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land & lives................................... 2 The Bregenzerwald 2 For your orientation 4 Living space 6 Bregenzerwald Guest Card 8 Cable cars 9 Swimming pools 10 hiking............................................ 11 Things to know 12 Panoramic routes 14 Alp paths 19 Summit tours 23 Water routes 25 Cultural tours 28 Hiking with dogs 32 active summer............................. 33 Mountain biking & cycling 34 Mountain biking 35 Cycling 38 Climbing 40 Rope Parks 42 Mountain- and watersport 43 Archery 44 Paragliding 45 Fishing grounds 46 Bregenzerwald Golf Park 50 family tips.................................... 51 Rambling with the pram 52 Kids’ programme 56 Dairy farming up close 61 Day trip tips – Around Lake Constance 62

barrier free................................ 63 Barrier-free rambling 64 Barrier-free viewing experience 66 culture.......................................... 67 Architecture 68 Bregenzerwald Werkraum 70 Journeys to architecture and the culture of wood 72 Experiencing energy 74 bus:stop Krumbach 75 Everyday culture 76 Schubertiade Schwarzenberg 78 Bregenz Festival 79 Exhibitions & museums 81 Cabaret & culture 84 dining out.................................... 87 Bregenzerwald culinary delights region 88 KäseStrasse 90 BERGGUT – good things from the Bregenzerwald 91 Culinary hikes 92 Exceptional specialties 93 Feasting in the Bregenzerwald 96 well-being ................................... 97 Health hotels 98 Wellness hotels 99 Water and Moor 101 Care products 102 Vorarlberg........................................ 103 How to reach Vorarlberg, Public buses and taxis................. 104



the bregenzerwald

To start with, let us introduce you to the Bregenzerwald. Around 30,000 people live here, in 22 villages in total. The Bregenzerwald locals – “Wälder” as they are known – are confident, independent people, proud of their roots yet receptive to new things too. You will notice the successful, ­courageous blend of the traditional and the modern when you look at the architecture and experience the craftsmanship. Both disciplines are closely interwoven, and are a symbol of that which the locals of the ­Bregenzerwald are experts in: ­appreciation of art, of beauty, the creation of pleasure, both well thought-out and practical. This interplay is both visible and ­perceptible in many places.

Sensitive Many of the hotels, guest houses and farms combine the old with the new, or have been completely rebuilt with sensitivity in recent years. Wood plays an essential part in all this. In the well-tended inns and restaurants, the chefs are masters of pepping up regional specialities, making them into ­magnificent ­creations. Most of the produce used comes from local farms. They are all small farms, and are managed carefully and ­imaginatively by ­families. The bestknown ­Bregenzer­wald speciality is cheese, especially the tasty alpine cheese. The informative stations and delight­­ful events of the KäseStrasse ­Bregenzerwald impart impressions of cheese culture.

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Soothing The Bregenzerwald landscapes are balsam for the eye – and the soul. A shapely combination of ­gently undulating hills, expansive ­plate­aux, romantic river valleys and ­impressive peaks – ideal for active people and ­lovers of nature. The farmers are largely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the cultivated landscape. Typical of the ­Bregenzerwald is the three-layer cultivation of the fields: (valley – mountain pasture – high mountain pasture).

Informative This brochure is your companion on your journey of discovery through the Bregenzerwald. It contains numerous addresses – from sights and day-trip destinations – and a multitude of tips for stimulating leisure activities: from selected thematic hiking paths through to outdoor and family-­orientated programmes, right through to pampering wellness days offered by some of the hotels. We also inform you about the highlights awaiting you in our cultural calendar, the special features of our architecture and craftsmanship, and share with you interesting facts about culinary delights and the Bregenzerwald cheese culture.

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Inspired For a rural region, the cultural calendar in the Bregenzerwald is anything but provincial! The major festival in the region is the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. Many guests combine visits to the Bregenz ­Festival – known for its spectacular opera ­performances on the lake stage – with holidays in the Bregenzerwald.

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Klausberg mountain pasture, Schwarzenberg



for your orientation Widderstein


2533 m














Lechtal Innsbruck Reutte



WARTH 1495 m

Hoher Ifen 2230 m

Diedamskopf 2090 m

Hochtannberg 1676 m



Schönenbach 1025 m

Hirschberg 1834 m

AU 800 m Damüls

Winterstaude 1877 m


Niedere 1711 m

Baumgarten 1620 m

Balderschwang (D)

Son 1 Hochhäderich 1566 m



HITTISAU 790 m Koyen 1300 m

Hochlitten 971 m



RIEFENSBERG 781 m Aach (D) Oberstaufen (D)

EGG 564 m Tannerberg





Oberreute (D) Buch 725 m Hirschberg Thal 598 m

1095 m

LANGEN 657 m

F 73 Pfänder 1062 m




Lindau Friedrichshafen München Ulm Stuttgart (D)





for your orientation Zitterklapfen Mohnenfluh

2403 m


2544 m




2107 m

2649 m

Hochkünzelspitze 2397 m



Portlahorn 2010 m

Faschina 1486 m


1850 m


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16 m


Ragazer Blanken

DAMÜLS 1431 m

RÖCKEN 260 m




2051 m


2095 m

2044 m

Hochblanken 2068 m

Wildgunten 1705 m

1391 m

SCHNEPFAU 734 m Hoher Freschen 2004 m

BIZAU 681 m

MELLAU 688 m

nderdach 1208 m

REUTHE 650 m

Brüggelekopf 1182 m

1463 m


Staufen 1465 m

BÖDELE 1139 m



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BEZAU 650 m


976 m



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Bildstein 760 m

Fluh 30 m



Dornbirn Süd Feldkirch Basel (CH) Zürich (CH) St. Gallen (CH)


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living space

Travelling the Bregenzerwald always means having to overcome dizzy heights to start with: from Bregenz you take the Pfänder, from the Rhine Valley the valley side which ascends 500 m, from the north you take the Sulzbergstock, from the east the Riedberg or Hochtannberg pass, from the south the Furkajoch or Faschinajoch.

spectrum which, right at the start of tourism, had travellers extolling the “charming landscape” as an “enclosed park” whilst at the same time shuddering at the “Siberian exile” on the wild, upper course of the Ache. A valley area of contrasts, borders, crossings.

Crossings Cross-border experiences also leave Up and over is the way to go – the most their mark on the locals – they know how to set themselves apart from impressive views are from the north outside. Yet the scarce rural areas and the west – and a space is revealed which, in all its diversity, is completely have never been sufficient to feed the population. The locals had to get different to all that surrounds it, with moving, cross borders, leave behind the Bregenzerache uniting it all. Your their homes and families. This took route takes you through gorges and on many different forms: the nomadic flat hollows – wide between the hills existence of alpine animal ­husbandry of the foothills of the Alps around Alberschwende and ­Lingenau, narrow (home, mountain pasture, alp → between the mountains of the foothills page 89), or in the form of seasonal migrant work, outbound commuting of the Alps around Andelsbuch and Bezau, squeezed in between the alpine or even emigration (to America in the 19th century in particular). Flexibility, peaks of the Kanisfluh, Diedams­ ideas and self-help were essential to kopf, Zitterklapfen and ­Widderstein stave off poverty. around Schnepfau, Au, Schoppernau, The area was only sparsely populated Warth and Schröcken. This correlates for a long time: only plot names with the division into the Vordergive rise to assumptions about the wald, ­Mittelwald and Hinterwald border between Celtic and Rhaeto(front, central and rear regions of the Romanic cultures. It was not until ­Bregenzerwald) – a topographical

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This culture has succeeded in maintaining its vitality. Innovation and flexibility based on the acquired continue today in initiatives such as the werkraum (→ page 70) and have turned the Bregenzerwald into a model European region.

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Hard cheese and lace It was during this time that the region developed in the form you see today. Rational, mercantile methods gained importance in agriculture, desertedness became characteristic of the Vorderwald to the Mittelwald, production of hard cheese grew (alpine dairy → page 76) to such a sustainable extent that the first dairy

farm school in the Habsburg Empire was established. The new rulers were the cheese barons who amassed staggering wealth with the products of the new form of agriculture, and textile manufacturers who supplied material produced by the textiles home industry (decoration and taste → page 77) before the railway provided factories in the Rhine valley with workers after 1902. Such changes were also accompanied by resistance – Franz Michael Felder, author and spokesman of the revolt, is still considered an exceptional character (Franz Michael Felder Museum → page 83) in the valley today, and which is why one’s own house and home are tenaciously clung to. New sources of income have to be continuously developed – the multitude of manual skills is proof of this.

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the High Middle Ages that Mehrerau ­Monastery in Bregenz encouraged the population of the area upwards of the Bregenzerache. From above, coming the opposite direction, you come across a second wave of population with the Walsers. The particle “Wald” (forest, wood) found in many of the names of places makes it clear how undeveloped this settlement area was for a long time. Naturally, the locals gladly take advantage of this remoteness: interesting as a hunting ground at best for the feudal rulers, extensive autonomy was allowed to develop which went down in literature as a “peasants’ republic”. It ended with the brief Bavarian occupation (1806 – 1814) as a result of the realignment of Europe by Napoleon.


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Sulzberg Riefensberg

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There is lots to discover in the Bregenzer­wald mountains. Rambling and hiking paths take you to the loveliest spots, and tell stories. Events are held. The Bregenzerwald Guest Card is your “ticket” to these mountain experiences. The Bregenzerwald Guest Card is available to all visitors who spend at least three nights in the Bregenzerwald, and is included in the accommodation price. validity 1 May to 31 October 2014 issuing offices Bregenzerwald Tourismus, from all cable car ­operators and tourist offices in the partner municipalities.


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Schoppernau 16 nz




Fontanella 9

Warth 7 Schröcken

Includes the following public buses “The Bregenzerwald rural bus” as far as Bregenz and Dornbirn (except the town bus), Lech, Raggal and ­Fontanella/­Sonntag cable cars More information (→ page 9) swimming pools More information (→ page 10) You are also entitled to numerous reductions from our partners.

cable cars & swimming pools

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 arriage of mountain bikes as C far as middle station, € 3 per bike T +43 (0)5515 4110-0


 arriage of mountain bikes as C far as Sonderdach middle station, € 2 per bike T +43 (0)5514 2254

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3 Bezau cable car Opening times: through to 2 November; 8 – 23 November: Saturday and Sunday Operating times: every half hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; 8 – 23 November: 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. at 20 and 50 min. past the hour, without a break if required Tip: barrier-free viewing experience (→ page 66) Culinary tip: culinary hike (→ page 92

5 Diedamskopf cable cars Opening times: 29 May – 12 October: daily; 18 – 19 October, 25 – 26 October Operating times: 8.45 a.m. – 4.15 p.m. Family tip: Didi’s kids’ adventure land (→ page 60) Tip: Barrier-free viewing experience (→ page 66) BERGGUT culinary tip: Diedams­ kopf panorama restaurant (→ page 91) Sunset trips Every Thursday from 19 June – 2 Oct. between 6 and 10.30 p.m. Mountain breakfast Every Tuesday between 17 June and 16 September 8 to 11 a.m. (first journey at 7.30 a.m.)

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No carriage of mountain bikes T +43 (0)5512 2540

 arriage of mountain bikes as C far as Mellau cable car mountain station, free of charge T +43 (0)5518 2222-0

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2 Andelsbuch cable cars Opening times: 1 May – 12 October: daily in the event of good hiking weather Operating times: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4.45 p.m.; No lunch break on Saturday, Sunday, public holidays and during July and August Hiking tip: Niedere (→ page 14)


No carriage of mountain bikes T +43 (0)5579 4323

4 Mellau cable cars Opening times: 29 May – 9 June: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays; 14 June – 12 October: daily; 18 – 26 October: Saturday and Sunday Operating times: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, public holidays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Last ascent at 4.30 p.m. Hiking tip: Kanisfluh (→ page 15) Family tip: climbing for children and crossing a gorge (→ page 59) BERGGUT culinary tip: Simma mountain restaurant (→ page 91) , culinary hike (→ page 92)

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1 Brüggelekopf Alberschwende Opening times: 11 May – 26 October: Sunday, public holidays; 7 July – 14 September: daily Operating times: Sunday and public holidays: 10 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. and 1 – 4.30 p.m.; Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Hiking tip: circular hike with a view of three countries



cable cars & swimming pools 6 Damüls cable cars Opening times: 29 May – 1 June, 7 – 9 June; 14 June – 12 October: daily; 18 – 19, 25 – 26 October: in the event of good hiking weather Operating times: 9 a.m. – 12.35 p.m. and 1.30 – 4.30 p.m.; continuous operation on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays Hiking tip: around the Walser ­settlement (→ page 21) BERGGUT culinary tip: Elsenalpstube mountain inn (→ page 91)

 arriage of mountain bikes as far C as Uga-Express mountain station, see tariff notice for price T +43 (0)5510 600 7 Steffisalp-Express Opening times: 4 July – 5 October: daily in the event of good hiking weather Operating times: 9 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 – 4 p.m. Climbing tip: Karhorn via ferrata (→ page 41) Culture tip: “uf m Tannberg” alpine museum (→ page 83) BERGGUT culinary tip: “Hochalp” hiking hut (→ page 91)

No carriage of mountain bikes T +43 (0)5583 3601-0

Family tip: barbecue with clay oven  arriage of mountain bikes as C far as mountain station (return), free of charge T +43 (0)5554 5281 9 Faschina cable cars Opening times: 29 – 31 May, 1, 7 – 9, 14 – 15 June; 19 June – 7 September: daily; 13 – 14, 20 – 21, 27 – 28 September, 3 – 5. October: in the event of good hiking weather Operating times: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. Hiking tip: Faschina floral and ­hiking nature trail Family tip: summer tubing course

 arriage of mountain bikes in C both sections, free of charge T +43 (0)5510 705 Swimming pools The swimming pools are open between late May and early September, depending on the weather. 10 Hittisau family swimming pool

Opening times: 10 – 11, 17 – 18, 24 – 25, 29 May – 1 June; 7 June – 5 October: daily; 11 – 12, 18 – 19, 25 – 26 October Operating times: 8.45 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Good-morning trip: 8 a.m. every Wednesday, 7 June to 5 October Evening trip: 8 p.m. every Sunday, 27 July to 31 August Hiking tip: Stein sound room – the artistically designed path to the echo wall.

9 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.

12 Schwarzenberg swimming pool

8 Sonntag cable cars

9.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.

11 Egg swimming pool

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

13 Bezau swimming pool

9 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.

14 Mellau swimming pool

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

15 Au swimming pool

9.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.

16 Schoppernau forest pool

9.30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

information Bregenzerwald Tourismus T +43 (0)5512 2365

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Hiking and rambling are the best ways to discover the beauties and mysteries of the Bregenzerwald. Miles of clearly and uniformly sign-posted paths take you to alpine 足pastures where cheese is made, across 足historical wooden bridges, to magnificent vantage points, to herb gardens.

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Hikers above the mountain pasture settlement of Schönenbach

Uniformly signposted paths and ­hiking maps make it easier to find your way around the mountains. Practical: the ramble and hiking packages offered by Bregenzerwald Tourismus.

Hiking deals You can book selected hiking deals directly from Bregenzerwald Tourismus. For more information, see the Bregenzer­wald Travel Magazine and

Bregenzerwald hiking map All hiking routes and important information to do with cable cars, huts and alpine inns are enclosed in the hiking map. The hiking map is available from Bregenzerwald Tourismus, in tourist offices and in hotels.

Signposting of the hiking paths All hiking paths are clearly and ­uniformly signposted according to the Vorarlberg hiking path concept. The hiking paths are divided into three degrees of difficulty:

Hiking paths on the Internet Numerous hiking tips and routes can be found at:

Walking or rambling paths: Easy

Mountain hiking paths: Non-slip footwear suitable for wearing in the mountains is recommended

recommended reading “Wanderbuch Bregenzerwald” by R. Berchtel, ­published by ­Tyrolia Verlag (in German only)

Steep alpine trail: Suitable only for those with mountain experience, who are sure-footed and have no fear of heights

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Respect your boundaries Forests, fields, rivers and lakes offer precious space for leisure and relaxation activities. Forests in particular have an important protective function. The Vorarlberg state government’s “Wohngemeinschaft Natur” initiative to encourage living in harmony with nature offers locals and visitors information about how to deal respectfully with nature. It is in with this in mind that we also appeal to you to respect preservation and conservation areas. The most important recommendations are that you stay on signposted paths and keep the countryside clean.

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Action in the event of an emergency 1. Move the injured person from the source of danger (rockfall, ­further fall) 2. Check the vital functions 3. Use your mobile to call the emergency services: • 144 alpine emergencies, ­Vorarlberg • 112 European emergency number, from all networks: switch off your mobile phone, switch back on. Instead of your PIN, dial »112« 4. Administer First Aid

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For your safety • The correct equipment is a central safety factor: mountain or hiking boots, good outdoor clothing worn in l­ ayers, a functional top to change in to, sunglasses and sun cream. • Don’t embark upon a tour on your own. Always inform others about your tour. • Only set off into the mountains if you are in good physical condition. • Take (hot) drinks and a snack with you. • Set off in good time so that you are back when it is still light. It gets dark relatively early in the autumn, for example. • Check the weather forecast before you set off. Stay in the valley if it is misty. Should the weather deteriorate, return to the valley. • Take orientation aids with you: a hiking map, perhaps an altimeter. • Stick to signposted paths. • Applies particularly to tours in the high mountains: take with you a bivouac sack, a head light, mobile phone and First Aid kit.

