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On Cloud Nine

Riegersburg, where you can gaze out over the Styrian countryside, sits enthroned atop a steep, 482-metre high volcanic cliff. Encircled by three-kilometre long defensive battlements, it was never captured in all the centuries of its existence. Regardless of being unassailable, it looks back on a very eventful historic past. Nowadays, things evolve more peacefully: on the slopes of this fortress today grapevines thrive. Or visitors can ogle at an array of predatory birds and their dramatic stunts, peruse an exhibition of witches

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inside the fortress or simply stand goggle-eyed and take in the magnificent views. This ‘land of thermal spring sources’ is Austria’s fruit orchard, since its volcanic soil is particularly fertile and rich in nutrients. The warm days and cool nights are perfect for growing great wines. Visitors are advised to simply let themselves go: be spoiled, by the charms of the hilly countryside, your heart-warming hosts, the regional specialties, the sparkle of top white wines or wellness offerings at one of the thermal springs...or all of the above.

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Natural delights

Authenticity perhaps best describes Alpbachtal in western Austria. For centuries, residents have preserved traditional farming practices and observed strict building controls. Surrounded by dramatic alpine peaks, this valley charms with its way of life.

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Kisslinger Kristallglas Rattenberg – Mysterious World of Crystal Rattenberg has long been synonymous with top-quality, handmade glass. Since 1820, glass makers, engravers and painters have been showcasing their craft here.

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eadows awash in yellow wildflowers, oxlips, orchids, primulas and alpine roses; brilliantly colourful floral displays adorning the gorgeously carved wooden balconies of Alpbach’s traditional chocolate box chalets – from the moment you arrive it’s a real feast for the senses.

“There’s an herb for every ailment” Learn about the healing and medicinal prop­ erties of indigenous herbs with the Messner family at Neuschwendt mountain farm in Brandenberg.

Living traditions.

Helpful links: Crystal World Kisslinger www.kisslinger-kristall.com Alpbachtal Seenland Card – all inclusive card www.alpbachtal.com/card Family Fun programme Alpbachtal www.alpbachtal.at/en/summer/hits-for-Kids-in-summer How to arrive www.alpbachtal.at/en/service/travel-information Latest deals www.alpbachtal.at/en/accommodation/packages

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Augustinian Museum Rattenberg Formerly, an Augustinian monastery founded in 1834, today it is home to an award-winning museum showcasing nine centuries of Tirolean art and culture, with masterpieces from the Romantic and Gothic periods.

Open the door to authentic Alpbachtal. Taste Alpbachtal haymilk cheese in the dairy of Reith im Alpbachtal.

Food glorious food

Family enjoyment

Indeed, with farming still hugely important here, there are more than a hundred small holdings scattered around the valley, many having belonged to the same families for centuries. One of these is Gasthof Rossmoos, just a 10-minute drive up the valley from Alpbach. Perched on a hillside some 1200m above sea level, and overlooking the wide natural bowl, this inn owned by the Moser family is famous for serving up tasty local dishes, like speck­knoedel – a typical farmer’s meal of dumplings, bacon, eggs, onions and diced bread. Just what you need after a day out in the mountains. Another ‘must try’ is a traditional dessert called Kaiserschmarren – a thickly baked pancake, chopped into small pieces and served with plum sauce. Guaranteed to leave you stuffed but satisfied.

An Alpbachtal holiday ensures fun and recreation for the whole family. One such highlight is Juppi Zauberwald (Juppi´s enchanted forest). After a ride on the Reitherkogelbahn, a 2kmlong exploration trail (also buggy-friendly) awaits you. While mums and dads enjoy wonderful scenery from the viewing platform looking over the Alpbach, Ziller and Inn valleys, kids can have fun in various adventure play areas which include a wobbly bridge, haunted marsh, and birds nest swing. Don’t forget to stand by the photo board for your souvenir picture! Here’s a good tip – use of the Reitherkogelbahn and access to Juppi Zauberwald is free with your Alpbachtal Seenland Card!

Juppi Zauberwald (Juppi´s enchanted forest) Children will love a spot of play in the Juppi Zauberwald where the fun starts with taking the Reitherkogelbahn up the mountain to Juppi’s 2km trail of exploration and adventure. Museum of Tirolean Farmhouses in Kramsach Journey back into time and experience the way it used to be as you stroll amongst originally preserved farmhouses, a saw mill, flour mill, school house and chapels. The museum also hosts a varied programme of events, exhibitions and guided tours.

Healing hands

After all this fresh air and fine local food, the only thing you now need to have you firing on all cylinders again is a relaxing massage. You’ve come to the right place, as Alpbachtal is home to several wellness centres and spas dotted around the area offering toe-tingling treatments using local, herb-derived products. Check in at the family-run Hotel Galtenberg and unwind in the 600m2 ground-floor spa and wellness centre with various steam rooms and an al fresco ‘sauna garden’ where you can sit and sip a refreshing fruit tea while soaking up the magnificent view.

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Take a stroll along the lane from the village and have a look around the Vorder-Unterberg farming museum, once a 17th century working farm, today offering a fascinating snapshot into Alpbach’s rural way of life with over 800 pieces of original furniture and farm items. This is a region where ‘living traditions’ and a way of life passed down generationally figure prominently. In the near­ by village of Brandenberg, the Messner family have been cultivating alpine herbs, for their healing and medicinal properties, on the Neuschwendt mountain farm for over 23 years. Adhering to the ‘there’s a herb for every ailment’ belief, Gertrude Messner and her husband produce creams, oils, teas and other mixtures using indigenous medicinal herbs. Experience the ‘Tirol of old’ at the province’s largest openair museum – the museum of Tirolean farmhouses – situated in nearby Kramsach. An air of nostalgia hangs over these old farms, bearing witness to a past culture that still however has impact on the present. On site are many outbuildings, such as a saw mill, flour mill, blacksmith, and also two chapels and a school house, all having been dismantled with great care and rebuilt here. The museum hosts a varied programme of events, exhibitions and guided tours. Admire splendid objects made of glass at the Kisslinger Kristallglas Rattenberg – Mysterious World of Crystal. Since 1820, Rattenberg has been well-known for top quality, handmade glassware. Glass engravers and painters demonstrate their art, too. Originally founded as an Augustian monastery in 1384, the award-winning Augustinian Museum Rattenberg opened its doors for the first time in 1993, showcasing nine centuries of Tirolean jewels of art, including masterpieces from the Romantic and Gothic periods. Numerous displays of religious folk art, historical cultural objects from the region and a collection of rare gothic sculptures are also on exhibit.

Contact details

Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus Zentrum 1, A-6233 Kramsach/Tirol T +43 (0)5336 600-609 F +43 (0)5336 600-699 info@alpbachtal.at, www.alpbachtal.com

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Packages

Keeping it real means just that in Alpbachtal. Here, where traditions are celebrated and loyally preserved, come and experience Austria – up close.

What’s on in Austria

Meet the locals

Yodeling in Vienna? The local Viennese call it ‘Dudeln’ and its emergence came in the 1820s when choral groups from the Tirol introduced the respectable Viennese to the romance of the Alps. However, while a yodel is always performed vocally, the Viennese ‘Dudler’ is accompanied by instruments and often imbedded in a lyrical Viennese song. Another typical Viennese form of music enjoying a bit of a renaissance is ‘Schrammelmusik’. Attributed to two brothers, it’s recognisable for its characteristic ‘whining’ voice accompanied by a lively instrument ensemble. Some 200 Viennese songs are attributed to the Schrammel brothers.

Natural Quality 7-night stay with half-board in 3-star hotel/inn Alpbachtal Seenland Card for duration of stay, providing access to three summer mountain lifts, local Regiobus, lakes, museums, guided walks, bike tours and more. From GBP 299 per person (excl. flights) Information and booking: www.alpbachtal.com

Inghams package 7-night stay with half-board in 3-star hotel Flights depart London Gatwick Free glass of wine, beer or soft drink with evening dinners Free Alpbachtal Seenland Card Live Tirolean music Sunday evenings (July and August) From GBP 489 per person Information and booking: www.inghams.co.uk

Georg Leitner, Feather quill embroiderer “I am one of only five people in the Tirol who practice this generation-togeneration craft. I learned from my father, who learned in the region years ago, and I am passing on my expertise and secrets to my own son.”

Farm holidays in Austria Try something different this year and let the whole family experience some holiday time on a farm. Whether large and quite modern, or smaller with old-school charm, all farms are well-maintained, very clean, and wonderfully cosy. Fresh eggs from free-range hens, homemade apple juice, butter and milk, and a quiet sit-down in front of a tiled stove in the parlour – learn what life on the farm is really like.

