Sölden, a sleepy but spectacular resort in the South Tyrol, is one of the locations chosen for the latest James Bond 007 movie, Spectre.
If you would like to follow in the footsteps or should I say ski indentations of Daniel Craig, or you are looking for a dramatic place to be chased down slopes by villains, you must try Sölden. At just 90km south west of Innsbruck (so a short airport transfer) this region offers jaw droppingly good scenery, two glaciers and a high alpine location which ensures good conditions from as early as October and as late as May.
Ice Q Restaurant
Bond actually stopped by the Ice Q restaurant on Sölden’s 3,048m Gaislachkogl peak. Architecturally the building sparkles and looks just like a melting ice cube. Headed by chef Patrick Schnedl, you can enjoy a Heston Blumenthal style gourmet extravaganza where all the ingredients are bought up by cable car.
Das Central Hotel Review
The five-star Tyrolean-style Das Central hotel is a unique, luxury escape, amidst the finest scenery you will every enjoy. Razor sharp peaks drop down to pine clad valleys. Among the pines sits Das Central hotel, with 121 individually designed rooms and suites, two gourmet restaurants, extensive spa and collection of vintage wines. This hotel is the only five-star hotel in Sölden and is also where Bond director, Mendes, stayed during filming. Danniel Craig chose a suite at the nearby Hotel Bergland.
Sölden In Summer
Sölden is a village of bars and bakeries. In the summer, it makes is a great base for walking and hiking through the Heidi style fields of flowers. Biking and climbing are also popular in the region, and with the main Gaislachkogl Gondola open for hikers and bikers, you can ensure that most of your journey is downhill rather than up!
It is easy to see why Sölden, with it’s dramatic scenery, was chosen for the latest Bond movie. Admittedly my adventures tend to be more culinary in nature than being chased by villains, but as you sit by the crackling fire with your Vodka Martini (shaken not stirred), I am sure you will agree that Das Central is a captivating place. Impressive enough to attract the luxury traveller and glamorous enough to merit the presence of James Bond himself.
EasyJet flies to Innsbruck from Gatwick. British Airways starts flights in Gatwick from early December. From Innsbruck, you can take a train to Ötztal Bahnhof and then pick up a taxi or bus to the resort.
Sölden also features in our best ski resorts in the world guaranteeing late season snow.
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