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Alpine hike on the Hohe Künzelspitze


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The Niedere with a view of the Vorderwald

Andelsbuch – float like a butterfly Andelsbuch’s very own mountain – the “Niedere” – is known not only for its magnificent view from Lake Constance as far as the Swiss mountains: paragliders also appreciate its fantastic thermal currents. When the weather is good, you can see them floating like bright butterflies around the mountain and across the valley.

starting point Andelsbuch mountain station cable car destination Andelsbuch mountain station cable car itinerary mountain station cable car (1,530 m) – panoramic circular route (Baumgartnerhöhe – Niedere Höhe, 1,711 m – Niedere mountain inn) – mountain station cable car chances to stop off for a drink/food Niedere mountain inn, Baumgarten panorama restaurant

Difference in altitude: 180 m Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: 1 ½ hours Opening times of the cable cars T +43 (0)5512 2540

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starting point Mellau mountain station cable car destination Mellau mountain station cable car itinerary mountain station cable car (Roß­ stelle, 1,395 m) – Kanisalpe – ­Kanisfluh (2,044 m) – Wurzachalpe – Kanisalpe – Roßstelle cable car chances to stop off for a drink/food Wurzachalpe, Kanisalpe (during the alp season from mid/late June through to mid-September), inns at the mountain station

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Mellau – in the land of the ibex The Kanisfluh is one of the most striking mountains in the Bregenzer­ wald. The rocky north side is visible from the valley, the southern slopes are green and sunlit. It offers the ideal habitat for ibex as well as for 930 different species of butterfly. The first part of the hike is easygoing, and follows an agricultural path. After you have passed the Kanis alp, the ascent begins on a narrow path which takes you to the top of the Kanisfluh. To descend, take the Wurzachalpe option back down to the mountain station.

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Opening times of the cable cars T +43 (0)5518 2222-0

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Difference in altitude: 650 m Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: 3 ½ hours


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Sulzberg with its Empire-style church

Sulzberg – protected by St Lawrence The gentle panoramic hike at an ­altitude of over 1,000 m takes you along the nature trail into the gently undulating hills of the Upper Bregenzer­wald. The return journey is taken in good, pleasantly cool forest air. The church on the village square, renovated in 1828/29 by Alois Negrelli, the planner of the Suez Canal, is worth a visit. The church, ­constructed in Empire style, is dedicated to St ­Lawrence, the patron saint of pub landlords, cooks and brewers.

starting point Sulzberg centre of town destination Sulzberg centre of town itinerary Sulzberg centre of town (1,013 m) – ­Hochsträß (1,025 m) nature trail – Sulzberg forest path chances to stop off for a drink/food Hochsträßstüble ramblers’ café, inns in Sulzberg

Difference in altitude: 15 m Trail category: yellow-white Total hiking time: 1 ½ hours

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starting point Hittisau-Reute destination Hittisau-Reute itinerary Hochhäderich (via Streichbrunnen­ alpe and Lochalpe) – ­Leckenholz­alpen – Reute chances to stop off for a drink/food Hochhäderich mountain inn, Gasthof Alpenrose (Reute)

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Hittisau – along the Nagelfluh rock face on Hochhäderich Hochhäderich offers a magnificent view to the north as far as the Allgäu and, to the south, to the ­Bregenzerwald. You pass large rock faces made up of Nagelfluh rock which are very distinct here. In 2008, 15 towns and villages in the border area of Allgäu and Vorderwald established the “Nagelfluhkette National Park” which covers an area of around 400 km².

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Nagelfluhkette National Park

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Difference in altitude: 735 m Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: approx. 3 ¼ hours


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Älpele, toward Lustenauer Hütte

Schwarzenberg – “Legend” walk Legend says the blessed siblings Merbod, Diedo and Ilga were born into the line of the 11th century Counts of Bregenz. The siblings devoted their lives to prayer. Weeping, Ilga said her final farewell to her brothers on Lorena. As her tears fell to earth, a spring appeared. Another appeared on Berghalde, after Ilga spilled some water near her hermitage. The spring’s water is still thought to have healing properties – those ­afflicted with eye diseases in ­particular make pilgrimages to the spring to sprinkle their eyes with the water.

starting point Berghof Fetz, Bödele destination Berghof Fetz, Bödele itinerary via Bödele Passhöhe – Oberer Geiß­ kopf – Bergvorsäß – Breitentobel Alp – Lorena Pass – short detour towards Maien to Klopfbrunnen (spring) – return to the fork at Lorena Pass – Unterer Geißkopf – Oberer Geißkopf – Bödele Passhöhe chances to stop off for a drink/food Berghof Fetz, Frohe Aussicht

Difference in altitude: 390 m Trail category: yellow-white Total hiking time: 2 hours

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starting point car park Schönenbach destination car park Schönenbach itinerary car park Schönenbach – ­Schönenbachvorsäß (1,020 m) – Unterspitzalpe – ­Almisguntenalpe – Stoggerten­nalpe (1,500 m) – Ostergunten­alpe – direction Kretzbodenalpe to Hänslervorsäß – car park chances to stop off for a drink/food Egender inn and alps (during the alp season from mid/late June through to mid-September)

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Bezau – from the loveliest mountain pasture to the alp Schönebach is only inhabited from June to September, and is one of the loveliest mountain pasture settlements in Vorarlberg. The village is located on a plateau between the Hirschberg and the Diedams­ kopf, home to a meandering brook. The ramble takes you to the Almisgunten­alpe, which lies isolated in a col beneath the Diedamskopf. Just before the newly built Stogger­ tenn alpine hut, you arrive at the highest point on the ramble. The path along the Osterguntenbach takes you down to the car park.

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Mountain pasture settlement, Schönenbach

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Difference in altitude: 530 m Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: 3 ½ hours


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Lecknersee in Lecknertal

Hittisau – the village with most alps The Lecknertal is located in Hittisau, the village with the most alps in ­Austria. A toll road takes you to the hiking car park. The route takes you along the sunny slope of the Hochhäderich-Hochgrat mountain range up to the Rohnehöhe (at 1,639 m). It is worth taking a short detour to the nearby Lecknersee. Along this mountain hiking path – whose 660 m difference in altitude makes it hard-going – are six alps, four of which are where milk is processed there and then.

starting point car park Lecknertal destination car park Lecknertal itinerary car park Lecknertal (980 m) – Juliansplattealpe – Schwarzenberger ­Plattealpe – Plattentischalpe – ­Rohnehöhe (1,639 m) – Rohnealpe – Glockenplattealpe – car park chances to stop off for a drink/food alps (during the alp season from mid/late June through to mid-­ September), Höfle inn ­

Difference in altitude: 660 m Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: 4 ½ hours

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Opening times of the cable cars T +43 (0)5510 600


Difference in altitude: 700 m Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: 4 ½ hours

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starting point Damüls-mountain station Uga-Express destination Damüls centre or valley station Uga Express itinerary mountain station Uga-Express (1,800 m) – Ugaalpe – Hochblanken (2,068 m) – Ragazer Blanken (2,051 m) – Sünser Joch – Oberdamülser Alpe – Damüls (1,430 m) chances to stop off for a drink/food mountain inn ­Elsenalpstube, ­mountain inn Ugaalpe, Oberdamülser­alpe (­during the alp season from early July to late ­September), inns in Damüls

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Damüls – around the Wals settlement At an altitude of over 1,800 m, the Damüls circular tour starts with two peak crossings. After walking for about 1 ¼ hours, you reach the Hochblanken and then follow the mountain ridge at an altitude of almost 2,000 m for about 45 minutes until you reach the peak of the Ragazer Blanken. From here, the descent commences: via the Sünser pass as far as the Oberdamüls alp and on to Damüls. The mountain church in Damüls, with its exceptional fresco wall-painting depicting the Biblia pauperum dating back to 1484, is well worth a visit.

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The mountain church in Damüls


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Alp Obere Falz

Egg – Falzalpen circuit walk The route leads from the ski and hiking district of Schetteregg into the mountain pasture districts of Eggatsberg and Hammeratsberg, where one can see many traditional Bregenzerwald-style mountain pasture cabins. A little later, one arrives at the Alp Untere Falz, which offers a fine view of the mountains to the south, Bullerschkopf and Winterstaude. The trail leads up to the Alp Obere Falz, continues over the Alp Brongen and back to the starting point at Schetteregg. There is active farming in the alps from June through mid-September.

starting point car park Schetteregg destination car park Schetteregg itinerary Schetteregg (1,066 m) – Eggatsberg – Hammeratsberg – Alp Untere Falz – Alp Obere Falz (1,217 m) – Brongen Alp – Schetteregg chances to stop off for a drink/food Alp Untere Falz, Alp Obere Falz, Brongen Alp, Gasthof Jokler, Gasthof Schetteregger Hof

Difference in altitude: 236 m Trail category: yellow-white Total hiking time: approx. 2 hours

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starting point Au-tourist office destination Au-tourist office itinerary Au-Argenau (tourist office 810 m) – Bodenvorsäß – Annalperaualpe – Zitterklapfen (2,403 m) – return to Au via the same way chances to stop off for a drink/food Inns in Au, Bergkristall hut (at ­Bodenvorsäß)

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Au – climbing up to the Zitterklapfen The Zitterklapfen is one of the most beautiful mountain peaks in the ­Bregenzerwald, with an impressive panorama. At the end of the idyllic Dürrenbachtal, the rocky massif arises. The first section takes you along a windy agricultural path in the forest up as far as the ­Annalperaualpe. It is here that the mountain hiking path commences. The final section in the rock to the peak demands that climbers be surefooted and not afraid of heights. The length and the difference in altitude make this into a very arduous ­mountain tour!

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Ascent to Zitterklapfen

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Difference in altitude: 1,600 m Trail category: white-blue-white Total hiking time: 9 ½ hours


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Schröcken – up to the highest point The Braunarlspitze is the highest mountain in the Bregenzerwald. An agricultural path leads from Schröcken to the Fellealpe. This is the start of the mountain hiking path to the Fürggele, a pass to the Große Walsertal. From here, the alpine trail (which demands that hikers be sure-footed and not afraid of heights) takes you through the rocky part up to the peak, continues to the idyllic Butzensee and, via the Jägersteig, back to the Fellealpe. From here, you take the same path back to Schröcken.

starting point Schröcken-centre of town destination Schröcken-centre of town itinerary Schröcken-centre of town (1,250 m) – Fellealpe – Fürggele – ­Braunarlspitze (2,649 m) – ­Butzensee – Jägersteig – Schröcken chances to stop off for a drink/food inns in Schröcken

Difference in altitude: 1,400 m Trail category: white-blue-white Total hiking time: approx. 8 ½ hours

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A detailed brochure is available at the tourist office.

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Difference in altitude: 260 m Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: 2 ½ hours


Literary hike The volume of poems by Birgit Rietzler invites you to a literary hike through Auer Ried: “Berberitzen” puts in words the externally visible and the internally perceptible. Available in the tourist information offices in Au and Schoppernau.

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starting point Au parish church destination Au parish church itinerary Au-Jaghausen (parish church, 791 m) – Auer Ried (1,050 m) nature trail (via Argenbachtal) – Jaghausen parish church chances to stop off for a drink/food inns in Au

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Au – delicate plants and wooden huts The path leads you from the Argen gorge into the Auer Ried nature reserve. The power of water, geology, nature conservation, ancient cultivated landscapes and the mighty Kanisfluh provide the subjects and the stations of the hike for those interested in nature. Over 50 rare species of plant thrive in the Auer Ried. Watercourses, gallery forests and damp biotopes run through the humid rough pastures and upland hay meadows with their numerous characteristic old hay huts.

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Auer Ried with the Kanisfluh in the background


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Komma bridge in Hittisau

Hittisau – across bridges, through the gorge At the end of the Ice Age, a lake emerged at the foot of the Hochhäderich. The Bolgenach carved its path out of the cliffs which formed the “dam wall” of the lake. And so the Komma gorge arose. For almost 300 years, the Komma bridge has been crossing the river and the gorge at a height of 15 m: this bridge is the oldest covered bridge in the ­province. Along the Bolgenach, the water ramble takes you across a suspension bridge, past the wild yet romantic Engenloch gorge.

starting point Hittisau-centre of town destination Hittisau-centre of town itinerary Hittisau-centre of town (790 m) – Känzele View (Häleisen, 820 m) – Kommabrücke (760 m) – Engenlochschlucht – Hittisau chances to stop off for a drink/food inns in Hittisau

Difference in altitude: 60 m Trail category: yellow-white Total hiking time: 1 ½ hours Detailed directions are available from the tourist office.

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starting point Lingenau swimming pool car park destination Lingenau swimming pool car park itinerary Lingenau swimming pool car park (680 m) – calc-tufa nature trail (610 m) – Rain – St. Anna chapel – car park swimming pool chances to stop off for a drink/food inns in Lingenau

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Lingenau – when water turns to stones The calc-tufa in Lingenau is one of the most unique calc-tufa ­formations north of the Alps, making it one of the outstanding geological phenomena in Vorarlberg. The water flows in small flumes over rocks as far as the ­riverbed of the Subersach, forming canopies and sinter curtains. Five information boards describe the ­geology and ­vegetation of this spectacle of nature. The nature trail takes you mainly across a passable gravel path with wooden bridges and steps.

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Calc-tufa area in Lingenau

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Detailed directions are available from the tourist office. The wooden bridges can be slippery when wet.

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Difference in altitude: 70 m Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: 1 ½ hours


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Tannberg bench at Schöneberg

Warth-Schröcken – on the trail of the Walsers The villages of Lech, Schröcken and Warth are typical Walser ­settlements. In the 14th century, the Tannberg area was populated by the Walsers, who came from the West Swiss canton of Valais. In cultivating the alpine terrain, these pioneers developed a first-rate, fascinating cultivated landscape. Robust benches point out the stations along the trail. A book is available which describes the objects that tell the history of the Walser settlers on the Tannberg.

starting point Schröcken parish church destination Warth itinerary Schröcken – Alpe Felle – Auenfeld – Körbersee – Hochtannbergpass – the old salt road to Warth chances to stop off for a drink/food Hotel Körbersee, inns in Schröcken and Warth

Difference in altitude: 450 m Trail category: yellow-white Total hiking time: 4 hours Opening times of the cable cars T +43 (0)5583 3601-0 Detailed documentation in the form of a book is available from the tourist offices in Lech, Schröcken and Warth.

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A detailed brochure is available from the tourist offices in Au and Schoppernau.


Difference in altitude: approx. 750 m long tour, approx. 350 m short tour Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: Long tour approx. 6 hours, Short tour approx. 2 hours.

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starting point Au/Rehmen church destination Au/Rehmen church itinerary Long tour: Au/Rehmen church – Berbigen mountain pasture – Upper Sattel­alpe – Liegstein – Alpe Sattelegg – Wika – Holand – Au/Rehmen church Short tour: Au/Rehmen church – Berbigen ­mountain pasture – Wika – Au/­Rehmen church chances to stop off for a drink/food inns in Au, Alpe Sattelegg (from midJune to early September)

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Au-Schoppernau – “Alpgang” Insights into farming in the ­Bregenzerwald are afforded by the 14 stations on the “Alpgang” thematic trail. For economical reasons and in order to maintain the mountain’s sensitive nature, farmers in the Bregenzerwald have been farming their fields in several stages for hundreds of years: in the early summer, Alpine dairymen and their cows leave the valley and head for the mountain. They spend the summer on the high mountain pasture, and return to the mountain pasture in the autumn, and finally back to the valley. Texts on life in the alps and the cultivated landscape are to be found in stones.

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Hay landscape in Au


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Barefoot spiral in Langenegg

Langenegg – energy hike For years, the village of Langenegg has been involved in sustainability, and the protection of energy and the ­climate. In 2010, Langenegg was ­awarded the European Village ­Renewal prize. The various “energy portal paths” make energy comprehensible, and hands-on. The hike starts at the village hall. Through the red portals, it takes visitors to the sundial, and through the Wind and Water Portal with its energy works. At the Hotel Krone, the trail crosses the country road and continues to the Mythical Portal: modelled on a small coliseum, the spot in the forest offers sufficient space for delivering myths

and oral traditions. Continue along the forest trail to the Tranquillity Portal with its barefoot ­spiral made from natural materials. A wooden swing and comfortable wooden loungers invite you to rest and relax a while. The cool hiking path through the forest, which follows the white-red-white signposts through the lovely marshland and flora, offers the chance to hike further downwards towards the mouth of the Weissach. From the old station, the trail takes you back along the road into the centre. chances to stop off for a drink/food inns in Langenegg

Difference in altitude: 230 m Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: 3 hours information Tourist office Langenegg T +43 (0)5513 4101-14

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starting point Lingenau village square destination Lingenau village square itinerary Long tour: 19 stations with forest room, Nagelfluh arena and Bruggmoos as the highlights Short tour: 12 stations chances to stop off for a drink/food inns in Lingenau

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Lingenau – Rotenberg wood thematic trail Rotenberg wood is the property of 170 owners – one of the smallest structured forests in Austria. The thematic trail comprises 20 stations, a forest room, an upland moor, and a natural arena of Nagelfluh. Forest path, root path, woodland path, mud pits and stone steps follow one another.