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© ANTO: Farm H. / Popp & Hackner; Schrammel. / Klang Festival / Mussil; Birdwatching / Popp Hackner

“I was born on the Unterberghof farm and lived here until it turned into the present day Vorder-Unterberg museum in the seventies. Today, I live next door and work as the museum’s guide, and tend to the animals.”

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Ander Schiessling, Farmer

Crystal package 7-nights at bed & breakfast Flights depart London Gatwick Free Alpbachtal Seenland Card for all guests in Alpbach including complimentary use of cable cars, buses and entrance admission to local attractions. From GBP 468 per person Information and booking: www.crystalsummer.co.uk

Austria’s Passion for Tradition and Nature:

A time-honoured piece of clothing The traditional ‘Juppe’, as worn by Bregenzerwald women (tightly-pleated, high skirt, bodice, lavish sleeves, apron and decorative belt), is one of the oldest women‘s costumes found in the alpine region. From the mid-16th century, a wide-brimmed hat became part of the look, and in 1781 the famed artist Angelika Kauffman painted herself wearing the distinctive Juppe. Today, the Juppe is still being manufactured in one workshop in Riefensberg; it is always custom-made to fit the wearer, a one-off piece. Guided workshop tours available.

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Making use of nature without causing harm” – this is the philosophy of the UNESCO Biosphere Park Grosses Walsertal in Vorarlberg. Biosphere parks are model sites which strive for sustainable development and seek to create a balanced relationship between protection of the natural environment and populatory needs. One of the functions of biosphere parks is environmental education. Visitors are offered tailor made excursion programmes, and families can embark on the Biosphere Park Adventure or take the popular learning trails around the park to understand this unique natural arena. Birdwatching at Neusiedler SeeSeewinkel National Park Peace, space and tranquility – this is Burgenland. Experience a plethora of landscapes, flora, and fauna unheard of within such a small area anywhere else in Europe. The UNESCO-recognised Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park for instance, is home to varied habitats which include a shallow lake of steppes, lowland moor, reed beds, salt lakes, and small-surfaced sand dunes. A paradise for birdwatchers, the park is a stepping stone for many migratory birds on their flight from northern Europe to Africa. Over 300 documented species have been sighted here, including some not found anywhere else in on the continent.

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Natural delights From the lush pastures of the Zillertal valley to your plate! This region in western Austria is well known for its healthy cuisine using organic herbs, naturally reared beef and award-winning dairy products.

Enjoy the natural way of fine dining at Zillertal‘s gourmet huts.

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Lasting memories

Special photo viewpoint locations within the High Mountain Nature Park of the Zillertal Alps ensure memorable holiday photos. Another tip: the park currently features three environmentally-focused exhibits offering insight into glaciers

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or anyone with even the slightest interest in good organic food, not to mention a delectable palate, this place is a veritable promised land. Zillertal’s steep, flower-filled meadows are peppered with traditional huts, walking trails and coffee-brown cows who lazily chew away the days under huge blue skies. But it’s not just the milk and honey that you’ll love.

Hidden treasures

With a GPS device in hand, find some hidden surprises tucked away upon the mountain summits, forests, old huts, mills, and chapels that help define the charm of the Zillertal.

Nature’s nutrition

Embark on even just one of the Zillertal’s walking routes or hikes and you’ll soon see why this valley is renowned for its cuisine and natural ingredients. Herbs grow all over the mountainsides and spring water couldn’t be much fresher. (Go on, give it a try, it’s free along the way!) Steep, flower-filled meadows are peppered with traditional huts, walking trails and coffee-brown cows who lazily chew away the days under huge blue skies. But it’s not just the milk and honey that you’ll love. For centuries, the region’s hearty farmers have quietly been churning out delicious cheeses, smoked meats and other homemade delicacies, unbeknown to the rest of the food-loving world. Now, though, the secret is finally out…

Savour tradition

With little effort, ride an E-Bike to one of 135 mountain huts and sample some regional specialities such as spicy cheese soup or a Zillertal beer. Full speed through the Zillertal

Enjoy a pint at Kreuzjochhütte hut, Carpaccio of Tuxer beef with fresh herbs, relaxing at Scharzachtal valley

Experience the Zillertal from the nostalgic perspective of a historical steam locomotive.

Foodie heaven

Say ‘cheese’!

Take a walk into history to the Berliner Mountain Hut, a protected alpine landmark, and the oldest stopping point for hikers built in 1879.

Locally brewed beer, mouth-watering speck and tangy local chutneys. These are just a few of the temptations that you’ll encounter while you’re here. In fact, even the water is rather special; it’s fed by rain and snowmelt, then, filtered through bedrock, before reappearing out of thousands of springs throughout the valley, ready to drink. It’s the meat and dairy products however, that cause gourmands to go weak at the knees. The beef comes from traditional Zillertal Tuxer cattle, renowned for their marbled quality. Here, not just the steaks are good, the valley is peppered with small, family-run butcher shops such as Metzgerei Gasser in Mayrhofen, where the aroma of smoked pork hangs in the air courtesy of the prime cuts hanging from nearby hooks. It’s the oldest family butcher in the valley, with the current owner, Hans Gasser, himself having been here for some 25 years. Alongside the strings of seasoned sausages, you’ll also find cheese, honey, bread and even schnapps – everything you need for a gourmet picnic to take with you when exploring the valley. Don’t forget though that this area is also enviable for its great restaurants – like Landgasthof Linde, in the village of Stumm. Run by Hannes Ebster and his wife, Christina, this 500-year-old eatery prides itself on natural local ingredients and serves up a mean rack of lamb. Throughout the year there are many regional festivals that of course also inevitably involve copious amounts of eating. Gauderfest, for example – the country’s largest springtime traditional costume parade – even has its own signature beer called ‘Gauder Bock’.

The dairy products of the Zillertal must be mentioned in any foodie discussion, with a nod to some very special ingredients. The grassy hillsides where the Tuxer cows feed are littered with herbs like veronica, heath milkwort, lady’s mantle and yarrow – all of which combine to create a distinctive ‘Zillertal flavoured’ milk, known as hay-milk. Visit the Adventure Alpine Dairy Zillertal while you’re in Mayrhofen, and you can work your way through a menu that includes cheeses, yoghurts and other milk-derived delicacies. In fact, the milk in this region is so good, they even recommend that you bathe in the stuff. We’re not sure on the science behind it but why not try it?

Building up an appetite

Helpful links: Zillertal Activcard www.zillertal.at/en/summer/zillertal/activcard/ Getting there www.zillertal.at/en/summer/services/location/ INTERACTIVE MAP www.zillertal.at/en/summer/interactive/interactive-map/ High Mountain Nature Park of the Zillertal Alps www.zillertal.at/en/summer/zillertal/nature-park/ GEOCACHING www.zillertal.at/en/summer/interactive/geocaching/ Social Media www.youtube.com/user/MyZillertal www.facebook.com/zillertal.tux, twitter.com/#!/zillertal_at

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A well-tread path

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One of the best ways to effectively experience what this region is all about is to fill up your backpack with goodies and take to the trails. Around 30 percent of the Zillertal is designated conservation area – which equates to more than 600 miles of hiking routes, and 30 adventure tracks and nature paths that can be explored on foot or even by way of E-bike. From Mayrhofen, for example, there’s a path that takes you all the way up to the Karl von Edel hut: at 2,238m it’s more than 1600m above the village. From here, you can watch the sun set over the Zillertal while tucking into a tasty, traditional home-cooked meal before hitting the hay. And, traditions aside, why not discover the latest – and coolest – outdoor trend sport that’s also found its way to the Zillertal. ‘Geocaching’ involves using a GPS to find hidden surprises in some of the most unlikely of places. Your stomach will be growling as you energetically, and with much anticipation, search mountain summits, forests, old huts, mills, and chapels for that elusive find.

High mountain wonders

Hiking enthusiasts – eat your heart out. The High Mountain National Park of the Zillertal Alps is an inspiring 379km² of not only stunning mountains and glaciers, but also of natural and cultural importance. Of further interest to visitors: the park currently features three environmentally-focused exhibits offering insight into glaciers (85 within the park perimeter), the area’s natural and cultural landscape, and the alpine ibex. Also, capture those high mountain wonders by participatig in a photo workshop for amateur photographers to learn from the pros. 16. - 20.06.2012. Participants must register their interest by 20.05. at info@naturpark-zillertal.at.

