Regions of Austria: Forarlberg

The western province of Austria, Forarlberg (Vorarlberg) www.Vol.AT / Tourismus borders with Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany. Despite the fact that these edges fell under the power of the Habsburgs in the XIII century, Forarlberg had always been a bit isolated from the rest of the country of tradition and lifestyle. The reason for the banal geography – framed by mountain chains of Arlberg in the east, Algey and Bavarian Alps in the north and ridge of the reticone in the south-west, it had a rather limited connection with the rest of Austria for many centuries. But the Green Valley of the Raine in the West and the Lake of the Lake in the north provided the excellent availability of the German lands of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, as well as Swiss Cantons. Only laying by Emperor Joseph II at the end of the 18th century Arlbergstrasse highway properly reunited the region with his eastern neighbors.

Like Northern Switzerland, local residents lead their pedigree from Celts and Alemenov, who passed through the region in the VI century of our era, and their dialect is still very close to the Swiss German. In November 1918, Forarlberg even announced independence from Austria, but the intervention of the international community was stopped by this separatism. Until now, lying almost 600 km from here Vienna has a much smaller impact on the local life than Munich or Zurich. The long-standing ties with Switzerland and the prosperous local economy explicitly affect the cost of living, which is clearly higher here than in many other areas of Austria. But in folklore and cooking, you can find traces of influence of almost all nations of Central Europe – a peculiar pasta with cheese "Kasshpetsle" still is the favorite popular dish, and Celtic, Slavic, and Gallic motives can be heard in folk music. At the same time, local residents are very closely monitoring the preservation of traditions – even in sufficiently conservative Austria, they walked the most avid fans of ancient styles.

The capital of Forarlberg – the city of Bregenz extended on the eastern shore of the Lake.


With ski currents of view, this is one of the most interesting areas of Europe – middleness (2100-2700 m) Mountain Arlberg WWW.Ski-Arlberg.COM form several large arrays dissected with winding and rather narrow valleys of rivers. At the same time, the proximity of the highest mountains Alps and the Western location provide sufficiently stable snow cover, and a convenient transport position is quite easy access both from the territory of Austria and from Germany.


Reina Valley

Raine celebrates the border between Austria and Switzerland for 35 km, to the very imposition in the Lakes to the West of Bregenz. The chain of prosperous towns on the Austrian side of the valley is surrounded by rich green farmland, which are often called "Garden of Forarlberg". The main highway and the railway from Bregenz tie all these cities with the Passage of Arlberg, forming one extensive area, perfectly suitable for both active holidays and a relaxing holiday in nature.

Feldkirch with his well-preserved medieval center is the most interesting from the Austrian cities of the Rhine Valley.

12 km south of Bregenz is a modern city Dornbirn (Dornbirn) is a famous weaving center that served as a source of wealth of all Forarlberg in the XVIII-XIX centuries. This is now an important shopping city in which residents of all surrounding countries go shopping. But there is also a first-class natural monument – Rappenlohshlukht gorge (4 km southeast of the city center), formed by the waters of the Dornbirner-Ahe river, carrying down from the heights of Bregencerwald. This impressive cascade of waterfalls and ducts can be visited by the Dornbirn-Ebnit bus (sent 6 times a day from the station located northeast of the city center) or more frequent municipal bus No. 5 from Rathausplatz Square with its Town Hall 1493 Buildings.

7 km south of Dornbirn lies a small town Hoenam (Hohenems) over which the Citadel of the EMC family rises – the residence of the influential Europe dynasty since the XIII century (suffice to say that Wolf Dietrich EMC in the XVI century was the son-in-law of the Roman Pope and Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg). Today, Schloss-Hoenms Castle is used for exhibitions and fairs, outside the framework of which it is quite difficult to get here. Also towers also built by Emsami in 1581, the parish church with a beautiful facade and interiors (inside is a crypt of some members of the dynasty). Marktstrasse Street leads from the church to the north to Schweizer Strasse, where the Jewish Museum is located (Kaspar von Ems in 1617 guaranteed the Jewish population of the city, although they were forbidden to settle in the territory of the Habsburg Empire to be free. Rosenthal’s prominent local family managed a city cotton-class factory, and it is in their luxury villa now and a museum is located.

Just 7 km north of Feldkirch lies "City of one square" Rankweill (Rankweil, Rankweil), known primarily by his Church of Libphrauncirche, towering on a nearby rock. The amazing properties of healing are attributed to the XIII century hanging over the main altar, so hundreds of pilgrims flock all year round. Wooden Parapet runs around the outside of the Church – Excellent Panoramas on the Valley of the Rhine and Swiss Alps are opened with it, towering in the West.