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Rotenberg wood thematic trail

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A detailed brochure is available from the tourist office in Lingenau.

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Difference in altitude: approx. 270 m long tour, approx. 230 m short tour Trail category: white-red-white Total hiking time: Long tour approx. 3 ½ hours, Short tour approx. 2 hours.


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Out and about with dogs

Man and his best friend can benefit from taking a hike together. Both see, experience and learn new things. Especially when guided by an expert. Trainers Christoph Rüscher and Erwin Kohler have long since “gone to the dogs”, literally! They are also hiking guides, mountain rescuers, agility and companion dog examiners. Together, they offer specific dog training in the heart of the Bregenzerwald mountains, since hiking in the mountains with your own dog can intensify the relationship between man and his dog. Events Guided hikes, crossing of the Alps, alpine trekking, Adventure hikes, spending the night in a tent, ­communication courses, a special type of dog school, kennels information Lexlupo T +43 (0)5515 2311

Out and about with your dog communities Dogs must be kept on a leash in the entire area: Andelsbuch, Au, Bezau, Damüls, Krumbach, Langenegg, Riefensberg, Schoppernau, Sibratsgfäll Dogs must be kept on a leash in certain areas: Hittisau Dogs do not need to be kept on a leash: Alberschwende, Bizau, Doren, Egg, Lingenau, Mellau, Reuthe, Schwarzenberg, Sulzberg, Schröcken, Warth public buses Dogs must be muzzled and on a leash. A fare is payable for the dog. cable cars (→ page 9) Dogs are welcome: Bergbahnen Andelsbuch, Damüls, Seilbahnen Faschina, Steffisalp-Express Warth Dogs – only wearing a muzzle and on a leash: Seilbahn Bezau, Bergbahnen Mellau, Diedamskopf, Seilbahnen Sonntag (€ 3) Dogs are not welcome: Brüggelekopf Alberschwende

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There are only a few regions where you can try out and perfect so many different types of sports. Outdoor specialists accompany you to ensure your safety when you go mountain biking, rafting, paragliding, caving, canyoning and climbing.

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Detailed descriptions of the tours are enclosed in the mountain bike map of Bregenzerwald (available from Bregenzerwald Tourismus, in the tourist information offices and in some sports shops).

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7: tannberg tour Distance: 15.5 km Difference in altitude: 650 m Highest point: 1,792 m Starting point: Schröcken


8: brüggele-kaltenbrunnen Distance: 11.3 km Difference in altitude: 405 m Highest point: 1,090 m Starting point: Alberschwende

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3: balderschwang tour Distance: 24.5 km Difference in altitude: 700 m Highest point: 1,434 m Starting point: Sibratsgfäll

6: mellental tour Distance: 17.8 km Difference in altitude: 700 m Highest point: 1,325 m Starting point: Mellau


2: schetteregg tour Distance: 20.2 km Difference in altitude: 580 m Highest point: 1,080 m Starting point: Egg

5: weissfluh tour Distance: 21.4 km Difference in altitude: 795 m Highest point: 1,367 m Starting point: Bezau

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Mountain bike tours for beginners 1: hochhäderich tour Distance: 21.2 km Difference in altitude: 790 m Highest point: 1,520 m Starting point: Hittisau

4: berchtoldshöhe Distance: 20.5 km Difference in altitude: 700 m Highest point: 1,154 m Starting point: Andelsbuch

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The Bregenzerwald is still something of an inside tip for mountain bikers: The wide range of easy and highly demanding tours is exceptional. Many of the trails follow the tracks of the locals’ way of life: to mountain pastures and high mountain pastures, the home of the delicious Bregenzerwald alpine cheese. The following describes 15 recommended tours for beginners, the advanced and professionals.

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Mountain bike tour in the Kanisfluh area


mountain biking  ountain bike tours for M the advanced 9: around the mittagsfluh Distance: 28.3 km Difference in altitude: 900 m Highest point: 1,440 m Starting point: Bizau 10: schetteregg-schreiberesattel Distance: 38.3 km Difference in altitude: 1,330 m Highest point: 1,526 m Starting point: Andelsbuch

Mountain bike tour for professionals 15: diedamskopfneuhornbach haus Distance: 25 km Difference in altitude: 1,370 m Highest point: 2,020 m Starting point: Schoppernau

Safety advice Mountain bike routes take you through terrain which requires a great deal of responsibility from the biker. Our recommendations for correct conduct in the mountains: 11: schönenbach-schreiberesattel • Responsible cycling at controlled speeds and at reduced visibility, Distance: 31.5 km especially in bends, since obstacles Difference in altitude: 1,200 m must be reckoned with at all times! Highest point: 1,526 m • Hikers and pedestrians have right Starting point: Bezau of way. Considerate overtaking is done at a walking pace. 12: around the winterstaude • Agriculture and forestry have right Distance: 42.8 km of way on the usable paths. Please Difference in altitude: 1,050 m always close gates behind you and Highest point: 1,080 m respect any temporarily closed Starting point: Egg paths. • Do not leave the planned, sign13: around the kanisfluh posted paths. This helps preserve Distance: 33.1 km natural and wild habitats (→ page 13). Difference in altitude: 1,200 m • Good planning of a tour takes into Highest point: 1,610 m consideration the degree of difStarting point: Mellau ficulty of the route and the cyclist’s ability. This also includes helmet, 14: damüls tour protective equipment and a techniDistance: 33.8 km cally perfect mountain bike. Difference in altitude: 1,300 m Highest point: 1,800 m Mountain bike carriage on the Starting point: Au cable cars (→ page 9).

Package deals on offer Make your selection from our package deals for mountain ­bikers. See for package deals, which you can also book directly from the website.

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Au-Schoppernau bike course Au-Schoppernau Tourismus T +43 (0)5515 2288 offers Pump track, practice area, North Shore elements, curve section, etc. The perfect place for improving your mountain bike technique!


Andelsbuch bike course Andelsbuch Tourismus T +43 (0)5512 2565 offers On the mountain bike course at Gasthof Ritter, mountain ­bikers learn how to improve their technique. The course is suitable for both beginners and advanced cyclists.

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Outdoor Input for Life Lutz Schmelzinger T +43 (0)676 7837878 services Half or full-day tours from the gentle “sightseeing” category through to the demanding freeride tour, mountain bike adventure days with individual cycling technique training and realisation, GPS data material and rental of GPS equipment with tracks from the Bregenzer­wald.

Damüls Faschina Tourismus Karl Heinz Bischof T +43 (0)664 5189929 Andreas Erath T +43 (0)664 4182858 services Guided half- and full-day tours, ­racing bike tours


“bike guide bregenzerwald” Georg Felder, Karlheinz Kaufmann, Veronika Kaufmann, Werner Geiger services Guided mountain bike and ­racing bike tours, cycling technique ­training

Alpinschule Widderstein Christian Fritz T +43 (0)660 2149207 services Transalp, downhill, road bike tours, guided mountain bike tours from easy to difficult, technique training

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Cycling technique training and guided Mountain bike and road bike tours Bike School & Guiding – ­Bregenzerwald T +43 (0)660 14 29 645 services 17 guided mountain bike tours per week for various levels (easy tours, vital tours, all-mountain tours, trail riding, enduro/freeride), 3x cycling technique training ­sessions per week (Mon, Wed, Fri) at various levels in the Bike Park, Bike Camps, Simplon Testcenter




Out and about on the Bregenzerwald cycle path

Most of the villages in the ­Bregenzerwald are located on ­expansive valley floors, making them ideal terrain for journeys of discovery by bicycle. Rented bikes are available at various locations. Tried and tested in several towns – and now also possible in the Bregenzer­wald: in Egg, Andelsbuch, Bezau, ­Mellau, Schnepfau, Au and Schoppernau, there are rental points where you can easily rent a bike with basket for up to 24 hours. You simply return the bike to any rental point you like. rental points Egg (Impulszentrum), Andelsbuch (Cable car, Bersbuch Wälderbähnle station), Bezau (Station, secondary school and Bezau cable car), ­Mellau (village hall), ­Schnepfau (school), Au (village hall, Rehmen church), Schoppernau (village hall, valley station, Diedamskopf)­­­ Price: € 1 per hour € 5 for 24 hours information

tipp: e-bike rentals Sport Fuchs, Au T +43 (0)5515 2315 mani sport, Damüls T +43 (0)699 12 10 96 30 Village hall Krumbach T +43 (0)5513 8157 Intersport Spettel, Hittisau and Alberschwende T +43 (0)5513 6341 Sport Gotthard, Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 2260 Sport Broger, Mellau T +43 (0)5518 2240 Elektro Vögel, Sulzberg T +43 (0)664 41 22 295

Rohrmoostal cycle path The scenic cycle tour leaves the church in Sibratsgfäll in the direction of Rindberg. The road is car-free from the national ­border. The tour takes you past the impressive Gottes­ ackerwände as far as the nature reserve. The less fit amongst the cyclists can push their bicycles up the 800-metre slope. The next stage of the tour is flat, and takes you to the Aibele alp which is licensed (midJune to mid-September). 2 km later, you pass the watershed between the North Sea and the Black Sea, and one kilometre on you arrive at the Rohrmoos plot. Here, you can visit Germany’s oldest wooden church. The way back takes you along the same route, but with different views. Cycling time is approx. 2 hours. Total distance (one way): 13 km

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Krumbach cycle path From the direction of Langenegg, the cycle path commences from the ­Wolfbühl plot, and takes you across Salgenreuthe, Au and Halden into the centre of the village. From here, you can continue to Hittisau or ­Riefensberg. Total distance (one way): 5 km

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Achtal footpath and cycle path The track of the Bregenzerwald railway between Egg and Doren is being revived. A new footpath and cycle path is opening up the lovely natural landscape of the Bregenzerache. Since Autumn 2012, the buildings of the former “Wälderbahn” are being meticulously redeveloped, the road is being repaired, and protective features added. Opening is planned for the summer of 2014. Total distance (one way): approx. 10 km

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Egg – Schoppernau cycle path From Egg, the Bregenzerwald cycle path takes you across the former railway line of the Bregenzerwald railway, as far as Andelsbuch reservoir, and continues through Bersbuch. From here, a cycle path runs parallel to the L 200 as far as the start of the village of ReutheBaien. Quiet side streets take you to Bezau. There, ­follow the cycle path along the L 200 as far as Mellau. Then you need to cross the L 200. In Mellau, the cycle path takes you through the village, to the Mellau cable cars, as far as Hirschau, where an underpass goes underneath the L 200. In Schnepfau, go over the bridge, arriving once again at the left bank of the Bregenzerache, where the most scenic cycle path section along the Bregenzerache as far as Au ­commences. The cycle path follows the Bregenzerache from the start of Au as far as Schoppernau. Taking it easy, you need about 4 hours for the return journey. Total distance (one way): approx. 30 km





Widaschrofa via ferrata, Mellau-Schnepfau

Beginner or expert, young or not so young: the Bregenzerwald’s climbing and rope courses offer the perfect training grounds. Au-Schnepfau climbing garden Degree of difficulty: 3 – 8 Lovely sun plateau, charming schratten­kalk ledge with several routes Schwarzenberg climbing garden Length/height: approx. 30 m Degree of difficulty: 3 – 7 Climbing is free of charge, at your own risk (route topos, ­equipment rental at Sport Fink, Parking spaces: sports field T +43 (0)5512 2918 Widaschrofa via ferratas, MellauSchnepfau “Wälder” via ferrata Length/height: start at 760 m / TOP at 850 m Degree of difficulty: D Walking time: approx. 1.5 hours Difference in altitude: 100 m Starting point/end: Schnepfau car park (eastern edge of the village), walking time to the start, approx. 10 minutes

“Abendrot” via ferrata, Mellau-Schnepfau Length/height: start at 760 m / TOP at 850 m Degree of difficulty: E Walking time: approx. 1.5 hours Difference in altitude: 100 m Starting point/end: Schnepfau car park (eastern edge of the village), walking time to the start, approx. 10 minutes Schrofenwies climbing garden in Warth Length/height: 20 m Degree of difficulty: 4 – 9+ 31 secured routes, Via ferrata to practice, children under supervision of a skilled adult, barbeque station Starting point: the car park ­Schrofen­wies Lechleiten, topo available at the Warth-Schröcken tourist office

recommended reading “Kletterführer Vorarlberg” (Vorarlberg Climbing Guide) by A. Pasold “Vorarlberger Sportkletterführer” (Vorarlberg Athletic Climbing Guide) published by PANICO Alpinverlag


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K1 climbing hall, Dornbirn 2,000 m2 indoor climbing area, 400 m2 boulder area, 600 m2 outdoor climbing area, climbing courses, taster courses, ­competitions, therapy programmes information

4th Sparkasse Wälderlauf run “Vo Mello bis ge Schoppernou” The stretch, approximately 13 km in length, takes you along the Bregenzerzache via the cycling and forest path as far as Schoppernau. At the starting line you will find professionals as well as amateur runners and Nordic walkers in the various starting blocks “Mit tau”, “Guat tau” and “Weh tau”. Date: 21 June 2014 Supporting programme: “Weh tau! Festival” with an evening trip to the midsummer celebrations on the Diedamskopf (19 June), new folk music in the “Weh tau! Arena” in Schoppernau (20 June) and a morning pint on the Diedamskopf (22 June).

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Karhorn Warth via ferrata, East and west ridge Length/height: 1,200 m Degree of difficulty: medium to ­difficult (B to D) Walking time: 2 – 4 hours Difference in altitude: 250 m Starting point/end: ascent with the Steffisalp cable car (walking time to the start, approx. 45 min) – ­Karhorn peak

Seven summits tour 7 border mountains, approx. 50 kilometres and 5000 metres elevation gain on a single day. Event proceeds benefit the international relief ­organisation ROKPA. Date: 6 September 2014


Mindelheim via ferrata in Warth Degree of difficulty: medium Walking time: approx. 2 ½ hours to the start – from Warth-Lechleiten Difference in altitude: approx. 200 m

Diedams-Challenge Hill Climb mountain biking and mountain running challenge, 1,170 metres elevation gain, 10 km Date: 3 August 2014

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Klettergarten Bürstegg (climbing ­garden) between Lech and Warth Length/height: 20 m Degree of difficulty: 3a – 7+ 29 secured routes Starting point: 300 m adjacent to “Bürstegg” service road on Hauptstraße in the direction of Warth, left by the automobile bridge, approx. 15 min. through the woods (elev. gain: 200 m), topo available at the WarthSchröcken and Lech-Zürs tourist offices


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Alpinschule Widderstein, Warth T +43 (0)660 2149207


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Damüls forest rope course

Damüls forest rope course and Flying Fox slide Rope courses of various degrees of difficulty are located at heights between 2 and 13 m. You are secured before you cross the individual courses. You don’t have to be particularly fit. The Flying Fox is the highlight: with its length of 200 m, it connects the valleys of the Bregenzerwald with the Große Walsertal. information Bernd Burtscher/Alexander Schäfer T +43 (0)664 4147137

Flying-Fox Warth On the Flying Fox slide (500 m long, 70 m high, 4 slides) which crosses the border between Vorarlberg and Tyrol, you glide down into the valley – wearing of course the correct safety equipment (helmet, harness, sling, pulley). information Alpinschule Widderstein & ­Outdoorpoint-Warth Christian Fritz T +43 (0)660 2149207 scheduled by appointment

Schröcken adventure park A climbing experience above water, in the forest, on a rock face. 42 rope courses, 3 Flying Fox zip lines, Climbing at a height of 3 – 15 m, exciting team course for groups, families, etc. information Alpinschule Schröcken Josef Staggl T +43 (0)664 2525200 or +43 (0)664 7575500

Aqua rope course Rope course above the water, below the Schwarzenberg climbing garden: abseiling, climbing rock, via ferratas combined with rope course elements. Starting point: Gasthof Ritter, Andelsbuch information Aktivzentrum Bregenzerwald Manfred Fink/Lutz Schmelzinger T +43 (0)676 7837878

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Canyoning Alpine-Passion, Jürgen Riegger T +43 (0)664 9400515

Climbing and mountain tours Skiing and mountain guide Markus Moosbrugger T +43 (0)664 3429465

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Canyoning and adventure programmes – outdoor and more Jürgen Strolz T +43 (0)664 3801540

Canyoning, climbing and mountain tours Thomas Dietrich T +43 (0)664 46 83 999


Rafting, canoeing, canyoning Guided cave tours in the Schneckenlochhöhle outdoor input for life T +43 (0)676 7837878

Canyoning, climbing, group programmes Schröcken alpine school Josef Staggl T +43 (0)664 2525200

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Rafting, canoeing, canyoning Bungee jumping – 106 metres HIGH 5 outdoor GmbH T +43 (0)5513 4140

Climbing and mountain tours Widderstein alpine school Christian Fritz T +43 (0)660 2149207

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The Bregenzerwald outdoor ­specialists offer playful and adventurous activities pertaining to the topic of mountain and water.