Contact details

Zillertal Tourist Board Bundesstrasse 27d, A-6262 Schlitters T +43 (0) 5288 87187 F +43 (0) 5288 871871 holiday@zillertal.at, www.zillertal.at

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Mmmm...more please! Fill your days with mountain fun and your plate with a hearty helping of locallyproduced Zillertal treats. Fügen-Kaltenbach – Family Treats (July - Sept 2012) 7-night stay in family room in chosen category Visit to a hay-milk producer Guided walk Round trip tickets for ‘Children‘s train’ Family admission to thermal baths From GBP 425 per family (2 adults, 2 children) per week in B&B Information and booking: info@best-of-zillertal.at

Zillertal Arena – “Cheers!“ (01.07. -  08.07.2012) 7-night stay in double room in chosen category Admission to “Night of 1,000 Beers” Zillertal beer 6-pack 1 ride on Arena Coaster (alpine roller coaster) From GBP 146 per person / per week Information and booking: info@zell.at

Mayrhofen – Fly in and enjoy (19.05. - 15.09.2012) 7-night stay in B&B Return flights from London Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways All airport transfers Free hiking in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park From GBP 354 per person / per week Information and booking: www.crystalsummer.co.uk

What’s on in Austria

Meet the locals

Julia Schneeberger, Pioneer, haymilk hotels “All hay-milk partner hotels pride themselves on using local produce and ingredients. Hay-milk may sound innovative, but years ago it was a normal farming practice. Products made from hay-milk are of the highest quality, are extremely healthy and taste delicious.”

“Paradeiser” paradise In Austrian dialect, tomatoes are known as ‘paradeisers’ (apples of paradise). Erich Stekovics is renowned for the tomatoes he grows in his fields in Frauenkirchen, on the eastern shores of Lake Neusiedler See, and has been dubbed the ‘Emperor of Paradeisers’ by local inhabitants. He rejects the concept of greenhouse-grown vegetables and instead embraces the idea of growing his vegetables under the open sky, completely exposed to the elements. He doesn’t even water his plants, but instead waits for rain to come. Visitor tours operate in the summer.

Johann Dengg, Haymilk farmer “Meadows here in the Zillertal valley have many herbs, which plays an important role in creating highquality hay-milk which yields tasty butter and cheese. My role is important as milk is a precious commodity and people appreciate locally-sourced quality produce.’

Green gold In the region of Styria, pumpkin seed oil is regarded as sacred. Locals will tell you that salads and boiled beef are unimaginable without it. For some 100 years, the farmers here have cultivated the soft-shelled pumpkin seeds, creating the socalled ‘skinless Styrian pumpkin seeds’ for their famous oil. Deep and dark green in colour – thus the nickname ‘green gold’ – it has a nutty aroma and intense taste. In 1998, over 2,300 local pumpkin seed farmers, and 30 mills where the seeds are ground and processed, merged to form a co-operation and were given the EU protected appellation of origin (g.g.A) which means the oil can only be produced here.

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Tux-Finkenberg – Mountain Adventure Package (23.06. - 06.10.2012) 7-night stay in a double room in chosen category 6-days Zillertal Activcard Free shuttle between Finkenberg and the Hintertux Glacier From GBP 186 (B&B) Prices are per person / per week Information and booking:

Days of wine and good food There has always been a very special connection between a country’s cuisine and its wines. In Austria, it’s a match made in heaven. The best place to enjoy wine and good food is at a ‘Heuriger’, a true Austrian institution. These are mainly family-run pubs or restaurants, some traditional, some more contemporary, with a limited license to offer homemade wine and dishes from local produce.

Fishing delights If you’re keen on fish, whether catching or eating them, a visit to the Gut Hornegg estate in southern Styria is a must. Run by Heinrich Holler, the estate breeds fish naturally in ponds that are fed by natural brooks and streams guaranteeing high quality water. You can buy fish directly from the estate and visitors are encouraged to give angling a try themselves. If you’re not fish mad there’s plenty more to keep you busy – during the warmer months, there’s swimming in Lake Spiegelteich and numerous beautiful running trails and nearby tennis courts.

Diversity of bread “White or brown?” is hardly even a question in an Austrian bakery. Bread here is always a healthy choice whether it’s Vollkorn (wholemeal), Mehrkorn (granary), Sonnenblumen (sunflower seed) or Kürbiskern (pumpkin seed) Austria’s best organic baked bread is reputed to be Mauracher Strutzen, baked on the Mauracherhof farm in Rohrbach in Upper Austria. Visit and you’ll learn how it is made using recipes passed down through the generations.

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Cultural highlights

The region of Bodensee-Vorarlberg provides a perfect backdrop for the arts, its cities hosting dozens of annual music and art festivals, including the renowned Bregenz Festival on Lake Constance with its floating stage.

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Bregenz Festival A musical and theatrical festival like no other, some of the world’s most distinguished operas have performed on the floating stage at the Bregenz Festival. In 2012, audiences will see Umberto Giordano’s ‘André Chénier’ performed amidst stunning set design and the gorgeous backdrop of Lake Constance.

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  ucked away into a four-country corner of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Lake Constance (Bodensee) region in Vorarlberg has a proud identity and a daring imagination. The old adage that ‘opposites attract’ might as well have originated here, as an extraordinary blend of old and new come together in this westernmost part of Austria. The cities of the region – Bregenz, Dornbirn, Hohenems and Feldkirch – combine rural idyll with urban flair, and although uniquely influenced by the Vorarlberg’s geographic crossroads, they remain defiantly distinct in identity, even within Austria itself.

Kunsthaus Bregenz The Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) is not only Vorarlberg’s most important art and exhibition centre, but also an award-winning architectural marvel. British artist and sculptor Antony Gormley’s latest project, the much acclaimed ‘Horizon Field’ is in association with the Kunsthaus Bregenz.

Architecture and design: a dichotomy of old and new

Cultural hotspot

When it comes to culture, Bregenz, the region’s capital, certainly hits the cultural nail on the head. The renowned Bregenz

Helpful links: Programme Bregenzer Festspiele www.bregenzerfestspiele.com/en Kunsthaus Bregenz www.kunsthaus-bregenz.at Rolls-Royce Museum www.rolls-royce-museum.at Watch the video www.bodensee-vorarlberg.com/en How to arrive www.bodensee-voralberg.com/en Latest Deals www.bodensee-voralberg.com/en

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Rolls-Royce Museum Visitors can enjoy over 1,000 exhibits – including the Queen Mother’s famed Phantom – set over some 3,000m2 and throughout three storeys at the world’s largest Rolls-Royce Museum, housed in an old spinning mill built in 1862.

Festival brings together the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, performers, and directors to produce the finest in modern entertainment. A hi-tech floating stage on Lake Constance has become a platform for some of the world’s most distinguished operas. This year, Umberto Giordano’s ‘André Chénier’ (July/Aug 2012) takes floating centre stage packed with high voltage drama. As well as the festival’s staggering feats of set design, Lake Constance provides an inspiring backdrop for each show. Scenic sunsets, ominous clouds or misty evenings only add to the spectacle for the audience seated on the lake’s shoreline. The Bregenz Festival might be its most well-known, but the Bodensee-Vorarlberg region is ripe with festivals throughout spring and summer. The annual music festival in Feldkirch (the Feldkirch Festival), headed by Phillipe Arlaud, takes place 06. - 17.06., playing early and modern music, and focusing on a different country each year. In 2012, the spotlight is on Finland and Norway. Feldkirch is also the venue for one of Europe‘s hottest music and cultural festivals. At the Poolbar Festival, held over seven weeks in July and August, some 20,000 visitors, DJs and musicians from around the world will descend upon Feldkirch to revel in a real party atmosphere where music, art, fashion and architecture coolly intermix within an old indoor swimming pool complex. In contrast to this super-modern event, nearby Hohenems, since 1976, has hosted a festival dedicated entirely to the composer Franz Schubert. Drawing some 45,000 visitors (both festival sites Schawarzenberg and Hohenems) to its approximately 90 concerts split over May and October, the Schubertiade Festival is considered the most important and distinguished Schubert festival in the world.