The hilly pastoral region of Bregenserwald (Bregenzerwald) is extremely popular with tourists from German-spouting countries, but practically not known to the rest of Europe. These green hills and low mountains with their indifferent pastures, oils and colorful folk architectures are known as Motherland "Mountain cheese" Bergcase and one of the most conservative regions of the country. Traditional wooden rural houses with a large double-wing roof, carved eaves, balconies and an indispensable extension-cowboat here are still building with the use of Dedov’s methods, fireplaces in a larger way than central heating batteries, and a folk costume is the same indispensable attribute of life Horn in the morning and bells of numerous herds leaving for mountain pastures. Eastern foothills provide quite suitable conditions for winter views, and beautiful landscapes – for summer, agriculture, hiking and horse excursions are very developed. As a result, tourists here are no less than on the shores of the Lake of the Lake, but the orders and prices are more democratic.

Gate of the region when follows from Bregenz or Dornbier – a small town EGG (EGG, local residents pronounce an ECC), a fairly pleasant place, although there is a lack of attractions. But located surrounded by herbaceous pastures and covered pine slopes of the town Schwarzenberg Schwarzenberg IM Bregenzerwald) is the most idyllic and traditional settlement area. This is the birthplace of Angelika Kauffmann, the works of which are stored in a definitely deserving attention of the local Angelika-Kauffmann-Museum Museum, the place of placement of the two best restaurants in Forarlberg and the main playground of the famous international festival of Schubertiada (May-June and the end of August – the beginning of September). But the main attraction of Schwarzenberg – the Church of the Holy Trinity (Dreifaltigkeitskirche), which, according to legend, was built on the grave of the Holy XII century Ilgi (cancer with her relics is in a small church on the left).

7 km south lies Betzau (Bezau) – the informal capital of Bregencerwald and one of the most picturesque towns of the region, cozy in the Valley between the low mountains. Its business card are characteristic semi-monomial buildings in a traditional mountain style, Church of Saint Jodok (1906.) and excellent local history museum. But most tourists are still coming here for walking on the mountains in the summer and skiing in winter. The best way to start acquaintance with the surrounding mountains is the Bergbahnen-Bezau gondola lift, starting with the eastern end of the town and leading through the Berghaus Sonderach station to the Baumgartenho terminal station, lying below 1711 meters. From each intermediate station there are many pedestrian trails leading to the most picturesque places down to Betseau. You can also ride the train Walderbahnle (from the end of May to the beginning of October; 4.3 euros one way, 5.5 euros – with both), connecting the valley with the Bregen and passing through Schwarzenburg.

From Betzau, the main line of the Bregenz Road – Wart walks along the valley of Bregensers through an increasingly more high-alberty landscape, past the strip of pleasant villages, which have long served as centers of rural tourism. It is worth visiting a modest town Mellau (Mellau, 3 km south of Bezau), from where excursions are sent to the sorts of mountains of Canisflukh (2044 m) and Range RosSttelle (1400 m), visit the village AU (AU) with its photographic traditional houses (in the XVII-XVIII centuries. Local builders were famous across Europe), ride on the gondola lift (starts halfway between AU and Shoppernau) to the Panorama restaurant at the top of the peak Didamskopf (2090 m) or climb through the Hochanberg Pass to the populated out of the Swiss canton, the shaft of the Colorful Village Unterboden (Unterboden) and Schroken (Schrocken), where you can make climbing Monenflu (2524 m) or through passages to Lech Valley. And you can turn to the West to the West and climb the mountains to the pretty village Damyuls (Damuls) with its gothic parish church of the XV century and a whole fan of ski slopes around.

Lying 20 km southeast Feldkitch City of Bludenz – the best starting point for exploring the southeast regions of Forarlberg.

Regions of Austria Forarlberg


The narrow valley of the River Ill river, which stretches on the southeast of the city, is more often called Montafon (Montafon), lies in the shadow of the peaks of the Retikon and Silvretta and is considered one of the most beautiful regions of Forarlberg. Reniece of picturesque villages stretches here to the Swiss border, forming a thriving center of winter sports. In winter, Schruns and Chagguns are perfect for beginners of the region, the attention of thousands of skiers, and in the summer the same lifts are delivered in the mountains of hiking fans.