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Water sports on the Bregenzerache




Riefensberg archery range

Archery is one of the oldest forms of hunting known to man. In the Bregenzerwald, the main focus is on the fun-and-games aspect of the sport. Riefensberg 3-D archery range Go back to the days of Robin Hood, be at one with the bow and arrow. Archery is one of the best “stressfree” disciplines there are, and a relaxing supporting programme for seminars, company outings or families. The day fee enables you to cover the course as often as you like. Beginner‘s course on request. Place: close to the border, old Gschliefstraße to Riefensberg Rental: upon request, rental equipment is available for occasional archers. Opening hours: May – October information & reservation Ingrid Fink-Nöckler T +43 (0)664 5323102 oder +43 (0)664 8776333

Doren 3-D archery range Archery in the wild landscape of the Dorener Gschlief. Its impressive landscape and its geological background make sure that you have a special experience on this range. Rental: Adler inn Opening hours: open daily between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from early April through to the onset of winter. Please reserve. information & reservation Otto Nöckl, T +43 (0)5516 2014 Günter Schmuck, T +43 (0)5516 2114 Aktivzentrum Bregenzerwald Introduction to the art of traditional archery: hunt using a bow and arrow on a 3-D course. Includes the rental of archery equipment. Date: to be arranged Place: Andelsbuch, Gasthof Ritter information & reservation Aktivzentrum Bregenzerwald T +43 (0)676 7837878


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information Flugschule Bregenzerwald Jodok Moosbrugger T +43 (0)5514 3177 T +43 (0)664 5127765 (tandem flight reservation)

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Ever since paragliding started, ­Bregenzerwald flying school has been training pilots in the perfect terrain for it. The high-altitude sites in Andelsbuch, Bezau and on Diedamskopf present a multitude of opportunities, launching sites in practically any direction, a fantastic view of Bregenzerwald, its mountains, and the region of Lake Constance.

services Training, further training, sale, consultancy, checks Tandem passenger flight with the Bregenzerwald Guest Card: € 90 Tandem passenger flight: € 100 Thermal currents passenger flight: € 125 Taster course: from € 90

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The Bregenzerwald flying area (­Niedere close to Bezau-Andelsbuch and Diedamskopf close to Au-­ Schoppernau) is well-known for its laminar upwind and its pleasant thermal conditions.

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Pleasant thermal conditions enable great flying experiences

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Information Fishing club Mittelbregenzerwald: Flyfishing Elmenreich: Fishing Association for the State of Vorarlberg:­­­

For your orientation – fishing grounds: Data subjet to change. Detailed maps and information about fishing groud boundaries are available from issuing offices.


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6: subersach 2 Season: 1 May to 30 September Fishing club: Mittelbregenzerwald Ticket sales: Flyfishing ­Elmenreich, Egg, T +43 (0)664 4146482 Special features: exclusively fly-fishing

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5: subersach 1 Season: 1 May to ­­­30 September ­­­Fishing club: ­Mittelbregenzerwald Ticket sales: Flyfishing ­Elmenreich, Egg, T +43 (0)664 4146482, village hall Egg, Lingenau, Hittisau and the inn Nussbaumer Sibratsgfäll Special features: exclusively flyfishing; in the Sibratsgfäll section blinkers with one hook without barb allowed.

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2: fishing rotach Season: 1 June to 31 August Fishing club: Doren T +43 (0)5516 2018 Ticket sales: village hall Doren Special features: Fly-rod/spin-rod fishing, only fly fishing, no live bait Issue: locals with their place of ­residence in Vorarlberg: ­presentation of a fishing ID or ­confirmation of a fishing permit Guests: a fishing ticket can be ­purchased upon presentation of a guest card.

4: bolgenach 2 (with reservoir) Season: 1 April to 30 September Fishing club: Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 620914 Ticket sales: village hall Hittisau Special features: Only for guests staying at least two nights in ­Hittisau, Sibratsgfäll, Riefensberg or Balderschwang, upon presentation of the guest card


1: bregenzerache from ­kennelbach to lingenau Season: 1 May to 15 September Fishing club: Bregenz Ticket sales: Tourist offices in ­Alberschwende, Doren, Egg village hall, Krumbach, Langenegg, Lingenau, Riefensberg Special features: ban on live bait, triple hooks

3: weissach 2 Season: 1 May to 15 September Fishing club: Bregenz Ticket sales: Tourist offices Alberschwende, Doren, Krumbach, Langenegg, Lingenau, Riefensberg Special features: Ban on live bait, triple hooks

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The Bregenzerwald’s rivers, streams and lakes are ideal fishing grounds. Fly-fishermen also discover lovely fishing grounds. The waters in the Bregenzerwald are classified as the trout region. The main fish here is the brown trout, although the odd rainbow trout and grayling can also be found. Day tickets are available for all the listed fishing grounds: ­prices range between approx. € 15 and € 35. Precise information about fishing limits, minimum fish lengths, fishing ground boundaries, etc. is available from the appropriate issuing offices.




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Fly-fishing in Schönenbach

7: rubach in sibratsgfäll Season: 1 June to 15 September Ticket sales: village hall Sibratsgfäll T +43 (0)5513 2112 8: bregenzerache in egg Season: 1 May to 31 August Managed by: fishing club Egg Ticket sales: village hall Egg, T +43 (0)5512 2216-12 Special features: Fishing allowed with a fishing rod. Only fly-fishing is allowed from the confluence of the Pfisterbach upriver to the upper ­territorial boundary. Only locals with their place of residence in Egg and guests in Egg ­bearing a guest card may only ­purchase a fishing card upon ­presentation of a fishing permit; minimum age: 18 Issue: max. 4 day tickets per year, per person, and no more than 3 tickets per day

9: bregenzerache from andelsbuch to bezau Season: 1 May to 30 September Fishing club: ­Mittelbregenzerwald Ticket sales: Flyfishing ­Elmenreich, Egg, T +43 (0)664 4146482 Special features: exclusively fly-fishing 10: bezegg stausee andelsbuch Season: 1 June to 31 October Managed by: T +43 (0)5512 2565 Ticket sales: tourist office Andelsbuch Special features: ticket sales only with fishing permit, ban on live bait 11: bregenzerache in bezau/­reuthe and schnepfau Season: 1 May to 30 September Managed by: fishing club Bezau/ Reuthe Ticket sales: tourist office Bezau

tip: hotel post in bezau for fly-fishing Fly-fishing courses, fly-fishing guiding, day tickets, rental equipment, fly-fishing package deals Information: Hotel Post Bezau, T +43 (0)5514 2207-0,

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17: bregenzerache in schoppernau Season: mid June to mid September Fishing club: Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 2495 Ticket sales: tourist office ­Schoppernau

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18: bregenzerache in schröcken Season: May to late September Managed by: Fischerei ­Interessenschaft (fishing club) 15: bregenzerache/argenbach in au Ticket sales: tourist office ­Schröcken, Season: early May to mid September T +43 (0)5519 2670 Special features: day ticket, fishing Fishing club: Au, T +43 (0)5515 2288 permit Ticket sales: tourist office Au, fish pond Au, Hotel Krone in Au 19: seebachsee – dorfsee warth Season: end June to late September Fishing club: village Warth T +43 (0)5583 3515 Ticket sales: tourist office Warth Special features: day ticket, fishing permit

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13: bregenzerache in mellau Season: 1 May to 30 September Fishing supervisor: Bertram Haller T +43 (0)5518 2875 Ticket sales: tourist office Mellau, Hotel Engel, Lara petrol station 14: bregenzerache in schnepfau Season: April to September Ticket sales: at the village hall – for residents and guests with 3-day min. length of stay T +43 (0)5518 2114

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Garden inn Felder in Bersbuch At the Felder family in Bersbuch, right next to Bregenzerache, families discover a small idyll for p­­assing the time, a beer garden and the chance to bathe in natural water. Fresh trout, smoked trout or trout fried in butter served with home-made potato salad are the specialities offered here. Info: Family Felder, T +43 (0)664 9551652


16: krumbach with bregetzbach and argenbach in damüls Season: 16 June to 30 September Managed by: village hall Damüls, Hotel Adler, Damüls, T +43 (0)5510 6210 Ticket sales: village hall Damüls, Hotel Adler Damüls Special features: sold only with guest card/Bregenzerwald Guest Card

12: bizauer bach Season: 1 May to 30 September Managed by: fishing club Bezau/ Reuthe Ticket sales: tourist office Bizau, T +43 (0)5514 2129 Special features: only guests in Bizau from 3 nights’accommodation

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Bregenzerwald Golf Park in Riefensberg-Sulzberg

The internationally renowned ­architect Kurt Rossknecht designed the first 18-hole golf course in ­Vorarlberg in its time between Riefensberg and ­Sulzberg: not only that – it is one of the loveliest golf courses, nestled as it is in the country­side.

Golf Park in Riefensberg and the Oberstaufen-Steibis Golf Club. Guests of the founder and partner hotels of the two golf complexes enjoy a reduced green fee. Guests of the Vorarlberg founder and partner hotels also benefit from ­discounted green fees at the five other golf courses in Vorarlberg.

The undulating landscape and the numerous little inlets to the Weißach have been perfectly integrated into the game. Artificial lakes and selectively positioned bunkers complement the natural obstacles. Along with the slopes and slants, the corridors and the impressive view, they make golfing in this park into an experience which never fails to leave a lasting impression.

Bregenzerwald Golfing School Learn how to play golf with head pro Jan Vonavka. The motto according to the latest teaching and learning methodology is: “The simple way to learn golf”. Includes important tips on driving, strategy, tactics and mental training. The golfing permit is also recognised in Germany and Switzerland.

Discount green fee The “Unlimited golfing fun” green fee entitles the holder to a discount of up to 30%, and applies to two 18-hole courses: the Bregenzerwald

information Golfpark Bregenzerwald and Golfschule ­Bregenzerwald T +43 (0)5513 8400-0

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Climbing, discovering gorges and caves, learning more about herbs, visiting the cows on the farms, riding the “Wälderbähnle” – there is any amount of things for families and kids to do! Heart-felt supervision included.

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Herb garden in Holdamoos, close to Au

Au-Schoppernau – in the fragrant herb garden The Holdamoos natural experience illustrates 400 years of alp history. A “Vorsäßhütte” – a mountain pasture hut – dating back 400 years and still in its original condition, a suspension bridge, a small lake and a herb garden boasting over 150 different herbs lie in the middle of the cultivated, natural landscape. This is a gentle ramble on wide paths along the Bregenzerache and through the ­settled region of Au.

starting point Au-tourist office destination Au-tourist office itinerary Au-Argenau (tourist office, 810 m) – Rehmen – direction to Schoppernau via Halde to Holdamoos (890 m) – Lebernau – Lugen – Au centre of town chances to stop off for a drink/food inns in Au rest & play Hazelnut spot, small lake, BBQ ­station, herb garden, old mountain pasture hut information An all-terrain buggy is ­recommended, since some of the hiking path is a forest road.

Difference in altitude: 90 m Trail category: yellow-white Total hiking time: 2 ½ hours Detailed directions are available from the tourist office.

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Difference in altitude: 40 m Trail category: yellow-white and white-red-white Total hiking time: 2 hours Detailed directions are available from Almhotel Hochhäderich.

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starting point Car park at Almhotel Hochhäderich destination Car park at Almhotel Hochhäderich itinerary Almhotel car park – towards Hochwiesalpe – alpine adventure trail – Alpe Moos – Alpe Kojen – Almhotel car park chances to stop off for a drink/food Moosstüble Riefensberg, Almhotel Hochhäderich rest & play Adventure playground at Almhotel Hochhäderich, alpine adventure trail with barefoot path, water drawing station and other varied stations and information plaques, playground at Alpstüble Moos information An all-terrain buggy is ­recommended, since the hiking path is a forest road.

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Hittisau-Riefensberg – cross-border circular ramble on Hochhäderich This gentle ramble takes you along a wide, secure path right through the Kojental nature reserve, a natural upland moor. The alpine adventure path offers some variety: waterdrawing, barefoot trail, footbridge across the upland moor, information plaque on the “Smugglers’ Trail”. From the Alpstüble Moos, you can take a 3-minute detour to the “Stony Gate” natural monument.

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Adventure playground next to Almhotel Hochhäderich


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On the goat pasture

Mellau – hike to the goat pasture This hike along the Mellenbach stream takes you to Buchen goat pasture, home to around 150 goats, 20 cows and a few alpine pigs during the summer. The Mellau village circular path takes you first of all along the Mellenbach. Turn left in front of the new fire station, and walk through the Unterrain plot past the last houses. Stay to the left at the fork, and follow the service route which meanders along the Mellenbach through Mellental. Once you have arrived at Buchen goat pasture, you can still your hunger and quench your thirst over a substantial alpine snack accompanied by a glass of milk.

starting point Mellau-centre of town destination Mellau-centre of town itinerary Mellau village centre (688 m) – Unterrain – Mellental trail – Buchen ­pasture – Mellental trail – Unterrain – ­Mellau village centre chances to stop off for a drink/food Buchen goat pasture rest & play Hüslarbündt playground, ­swimming pool, bathing in the Mellenbach, visiting the goats and cows on Buchen pasture information An all-terrain buggy is ­recommended, since most of the hiking path is a forest road.

Difference in altitude: 172 m Trail category: yellow-white Total hiking time: 2 hours

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Opening times Alpmuseum T +43 (0)5519 2670


Difference in altitude: 450 m Trail category: yellow-white Total hiking time: 2 hours

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starting point Schröcken-Hochtannbergpass destination Schröcken centre of town itinerary Hochtannbergpass (1,675 m) – ­Kalbelesee – Körbersee (1,670 m) – Batzenalpe – Schröcken centre of town (1,250 m) chances to stop off for a drink/food Hotel Körbersee, Batzenalpe (during the alp season from mid/late June to mid September), inns in Schröcken rest & play Short trip in a rowing boat on the Körbersee, brooks, Batzenalpe information An all-terrain buggy is ­recommended, since the hiking path is a forest road.

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Warth-Schröcken – from lake to lake The two lakes on the Hochtannberg mountain are your guide on this ramble. The Batzenalpe is a licensed alpine pasture. Here, in the alp museum, you discover what life in earlier times was like. From the Hochtannberg pass, an extended, wide path takes you to the Körbersee, which lies at approximately the same altitude as the Hochtannberg pass. From there, a wide agricultural path takes you downwards across the Batzenalpe to Schröcken.

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Kalbelesee at Hochtannberg Pass


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Watching the farmer at work

Variety and playful enjoyment are on offer in the form of the supervised programmes held in several villages. There is a great deal of interesting information out there to learn and discover. Au-Schoppernau: Hut magic and magic herbs The children listen to stories about the very old mountain pasture hut and, in the herb garden, find out which herbs (medicinal plants) can soothe a bee sting, which can make you strong as an ox, and which ones are delicious on bread. Then you cross the fun wobbly bridge to the mysterious hazelnut spot. Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: church in Au-­ Rehmen Date: 10 July to 4 September every ­Thursday at 9.30 a.m. Duration: approx. 2 ½ hours Price per child: included in the Bregenzerwald Guest Card information & registration Au-Schoppernau Tourismus T +43 (0)5515 2288

Au-Schoppernau: Experience cattle grazing On the Grunholz cattle pasture, ­children can watch how the farmer milks and feeds his cows. They can try out the fresh, “cow-temperature” milk straight away. Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: tourist office Au Date: 1 July to 19 August every Tuesday at 6.15 p.m. Duration: approx. 1 ½ hours Price per child: included in the Bregenzerwald Guest Card information Au-Schoppernau Tourismus T +43 (0)5515 2288 Damüls: Outside voyage of discovery Children spend the afternoon playfully discovering the outdoors. For children from 6 years of age. Place: Damüls Meeting point: 1 p.m. at Damüls tourist office Date: 2 July to 3 September, every Wednesday between 1 and 5 p.m.