A cultural expression not to be overlooked, dance takes its place at the Bregenz Spring Festival (March to May) with modern ballet, contemporary dance and theatre. © Vorarlberg Tourismus/Gruppe S.F.H.; Bregenz Festival/andereart; Kunsthaus Bregenz/M. Weissengruber; Rolls-Royce Museum; poolbar Festival/M. Rohmberg; Kunsthaus Bregenz/Ed Ruscha

Dornbirn, the region’s largest city, has firmly established itself as a leader in innovative architecture. Structures of glass, steel, and concrete astonishingly find their place among more traditional wooden buildings, and even enhance older existing buildings with contemporary additions. Visitors taking just a simple stroll in the natural landscape will be pleasantly surprised at the subtlety of these testaments of modern design, as it all just fits in and strangely makes sense. The area is furthermore a trailblazer in renewable energy sources and passive energy building. Dornbirn is also home to the Rolls-Royce Museum, uniquely housing the world’s most impressive collection of Rolls-Royces in an old spinning mill built in 1862. One of Vorarlberg’s most heralded architectural highlights – The Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) – is not only the province’s most important art and exhibition centre, but also a portal to the world of international art. Designed by Pritzker-winning architect, Peter Zumthor, its glass façade, in the shape of a lamp, mirrors the elements and channels the light of Lake Constance. Last year it joined with British artist and sculptor Antony Gormley in presenting ‘Horizon Field’, a unique landscape installation (on display Aug 2010 - Apr 2012) consisting of 100 life-sized figures of the human body standing at exactly 2,039m above sea level across 150km2 of Vorarlberg’s mountain landscape.

Cuisine du jour

As with most facets of Vorarlberg, contradiction can even be found at mealtime. Whilst most cuisine in restaurants is tradition­ al, you will discover that it is complemented with startlingly modern and classic fare. The region is packed with high-quality restaurants, many of which are very fresh in style and 19 which bear the prestigious Gault-Millau distinction. Known for its fine schnapps, be sure to visit award-winning distillers like Freihof Destillerie in beautiful Lustenau, Albert Büchele’s Michelehof Distillery, or go to the village of Fraxern to taste the unique and delicious ‘Fraxner Kriase’ cherry schnapps. The cultural and culinary scene on the Austrian side of the Lake Constance region in Vorarlberg draws attention way beyond its borders. The fresh, modern imagination of the Lake Constance region in Vorarlberg and its inhabitants make it an inspiring place to explore.

Poolbar Festival Over six weeks in July and August, some 20,000 visitors will descend upon Feldkirch for one of Europe‘s hottest music and culture festivals. Set within an old indoor swimming pool complex, come revel in a real party atmosphere where music, art, fashion and architecture coolly intermix. Ed Ruscha exhibition at KUB 07.07. - 14.10.2012 Ed Ruscha is well-known for his paintings in which he has placed individual words or sentences. No less popular are his works with motifs from landscape and architecture. KUB is showing not just one medium, but a wide spectrum, starting with photographs, through painting to his books.

Contact details

Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus Lake Constance Postfach 16, 6901 Bregenz T +43 (5574) 43443-0, F -4 office@bodensee-vorarlberg.com www.bodensee-vorarlberg.com Lake Constance – an enchanting region in Vorarlberg: www.vorarlberg.travel/en

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Bregenz Festival – Égalité 18.07.-18.08.2012 2-night stay including breakfast in your choice hotel 1 welcome drink 1 ticket to André Chénier 1 Bodensee-Vorarlberg Leisure Card (giving access to attractions, transportation and discounts with participating partners) From GBP 176 per person in a double room Information and booking: www.bodensee-vorarlberg.com/en

Feldkirch Festival (06.06. - 17.06.2012) 2-night stay including breakfast in 3- or 4-star hotel 1 welcome drink 2 tickets for two festival events 1 Bodensee-Vorarlberg Leisure Card (giving access to attractions, transportation and discounts with participating partners) From GBP 176 per person in a double room Information and booking: www.bodensee-vorarlberg.com/en For extended stays, plesas contact the Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourism board!

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Austria’s cultural highlights. Klimt 2012. The kiss that changed the world Austrian painter Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) would have celebrated his 150th birthday in 2012. His work, including his best-known painting ‘The Kiss’ (on show at the Vienna Belvedere), helped revolutionise the art of painting in the new modern era. While his works generated a lot of criticism in Austria, Klimt won numerous prizes abroad, and still today his pictures decorated with gold ornaments are among the most expensive in the world. In 2012, many museums will hold special Klimt exhibitions.

Yilmaz Dziewior, Director, KUB “Visitors from around the world are amazed by both the architecture of the Kunsthaus Bregenz and the artwork that it houses. I especially appreciate the openness and the curiosity of our guests when reacting to internationally-known artists and their work.”

Johannes Vonier, MD, Rolls-Royce Museum

Bregenz Spring Dance Festival (30.03.-25.05.2012) 1-night stay including breakfast in a 4-star hotel 1 performance ticket (best available category) Lunch, including aperitif, at the Wolford restaurant (open Mon to Sat) 10% discount at the Wolford boutique and champagne reception Surprise Wolford gift From GBP 102 per person in a double room Information and booking: www.bodensee-vorarlberg.com/en

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“I absolutely love working at the world’s largest Rolls-Royce museum, and the opportunity to test drive different cars every day is very appealing! Come visit over 1,000 exhibits collected over the last 40 years, including the Queen Mother’s Phantom 3.”

Ars Electronica Center Linz Interactive, colourful, all-encompassing – the Ars Electronica Center is a museum of the future, presenting innovative projects in the spheres of technology and computer art. In the museum’s Futurelab, visitors discover how art and science are closely interwoven and an inspiration to each other. Above all, the Center is for all to take part: isolate your own DNA, clone plants, or snap a photo of your own retina! Your visit is sure to leave you amazed. www.aec.at Vienna’s mumok With its ever-changing special exhibits, Vienna’s museum of modern art (mumok) is a real draw for visitors. From October 2012 to January 2013, look forward to an exhibition of minimalist Dan Flavin; 14.06. - 16.09.2012 explore how art has influenced fashion using some famous examples, and running from 27.01. - 27.05.2012 is the highly anticipated display by Swedish sculptor Claes Oldenburg wherein MUMOK itself will be part of the installation. www.mumok.at

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Dance. Drama. Music. The glorious festival season of the Bodensee-Vorarlberg region lauds a range of fine arts. Get in the spirit!

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Packages

Meet the locals

Carinthian summer music festival Some 10,000 visitors each year attend the “Carinthischer Sommer” music and cultural festival, now running for over four decades. This is not only because of prominent artists, but also a great stage atmosphere whether at the lakeside benedictine monastery in Ossiach or at the congress centre in Villach with its amazing mountain views. The programme gracefully combines old and contemporary music. www.carinthischersommer.at

Styriarte Festival Any discussion about Styrian music is sure to mention world-famous Styrian conductor and pioneer of early music and classical performance, Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The Styriarte Festival was founded in his honour in 1985, each year with a highlight theme such as, Bach, Haydn, Schubert or Händel. This year, the Stabat Mater by Dvořák and the Missa Longa by Mozart are dedicated to Harnoncourt.

Jazzfestival Saalfelden For 33 years every August, thousands of visitors flock to the stunning mountain scenery of Salzburgerland to enjoy the world-class Jazzfestival Saalfelden with its sounds ranging from contemporary jazz to experimental sound. In addition to the main stage at the Congress Saalfelden, concerts also take place at art house Nexus, with free performances at City Hall Square and amidst the surrounding Alps. Full programme details will be released at the beginning of June.

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State of the art

Glass and wood are the building materials favoured by contemporary architects.

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Vorarlberg’s Bregenzerwald is famous for its contemporary architecture. Throughout the region, classic wooden buildings are preserved, yet also enhanced, in bold modern form. Stay at one of the area’s design hotels for further proof.


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Schubertiade Festival in Schwarzenberg Honouring composer Franz Schubert, the Schubertiade Festival in Schwarzenberg draws circa 45,000 visitors to its annual programme of some 50 concerts, lieder recitals and master courses. Runs 16.06. - 25.06. & 27.08. - 09.09.2012

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orarlberg is the European centre of modern architecture, and its Bregenzerwald region is a true architectural feast for the eyes with its unique blend of traditional wooden buildings and steel, concrete and glass-inspired new-builds. Bregenzerwald is also famous for the art of cheese-making.

