the Zillertal. The interactive tour is informative and also fun for children who can even learn about milking a cow. Join the locals at the dairy on a Friday during the summer months for the “Music with Cheese” afternoon festival where you have a chance to try the local produce and experience the traditional Zillertal folk music.

7. Climbing – The fixed rope courses are ideal for those who are looking for a more challenging way to explore the valley. Plenty of marked routes with varying difficulty levels allow everyone to get involved in the action and after the cost of equipment hire – it’s absolutely free!



8. Steam Train – Climb aboard the nostalgic Zillertalbahn which runs the entire length of the valley from Jenbach to Mayrhofen. Travel in style inside the unique Swarovski crystal carriage and enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way.

9. Cycling & Mountain Biking – Explore the wonders of the Zillertal on two wheels with over 1400km of trails to explore, from single trails on the mountain accessible via the cable cars or the more gentle Zillertal Promenade from Jenbach to Mayrhofen.

10. Hintertux Glacier – Take the cable car to the highest point in the valley to experience the majestic Hintertux Glacier. Open 365 days of the year, the glacier is a popular place for skiers and snowboarders both during the winter and summer months and nature enthusiasts alike. At 3,250m above sea level, you can enjoy panoramic views of the valley or even visit the breathtaking Nature’s Ice Palace with frozen waterfalls and a glacial lake.

There you have it – our Top 10 Summer Favourites for a magical summer holiday in the Zillertal. We hope to see you there very soon!

Stay Active,

Lynsey & Mike


Zillertal Bike Challenge 2016


8 years ago, the first Zillertal Bike Challenge started in the famous Ziller-Valley in Tyrol/Austria. Nowadays it has grown to a well-known Race for the international Bike Scene and one of its categories got famous as the hardest Multi-Day MTB-Race of the world.

The ZBC offers extreme climbs, an amazing variation of trails and pays off with breathtaking views during every of the 3 stages. The ultimate highlight is the finish point at the Glacier at Hintertux – an unforgettable moment for every conqueror of this special race.

There are 3 categories which makes the race attractive to many types of bikers.
The supreme-discipline “KING/QUEEN of the mountain” is known as the hardest Multi-Day MTB-Race of the world. Starting at 600m above the sea, the bikers have to pass 3 stages and have to manage 194 km and 9.100 meters in high to reach the majestic finish point at the glacier.
The 2nd category is a little bit easier and the bikers are allowed to use 5 gondolas to get up the mountain. However, there are still 167 km and 5.300 meters in high to conquer.
For those, who bike for fun and still love challenges, the Race-Management invented the 3rd category “LORD/LADY of the Mountain”. Challengers have to deal with 124km and 3.500 meters in high and are allowed to use 4 gondolas to reach their goal.

One of the highlights this race has on offer, is the prize giving. First point is the location of the ceremony which couldn’t be more majestic. The Competitors receive their prizes and honor at the amazing, world famous Glacier in Hintertux, where the race finishes for all categories as well.
The Price-Pool is filled up with € 15.000, medals, prize cups and much more.


Event Organizer:              Zillertal Tourismus GmbH
Date:                                    01.07.2016 – 03.07.2016

Web:                                    www.zillertal-bikechallenge.com
Mail:                                     bikechallenge@zillertal.at

Come and visit us in the Valley 🙂

new beginnings.

About Us

Setting up a new company, they said, is never easy and they (mainly our friends, family and work colleagues) were absolutely right but it is a dream of ours that through passion and determination we have managed to turn into a reality. Don’t get us wrong, it is still very a much an ongoing work in progress but one that is growing and emerging every day. Not long ago, our ideas came to life and E-Active Retreats – was born, offering exhilarating mountain escapes in the beautiful setting of the Austrian Alps. The adventure starts here…

Michael was born in the Ziller Valley in Austria’s Tirol region and grew up in the Hotel Schrofenblick. He quickly learnt every aspect of the operational running of the hotel and took on the role of Hotel Manager at a young age. His passion and expertise lie within the Hotel industry – improving the services for both hoteliers and their customers.

Lynsey inadvertently fell in love with Austria at the age of 5, whilst enjoying the first of many family ski holidays. With her life-long dream being to run her own business, Lynsey left Scotland behind to pursue a self-styled apprenticeship in the travel industry – beginning as a hotel cleaner, moving onto managing a small chalet, representing various U.K. based tour operators and working as a specialised tour guide. Her passion and expertise lie within the U.K. travel market – changing the way in which holidays are traditionally offered and booked.

We want to share our love for the Austrian Alps and the wealth of activities which are available both in the winter and the summer. We have combined our favourite into packages to create an easy and affordable way to experience the full highlights of a mountain lifestyle in a much shorter time frame. From skiing to paragliding, climbing and mountain biking – there really is something for everyone to enjoy and if these activities don’t take your fancy, we invite you to create your own package tailored to your requirements – you are on holiday after all!

Check out – http://www.active-retreats.com – for more information. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for updates!

Until the next adventure,

Mike & Lynsey