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Vorarlberg

Vorarlberg© Otti Stefflitsch / Travanto

About Vorarlberg

Vorarlberg, the westernmost Austrian state, is blessed with a wealth of beautiful landscapes and cultural attractions. There are always interesting things to do in Bregenz, where the lakeshore promenade is a popular meeting place. In the summer, throngs of visitors crowd into the town on the edge of Lake Constance to enjoy Bregenz Festival productions. The Bregenz Art Museum exhibits contemporary works and features an extensive collection of works by pop-artist Roy Lichtenstein. Among the most popular travel destinations in Vorarlberg is Dornbirn. There, vacationers can take advantage of shopping opportunities or visit the Rolls Royce Exhibition. Families with small children have come to the right address at the interactive “inatura” exhibit. Here youngsters can experience nature hands-on and are encouraged to play and experiment.

In Vorarlberg, nature is taken very seriously. As everywhere in Austria, the mountains are only a stone’s throw away from comfortable vacation accommodations. The Pfänder cableway lifts tourists to the 1,064 meter-high summit of the Pfänder. There one enjoys a magnificent view across more than 200 Alpine peaks. A fascinating wildlife park also attracts many visitors. Hiking in the Rappenloch Gorge is an unforgettable experience. Visitors can enjoy the winter in Vorarlberg’s picturesque municipality of Damüls. At the high mountain pass of Furkajoch, sixty-four kilometers of ski runs and the popular “Uga” natural toboggan provide fun for winter-sport enthusiasts.

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Vorarlberg - Kleinwalser Valley© Familie Tennstedt / Travanto

Kleinwalser Valley

Kleinwalser Valley is a picturesque vacation destination in the Allgäuer Alps. Although contiguous with Austrian Vorarlberg, visitors can only get there from Bavarian Oberstdorf. Kleinwalser Valley offers a great variety of possibilities for hiking and skiing. In the main town of Riezlern we find a health spa, casino and numerous leisure and wellness facilities. By cableway, tourists can reach the ski resort on the slopes of the Kanzelwand, where snow is practically guaranteed. Mountain hikes to the High Ifen or the Heuberg Arena likewise enrich a stay in Kleinwalser Valley. In the remote village of Baad in the municipality of Mittelberg, the public roads end at the start of an especially idyllic Alpine hiking area.

Points of interest in Kleinwalser Valley
There is much to discover in Kleinwalser Valley. Beautiful natural spectacles, impressive architecture and enjoyable leisure possibilities are among the many offerings of this high Alpine valley. Thus, at Tiefenbach, at the start of Kleinwalser Valley, nature enthusiasts can wonder at the deepest gorge in Central Europe, the Breitachklamm. The Klamm is a fascinating natural wonder for every season. A fascinating biotope is located in the town of Hirschegg. Here an Alpine medicinal herb garden invites a stroll among ca. 380 different medicinal herbs. Visitors can learn much about medicinal herbs and also enjoy a colorful sea of blossoms. The Walser Museum in Riezlern also offers informative exhibits on natural flora and fauna. Beyond this, visitors can learn about life in the Kleinwalser Valley, local customs and practices, and the Alpine economy and culture. A major point of interest in Mittelberg is the St. Jodok Church, built in the 14th century and enriched over the course of centuries with elements from various different style epochs. The richly decorated interior space displays a wealth of artworks, thus, e.g., the beautiful frescos on the north wall and the triumphal arch. Besides cultural riches, entertainment is never neglected in Kleinwalser Valley. At Riezlern the Kleinwalser Valley Casino beckons on 364 days of the year with fun, exciting games of chance. Besides a variety of different games, a fashionable pub and restaurant are available to guests.

Vorarlberg - Montafon© Birgit Marent / Travanto

Montafon

Montafon in Vorarlberg is a high mountain valley about 40 kilometers long. The valley, through which the River Ill flows, stretches from the town of Bludenz to the peaks of the Rätikon up to the Verwall group to the Bielerhöhe Pass. A landmark of lower Montafon is the 2,600 meter high Zimba, also known as Austria’s Matterhorn. Popular destinations for hiking are the reservoirs and glaciers of the Silvretta Group.

Schruns is regarded as Montafon’s main town. Picturesque farmhouses line the streets. Visitors can learn about the valley’s history at the museum of local history. A cableway links the town with the Kapellalpe. Here vacationers can enjoy food and a magnificent panoramic view. The town of Vandans beckons as a starting point for hiking near Lüner Lake. In St. Gallenkirch one should not miss to visit the parish church, which charms visitors with its priceless rococo interior. In Montafon tourists can get their money’s worth the whole year round. While in summer extended hikes and bicycle tours are on the program, winter-sport fans feel entirely in their element in the Silvretta Nova ski area. As well, the high-altitude village of Gargellen, a center for skiing, is considered rich in both snow and sunshine. A cableway carries guests to the top of the Schafberg. Mountain-climbers can ascend Madrisa Peak. In Silbertal a mining museum is also worth a visit, and one of the largest open-air outdoor stages in Europe offers a varied program.

Points of Interest in Montafon
In beautiful Montafon, a wealth of interesting sights attract the visitor. In the community of Gaschurn, the St. Michael parish church towers over the town. This neo-Romanesque church was constructed between 1867 and 1868 and offers a Romanesque altar and ceiling paintings by the brothers Franz and Jakob Bertle. Not far away one can visit the Lady of the Snow Chapel, probably constructed by Lukas Tschofen, a legendary Montafon benefactor. The beloved Maria Pilgrimage Church is enthroned on a hill in the village center. As well, from a mountainside, the St. Bartholomäus Church overlooks the town of Batholomäberg. The foundation stone of this baroque pilgrimage church was laid in 1729. The interior decoration is particularly splendid and has no equal in Vorarlberg. Above all the coffered ceiling, the chancel arch figures, the church patron saints and altars make the St. Bartholomäus unique. Also special is the ample performance surface of the Silbertal open-air stage. With 20,000 m² it is one of the largest open-air stages of Europe and offers both entertainment and pleasure. In Silbertal there is also a mining museum, which presents the history of Montafon’s mining operations. Among other instructional aids, it features an exhibition tunnel, historical photos and mineral collections.