Innovative construction

Wood culture

While the aforementioned village of Hittisau may have its contemporary glass structures, it is wood that has ingrained itself as ‘the’ building material. As a raw and building material, wood has always played – and still plays – an essential role in the design of living spaces and daily functions in the Bregenzerwald and Hittisau. Visitors can find out more about wood and the part it plays in the way of life in the Bregenzerwald during rambles and guided tours. In fact, the oldest bridge in Vorarlberg – a wooden one – can even be found here The traditional Bregenzerwald farmhouse

Elegant, sunburned, made of wood: traditional Bregenzerwald farmhouses can still be seen in many places. Normally, the stable

Helpful links: Programme Schubertiade www.schubertiade.at Guided Tours in wood architecture www.bregenzerwald.at/uk Cheese Street www.kaesestrasse.at How to arrive www.bregenzerwald.at/uk Latest Deals www.bregenzerwald.at/uk

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Cheese, glorious cheese! Don’t miss the Bregenzerwald ‘Cheese Street’, a variety of ‘stopping off’ points including small dairy farms, cheese cellars, and delicatessens – all important partners for their part in the cheesemaking process. A real treat for the taste buds this outing is! The beautiful Bregenzerwald scenery in autumn. The traditional local dress worn by the ladies of the Bregenzerwald is made in the Juppenwerkstatt. The Bregenzerwald locals are masters in the art of cheese and cheese culture

and residential house are situated under one roof. Something very typical, and uniquely Austrian, is that the farmhouses are covered with wooden shingles. These shingles give the building an elegant flair. The so-called Schopf, a loggia or winter garden, in the entrance area is another architectural feature. Several exceptionally beautiful farmhouses can be found in: Au-Schoppernau, Bizau, Hittisau (around the Dorfplatz/town square), Schnepfau and Schwarzenberg.

Mon - Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm. Nazes Hus in Mellau, the only listed house in Mellau, was built several hundred years ago and since then has been extensively renovated. A delicatessen offering numerous local wine and cheese products can be found in the house today. You can also watch how cheese is made on the Bregenzerwald’s small dairy farms. Visitors welcome at the alpine dairy Bergkäserei Schoppernau, the historic dairy Nostalgiesennerei Au-Rehmen or the modern Sulzberg Dairy.

A street dedicated to cheese

Cheese is undoubtedly ‘the’ product of the region, and if there are any doubts to the contrary just find your way to Bregenzerwald’s famed ‘Cheese Street‘. While not a street in the true sense of the word, the Cheese Street is instead a variety of ‘stopping off’ points including small dairy farms, cheese cellars, and delicatessens – all important partners in the cheese-making process. Throughout the year this association of cheese partners collectively help organise cheesethemed events and tasting sessions to share the secrets behind the production process. Don’t miss the popular spicy alp and mountain cheeses! Highlights: Farmer Ingo Metzler and his family, in addition to producing whey-based products, also established Vorarlberg’s first dairy school where every student is invited to produce a wheel of cheese which can then be taken home. Andelsbuch is one of Bregenzerwald’s oldest villages, and Andelsbuch Cheese House is just the place to try different varieties of cheese as well as purchase regional specialties. Open daily; cheesemaking demonstration every Sunday at 4pm. At the Bregenzerwald Cheese Cellar in Lingenau you can admire thousands of loaves of cheese stored to age. Shop open for purchases and sampling:

Culinary walks

The Bregenzerwald Tourist Office offers two different, scenic culinary walks. Best of all, the walks include a 3-course menu of regional specialties (with choice), uniquely served in three different mountain inns or restaurants.

Werkraum Depot The werkraum depot is a communal exhibition platform for furniture and other products made in the Bregenzerwald which are then judged and awarded distinctions. Open to public viewing dur­ ing two weekends in October. Packages available. Bregenzerwald Museum Day Every Friday from 15.04 – 30.10.2012 many of the fine museums of the region offer free admission: eggmuseum at Egg, Frauenmuseum Hittisau, Juppenwerkstatt Riefensberg, Angelika Kauffmann Museum at Schwarzenberg, Felder Museum at Schoppernau. Bon Appétit Inspired by your cheese tour? Learn how to make authentic Austrian dishes at the ‘Ms Kaufmann’ cookery school located in a 300-year old former inn, today the Engel restaurant in Egg. Experienced cooks, farmers, and wine-growers are often invited along to this cooking session which includes an aperitif, the prepared meal with wine, a taster for home, and, of course, the all-important recipes.

On show: cultural Bregenzerwald

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Unexpectedly modern, yet simply elegant may best describe the building culture of the Bregenzerwald. Close cooperation between innovative constructors, creative architects and craftsmen ensures that the contemporary buildings of the Bregenzerwald only height­ en the beauty of the old. A splendid example of this is the village of Hittisau, where slick glass façades fit harmoniously alongside the classic pitch-roofs of an era past. Architecturally noteworthy buildings can be found in numerous villages and many of the hotels in the region seem to have achieved this old new balance in particularly exciting fashion. Only in the Bregenzerwald can your hotel be part of your ‘must-see’ attractions! Visual attractiveness aside, the Bregenzerwald is not only built nicely, but also sensibly. Sustainable development is part of the build­ing mantra here, with a focus on renewable energy to heat and generate hot water. Indeed, this idea of preservation – whether of traditions or the environment – is a common theme throughout the Bregenzerwald.

In Hittisau, Austria’s only women‘s museum celebrates the cultural achievements of women through varying exhibits. The Angelika Kauffmann museum in Schwarzenberg explores, from several perspectives, the works of this famed baroque painter, a founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts. And, for those with an interest in fashion, there’s the Juppe workshop in Riefensberg where one can watch this piece of traditional Bregenzerwald women’s clothing take shape. Finally, don’t miss ‚Handwerk+Form‘ (Oct) – part competition, part exhibition that only takes place every three years, this year in Andelsbuch. Bregenzerwald craftsmen as well as international designers and architects showcase their works.

Contact details

Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH Impulszentrum 1135, 6863 Egg, Vorarlberg T +43 (0)5512-2365, F +43 (0)5512-3010 info@bregenzerwald.at www.bregenzerwald.at/uk Bregenzerwald – an artistic region in Vorarlberg: www.vorarlberg.travel/en

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Architectural surprises dot the landscape of this part of Vorarlberg, delighting hikers on their many routes through the Bregenzerwald. Schubertiade all-inclusive package: Bregenzerwald tourist office Hotel with breakfast or half-board Concert tickets (min. 3 tickets per person; your choice) Schubertiade shuttle bus service Bregenzerwald Guest Card (free public transport, cable cars, outdoor pools) Assistance with transfers and taxi Info pack and ticket drop off at hotel reception Rates on request Information and booking: www.bregenzerwald.at/uk

What’s on in Austria

Meet the locals

Ingo Metzler, Whey producer “People who have trav­ elled the world always say that Bregenzerwald has one of the most beautiful natural and cultural landscapes. It’s a privilege as a farmer to produce natural products that help contribute to the preservation of this wonderful landscape.”

From Graz with love Despite being one of Austria’s historic cities, Graz is very much forward thinking and full of modernity. Young, up-and-coming designer Lena Hoschek lives in the city and whilst some of her collections draw on the 1950s for inspiration (lots of pantsuits and petticoats with wide skirts), she also designs studded belts, extravagant latex stockings and high heels. Her collections take inspiration from several decades and received rave reviews at Berlin Fashion Week. US singer Katy Perry has even been spotted wearing a Hoschek creation or two. Why not pick one up while you’re in Graz?

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“As an art historian, I really appreciate the history of the local building and home décor traditions as they contribute to improved urban development. In my work as manager at ‘Werkraum’, I enjoy chatting with the craftsmen on the subject.”

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Hiking across Bregenzerwald (01.05. - 31.10.2012) 5 nights on half-board basis in selected 3- and 4-star hotels Luggage transport from hotel to hotel Return transfer from the train station Dornbirn or Bregenz to the hotel Hiking maps incl. route description, bus schedule, village map for individual 4-day hiking tour (across Bregenzerwald from Sulzberg to Au) Bregenzerwald Guest Card From GBP 493 in a double room with half board Information and booking: www.bregenzerwald.at/uk

Modern China Inspired by the word ‘manus’, meaning hand, product designer Hedwig Rotter chose the name Mano Design for her porcelain label. With her studio in the Ottakring district of Vienna, Hedwig specialises in high quality porcelain, producing both traditional pieces such as mugs, bowls and vases, and others in more of an avant-garde style such as lamps that pay homage to the shape of a big ball chair. Humour also plays an important role – porcelain football shoes anyone?

Where wine and art mix The influence of the Weinviertel (wine quarter) region figures prominently throughout the Mistelbach Museum Complex (Museumszentrum: MZM). In the 6,000m2 exhibition space, the focus is on the region’s people, its past, and its present. The museum complex consists of the Nitsch Museum and the Lebenswelt Weinviertel Museum. Local artist Hermann Nitsch, whose ‘splatter paintings’ are a regular source of controversy, is represented here by a broad cross-section of his diverse work. The Lebenswelt Museum features an extensive exhibit on witches and is a rich source of information about the Weinviertel’s varied cultural landscape.

