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Austria‘s Hidden Treasures Fresh views and enchanting surprises

Online guide 2012

When you visit Austria in summer for the first time, there’s a good chance you’ll be delightfully surprised, for our country is usually swathed in warm sunshine, the mountains providing a wonderful backdrop to watersports, al fresco dining and all the wonders of summertime in Europe. Take a deeper look inside and let Austria surprise you.

Photo: Udo Bernhart

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.


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.

AndrĂŠ ChĂŠnier (c) Karl Forster, Bregenz Festival 2

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City of Bregenz at Lake Constance – Bodensee

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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.


  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, cer­ tainly hits the cultural nail on the head. The renowned Bregenz

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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, perfor­ mers, 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 Feld­ kirch Festival), headed by Phillipe Arlaud, takes place 06. - 17.06., playing early and modern music, and focusing on a different coun­ try 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 compo­ ser 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, unique­ ly 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 sculp­ tor 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 Lake Constance – an enchanting region in Vorarlberg:


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:

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: 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:

What’s on in Austria

“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. 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.

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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!

© Bregenz Festival/K. Forster; Bregenz Spring Dance Festival/Akram Khan Company, R. Haugton, L. Ziegler; Feldkirch/Stadtmarketing und Tourismus Feldkirch GmbH


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.

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.


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


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. Bregenzer­ wald is also famous for the art of cheese-making.

Innovative construction

Wood culture

While the aforementioned village of Hittisau may have its con­ temporary 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 Guided Tours in wood architecture Cheese Street How to arrive Latest Deals


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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 beauti­ ful 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 sin­ ce then has been extensively renovated. A delicatessen offering nu­ merous local wine and cheese products can be found in the house to­ day. 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 im­ portant 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 particu­ larly 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 per­ spectives, the works of this famed baroque painter, a founding mem­ ber 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 Bregenzerwald – an artistic region in Vorarlberg:



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:

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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?

Renate BreuSS, Manager, Werkraum Bregenzerwald


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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.”


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:

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:

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.



Hiking and biking area of Bartholomäberg with a view of the ‘3 towers’ mountain range.


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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

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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).


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 hill­ sides. 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 Montafon-Silvretta-Card, all inclusive card valid from 23.06. - 23.09.2012. Family Fun programme Montafon How to arrive Latest Deals


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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 run­ ners, 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 recre­ ational 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 high­ est 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 out­ door 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 im­ portant 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 Wednes­ day, 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, Montafon – a sporting region in Vorarlberg:


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: 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:

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:


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What’s on in Austria

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.

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?

Joe Egle, Priest

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.”

© Danube Bike Path: ANTO/ Peter Burgstaller; Walking: ANTO/ Ole Kruenkelfeld; Traunsee / ANTO

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.

© Montafon Tourismus GmbH


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.



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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© ITirol Tourist Board

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

O u td o o r

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.


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 Mountain railways summer Hiking – unlimited freedom Hornpark – Treetops Adventure Park Interactive 3D mountain map Latest offers 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 Grut­ ten 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 Mas­ sif 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

© Tirol Tourist Board; Wilde Kaiser / © ANTO/Mallaun

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Walking the Kaiser Mountains ...

© Tirol Tourist Board /  Henning Bode

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 as­ cent, 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, Kitzbüheler Alpen St. Johann in Tirol T +43 (5352) 63335-0, F +43 (5352) 65200, Tourist office Wilder Kaiser T +43 5 0509, F +43 50509-55



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 (; 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 (; 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:


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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.


Scheffau Crystal Summer (; 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.

© Lake Achensee: Tirol Tourist Board; Wilder Kaiser: ANTO/Conrad Amber; Farm House: ANTO / Lammerhuber

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.


Austria: at a glance

Contact our experts T 0845 1011818 CZ

Lower Austria Linz



Upper Austria

St. Pölten Eisenstadt



Wilder Kaiser St. Johann / Kitzbüheler Alpen Alpbachtal Salzburg Zillertal

Bregenz Tirol FL


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Styria H

Montafon Graz CH


East Tirol Carinthia Klagenfurt

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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 Zillertal Tourist Board Bundesstrasse 27d, 6262 Schlitters T +43 (0) 5288 87187 F +43 (0) 5288 871871


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

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Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH Impulszentrum 1135, 6863 Egg T +43(0)5512-2365 F +43(0)5512-3010 Montafon Tourismus GmbH Montafonerstr. 21, A-6780 Schruns T +43 (0)5556 72253-0 F +43 (0)5556 74856

Graz Tourismus Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz T +43 (316) 8075-0 F +43 (316) 8075-15

Innsbruck Tourismus Burggraben, 6020 Innsbruck T +43 (512) 59 850-148, F +43 (512) 59 850-107

Tourismus Salzburg GmbH Auerspergstraße 6, 5020 Salzburg T +43 (662) 88987-0 F +43 (662) 88987-32

Tirol Tourist Board Maria-Theresien-Strasse 55 A-6010 Innsbruck T +43 (0) 512 72720 F +43 (0) 512 72727,

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

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:

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


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