Schwarzenberg: Horse play hour Fantasies, sensations, movement and play are on the programme for children between the ages of 3 and 10. Place: Schwarzenberg Meeting point: Berchtold Farm, Stangenach 150 Date: 10 a.m. Thursdays, June to Sulzberg: September (other times available Ponies and horses upon request) Pony riding Price per child: € 12 Once you have become acquainted information & registration with and groomed the ponies, we go to the riding ground. The children are by Wednesday, 6 p.m. Yvonne Berchtold led on various ponies and may also T +43 (0)664 4388422 “lead” a pony themselves. Place: Sulzberg Date: 9 July to 28 August every Wednesday at 4.30 p.m. Au-Schoppernau: Duration: approx. 1 ½ hours Forest experience Price per child: € 5 Shrouded by beeches, pines and firs, information & registration kids discover the green kingdom: by Barbara Baldauf means of amusing games, children T +43 (0)664 6327820 engage all their senses to discover interesting information about indigenous forest animals and trees. Ride in a horse and carriage Age group: for all children between 5 Place: Sulzberg and 10 interested in the forest Date: June to October following Place: Au-Schoppernau ­booking, every Fr at 6 p.m. Meeting point: valley station of the information & registration Baldauf family, T +43 (0)664 9319896 Diedamskopf cable cars Date: 9 July to 3 September every Wednesday at 2 p.m. Horse-and-carriage rides pulled by Duration: approx. 2 ½ hours Fresian horses Price per child: included in the Take the black Fresian horse-pulled ­Bregenzerwald Guest Card carriage through Sulzberg and its information & registration environs. the day before: until 4 p.m. Place: Sulzberg Schoppernau Tourismus Date: March to October, daily T +43 (0)5515 2495 ­following booking, in dry weather only Price: € 45 for up to 4 people, € 5 for each additional person information & registration the day before Silke Blank, T +43 (0)664 4411380

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Price per child: € 10 / free of charge for guest children from members of BERGaktiv establishments information & registration by 5 p.m. on the day before Damüls – Faschina Tourismus T +43 (0)5510 620


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Adventure day in Schröcken

Au-Schoppernau & Warth-Schröcken: Adventure Day A day full of sights and sounds: abseil training, the Flying Fox slide, barbequing, etc. (for children between 7 and 15 years of age) Places: Au-Schoppernau and WarthSchröcken Date: 9 July to 3 September every Wednesday Meeting point: 8.30 a.m. at the tourist office in Au, 8.45 a.m. at the tourist office in Schoppenau, 9 a.m. at the tourist office in Schröcken and Warth Return: approx. 4 p.m. Price per child: € 19, including equipment, barbeque sausages and transfer for guest children from Au-Schoppernau and Warth-Schröcken, € 39 for children from other places Equipment required: rucksack, full water bottle, climbing boots, rainwear information & registration by 12 noon on Tuesday (in the tourist offices) Warth, T +43 (0)5583 35150, Schröcken, T +43 (0)5519 2670, Au, T +43 (0)5515 2288, Schoppernau, T +43 (0)5515 2495 and

Au-Schoppernau: Rock climbing for children Josef teaches children their first ­climbing moves, several knots and how to abseil down the rock face. (3 hours, Minimum age: 6) Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: 4.30 p.m. at the car park of Schröcken-Unterboden ­adventure park Date: 6 July to 31 August, every Sunday Price: € 12 for guest children from ­Au-Schoppernau. € 24 for children from other places. Included in the price are rented climbing equipment, and a knotted rope for the children to take home with them. Equipment required: climbing boots or trainers with treaded sole, full water bottle, snack information & registration Sunday until 12 a.m.: Alpinschule Schröcken T +43 (0)664 7575500 www.

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Geocaches on the Bödele Armed with a GPS device or smart­ phone, you set off on a treasure hunt in the Bödele hiking area. Tip: a special geocache – the “Tschröuwe-Galari”. Precise coordinates:

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Au-Schoppernau: Felt workshop for children An afternoon for all mouse lovers, big and small. Using water, soap and a felt-making technique, mouse-grey sheep’s wool is transformed into whimsical mice. For children from 6 years of age. Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: 2 p.m. at Filzwerkstatt Marianna Moosbrugger in Au, Rehmer Halde 152 Date: 2 – 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 24 June to 2 September Price: € 8 per person, incl. materials information & registration Tourist office Au, by Tuesday, 10 a.m. T +43 (0)5515 2288


Schnepfau: Treasure hunting by GPS Armed with the coordinates of the treasures, GPS devices guide you to unique places in Bregenzerwald. Place: Schnepfau Meeting point: Outdoor input, ­Schnepfau Date: 15 May to 15 October Programme: guided GPS treasure hunt including rented GPS ­equipment Price per person: from € 22 information & registration the day before: Outdoor input, Lutz Schmelzinger T +43 (0)676 7837820

Warth-Schröcken: Mini and Teenie Canyoning An adventure programme for the whole family. Start the tour by jumping into the water! Place: Warth-Schröcken Meeting point: Restaurant Holzschopf, Schröcken Date: every Tuesday and Thursday (July to September) Price per person “Kids”: € 25 Price per person “Teens”: € 35 information & registration the day before: – ­Outdoor and more T +43 (0)664 3801540

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Mellau: Children-Climbing and ­crossing a gorge Hiking guide Hans shows children how to cross a gorge and how to climb safely. Meeting point: Mellau cable car valley station Date: 7 July to 8 September, every Monday at 1 p.m. Programme: supervised climbing and crossing a gorge (approx. 3 ½ hours) for children from 5 years of age On bad-weather days: climbing in the mountain rescue hall, meeting point: Mellau tourist information office Price per child: € 3 plus ticket for the cable car information & registration by 10 a.m. on Monday in Mellau ­tourist information office T +43 (0)5518 2203



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The Wälderbähnle on its way from Andelsbuch-Bersbuch to Bezau

Egg: Feltwork with children How are sheep’s wool, water and soap turned into lovely, unique, hand-­ crafted works of art? Children can find out for themselves during an afternoon in the “VERFILZT-Raum” in Egg. Minimum number of participants 4, maximum number of children 8 Place: Egg, Natter farm, Pfister 17 Meeting point: 1.30 p.m., Natter farm Date: every Tue from 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. Price per child: € 15 (incl. material) information & registration Marianne Flatz, T +43 (0)664 78 21 379 Herma Natter, T +43 (0)664 32 44 061 Au-Schoppernau: Didi’s children’s adventure land The mountain station of the ­Diedams­kopf cable car boasts a supervised children’s adventure land with a surface area of 300 m2. Opening times: 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. every Sat, Sun and on bank holidays; daily from 5 July to 7 September when the cable car is operating, for children between 3 and 8 years of age. There is a parent-child area for children up to 3 years of age.

NEW: free of charge for all children information Bergbahnen Diedamskopf T +43 (0)5515 4110-0 Bezau: The “Wälderbähnle” The “Wälderbähnle” is a ­carefully maintained nostalgic railway which runs between Bezau and Schwarzenberg Stations. The railway, pulled by ­historical diesel or steam engines, runs on weekends between 31 May and 5 ­October, and also on Thursdays between 17 July and 28 August. Please see the website for special trips. Departure: 10.45 a.m., 1.45 p.m. and 3.45 p.m. from Bezau. Journey time: return trip: approx. 1 hour information & registration Bregenzerwaldbahn T +43 (0)664 4662330

tip: market day in bezau steam train on the occasion of the “Gallo Mat” (Gallus market) in Bezau, 11 October 2014, Bezau, from 2 p.m.

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Milk goats and cows with brunch/cheese buffet and whey drinks Alpine dairy school Making cheese – with a focus on smelling, touching and tasting. Please reserve for all programmes!


information & reservations Metzler Käse - Molke GmbH Bruggan 1025 6863 Egg T +43 (0)5512 3044

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The project NATURHAUTNAH has created a place for energy-efficient and sustainable farming where visitors can experience all agricultural processes up close and in person. Visitors can grasp, literally and figuratively, life at the farm and everything that it involves or creates; an experience that inspires an appetite for nature. From the imposing cow pens and the turbulent goat romping house with its visitor gallery, to the small animal cuddling zone, the herb garden, the high-tech cooling and heating system, through to the cheese production, on to whey-based cosmetic processing and the farm shop with its choice range on offer: there is nothing to hide.

Farm visit for individual visitors, groups, ­kindergartens and schools

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The project NATURHAUTNAH (NATURE HANDS ON) allows visitors to experience up close the world of the farm and everything that comes with it. Tasty treats from the farm and the region, and refreshing fruit whey drinks can be tasted following a guided tour of the Molke Metzler family-run enterprise.

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The family-run dairy operation Molke Metzler in Egg


day trip tips – around lake constance From Vorarlberg, it doesn’t take you long to reach the loveliest day trip destinations for the family in the neighbouring area where three ­countries meet. Vorarlberg inatura – nature show in Dornbirn With Science Centre: touch, crawl in, try out, play and experiment. information T +43 (0)5572 23235-0 Boat trip on Lake Constance, Bregenz Sightseeing tours and scheduled trips to numerous destinations on Lake Constance. information T +43 (0)5574 42868 Schattenburg in Feldkirch The medieval castle depicts life during the age of chivalry. information T +43 (0)5522 71982 Toy Museum in Wolfurt The loveliest toys from Granny and Grandpa’s time are lovingly ­presented here. information T +43 (0)650 5000681 Switzerland Conny-Land amusement park in Lipperswil (Switzerland) Dolphinaria with sea lions and ­dolphins, petting zoo, pirate ship. information T +41 (0)52 7627272

Germany Minimundus in Meckenbeuren (Germany) The small world of great attractions. information T +49 (0)7542 9466-0 Lake dwelling museum in ­Unteruhldingen (Germany) The reproduced village on stilts depicts daily life during the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. information T +49 (0)7556 92890-0 Ravensburg theme park in Meckenbeuren (Germany) The world’s biggest playroom! information T +49 (0)7542 400-0 Legoland in Günzburg (Germany) Built from 50 million Lego bricks. information T +49 (0)180 5700 75701 Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen (Germany) The history and technology of ­airships. information T +49 (0)7541 3801-0 Skywalk Allgäu – tree-top path in Scheidegg (D) A 540-metre path through the canopy of trees, wobbly bridge and tube slide; adventure playground, barefoot path, barrier-free nature trail information T +49 (0)8381 8961800

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There is a host of things to do in the Bregenzerwald for people with special needs: barrier-free rambling paths and and cable cars.

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Dörnlesee in Lingenau

Between the village square and the swimming pool: wellness in Lingenau Lingenau is located in the gently undulating countryside of the Vorderwald. The hospitable village has won the Vorarlberg Horticultural Competition several times, and has received awards for being a community whose buildings are suitable for the disabled. Lingenau is also well-known for its barrier-free swimming pool with adjacent hotel. It also offers various wellness treatments: from massages through to physiotherapy.

starting & finishing point Lingenau village square (car park) Variant: Vitalhotel Quellengarten (car park) itinerary Lingenau village square (685 m) – Gschwend – St. Annakapelle (669 m) – Vitalhotel Quellen­ garten – Dörnlesee – village square; ­signposted as a yellow-white rambling path barrier-free refreshments & wc Hotel Löwen, Gasthaus Traube, ­Vitalhotel Quellengarten swimming pool Vitalhotel Quellengarten, Lingenau T +43 (0)5513 6461-0

Distance: 3 km Condition of the path: pavements and roads with little difference in height, all tarmacked

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starting & finishing point Mellau cable cars, car park itinerary Mellau cable cars (705 m) – Engevorsäß (705 m) – Ach bridge towards Hirschau – Schnepfau (734 m, car park) – return via the same way; signposted for the most part as cycle and hiking paths barrier-free refreshments Mellau cable cars, Herwig’s Imbiss with tables outside barrier-free wc Schnepfau village hall (on workdays)

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At the foot of the Kanisfluh – from Mellau to Schnepfau The Kanisfluh could easily give rise to the argument whether this, the Bregenzerwald’s most striking mountain, is more impressive on the curved southern side of Au or on the northern face between Mellau and Schnepfau. On our route, the rocks of the northern face tower up to 1,300 meters above the bottom of the valley. If you take a really close look, you can detect a mosaic of completely different natural habitats.

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View of the Kanisfluh, close to Au

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Distance: 10.4 km Condition of the path: tarmacked throughout, more or less level for the most part, with differences in height at stream crossings


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Taking Bezau cable car for a wonderful view

Two mountains are wheelchairaccessible by cable car, and offer a unique viewing experience. Diedamskopf Au-Schoppernau The ­Diedamskopf near Au-Schoppernau is one of the loveliest penoramic mountains in Bregenzerwald. A trip to the peak is always worthwhile. Two disabled parking spaces are available right at the valley station. The entrance to and exit from the cable car with the wide 8-seater gondola lift is easily accessible by lift. The restaurant in the mountain station and the sun terrace are also accessible by lift, and the WCs provide barrier-free access. (→ page 9) information Bergbahnen Diedamskopf ­Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 4110-0

Seilbahn Bezau A new, modern cable car leaves Bezau to Sonderdach and the Baumgarten mountain station, which features a panorama restaurant and viewing terrace. All entrances to the cable car and the restaurant are barrier-free. (→ page 9) information Seilbahn Bezau T +43 (0)5514 2254 ­­­

tip: wheelchair-accessible accommodation Wheelchair-accessible establishments in the Bregenzerwald are listed in the Bregenzerwald ­Accommodation Directory, available from Bregenzerwald Tourismus.

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Traditional, classic, modern. Music, the theatre, exhibitions – for a rural region, the events calendar is anything but provincial! The locations are atmospheric, and pleasantly informal. The surrounding countryside gets in on the act.

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Contemporary architecture

If a ranking of the most ­significant architectural regions in the world were to be drawn up today, ­Vorarlberg would, without a doubt, be in the top ten. However, this doesn’t just mean the significance of the individual constructions, but also their number and density. This phenomenon is ­comparatively new. Whilst it is true that V ­ orarlberg’s baroque master builders are a fixed feature in specialist literature ­whenever the Vorarlberg school of architecture or architects are mentioned, they mean the generation born since 1950 which has been influencing the architecture here for about the past 30 years. Without counting the handful of pioneers that preceded them, this amounts to over 60 ­people: considering the 370,000 inhabitants, this is an amazing number. Such a ratio is only possible in a region where architecture is appreciated, where one in four houses is designed by architects.

From construction artists to architects However, this is the result, rather than the explanation, of a development. “Construction artists” is what the players called themselves at the start since, in the face of a ­vehement conflict with the “establishment” of the building industry and chamber, the title “architect” was refused. According to one of the pioneers, public appearances, the joining of forces and dialogue were important right from the start. The ideal founded in terms of social p ­ olicy – social, affordable, sustainable, regional – promoted the solidarity of a generation that was searching for new life forms and other ways of cultural expression, that was resisting the sell-out of their land, and that found expression in building. The new type of architecture started off in residential buildings – by way of examining already existing buildings or as a new structure, often for residential groups – and grew into a clear sign of the cultural restoration which soon extended to the economic elite and the public sector. However, as important as this environment was, there are always people who take responsibility, and Eberle, Gnaiger,


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Buildings worth visiting museums Angelika Kauffmann Museum, Schwarzenberg; Juppenwerkstatt, Riefensberg; Women’s Museum, Hittisau; Franz Michel Felder Museum, Schoppernau. inns and hotels Gasthof Adler, Schwarzenberg; Hotel Krone, ­Hittisau; Hotel Gams, Bezau; Hotel Post, Bezau; Hotel Sonne and Metzgerstüble, Mellau; Hotel ­Steffisalp, Warth. schools & kindergarten Bizau; Doren; Egg; Warth. commercial buildings Molke Metzler, Egg; Wood ­workshop Faißt, Hittisau; Cheese cellar, Lingenau, ­Werkraum House, Andelsbuch. municipal buildings Village halls in Sulzberg, ­Langenegg, Andelsbuch, Bizau. churches Alpe Niedere chapel, Andelsbuch.

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Worth a visit It is hard to list remarkable buildings, since many of them are ­private residential buildings which are not accessible. However, a walk through ­Hittisau or Schwarzenberg for ­example, can satisfy your curiosity. The village of Bizau is p ­ articularly suitable for such a walk: it boasts residential buildings from all epochs, estates, buildings for industrial, ­educational and local authority ­purposes, as well as inns: together, they form an ensemble which was awarded the ArGeAlp prize.


Landscape and wooden buildings Located somewhat off the beaten track, the Bregenzerwald was part of this development, although in a way of its own. In contrast to the densely populated, industrial and commercial Rhine Valley with its mainly suburban structure, landscape, nature and rural craftsmanship culture is of great importance in the ­Bregenzerwald. Outside of the Bregenzerwald, groups of houses and farms dominate, whereas inside the ­Bregenzerwald it is the single-ridge house (farmers’ ­palace and parlour → page 76); outside of the ­Bregenzerwald it is households which commission the building, whereas inside the ­Bregenzerwald it is the young craftsmen. The ­Bregenzerwälder have a greater ­affinity for craftsmanship in general (werkraum → page 70): for example, it is in the carpentry trade that the Kaufmann family of architects has its roots. While, following the initial years, the formal experiment is in demand outside, the tendency towards stringency and sobriety increases inside. Rural pragmatism and the discipline of construction with timber, which is now state-of-theart, appears to be more effective here. Recently, examining the old buildings is also gaining in importance. Above all, however, the new buildings fit in with the surrounding landscape with regard to material, size and proportion. Is it this attitude that shies at the eccentric and that searches for the typical rather than the unique which guarantees this way of building a wide basis? In any case, good carpentry firms now build residential build-

ings which architects in other places wouldn’t be capable of building: it is these houses which graze casually in the field like the ­cattle which are as typical of the region as the farmhouses and the churches.

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Dietrich, Kaufmann and Ritsch have long since become international stars with chairs at renowned universities.