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Hiking & Relishing (16.06.- 07.10.2012, Sun-Thurs or Thurs-Sun) 3 or 4 nights in an accommodation with breakfast or half-board Voucher for the ‘Step by step from course to course‘ offer – a culinary full day tour in Bregenzerwald Bregenzerwald Guest Card If you book from Sunday to Thursday you stay four nights and only pay for three From GBP 116 per person Information and booking: www.bregenzerwald.at/uk

Austria’s Artistic Highlights

Ferlach‘s master gunsmiths The art of gunsmithing has been practiced in the town of Ferlach in Carinthia for over 500 years, with weapons from the Rosental region in high acclaim across Europe. As beautiful as museum pieces when they leave the workshop, they are, however, destined for practical use, renowned and valued for their precision. Even the Empress Maria Theresia appreciated the work of Ferlach‘s armourers, and indeed, these weapons grace the collections of noble houses and museums from St Petersburg to Cleveland. They can be recognised by their approval mark, which is impressed on the lock, stock and barrel, once the master supervisor has certified their excellence. .

Shop chic Specialising in contemporary furniture, products, and shop design, Vienna-based EOOS has created shop space concepts for top brands, including Giorgio Armani and Adidas. One particularly re­nowned piece of work is the ‘Inipi Stone’ remote control device which looks like a small stone and enables users to regulate temperature, humidity, colour of light and music in their home.

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For those of us who struggle with going to the gym and the sometimes daunting concept of ‘doing’ exercise, this outdoor playground in the south-west corner of Vorarlberg is a recreational dream come true.


Walking with the family at Rellstal valley Breakfast at the mountain hut an original Montafoner cow

Things to do

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Montafon’s giant: Piz Buin Guided tours to the top of Vorarlberg’s highest mountain, the 3,312m Piz Buin, are held every Tuesday from 26.06. - 02.10. (GBP 77).

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he first thing you notice when you arrive here are the col­ ours. The vast, natural ‘half-pipe’ of the valley decked out in audacious green, the impossibly white peaks of the Alps, and the crisp, electric blue sky overhead. But, as your eyes adjust, you start to see small paths zig-zagging through the trees in all directions – as if some giant hand has scribbled over the hillsides. There are more than 500km of walking trails in this valley, so whether you’re a hardened hiker or casual stroller, choose the route that best suits your interest and ability.

Single trail tour: a challenge on two wheels The region’s most challenging mountain bike trail, in Bartholomäberg, ascends some 1200m over 40km. Guided 5-hour rides held every Thursday from 31.05. - 25.10. (GBP 30). Experienced mountain bikers only.

Hiking – a cultural and culinary experience

Helpful links: Timetable Bergerlebnis www.montafon.at/bergerlebnis/sommer/en Montafon-Silvretta-Card, all inclusive card valid from 23.06. - 23.09.2012. www.montafon.at/card Family Fun programme Montafon www.montafon.at/kids How to arrive www.montafon.at/arrive Latest Deals www.montafon.at/offers

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On the move – step by step Former smuggling routes offer an interesting hike into history and the ‘Europatreppe 4,000 in Partenen, Europe‘s longest straight staircase with 4,000 steps, offers a challenge to all. Forest school in Silbertal Experience a forest with all five senses at Vorarlberg’s first forest school. Guided walks for all ages are designed to revive and generate interest in the forest and all its draws.

The region’s most challenging mountain bike trail, the ‘Single Trail Tour’ in Bartholomäberg, ascends some 1200m over 40km and is best explored on an expertly guided tour. Guided 5-hour rides for experienced bikers are held every Thursday, weather-permitting, from 31.05. - 25.10., EUR 35, including bike.

Step by step

The most unique route, direction ‘up’, is almost certainly the Europa­ treppe, a giant 4000-step ‘stairway to heaven’ that takes you from the valley floor at Partenen all the way to the top. By the time you reach the summit you’ll have buns of steel – and a jaw-dropping view of Montafon stretched below. Many football teams and marathon runners, as well as the Austrian Ladies National ski team, integrate the Europatreppe 4000 into their training regime, which just shows the extent of its fitness benefits.

Kids not in the mood to conquer a new peak today? Head instead to Activpark Montafon, Vorarlberg’s largest in- and outdoor recreational sports park. The little ones will love spending the afternoon perfecting their go-karting skills, whizzing down the waterslides, or bouncing about on oversized trampolines. Another Montafon family-friendly option is the Silbertal forest school where a guide will take you all on a relaxed-pace, three-hour walk in the woods, where you’ll get up-close and personal with local wildlife and some of the area’s hidden treasures. Or, for quick thrills, head over to the Alpine Coaster (part toboggan, part roller-coaster), at Golm, and strap yourselves in for 1.6 mile ride down the mountainside!

On your bikes – ready, steady, go!

As with anywhere that has landscape of this scale, the mountain biking here is pretty epic too. Combined, there’s a whopping 500 miles of off-road trails, divided up into 30 sections that are graded similar to slope designations – blue for cruising, red for a challenge and black for hard-core adrenaline junkies – ensuring that you don’t unwittingly end up on that extreme downhill section. They’re handily signposted, too, so there shouldn’t be any mid-mountain ‘discussions’ about whether you should have turned left back there. The handy thing about mountain biking here is that you don’t even need to bring your own bike. The Activpark Montafon leisure centre has a fleet of more than 60 varied bikes, and, as there are various depots throughout the area, simply drop it off at the nearest one at the end of your ride. Free guidebooks detailing altitude, difficulty level and even the nature of the sub-soil, are available from several tourist offices throughout the Montafon valley.

AKTIVCLUB MONTAFON According to the slogan “Active all inclusive”, this club offers a wide range of family activities. Choose from a daily itinerary of various activities taking place all over Montafon valley, such as guided mountain bike or E-bike tours, climbing, lama trekking etc.

New heights of family fun!

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Guided walks are great starting points to help you familiarise yourself with both the terrain and surrounding area. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, a relatively gentle walking tour up Vorarlberg’s highest mountain, Montafon’s 3,312m Piz Buin, offers a superb view from the top. (Walks are held every Tuesday, weather-permitting, 26.06.-25.09. / 02.10.2012, GBP 77). Or, take a wander 1000 years into the past on a panoramic, 6-hour guided excursion in Silbertal / Bartholomäberg. Whichs extensive playground is the perfect for outdoor activities. A cable car takes you up Kristberg mountain, from where your guide will take you along the Silber pathway where you’ll learn the story of early settlement in the area including some important archaeological research and finds. Uncover a true cultural landscape along this high alpine path on your way to the historic mine and famous baroque church at Bartholomäberg. (Walks are held every Sunday, weather-permitting, 13.05. - 28.10., GBP 13) And, the early bird may catch the worm, but the early walker catch­ es the thrill of nature awakening all around. Get your circulation flowing on this light, scenic 2-hour walk on which your guide will share insight on the region and its people. To top things off, enjoy a real mountain breakfast at the end. (Walks are held every Wednesday, weather-permitting, 11.06. - 12.09., GBP 22) In fact, there are many hikes that celebrate the region’s tasty reputation: cheese-tasting walks, hut-to-hut culinary tours where the walking is interspersed with delicious local dishes, and even routes where guides introduce you to edible local plant life (really, it’s delicious).

Contact details

Montafon Tourismus GmbH Montafonerstr. 21, A-6780 Schruns T +43 (0)5556 72253-0 F +43 (0)5556 74856 info@montafon.at, www.montafon.at/en Montafon – a sporting region in Vorarlberg: www.vorarlberg.travel/en

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Nature. Active. Montafon. (31.05. - 08.07. & 09.09.2012 - end of summer 2012) 3- (Thurs-Sun) or 4 (Sun-Thurs)-night stay Montafon-Silvretta-Card for 4 days (free access to lifts, public transportation, outdoor pools, as well as various discounts) From GBP 121 per person in a double room or apartment Information and booking: www.montafon.at/offers Mountain Experiences (08.07.2012 - 22.07.2012) 3- or 4-night stay in a private room /  apartment, or hotel 3-day Montafon-Silvretta Card (free access to lifts, public transportation, outdoor pools, as well as various discounts) 1 mountain experience of your choice From GBP 170 per person Information and booking: www.montafon.at/offers

15th Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon 2012 Enjoy the mountains from the seat of your vintage car. About 180 classic cars and vehicles of the 3rd E-Rallye are expected this year. (04.-08.07.2012) 4 nights in an apartment /  B & B, 3* or 4* hotel with breakfast VIP area at the start – you can even swing the starter flag meeting the accred­ itation tent on – Welcome with coffee Silvretta Classic package (cap, programme, coffee cup, issues of Motor Sport magazine, goodies from Montafon Tourism) From GBP 93 per person in B&B Information and booking: www.montafon.at/offers

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Outdoor Activities

Kitzsteinhorn – a top experience A comfortable cable car ride takes you 3029m to the top of Kitzsteinhorn, the highest easily accessed peak in the Salzburger Alps. Young and older can explore ‘Summit World 3000’ as well as the National Park Gallery, a panoramic viewing platform, the unique ‘Cinema 3000’ and a mountain restaurant. The mountain station at the entrance of Hohe Tauern National Park is also a fine starting off point for fascinating walks through a tranquil, high alpine region along a main alpine ridge. www.kitzsteinhorn.at

Monika Vonier, Hiking guide “I’m passionate about mountains, and, whenever I guide a group of people, I try to open their eyes to not only the beauty, but also the health, recreational, and fitness benefits of the woods and pastures they are walking through.”