The ski subscription covering the entire valley will cost in winter from 94 euros (3 days) to 295 euros (13 days), and the summer Montafon-Silvretta Summer Card will allow you to take advantage of the widest set of vehicles for quite democratic 31.5 euros (3 days) or 69 , 5 euros (14 days). This even includes moving around the railway between Shruns and Bluden, as well as free entrance to museums and swimming pools.

Business card of these places – town Shruns (Schruns) is available on the Montafonerbahn narrow slave or highway (12 km from Bludenz). Lying on the western slope of the Hochiokh massif (hokhyuh, 2395 m), he will abolished around the parish church of St. Jodok (XVI-XIX centuries.) and the mouth of the rivers of persons when it is pushed in Illy. Located opposite the Church, the local history museum (2 euros) offers a good meeting on the history and culture of the region, plus a fairly unusual collection dedicated to the local dairy industry. And in the southern end of the same area, the Taube hotel rises, in which Ernest Hemingway lived in the winter of 1925 (here he wrote several heads of drama "And the sun rises").

The fastest access to altitudes over the city provides the Hochjochbahn cake, which rises to the peak of Zennigrat (2300 m), from where you can either go to the valley on skis or on foot, or go on numerous walking routes to Schwarzz Lake, Croytokhookh Pass or Peak Laubkopf (2122 m ).

From May to the beginning of October, the daily buses come south of Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse, which rises to Silvretta’s Massifta (Austrians call him on their manner – Ziellrech) and Bilechhoch Pass in the southeast end of the Montafon Valley. From here it is easy to get to the valley of the Paznown and Landek, to the Cute Mountain Reservoirs of Fermutause (1803 m) and Sillevrett-Stauze (2000 m), to the glaciers Sylvretti and Gros-Zhorn, climb the peak of the bee (3312 m) or go skiing on the tracks Ishlogi and Resorts of Swiss Graubünden.

2 km west of Schruns, on the opposite side of the valley, spread it "twin" – village Chagguns (Tschagguns), slightly less picturesque, but opening access to Lacha lakes (Linors), Tobelzea and Tilizunase (2103 m above sea level), as well as Schwarzorn peaks (2460 m) and Tilizun-Zhorn (2342 m).

East of the Bluden Main Highway and Railway Climb Up Valley Klostemal to Pass and Arlberg Tunnel. Northeastern Klesterla (KL&# 246; Sterle) north along the Zürsbach Valley leaves the road to Warta, withdrawing to the two most popular ski centers of Forarlberg. Lying 5 km from each other Towns Zürs (Zurs) and Lech (Lech) possess the widest opportunities for winter holidays. Despite the fact that both resort are clearly focused on family holidays, there will be highways for every taste. True, the popularity of these places in the European elite leads to quite high rates, but all this is compensated by both the very colorful appearance of the towns themselves who retained a considerable rural charm (especially lech, the Tsush is noticeably more commercialized) and the abundance of proposals that allow you to choose an acceptable option. And the excellent slopes of the Mount Rufikopf (Ryfikopf, 2362 m) and Rufisspitz (2362 m) in the East and Roggalcpitz (2673 m), Montenflu (2542 m) and charles (1669 m) in the West provide a huge number of trails. A well-organized lift system guarantees access to a wide range of tracks even within one day, and the total length of the descents comes to 120 km.

ARLBERG SKI PASS subscription encompasses the slopes of Tsush, Lech, St. Christopa, St. Anton, Stuben and several other nearby resorts of a smaller scale. Its value ranges from 39-41 euros per day (depending on the season), up to 184-199 euros for 6 days or 321 euros for 13 days, and the price includes a bus passing between all resorts of the region every half hour.

The abundance of high mountain massifs in combination with beautiful green valleys led to the formation of a whole network of first-class sports routes, designed for the widest range of requests in the southern regions of Forarlberg. Here you can arrange climbing on "Three thousandbians" Bun, Gross Zhorn, Fluchthorn and more than three dozen mountains of more than 2500 meters high. At the same time, all the slopes are scattered by a set of shelters, allowing you to cross the entire massif of Silvrett on foot for 6 days or relax on simpler paths around the Mercelspitz mountains (1830 m) or Rota-Vand (2704 m). At the lower sections of these routes and in the most picturesque places of Vallee Ohhantal, Blotal, Montafon, Gargellenal, Winterel, Fergaldal and other equestrian tours are held, and in their framework it is quite possible to visit Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany. And better – to fuse in the purest mountain rivers from the very Swiss border almost to the Lake Bodensky or sunbathe on the shores of numerous mountain lakes and reservoirs – swim here because of cold water it happens, but the reservoirs themselves are amazingly beautiful.

Regions of Austria Forarlberg

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