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Werkraum Haus in Andelsbuch

The culture of building and living is everywhere you look in the Bregenzerwald. The locals have been appreciating the artisan production methods employed in small and medium-sized enterprises since way back when. Reliability, sound finishing and a good design mean that craftsmanship and trade are the largest employers in the Bregenzerwald. Around 40% of the working population are employed in such enterprises. Nowhere else in Europe will you find such a comparable density of workshops. The baroque churches and monasteries created by the representatives of the Au Guild of Master Builders in earlier times, are works of art-historical significance. Today it is the craftsmanship, with its beautifully designed and practical products, that has made a name for itself beyond the region. The Handwerk+Form competition, held every three years for over 20 years now, shows the public how experts from all areas of design cooperate with craftsmen from the Bregenzerwald in order to develop useful objects which do justice to their material and shape.

A house dedicated to craftsmanship After four years of intensive ­planning, the Werkraum Haus in Andelsbuch opened its doors in July 2013. The architect of the house is Peter Zumthor, from Switzerland – an internationally renowned architect with close ties to craftsmanship. It was during the building of the Kunsthaus in Bregenz that he met and came to appreciate the craftsmen in the Bregenzerwald Werkraum. Since then, many craftsmen from the Bregenzerwald have been working for the maestro from Switzerland. His design for the Werkraum Haus is based on two ideas: on the one hand, the building serves as a meeting place. On the other hand, it is a large showcase for the culture of craftsmanship in the Bregenzerwald. This idea finds expression in a protruding roof made from wood and a façade made from glass. There is no distinction between inside and outside – the landscape flows through the building. The craftsman community in Andelsbuch is getting a facelift right in the middle of the village.

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Werkraum Haus in Andelsbuch The Werkraum Haus is a platform for exhibitions and information regarding the culture of craftsmanship in the Bregenzerwald. The advantages of products made by craftsmen are communicated to the visitor. Services: freely accessible presentation of products by the Werkraum members, communication of the main focuses and the work of the member firms, sale of regionally produced craft products, industry and commerce, training and seminars, workshops for children, children’s building site opening times Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. information & booking Werkraum, T +43 (0)5512 26386

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Qualities of craftsmanship Work on site, consideration of special cases, direct commissioning, closeness to customers and flexibility are quality standards of this craftsmanship; specialised skills and a ­creative instinct are par for the course, acquired in a highly developed culture of craftsmanship, naturally handed down from generation to generation. This store of knowledge and skills is maintained and continually extended: raw materials – such as the silver fir – are cultivated to their most exquisite form, small batches in the field of furniture construction open up new markets, the pre-production of construction elements, e.g. in the field of hotel construction, is making progress. The latest manufacturing technologies such as CAM and CNC have been introduced; the finish of coatings, for instance, has been expanded – craftsmanship meets engineering. Hence, it comes as no surprise that you can find kitchens from Hittisau in Athens, that the furnishings of a hall of residence in Massachusetts come

from Schwarzenberg or that, in 2008, a living unit from Reuthe was visible on the roof of the MoMA in New York. Public relations work, advertising, marketing – the Werkraum uses those advantages which industry has over trade. Yet without a huge budget: instead, it has capital typical to craftsmen – brains and skills, a network, links. And so exhibitions put on by the Werkraum have been presented to an interested public in Vienna, Munich and Paris, for example. A regular topic in the specialist press, the Werkraum has been described as a “landscape of knowledge”. Yet that is not all: the Werkraum has always been involved at local level, such as in training, in schools, in specific construction projects, in dealing with historical building stock. It is a contribution towards the structural change of the region, and an example of social competence.

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Bregenzerwald Werkraum Since its establishment in 1999, the Bregenzerwald Werkraum, organised as an association, has been providing a platform for innovative craftsmanship in the Bregenzerwald. It c­ urrently comprises 85 innovative firms, mainly involved in wood processing, such as joiners and carpenters, but there is also a handful of locksmiths, stonemasons, bricklayers, p ­ lumbers, ­electricians, lighting producers, ­painters, upholsterers, tailors and cobblers, through to coopers and feltworkers. Most of the firms have up to around five employees, some of them are one-man workshops, and only a few have ten or more employees.



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In Andelsbuch power station

There are various ways and means for discovering the peculiarities of the Bregenzerwald’s architectural and wooden culture – either under your own steam, or on a guided tour. Art Nouveau power station During the era of the AustroHungarian monarchy, Andelsbuch power station, opened in 1908, was one of the biggest, most modern power stations of its time. Although Andelsbuch power station has been continuously renewed, renovated and extended over the decades, it still maintains its unique character. Place: Andelsbuch Meeting point: 10 a.m. at the power station Date: every Thursday (except bank holidays) between May and September Programme: guided tour Price: free Registration: not necessary information

Architecture in Sulzberg Sulzberg and the part of the ­village known as Thal to the north of the Bregenzerwald are home to several architectural gems: from the Empire-style church, designed by Alois Negrelli, planner of the Suez Canal, through to the “1740 Ichs” (1740 Mes) installation of hair locks which adorns the new village hall. Two new circular paths now lead you to 21 selected buildings and works of art, planned in the most part by renowned architects. As an accompaniment, the “Journeys to Architecture” brochure tells interesting stories. Guided tours with Mayor Helmut Blank are held on certain dates in the summer. information Dates for groups by appointment

recommended reading: “Baukunst in Vorarlberg seit 1980” (Architecture in Vorarlberg since 1980), a guide to 260 buildings worth visiting, written by Otto ­Kapfinger (in German only)

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9th Bregenzerwald craftsmanship exhibition 13 – 17 August 2014 The forte of Bregenzerwald craftsmanship is in the way it combines the proven with the new. From roofers to metalworkers and design joiners, firms of craftsmen from the whole of the Bregenzerwald are represented in Bezau, where they show an international audience their best ideas and products. The building of Bezau business schools is the location. information

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“Up hill, down dale” Experience the wood culture of HolzKultur Hittisau and Nagelfluh national park. The Engenlochschlucht offers you a more impressive ­experience of the Nagelfluh rock than you are likely to get anywhere

else. Hiking which combines culture, the countryside and the sampling of Hittisau mountain cheese. Dates: Friday, 20 June, 18 July, 15 August 2014 Meeting point: 10.30 a.m., Hittisau Women’s Museum Duration: approx. 3 hours information & guided tours Hittisau Tourismus T +43 (0)5513 6209-50

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Wood culture in Hittisau 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. 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. The following can be visited: • Three wooden bridges, including the oldest bridge in Vorarlberg • Three sawmills, from the listed ensemble through to the exportorientated large concern • Workshops, including the only commercially operating master cooper for miles around • Arts centre and fire station • A biomass power station which ­provides over 50 local properties with heat

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Carpenters at work


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Energy portals in Langenegg

The Vorderwald “Energy Region” has an ambitious vision: energy autonomy. A key component in its efforts is that people become more sensitive to energy issues and more aware both of their energy consumption and of the sources of the energy they use. Experiencing energy Under the motto “Energy in agriculture”, interested hikers in the Vorderwald Energy Region can explore various forms of energy, either on their own or as part of a guided tour. The Hittisau Water Trail leads you, for instance, to the energy of water – which can be quiet, refreshing, bubbly, but also roaring and even overwhelming. The trail leads from the Bolgenach reservoir to the Bartenstein sawmill, which is operated with a water wheel for display purposes. (→ page 26) On a circuit trail on Rotenberg, walkers can enjoy and learn about the woodland, which is so important for Vorderwald as a source of construction material and energy. From the special forms of agriculture found in Plenterwald to the local tree varieties, particularly the silver fir, to

the harvesting of firewood, the region has a wealth of experiences to offer. (→ page 31) Vorderwald’s moors provide an opportunity for an entirely different kind of experience: preserving of the moors means preserving huge stores of CO2 – so the green-house gas remains bound up in the soil and is not released into the atmosphere. Expert moor guides reveal the secrets concealed in Krumbach’s moors. Moving around in nature is a form of energy consumption – yet it is also a source of energy for the spirit. (→ page 101) The Langenegg Energy Portal guides you to various places, where you can experience the spiritual side of energy and more. (→ page 30)

tip: excursion guide The new excursion guide for the energy region of vorderwald contains over 20 tips. Available from the eight towns which make up the energy region of vorderwald, at Bregenzerwald Tourismus and in the Energieinstitut Vorarlberg.

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Krumbach is well-known for its scenic beauty (→ page 101) and a lively pub culture. In recent years, the village has made a name of itself with its multi-award-winning architecture. Most recently with the bus:stop krumbach project: in cooperation with the Architekturzentrum Wien and the Vorarlberg Architektur Institut, seven architectural firms from Russia, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Japan, China and Chile were invited to design seven bus stops. In close cooperation with local craftsmen and regional partner architects, seven bus stops are being built in 2014 – as a tribute to the use of ­traditional materials, skilled manufacturing techniques and the landscape. And to that which continues to characterise the region:

the interplay of man and nature, of tradition and the modern age, of craftsmanship and building culture. Bränden bus stop Sou Fujimoto, Japan Unterkrumbach Süd bus stop Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Belgium Unterkrumbach Nord bus stop Ensamble Studio, Spain Zwing bus stop Smiljan Radic, Chile Oberkrumbach bus stop Alexander Brodsky, Russia Kressbad bus stop RintalaEggertsson Architects, ­Norway Glatzegg bus stop Wang Shu, Ly Wenyu, China information

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Architects from seven different ­countries are designing seven ­different bus stops in Krumbach: small buildings for the good of the public. However, this is only one aspect of a courageous project. The other is an unusual dialogue with ­Vorarlberg tradition, building ­culture and craftsmanship.

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Bus stop (model)


everyday culture

The cheese-makers cast a critical eye

Anyone who allows himself the ­pleasure of watching cheese being made here – such as in ­Schoppernau alpine dairy – can understand how close the ties are between rural ­activities and everyday culture. Alpine dairy The introduction of hard cheese ­making in the middle of the 18th ­century not only opened up new sources of income, it also changed the farmers. Initial failures are evidence of how much sweat and tears went into complying with the hygiene standards, into working out the complex production stages and the precise time standards. The alpine dairyman (hard cheese and lace → page 7) became a highly-­reputable skilled worker with extensive expertise whose circumstances demanded him to be what we these days call somewhat interdisciplinary. For Franz Michael Felder, the poet from ­Schoppernau, he is “a jack-of-all-trades: shoe mender, vet, ­launderer, carpenter, tailor, ­philosopher and much more”. A ­century earlier, the valley com-

munity had already proven that its people knew how to help themselves in the face of adversity: in the form of the Au Guild, a new branch of industry was created from ­nothing: architecture and the building trade. What: from nothing? Even though the background to this movement is unknown, one thing is for sure: it was born from necessity, and the resulting talent shown by the ­farmers of helping themselves. And the architects’ contribution? ­Artistic talent (→ page 68) practiced for centuries. Farmers’ palace and parlour However, none of the large buildings actually stand in the ­Bregenzerwald itself: they are constructed “­outside”: “inside” keeps house, tries to increase affluence and displays it with a reserved pride. When, in the early 19th century, agriculture started to prosper – especially in the Vorder- and Mittelwald – new farmhouses were built which were soon known as farmers’ palaces and which, according to the ­relevant ­literature, were amongst the most


magnificent in the whole of the alpine region. The log cabin was shingled, windows and doors were finely decorated in line with the ­Biedermeier period: more than anything else, however, people treated themselves to a panelled parlour, nice and bright thanks to large ­windows, cosy thanks to the tiled stove and special pieces of furniture. The sofa was one such piece: around the middle of the century, manufacture of this piece exploded, only to dwindle in a few decades: usually manufactured in the evening at home by “laymen”, today they are popular collector’s items (werkraum → page 70). The stoves, too, were ­special: the artistic tiles came mainly from local potters whose trade flourished during this century.

As a rule, these skills are practiced at home, with the individual ­members committed to the family. One is ­surrounded by one’s own craftsmanship. This is also true of the clothing. The local costume stands out amongst all those from the alpine region: ornate, strict, proud – the “Juppe” is the first thing you notice. A four metre-long black piece of cloth is folded into numerous pleats, smoothed in several stages – this is the skirt. It is decorated only with one bright blue band. Then there are the half a dozen different pieces of headgear. The artistically embroidered blouse, which is a good indicator of social standing, is not the end of the magic. Inspired by fashion worn by 18th century courtiers in Spain, the costume still demands poise of the wearer today.

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Decoration and Taste And then there were the covers and textiles: textile processing – first of all weaving, followed from around 1760 by embroidery and lace-making for manufacturers from St. ­Gallen – soon proved so lucrative that farming was sometimes neglected: a repeated upturn was experienced from 1865 following the introduction of the “Parisian machine”. This can still be felt today: there is something ­missing in a Bregenzerwald parlour without the white, finely crocheted net curtains.

The magic becomes even more ­physical when it comes to cooking and eating (→ from page 87). Whatever is produced by the soil and the garden is cultivated: the cheese from the largest silo-free dairy region, for example, is unique. And you can taste the meaning of refinement when you compare local cheese “knöpfle” with cheese “spätzle” from other regions. It is hardly surprising then that the Bregenzerwald has, by far, the most “chef’s hats” (culinary distinction) of all regions far and wide. Or that here, where one in three is employed as a craftsman, this refined everyday ­culture is a fixed source of income.


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Musicians on their way to the Schubertiade concert

The Schubertiade Schwarzenberg is considered the most important ­Schubert festival in the world. The music of Schubert and his contemporaries harmonises with the rural atmosphere in this choice, lovely ­village – for an atmospheric effect. 21 – 29 June and 23 August – 31 August 2014 The programme boasts around 50 events: chamber concerts, song recital evenings, piano concerts, readings and ­master class courses. Every year, exceptional artists and ensembles make a guest appearance in the ­Angelika Kauffmann Hall, which affords a view of the meadows and mountains. Special ­Schubertiade buses depart from many places to take visitors to the concerts in ­Schwarzenberg.

information & ticket sale Schubertiade GmbH T +43 (0)5576 72091 Bregenzerwald Tourismus has ­compiled attractive deals for visitors to the Schubertiade (hotel + 3 tickets per person). information & arrangements & room reservations Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH Impulszentrum 1135, 6863 Egg T +43 (0)5512 2365 F +43 (0)5512 3010

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Details are available from the programme you can order from ­Bregenzerwald Tourismus. Bregenzerwald Tourismus has ­compiled attractive package deals for prospective visitors. information & arrangements & room reservations Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH Impulszentrum 1135, 6863 Egg T +43 (0)5512 2365 F +43 (0)5512 3010

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24 July – 24 August 2014 Bregenz Festival 2014 will be performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Magic Flute” on the largest lake stage in the world. The Magic Flute” combines a love story with the major questions of the Enlightenment, presents jolly bird-catcher charm alongside regal vindictiveness and enchants with its music ranging from lively melodies and impassioned arias to breakneck coloraturas and mysterious chorales.

information & ticket sale Bregenzer Festspiele T +43 (0)5574 407-6

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Visit the Bregenz Festival, and stay in the Bregenzerwald: this is easily ­combined, since it is a mere half to one-hour drive from the Bregenzer­ wald to Bregenz.

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Performance on the lake

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exhibitions & museums

Angelika Kauffmann: Self-portrait with the bust of Minerva (detail), Bündner Art Museum Chur

Insights into the history, lifestyle and creative activity are provided by lively museums and exhibitions. Angelika-Kauffmann Museum ­Schwarzenberg 1 May – 26 October 2014 Angelika Kauffmann. Heyday, London After years spent teaching and travelling in Italy Angelika Kaufmann, at the tender age of 25, established her first studio in London in 1766. Only a week after her arrival, she visited the famous painter Sir Joshua Reynolds. The influential peer and the young artist painted each other’s portraits. When, in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts was established with Reynolds as its ­president, Angelika Kauffmann and the still life painter Mary Moser were the only female founding ­members. Commissions from the royal family and from the nobility started off Kauffmann’s career in England. ­Kauffman also experienced successes in the field of historical painting.

Special exhibition: Swabian children “dahoam und foat” (“at home and abroad”) The objective of the exhibition, which is part of a project about Swabian children, is to provide insights into the world of Swabians/children in a rurally structured community such as Schwarzenberg in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The focus is placed on the children’s situation: the children that stayed at home, and the children that had to move away to Swabia. opening times 1 May – 26 October 2014 Tue to Sun 10 to 5 p.m. guided tours for the public Tuesdays 4 p.m., Sundays 10.30 a.m. information Schwarzenberg Tourismus T +43 (0)5512 3570

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opening times Thur and Fr 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. guided tours for the public Mon 6 p.m. information T +43 (0)5513 6209-30

June 2014 to February 2015 Embroidered morals “There’s no place like home”, “Home sweet home”, “Bless this house”: ­cotton and linen tea towels ­bearing such sayings were a staple in practically every home once upon a time. Embroidered wishes, words of wisdom and aphorisms in the kitchen and the living room, bedroom and laundry room gave the inhabitants appropriate, religious, moral or even ironic and subversive pieces of wisdom to help them through the day. Tea towels bearing sayings had their heyday in the period between 1870 and 1930. However, they could still be found in the kitchens of many a home right through to the 1950s. Originally made fashionable by the bourgeoisie of the “Gründerzeit” (promoterism), the embroidered textiles soon found their way into the homes of farmers, the petty bourgeois and workers.