The Danube bike path As the second longest river in Europe, the Danube flows through Austria like a lifeline, winding its way through the varied landscapes of Upper and Lower Austria. Europe’s most popular cycling path follows the Danube curve by curve through a wonderfully green natural setting steeped in tradition. From Passau (in Germany), with the wind at their back, recreational riders will appreciate the mostly downhill route, passing attractive cities and enchanting villages, as well as ruins, abbeys and monestaries. For a comprehensive experience, why not cycle all 325km to Vienna? www.donauradweg.at

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A bikers paradise The mountainous Pinzgau region is fast establishing itself as a leading destination for mountain biking in Austria, with 400km of marked mountain bike trails, a 720km network of regional cycling and mountain biking routes, 5 mountain lifts that transport bikes up to 4000 vertical metres, numerous bike-friendly huts, free riding park, training courses, biking ‘partner’ hotels, daily guided bike tours and instruction, and several international biking events.

“This natural environ­ ment offers many gifts to us. In addition to Montafon’s many outdoor activities, we also enjoy the natural produce that grows abundantly here such as delicious berries and mushrooms as well as wild herbs with their medicinal benefits.”

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Go, go, go! Montafon’s mountains are abuzz with outdoor ‘play’ for all tastes and abilities. Hike, bike, stair-climb (!), or even participate in a classic car rally.

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Meet the locals

Sailing on Lake Traun At 197m, Lake Traun is the deepest lake in Austria and offers countless opportunities for water sports enthusiasts. Located between the mighty Felsriegel of the Traunstein mountain and the grasscovered slopes of the Feuerkogel, it has perfect sailing wind conditions and hosts the seasonal races of the RC44 Championship Tour. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro as it’s also a great place to learn how to sail. Try the Sailing School Stadlmann or Sailing Charter Herbert Zobl in Gmunden where you can charter your own sailboat and glide over the waters under the guidance of a professional skipper.

Climbing arena No shortage of indoor and outdoor walls here. The TirolWest holiday region alone offers 280 different routes for climbers. While the climbers’ paradise at Wilder Kaiser Mountain is a true highlight for those who aim high, rest assured that from the Kaunertal valley to the Brixental valley, there are countless routes for all levels, from newbies to seasoned pros. Do make sure to pick routes that correspond to your ability! As a safety precaution, beginners and amateurs who want to improve are advised to attend one of the many climb­ ing courses offered throughout the region.

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The spectacular, high-altitude Eagle’s Walk is easily accessible from a variety of holiday regions spanning the Tirol. An incredible hiking experience whether you sample a few days or feast on the full 280km extravaganza!

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The Eagle Walk, one of Europe‘s greatest long-distance footpaths


Discover the hidden treasures along the path, such as the rare Edelweiß flower

Things to do

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Breakfast on the mountain Start the day with a hearty alpine breakfast at a traditional Tirolean mountain hut in the familyfriendly region of Wilder Kaiser. Twenty-one huts offer this very special experience.

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o the question, ‘Where can I walk in the Tirol?’ the tradi­ tional answer has always been ‘anywhere’ or ‘everywhere’. But demanding, time-pressed travelers need something more. That’s why the region developed the Eagle’s Walk – hailed as one of Europe’s greatest long-distance footpaths – to offer its visitors, whether leisurely walkers or experienced hikers, the choice of a short or long mountain itinerary.

Cycling experiences Discover by bike the varied cycle routes, with something to suit all levels. There are over 200 km of cycle and mountain bike trails and they will lead you into the most beautiful corners of the region. For those who want to take it easy, the region offers E-Bikes for rent.

The eagle spreads its wings

Austria is traditionally where east meets west, and the Tirol is where western Austria reaches for the sky. On a map of the Tirol, the sinuous course of the Eagle’s Walk resembles a pair of wings as it crosses the province from St. Johann to St. Anton, ready to lead you across mountains and meadows, and through valleys and villages, just has it has for centuries (but now along a well sign-posted route!) So, while the Eagle’s Walk provides a perfect course through the Tirol, it relies on you to do the leg – and, in the trickier stretches, arm work.

Free daily outdoor programmes for children and youth Wilder Kaiser’s four holiday villages all offer free child/youth programmes (Mon - Fri). The focus is on nature and outdoor recreation with rock climbing, junior mountain bike tours, and llama trekking as just some of the activites.

First stage: St. Johann

Breakfast on the mountain www.wilderkaiser.info/en/breakfast-mountain Mountain railways summer www.wilderkaiser.info/en/mountain-railways Hiking – unlimited freedom www.kitzalps.cc/en/hiking Hornpark – Treetops Adventure Park www.kitzalps.cc/en/hornpark-tree-tops-adventure-park Interactive 3D mountain map www.alpregio.outdooractive.com Latest offers www.wilderkaiser.info/en/vermieter/packages www.kitzalps.cc/en/vermieter/packages Arrival www.wilderkaiser.info/en/airlines www.kitzalps.cc/en/arrival

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Your walking adventure is only just beginning! From the Gaudeamus Hut, a forested trail followed by a a steeper section leads to the Grutten Hut and it’s only a short walk now up to 1,400m and to the sprawling alpine pastures where you’ll find the 17th-century KaiserHochalm Alpine Pasture Hut. From here, a delightful stretch of trail through rich mixed forest and then it’s out in the open as markers point the way around the slope and take you to the over 300-yearold Steiner Hochalm Alpine Pasture Hut from where you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the scenic, spring-fed Hintersteinersee Lake.

annual dumpling festival with the longest dumpling table in the world. It’s 300m long and on it 25,000 dumplings in different varieties. Walker’s tip: a 2-hour, 8km culinary hike along St Johann’s Lake Pillersee with a guide from the local fish breeding club offers interesting facts on the lake’s trout stocks as well as the surrounding massif landscape. The hike ends at the welcoming Gasthof St. Adolari where you’ll sit down to a delectable trout dinner – of course! Walk is held every Monday at 10am, 30 May - 26 Sept, departs from the tourist office at St. Ulrich am Pillersee, adults €25, children €11, advance booking required.

... where kids are kings too!

Stage 11: ‘The most scenic and hardest segment’

The Wilder Kaiser holiday region is also the ideal family destination where younger guests are just as well catered for. Kids will love a visit to KaiserWelt mountain fun park with its tree houses, climb­ ing structures and playground favourites. Located at 1650m in the village of Scheffau, the park’s mountain restaurant also offers a briliant view of the surrounding mountains.

Recommended for experienced mountaineers only, the 11th stage of the Eagle’s Walk, covering some 13km through the Karwendel Massif from the Karwendelhaus Lodge to Birkkarspitze Peak (2749m) and ending at Hallerangerhaus Mountain Lodge. Steel cables, ladders and rails have been hammered into the rock to help you navigate some of the trickier stretches on the way up to the high point, and the steep descent on the southern side of the mountain has fixed cables as well. On the descent towards the sophisticated pleasures of Innsbruck, the field of vision changes from wide-screen panoramas, through valleys crowded with pines, to close-ups of butterflies, daisies and an old chapel beside an equally ancient min­ ers’ track. An 8- to 9-hour rewarding hike for those ready for the challenge.