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The Women’s Museum in Hittisau Hittisau Women’s Museum is the first and only museum dedicated to women in Austria. Its mission is to visualise and document the creative works of women and women’s (hi)stories. Hittisau Women’s Museum presents changing exhibitions which examine topics from the fields of history, art, architecture, social history, ethnology, craftsmanship, etc. from a female point of view. Attention is paid to switching between or combining regional and international points of view. To accompany the exhibitions, the Women’s Museum offers an extensive supporting programme of individually organised special guided tours, talks, workshops, concerts, readings and film showings.

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Women’s Museum in Hittisau


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Juppenwerkstatt in Riefensberg

Juppenwerkstatt Riefensberg Visitors to the Juppenwerkstatt Riefensberg can find out how the highly complicated national ­costume worn by the ladies of the ­Bregenzerwald is made by coming along to the Juppenwerkstatt. A very special technique is used to make up to 500 pleats in the black dress, for example. The building – former outbuildings of the Krone inn, adorned with a new glass façade, and extending over three storeys – is also worth visiting for its architectural value. opening times May to October Tue 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., guided tours following prior appointment information Riefensberg Tourismus T +43 (0)5513 8356 Alberschwende local history museum Bregenzerwald style of home furnishings: “From flax to linen” opening times upon request information Alberschwende Tourismus T +43 (0)5579 4233

Bezau local history museum A typical residential building, maintained in its original style. It holds national costumes, offers insight into the style of home furnishing in days gone by, and displays a valuable ­collection of sacral art. opening times with guided tours October to June: Tue 2 p.m., July to September: Tue, Thur and Sat 3.30 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. For further guided tours (including of groups), please register at: T +43 (0)664 73513036 information Bezau Tourismus, T +43 (0)5514 2295 Mesmer’s barn in Alberschwende Agricultural museum opening times upon request information Alberschwende Tourismus T +43 (0)5579 4233 Angelika-Kauffmann Museum in Schwarzenberg 19th century style of furnishing in the Bregenzerwald, Angelika ­Kauffmann exhibition in the new wing ( → page 80).

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Felber’s Crooked House in Sibratsgfäll In 1999, 70 million cubic metres of rock swept down into the valley, destroying forest, field and alpine areas in its wake, in addition to 17 buildings. Since then, Felber’s house has been crooked, and can be visited as part of guided tours. opening times upon request information Sibratsgfäll Tourismus T +43 (0)5513 2112-13

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“uf m Tannberg” alpine museum in Schröcken Alpine life in days gone by. Wall charts on the subject of “Swabian children”. opening times June: every Sun from 1 to 4 p.m. July to mid September: every Thur & Sun from 1 to 4 p.m. October: upon request information Warth-Schröcken Tourismus T +43 (0)5519 2670

Kulisse Pfarrhof in Damüls 100 years’ skiing history and tourism in Damüls: Exhibition “Woods.Walser. Winter sport” opening times June to October, Tue and Fri 2 to 5 p.m. Groups upon request information Damüls Tourismus T +43 (0)5510 620-0,

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Images of 19th century life in Hittisau The life and works of five exceptional personalities all born around 1800 in Hittisau are exhibited. opening times upon request information Hittisau Tourismus T +43 (0)5513 6209-50

Franz Michael Felder Museum in ­Schoppernau Franz Michael Felder was a farmer, writer and social reformer and is one of the most historically significant personalities from the Bregenzerwald. The exhibition is an exploration of his life and works. opening times Mo 4 to 6 p.m., Thur 9 to 11 a.m., Fri 5 to 7 p.m., Sun 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. groups: reservation required information Schoppernau Tourismus T +43 (0)5515 2495


Hittisau alpine dairy farm museum Historical alpine dairy kitchen with cheese-making and milk processing equipment, guided tour and cheese tasting. opening times Wed 10 a.m. with guided tour (reserva­tion required) and following prior request information Hittisau Tourismus T +43 (0)5513 6209-50

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Egg Museum Oldest museum in the valley area (founded in 1904). Special exhibitions with a regional theme. opening times Thur, Fri, Sat 3 to 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. information T +43 (0)664 1124341

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Andelsbuch railway station, events location

Cultural initiatives in several towns and villages liven up the events calendar with small yet exquisite programmes. The various folk music festivals are major meeting places. Bahnhof Andelsbuch cultural society Culture is a regular visitor to the “bahnhof”, the converted imperial and royal station in Andelsbuch from the abandoned Wälderbahn. It hosts over 50 events every year. Exhibitions (including the “Long Night of the Museums”), lectures and discussions, fairy story times, lieder evenings and concerts attract locals as well as visitors from Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein to the bahnhof events location. It is the objective of those running the bahnhof to bring global culture to Bregenzerwald and, in the form of the bahnhof, to show the world which culture thrives in these parts, be it the art of young avant-gardists or of the artistic craftsmanship of people from Bregenzerwald. Music has proven particularly popular in the bahnhof. It enjoys an ­international reputation amongst musicians, music agencies and

the media alike. Moreover, it is the birthplace of the most exciting new band to come from Austria at the moment – the Holstuonarmusigbigbandclub (HMBC). information Kulturverein Bahnhof T +43 (0)664 2507789 Bezau Beatz music from all genres It is the aim of Bezau Beatz to share music in all the splendour and variety that exists beyond the listening habits imposed upon the listener by mainstream radio. Lively music performed by artists who are wholeheartedly dedicated to what they do. BEZAU BEATZ Festival Weekend 7 to 9 August 2014 information & dates

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Cultural Outings in Vorarlberg Bregenz: Kunst­haus Bregenz, Festival House with its lakeside stage, old town. Dornbirn: inatura with Science Centre, Rolls Royce Museum Rankweil: basilica worth a visit Feldkirch: medieval old town, Schattenburg Montafon: Silvretta high-mountain road Großes Walsertal biosphere park: parish in St. Gerold, Walserstolz house (dairy and cheese making, exhibitions) Cultural trips in the region where Austria, Germany and Switzerland meet Germany: island town Lindau, Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, medieval wine town Meersburg, Mainau flower island, Birnau monastery, historical council town Constance, Reichenau island (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) Switzerland: monastery and library St. Gallen (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage), Einsiedeln monastery Principality of Liechtenstein: Vaduz, art museum

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Hans Bach moving pictures The vague, constant purring of the 35-mm projector, the massive, heavy rolls of film, the minor mishaps putting in the next reel of film, and an audience which couldn’t be more different if it tried – this and much more are conjured up on the first Sunday of every month at the cinema evening in the Jöslar – presented by Hans Bach moving pictures. Interested cineastes sit wherever they can find a place – a cinema seat, a chair or a bar stool – and indulge in best of cinematic fare. And drinks, of course. Date: the first Sunday of every month, 8 p.m. information Jöslar inn, Andelsbuch www.jö T +43 (0)5512 2312

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Traditional brass band

49th Bregenzerwald Regional Music Festival in Langenegg 26-29 June 2014 The Langenegg music association is the organiser of the 49th Bregenzerwald Regional Music Festival with the motto “There’s an echo in the wood”. The entire village will be dominated by brass music for a whole weekend. Programme preview: Thu: parade Fri: an afternoon with the young Zillertaler Sat: marching competition, procession of the shooting clubs and wearers of the “Juppen” national costume Sun: procession information Dorfklang – the sound of the village 25 April in Krumbach 15 August in Bezau Music and singing can heard in the various pubs throughout the evening. Local music and delicacies specific to the Bregenzerwald provide this evening a very special flair of its own. information

Culture and cheese get-together in Alberschwende 3 July – 21 August 2014 Every Thursday from 7 p.m., entertainment with a supporting programme is on offer in the village square. This offers locals and guests the opportunity to get together for the evening. Alpine dairy farmers, farmers and pub landlords offer regional delicacies. Admission is free. The event is held in the Hermann-Gmeiner Hall in the event of bad weather. information Alberschwende Tourismus Summ’r Hock in Andelsbuch 11 July – 22 August 2014 The Summ’r Hock series of events is organised by a different association from Andelsbuch every Friday from 7 p.m. in the school yard. Each evening has its own motto, with live music and regional delicacies on offer. Thanks to the canopy, Summ’r Hock will be held whatever the weather. Admission is free. information Andelsbuch Tourismus

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The Bregenzerwald locals are masters in the art of cheese and cheese culture. The Bregenzerwald K채seStrasse with its selection of enjoyable stations is dedicated to the subject of cheese. The chefs in the multi award-winning restaurants and inns also skilfully master the art of cooking.

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Alpine dairy in Schnepfau

How come a valley community in which, a century ago, Sunday dinner comprised a sort of wheat flour mash (with maize grits the rest of the week) is now a gourmet region with specialities whose origins are protected and where refined gastronomy is at home in many restaurants? The Bregenzerwald is an Austrian gourmet region. These days, the word “gourmet” is used all too frequently in advertising: however, the expression “gourmet region” has a specific meaning: it is a registered brand by the Austrian Ministry for Food and the AMA (Agrarmarkt Austria), wishing to remind consumers of regional specialities. The basic p ­ rerequisites are that the ingredients come from the region, that production is regional, and that the products are firmly rooted in regional gastronomy.

In the Bregenzerwald, this means alpine cheese. Every year, approximately 3,000 tons of alpine cheese are produced in the valley’s 17 dairies. Every year, 200 tons of alpine cheese are handmade by the 90 or more dairy alps every summer. The special thing about this cheese is the silofree milk it is produced from, since only 2% of EU dairy farmers produce in this way, i.e. their cows never eat silo fodder – instead, between May and October, they only eat grass and herbs. During the winter, they only eat the air-dried hay from valley meadows. In the so-called three-stage farming method, following their ­winter in the barn, the animals graze on the mountain pastures located at medium height (around 900 m) ­during the spring and the autumn, and on the high mountain pasture during the summer. The mountain pastures are run as a collective, since the farmers only have an average of 12 cows in the barn.

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The passage of this modest alp fare to the current first-class restaurants in the Bregenzerwald – which now use over 50 regional types of cheese – went through a series of changes which demanded quality rather than ­quantity. These include the 1997 EU Protection of Origin of alpine and mountain cheeses, the establishment of the “­KäseStrasse Bregenzerwald” in 1998 as a network of farmers, alpine ­dairies, craftsmen, publicans and businesses, the “Gourmet region of the ­Bregenzerwald” in 2005, the ­Vorarlberg quality marketing “luag druf” in 2005, the inclusion of ­Bregenzerwald mountain cheese into the “Ark of taste” by Slow Food 2008, and the “­Bregenzerwald Gourmet Days” by the KäseStrasse in July 2009. The toughest taste test is still the most regional however: every year, alpine and mountain cheese is judged in Schwarzenberg. The winner at this event is enough to ­satisfy any gourmet’s taste buds.

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No doubt he dined differently to the people back home, where cooking over an open fire resulted above all in simple pan-fried dishes such as the “Riebel” and the “­Schwozermuas”. Up on the alp, flour, salt, butter, quark and cheese were the main ingredients. The recipe for “­Schwozermus” – named for the woodcutters from Schwaz – was: “Water, flour, salt, dripping – and that’s it!”

The lack of bread on the alp gave rise to the “­Käsknöpfle”, to “Sig”, known only in the Bregenzerwald and which is caramelised lactose, since they wanted to make a further product from the whey.

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The three-stage farming method (inscribed in the Austrian national UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the spring of 2011) in particular gives the alpine cheese the special flavour which means it can easily contend with the well-known European full-fat cheeses. It has been like this for a long time: back at the start of the 19th century, the inhabitants of the Bregenzerwald sold over 30,000 kg of cheese to the monarchy and abroad. In 1877, Karl von S ­ eyffertitz wrote: “Everywhere – including in the cheerful Vorderwald, in Hittisau and Lingenau, you will meet a unique people in strange national dress in wood-panelled parlours with floors scrubbed white, with shiny door handles – the men busy looking after a dairy breed of cow and overseeing the production of a popular, world-famous fine cheese, the women busy with elaborate whitework embroidery.” However, it wasn’t the producers back then who made all the money – it was the sellers. The Schnepfau local Josef Ambros Moosbrugger, for example, made so much profit from selling cheese that he could afford a city palace in Milan.





Alpine dairyman on the alp

The KäseStrasse isn’t a street or a road in the usual sense: it is a union of experts from various disciplines. Throughout the whole year, the members organise events, invite people to tasting sessions, and initiate the uninitiated into the secrets of cheese production.

Bregenzerwälder KäseHerbst Bregenzerwald celebrates its fifth season from early September through to the end of October. Visitors can experience the culinary and cultural highlights of autumn here: stopping off in an cheese inn or restaurant, paying a visit to the cheese-makers, experiencing the A journey of discovery for the senses lively hustle and bustle you get at KäseStrasse Bregenzerwald is a union livestock and farmers’ markets, visiof farmers and alps, alpine dairymen ting alpine dairies, testing the wares, and cheese-makers, cheese restaurants etc. The alpine day and the market in and inns, museums and railways, tour- Schwarzenberg are traditional. ist organisations and partners from information the fields of trade and industry. The T +43 (0)5513 42870-41 thing that unites over 160 partners in the KäseStrasse network is the tip: “rehmer sennhus” in au ­cultivation and the maintenance of culinary delights and regional culture. dairying according to old tradition . Further stations on KäseStrasse The cheese wire and cheese cloth include: the modern cheese cellar are used to make cheese at Auin Lingenau, where approx. 32.000 Rehmen alpine dairy. In addition blocks of cheese are left to mature; the to the manually produced cheese, Käsehaus in Andelsbuch, open seven other traditional dairy products days a week selling the entire range of are on sale: “Gisg”, Zieger and cheeses and delicacies from Bregen“Seagen” (a type of whey soup). zerwald, the alpine dairy school in Egg information (Metzler Molke → page 61), where you Rehmer Sennhus can make your own cream cheese in a T +43 (0)5515 2995 course.

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Bergrestaurant Simma, Mellau T +43 (0)5518 2761 opening times 14 June to 12 October


Elsenalpstube mountain inn, Damüls T +43 (0)5510 297 opening times 7 June to 12 October

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Panoramarestaurant Diedamskopf, Au-Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 4110 0 opening times 29 May to 12 October


“BERGGUT” breakfast Almhotel Hochhäderich: every Sunday between 8 and 10 a.m. Bergrestaurant Simma: daily between 9 and 11.30 a.m. Elsenalpstube: every Sunday between mid-June and the end of September Hochalp hiking hut: every Thursday from 9 a.m. Panoramarestaurant Diedamskopf: every Tuesday between 17 June and 16 September from 8 to 11 a.m. “BERGGUT” brunch Almhotel Hochhäderich: 21 June from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with regional products and music as entertainment – on the sun terrace in good weather.

Almhotel Hochhäderich, Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 82540 opening times Mid-July to end of October (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

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BERGGUT – good things from the Bregenzerwald is the motto of the ­initiative. A special menu informs diners which ingredients come directly from regional farms and manufactories – or even from the restaurant’s own garden!

“Hochalp” hiking hut, Warth T +43 (0)5583 4250 ­­­­­opening times 27 June to 5 October

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The limelight is on regional delicacies offered by mountain inns and restaurants catering for day-trippers.