Hospitality and Hearty Helpings

In addition to all the trails between the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Kaisergebirge you’ll find many traditional mountain huts or taverns. The alpine hut (Hütte) is a great deal more than a high-altitude hut; it is a mountain inn, a hospitality hotspot, in which the values of a traditional Austrian family hotel are transplanted to some of the most spectacular vantage points in the nation. Hearty helpings of traditional Austrian favourites as well as enticing regional delicacies such as dumplings are a welcome sight and taste after a day in the mountains. In fact, every September the region hosts the

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A unique feature of this pan-Tirolean trail is that you can ‘join’ it at various stages along the way depending on which of the Tirol’s lead­ ing resort areas you choose to holiday at. That said, the first stage of the Eagle’s Walk is a true alpine experience. From its starting point in St. Johann’s village area of Hinterkaiser, it’s a westward walk of moderate challenge toward a very worthy photo stop. You’ll set off on a steep path, part of which has fixed cables to ensure a safe ascent, before it winds through a cavern on to the final easy climb to the mighty Schleierwaterfall, with its drop of 60 metres. Once you’ve clicked some memories, the route continues towards your first lodge – the Gaudeamus Hut at 1,263 metres above sea level.

Treetops Adventure Park The new lakeside Hornpark Treetops Adventure Park situated in St Johann in Tirol features 5 different courses, 7 zip lines, and 60 stations ranging from 2 to 15 metres above the ground.

Contact details

Tirol Tourist Board Maria-Theresien-Strasse 55 A-6010 Innsbruck T +43 (0) 512 72720, F +43 (0) 512 72727 info@tirol.at, www.visittirol.co.uk Kitzbüheler Alpen St. Johann in Tirol T +43 (5352) 63335-0, F +43 (5352) 65200 info@kitzalps.cc, www.kitzalps.cc Tourist office Wilder Kaiser T +43 5 0509, F +43 50509-55 office@wilderkaiser.info www.wilderkaiser.info

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Packages

Walk on the wings of the eagle high above the Tirol and let your sense of adventure soar. A one day taster, or a multi-day trek – you decide. Lake Achensee and its Mountains Inntravel (www.inntravel.co.uk; 01653 617726) 7 nights at the 4* superior Hotel Wiesenhof in Pertisau on a half-board basis (including breakfast, light lunch, afternoon cakes, dinner) From GBP 795 per person. Connecting transfers from Innsbruck airport are GBP 90 per person or from Munich airport GBP 95 per person. Flights are additional.

What’s on in Austria

Meet the locals

Austria’s own app If you have an iPhone, download the free iAlps Austria application, offering a range of useful holiday information, both before and after arrival, including rec­ ommendations about where to stay, where to drink and dine, and cultural sights and special events happening during your visit. There are resort maps and others which display hiking trails and mountain bike routes, as well as climbing tours and biking paths in each region. With the latest weather reports and available in several different languages, don’t plan without it.

Stefan Wierer, Mountain guide “People love so many elements of the Eagle’s Walk but one aspect everyone comments on is the mountain huts where you sleep, which are unique and typical, serving very simple local food to a fascinating mix of international guests.”

Ellmau Inghams (www.inghams.co.uk; 020 8780 4454) 7 nights at the 4* Hotel Hochfilzer in Ellmau on a half-board basis From GBP 775 per person, including return flights from Gatwick to Salzburg, resort transfers and welcome drink. Regional flights are also available from Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow at a supplement.

St. Johann The holiday region Kitzbüheler Alps St. Johann in Tirol is the ideal setting for a hiking holiday, offering a wide range of natural resources and marvellous scenery. 3-night stay including half-board daily hiking snack map, backpack and use of hiking sticks Starts at GBP 112 per person. Information and booking: www.kitzalps.cc/en

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Where the eagles roam National Park Hohe Tauern was founded in 1981, becoming Austria’s first national park. At more than 1800 square km and stretching over parts of the provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tirol, an amazing third of all plant species occurring in Austria, along with about 10,000 animal species, live and thrive here. The golden eagle is one of the big five who live in this protected area and is a wonderful draw for visitors. Learn about the nesting habits, hunting patterns, and territorial tendencies of this amazing bird of prey. UNESCO World Heritage home for birds The cultural landscape of National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel is now a proud UNESCO World Heritage Site. The habitats of National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel include a shallow lake of steppes, reed beds, salt lakes which periodically dry out, small-surfaced sand dunes and the lowland moor of Hanság. The National Park is a stepping stone for many migratory birds on their flight from northern Europe to Africa. Of the more than 300 proven species making a stopover here, many are rare in variety, not found anywhere else in Europe.

Walking along the river The Donausteig offers 450km of brand new hiking heaven that runs along the banks of the famous Danube River, winding its way past the historic city of Passau, through forested highlands to the breathtaking Schlogen bend. Along the way, in the Bavarian and Upper Austrian Danube regions, there are 64 hotels and inns who have established themselves as ‘Donausteig Hosts’ – as well as offering a place for hikers to stay, they also provide expert trail information along the way. There are 40 different routes to choose from, of varying lengths, and mountain bikes are available for those who prefer a bit of speed.

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Scheffau Crystal Summer (www.crystalsummer.co.uk; 0871 230 8180) 7 nights all-inclusive at the 4* Hotel Alpin in Scheffau, from GBP 659 Per person, including flights from Gatwick, transfers, breakfast, lunch buffet, afternoon tea, dinner and selected drinks. Regional flights are also available from Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow at a supplement.

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Georg Pawlata, Hiking guide “I helped develop the Eagle’s Walk. I walked all stages over several weeks to check the signposting and fix missing signs. A highlight for me was seeing many eagles when walking in the Karwendel mountains – one of my favourite routes.”

A lofty view The Dachstein Skywalk, situated at 2700m and constructed at the edge of a 250m high vertical cliff has been called ‘the most spectacular outlook platform in the Alps,’ offering the most outstanding panoramic 360-degree view of the southern wall of the mighty Dachstein mountain and some of the most beautiful summits in the Alps.

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Austria: at a glance

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How To get here

Contact Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus Zentrum 1, 6233 Kramsach/Tirol T +43 (0)5336 600-609 F +43 (0)5336 600-699 info@alpbachtal.at www.alpbachtal.com Zillertal Tourist Board Bundesstrasse 27d, 6262 Schlitters T +43 (0) 5288 87187 F +43 (0) 5288 871871 holiday@zillertal.at www.zillertal.at

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We’re very fond of our homeland and are constantly on the lookout for the latest secret tips... and we know where to go poking around for them. Whether at a winemaking farm with guest rooms and restaurant, a natural swimming lake with accompanying music festival or a mountainous region with special children’s programmes – we are delighted to advise you personally and will take time to listen to your individual holiday wishes.

Lake Constance – BodenseeVorarlberg Tourismus GmbH Postfach 16, 6901 Bregenz T +43 (5574) 43443-15 F +43 (5574) 43443-4 office@bodensee-vorarlberg.com www.bodensee-vorarlberg.com www.vorarlberg.travel/en

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Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH Impulszentrum 1135, 6863 Egg T +43(0)5512-2365 F +43(0)5512-3010 info@bregenzerwald.at www.bregenzerwald.at/uk www.vorarlberg.travel/en Montafon Tourismus GmbH Montafonerstr. 21, A-6780 Schruns T +43 (0)5556 72253-0 F +43 (0)5556 74856 incoming@montafon.at www.montafon.at/en www.vorarlberg.travel/en

Graz Tourismus Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz T +43 (316) 8075-0 F +43 (316) 8075-15 info@graztourismus.at www.visitgraz.com

Innsbruck Tourismus Burggraben, 6020 Innsbruck T +43 (512) 59 850-148, F +43 (512) 59 850-107 office@innsbruck.info www.innsbruck.info

Tourismus Salzburg GmbH Auerspergstraße 6, 5020 Salzburg T +43 (662) 88987-0 F +43 (662) 88987-32 info@salzburg.info www.salzburg.info

Tirol Tourist Board Maria-Theresien-Strasse 55 A-6010 Innsbruck T +43 (0) 512 72720 F +43 (0) 512 72727 info@tirol.at, www.visittirol.co.uk

Tourist office Wilder Kaiser T +43 5 0509, F +43 50509-55 office@wilderkaiser.info www.wilderkaiser.info Kitzbüheler Alpen St. Johann in Tirol T. +43 5352 63335-0 F. +43 5352 65200 info@kitzalps.cc www.kitzalps.cc

Travelling to Austria by air couldn‘t be easier. With an average direct flying time of only 2 hours from most major UK gateways to a choice of popular Austrian destinations, flights to Austria are probably the quickest, easiest, and most cost effective travel option. For an overview of flight connections to Austria please visit: www.austria.info/uk/how-to-get-there

All prices shown in this brochure are in pounds sterling at the current exchange rate (EUR1 = £0,86)

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