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Step by step from course to course

Step by step from course to course – wander through a lovely selection of Bregenzerwald landscapes and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dessert with regional specialties in a range of mountain inns or restaurants. Bezau (14 June – 5 October) To enjoy your mountain breakfast, take the cable car upwards from Bezau to the panorama restaurant. On the mountain path with a view, you hike to the mountain pasture settlement of Schönenbach, where you are served delicious cheese spätzle in Gasthaus Egender. You take the bus back to Bezau for dessert in Café Katrina. Walking time: approx. 3 ½ hours Mellau (14 June – 12 October) You take the cable car from Mellau to Rossstelle mountain station. Following your mountain breakfast in Simma mountain restaurant, you hike on the Kanisfluh, one of the most striking mountains to be found in the Bregenzerwald. Once you have made it to the summit, lunch is served in the Alpengasthaus Edelweiß. Following a hike, enjoy dessert in Nazes Hus in Mellau. Walking time: approx. 5 hours

Schwarzenberg (1 May – 31 October) Following a mountain breakfast in Berg­ hof Fetz, you hike across alpine meadows to Gasthof Alpenrose, where lunch is served. Following the hike back to Schwarzen­ berg, enjoy dessert in Café Angelikahöhe. Walking time: approx. 4 ½ hours Schröcken (25 June – 4 September) Walking time: approx. 4 ½ hours After a short ascent, the day begins with an alpine breakfast on Felle alp. Lunch is enjoyed in Hotel Körbersee next to the idyllic Körbersee. Back in the valley, dessert is served in Hotel Tannberg. Walking time: approx. 4 ½ hours

price per person: € 30 – 50* (depending on the hike) * discount available with the Bregenzerwald Guest Card or a season ticket includes the following - Description of the hiking route and hiking map - vouchers for the meals - Tickets for the cable car and bus information & booking Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH T +43 (0)5512 2365

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Löwen mountain distillery A modern mountain distillery with a small shop has been erected in the former Gasthof zum Löwen in Au-Rehmen, which is under a preservation order. Stillman Bartle is faced with the challenge of compressing and concentrating the essentials in fruits, herbs and roots. opening times daily from 3 to 6 p.m., tasting ­sessions and guided tours ­available upon request Information T +43 (0)5515 25964

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FranzMichl-Vinothek The cosily furnished wine bar in the centre of Schoppernau has a large selection of fine wines. opening times Tue, Fri 5 p.m. to midnight, ­Saturday 4 to 11 p.m. NEW: beer garden 5 to 10 p.m. information T +43 (0)680 500 1002

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Ms Kaufmann: learning to cook the home-made way “Ms Kaufmann” teaches her students to cook a four-course meal according to old recipes, either sticking to the original or applying contemporary changes. Everybody participates in each course, either cooking or observing. The individual dishes are eaten as soon as they are ready, served with a suitable wine. Depending on the subject, interesting guests, experienced cooks, farmers or wine-growers are invited along. The cooking session includes the recipes, an aperitif, enjoyment of the meal together – including wine – and a taster for home. The shop and the online shop are perfect for all those who wish to take the pleasurable atmosphere of the cooking lessons home with them. The shop and the restaurants are open every Friday between 3 and 7 p.m. during the school year. information Karin Kaufmann T +43 (0)676 4954144

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Ms Kaufmann in her cooking studio


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Regional cuisine with creative touches

The Bregenzerwald has a considerable number of restaurants and inns for those who enjoy good food. This includes a few exceptional addresses. MundArt The term “MundArt” has two meanings in the Bregenzerwald: firstly, it means the special dialects maintained in this region – even the Vorarlberg locals don’t understand it all! Secondly, “MundArt” stands for the creativity displayed by the Bregenzerwald catering trade. For them, it is a matter of etiquette to use produce from local farms in their kitchens: meat, vegetables, herbs and dairy products. The following award-winning Bregenzerwald inns and restaurants have made it their business to adopt “MundArt” as their motto. information

Gasthof Adler in Schwarzenberg T +43 (0)5512 2966 Gasthof Hirschen in Schwarzenberg T +43 (0)5512 2944-0 Gasthof Krone in Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 6201 Gasthof Gams in Bezau T +43 (0)5514 2220 Hotel Krone in Au T +43 (0)5515 2201 Hotel Post in Bezau T +43 (0)5514 2207-0 Hotel Das Schiff in Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 6220 Restaurant Schulhus in Krumbach T +43 (0)5513 8389

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The moor ­restaurateurs Gasthof Adler T +43 (0)5513 8156-0 Restaurant Schulhus T +43 (0)5513 8389 Kur- und Gesundheitshotel Rossbad T +43 (0)5513 5110 Krumbacher Stuba T +43 (0)5513 8724

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literature on the moors Aperitif, two-course meal, walk on the moors and musical accompaniment by an ensemble from ­Krumbach music association, and literary entertainment by Bregenzerwald poet Birgit Rietzler. Time: 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Culinary delights and the romance of the moors 5 June 2014, Restaurant Schulhus Top dining with moorland humour 3 July 2014, Krumbacher Stuba Fine dining and enjoyment 7 August 2014, Kurhotel Rossbad Tasty treats pepped up word-forword 4 September 2014, Gasthof Adler Price per person: € 35 (reservations required)

dawn on the moors – breakfast on the moors Saturday, set off at 6 a.m. at the ­appropriate inn, breakfast at 8 a.m. 7 June, Restaurant Schulhus 5 July, Krumbacher Stuba 9 August, Kurhotel Rossbad 6 September, Gasthof Adler Price per person: € 17 (incl. guided walk on the moors and breakfast) reservations required

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Moor restaurateurs, Krumbach Four restaurateurs have taken up the topic of “Krumbach’s moorlands” as their mission. As “moor restaurateurs”, they offer their guests guided tours, cookery courses and moorland days to experience the moorland in full. At least one dish related to the moors is included in the menu throughout the year.

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Gabi Strahammer from Restaurant Schulhus gathering herbs


feasting in the bregenzerwald Chefs from the Bregenzerwald invite you to an exclusive dining event – a five-course meal. Dinner is taken outside if the weather is good – on a farm, in front of a hut, in the garden or on the moor or, if the weather is not so good, then indoors.

21 June 2014, 6 p.m.: Fawn and cheese Terrace of the panorama restaurant Baumgarten in Bezau Aperitif on the roof terrace. Chef Gernot Reheis and the suppliers provide details about the food. Maximum 30 guests. Price per person: € 92

15 May 2014, 7 p.m.: Arctic char, trout and steak Werkraum Haus, Andelsbuch Karin Kaufmann does the cooking. The suppliers are there, join in the cooking and impart interesting information about their products. Maximum 30 guests. Price per person: € 92

4 July 2014, 6 p.m.: Venison and beer Mountain pasture hut in Bizau The chefs of the Schwanen serve dinner. Antonia Moosbrugger (Schwanen) tells guests about Hildegard von Bingen. Beer sommelier Emanuel Moosbrugger provides special types of beer to accompany the courses. Hubert Egender and organic farmer Ludwig Greußing talk about venison and good quality food. Maximum 20 guests. Price per person: € 94

24 May 2014, 6.30 p.m.: Goat’s cheese and herbs The garden of Villa Maund, ­Schoppernau Willi Muxel from Adler inn in Schoppernau does the cooking. Annemarie Bär explains the herbs, Manuel Zelzer plays the guitar. Maximum 30 guests. Price per person: € 96 5 June 2014, 7 p.m.: Whey, veal and goat Herb garden on Ingo Metzler’s farm, Egg Engelbert Kaufmann from Adler inn in Schwarzenberg does the cooking. Ingo Metzler talks about whey, Ariel Lang recites texts by and about Franz Michael Felder. Maximum 30 guests. Price per person: € 99 13 June 2014, 7 p.m.: Veal and cheese Field on the Hochstadel, Doren Brigitte and Otto Nöckl from Adler inn in Doren cook with meat from their own farm, and cheese from the multiaward-winning Doren Huban alpine dairy. Maximum 30 guests. Price per person: € 85

18/19/20 July 2014, 6.30 p.m.: Moorland pork and moorland herbs Moorraum in Krumbach Gabi Strahammer from the Schulhus in Krumbach does the cooking. With a reading by Michaela Bilgeri and a culinary dialogue with Herbert and Gabi Strahammer. Maximum 18 guests. Price per person: € 99 5 September 2014, 6.30 p.m.: Whitefish and sig Hotel Hirschen in Schwarzenberg Mario Herrmann from Hotel Hirschen does the cooking. With an art tour by patron Franz Fetz and 70s-style music. Maximum 30 guests. Price per person: € 93 information & reservation Bregenzerwald Tourismus T +43 (0)5512 2365

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Who doesn’t occasionally long for a retreat, for a leisurely pace, for stimuli which pamper the body and soul? The Bregenzerwald is such a retreat. With a great selection of specialised hotels and range of services for your very own well-being.

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Wellness with a view

Curative or preventative: if you want to lend your health a helping hand, you are in the right place! Some health hotels also offer wellness days for visitors who are not guests of their establishments. Prior reservations are required for all these programmes. Gesundhotel Bad Reuthe**** Applications using mud, wellness and beauty package deals. Lovely ­bathing house with a sauna and ­wellness complex and pool in the ­garden (open to the public). Reuthe, T +43 (0)5514 2265-0 Relax day 1 mud pack with freshly cut natural mud or herbal bath, 1 all-over body massage, 1 facial exfoliant and mask, including day ticket to the thermal bath and sauna and wellness world, fitness room. Price per Person: € 108 Hotel Schwanen**** Certified organic hotel, Detox and wellness programmes according to the teachings of Abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Bizau, T +43 (0)5514 2133

Vitalhotel Quellengarten*** Active hotel offering sports and ­relaxation activities. Spacious bathing and sauna complex plus fitness centre (open to the public). Lingenau, T +43 (0)5513 6461-0 Chill-out day 1 back massage, 1 wellness bath of your choice, 1 solarium session, day ticket to the bathing and sauna world, use of the fitness room. Price per Person: € 92.30 Kur- und Gesundheitshotel Rossbad*** Therapeutic fasting, Moor vitality weeks, Kneipp treatments, wholefood cuisine. Krumbach, T +43 (0)5513 5110 Rossbad wellness day Full-body massage, Scottish salt bath in the flotation lounger, affusion stimulating to the skin, use of the sauna and wellness area, including breakfast buffet, lunch and evening meal. Price per Person: € 150

Romantik Hotel Das Schiff**** enjoyment the metzler way: Lovely, new suites, enlarged relaxation area with pool and large garden, multi award-winning kitchen. Hittisau, T +43 (0)5513 6220-0

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Hirschen Wohlfühlhotel**** Informal establishment, adventure swimming pool with panoramic view of the countryside. Schoppernau, T +43 (0)5515 21150 Wellness day A sparkling welcome, snugly bath robe, pampering facial, relaxing partial-body massage, light wellness lunch, relaxation in the whirlpool, in the sauna, in the steam bath, on waterbeds, total immersion in the panoramic adventure pool (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Price per Person: € 132

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Sonne Lifestyle Resort****S Modern-yet-cosy designer rooms and suites, spacious [comfort zone] spa. Mellau, T +43 (0)5518 20100-0 Wellness day in the Comfort Zone day spa for him and her 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Long breakfast from the Marktwelt (open daily between 7.30 and 10.30 a.m.); swimming bag including bathrobe, slippers, towel for use during your stay; bathing and nude zone, fitness centre. Wellness vitality snack in the

Damülser Hof**** Wellness & Spa Family-run establishment with an informal atmosphere in a picturesque location at an altitude of 1,500 m above sea level, large wellness area (1,500 m²) with swimming pool, panorama sauna, quiet room, fitness room; applications such as massages, beauty packs and wellness baths. Damüls, T +43 (0)5510 210

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Hotel Post****S Mother Nature and sports, spa and detox, enjoyment and culture come together for the perfect holiday. Bezau, T +43 (0)5514 2207 1 day All-round healthy Relaxing tuina massage for the face and head, back massage, herb and whey bath in the crystal/coloured light/magnetic field tub, full-day use of the wellness area, welcome aperitif, light lunch Price per Person: € 186

r­ estaurant, snacks and drinks in the tea & juice corner. Deal including voucher worth € 100, can be redeemed against all spa treatments and therapies. Price per person: € 139


GAMS, Genießer- & Kuschelhotel****S Blossom palace and cocoon with 52 romantic suites. Da Vinci Spa dream world with 2,000 m² of wellness. Bezau, T +43 (0)5514 2220

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These hotels are particularly orientated towards pampering their guests with pleasurable and exciting sensations for body, mind and soul. Some also offer wellness days for visitors who are not guests of their establishments. Prior reservations are required for all these programmes.

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wellness hotels Hotel Krone**** Modern wooden architecture, Wellness area, Sky spa in the fourth and fifth storeys with a view of the countryside. ­Bathing lake with spacious garden and relaxation complex. Indoor pool, wellness ­treatments. Au, T +43 (0)5515 2201-0 Wellnesshotel Linde**** Wellness and golf hotel with the elegant Sunset spa and a magnificent view. (open to the public) Sulzberg, T +43 (0)5516 2025 Wellness day 1 pack of fresh hay flowers, 1 back massage, day ticket to our Sunset spa with wellness pool, sauna complex, fitness room. Price per Person: € 74.50 Sporthotel Steffisalp**** Modern hotel with SteffisSpa. Warth, T +43 (0)5583 3699 Wellness day at SteffisSpa Use of vitality pool, sauna complex, steam bath and infra­red cabin. Price per person: € 19 (incl. bathrobe and towels ) Landhotel Hirschen*** Yoga and herb weeks/days, wellness days, Moon week, forest experience days, base fasting, therapeutic fasting according to Dr Buchinger, talks on herbs, own herb garden. Hittisau, T +43 (0)5513 2320 Wellness day 1 massage of your choice, 1 coloured light and sound therapy, 1 bath of your choice, use of the sauna, steam bath and wellness oasis. Price per Person: € 120

Water & moor Riefensberg barefoot course You can train your five motor skills at the 22 stations of the new barefoot and fitness course. This covers coordination, stamina, strength, agility and speed. information Riefensberg Tourismus T +43 (0)5513 8356 Bizau – where water tickles your toes The Ulvenbach flows in the wide valley plane, close to the centre of Bizau. It is here that visitors can walk barefoot over a stretch about 0.6 km in length, take in the natural sights and sounds of the stream, and admire rare plants. information & brochure Bizau Tourismus T +43 (0)5514 2129 Moorbad Sibratsgfäll Surrounded by Mother Nature on all sides, a paddling basin, two mud baths and a natural-water swimming pool await. (Early June to late September) information Sibratsgfäll Tourismus T +43 (0)5513 2112-13

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information & booking Krumbach village hall T +43 (0)5513 8157


Small Blue and moor lemonade Children discover the moors for children between 5 and 10 years of age Dates: Saturday, 26 April and 4 October 2014 Meeting point: 10 a.m., tennis court in Krumbach

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(ditches), the night draws closer again. Your animal spirits will certainly return for good when you kick the water in the cool ditches, if not before. Those who wish can make their way barefoot up towards the Moorraum, where the morning’s vibrancy is sure to be celebrated! guided walking tours of the moor Dates: 3 to 31 May & 6 June to 27 September, every Saturday, 10 a.m 5 June to 28 August, every Thursday, 9.30 a.m Duration: 2 hours Price per person: € 5, children under 14: free of charge

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Vital energy in the moor How do moors contribute to climate protection? What plants and animals are found there? How do we obtain vital energy there? The access points to the Krumbach moors are diverse. Sometimes one may not find one’s way into them right away. The moor guides bring vibrant knowledge and exciting stories to your journey between the centre of the village and the Rossband nature reserve. Bio-mass enrichment of the water-saturated environment means that carbon dioxide has been stored up in the moors since their initial formation. For that reason alone they deserve our respect and protection. At the Moorsitze (moor seats), the nature and history of the moors are brought to life. Beyond the main roads, the Moorraum (moor room) is definitely worth a visit, regardless of the weather. Insiders recommend visiting the Krumbach moors between five and seven in the morning. In the summer, an early walk through the moors promotes vitality. Starting in Rossbad, walkers make their way through the dawn light to Moorsitz Engisholz. Condensation on the cool ground causes the moor to steam and sparkle. Passing by the Wüstegraben

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Moor seats with integrated information plaques


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Bregenzerwald skin-care range

Bregenzerwald skin-care range Nature and culture. Sports and pleasure. The Bregenzerwald offers inspiration for the body and soul all year round. There is a range of skincare products to actively pamper you. Made from plants which are blended to produce an effective mixture to care for your skin and muscles. Produced and packaged locally, the skin-care products are a holiday souvenir you can take home for yourself or give as a present. inform­­­ation Whey body care products The Metzler family offers a wide selection of whey products: cosmetics, refreshing drinks, bath salts, etc. (→ page 61) inform­­­ation Susanne Kaufmann Spa Cosmetics A clear look and essences from Bregenzerwald nature determine the products. They are available in the Hotel Post and in the online shop. inform­­­ation

Soap-boiling course in Au-Schoppernau Soap boiling is an old handicraft with a long tradition. Various vegetable fats and oils, caustic soda and Schoppernau spring water serve as the basis. Flowers and herbs from her own garden and the surrounding mountain pastures are additives which give the hand-made ­natural soap its colour, texture and other properties. (From 14 years of age) Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: Karin Beer, Schoppernau, Halde 395 Date: 1 July until 26 August 2014, every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. Duration: approx. 2.5 to 3 hours Price per person: € 39 including material and detailed manuscript with recipes. information & reservation by telephone until the day before Karin Beer T +43 (0)664 4155330


A look at the Bregenzerwald

Vorarlberg – where Lake Constance, mountains, major festivals and modern architecture are a source of inspiration. It is easy to get around Vorarlberg, the state in the far west of Austria. Everything is comfortably close. There is any amount of opportunities for discovering the exceptional treasures around Lake Constance and in the mountains, to discover things you had never even dreamt about, and to spend an intensive time here. Enjoy great opera outdoors on Lake Constance. Admire the interplay of traditional and contemporary wooden architecture. Enjoy sporting activities in the mountains. Discover miracles of nature with the family. Interesting buildings in towns and villages surprise you. Nowhere else in Austria will you find as much wellbuilt, contemporary architecture in

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such a small space. Many hotels have adopted the new style in recent years. Natural materials bestow the rooms with a special, feel-good atmosphere. The cultural scene can be described as cosmopolitan. World-class festivals and discerning exhibitions are on the agenda the whole year round. The cuisine in the numerous excellent pubs and restaurants relies on regional products, with an imaginative twist. Many of the delicacies come from small farms or workshops specialising in delicacies. The active can walk or take the cable car to the mountains or to impressive viewing points. Thematic trails tell stories about the water, the woods, the moors, plants and animals. Artistically designed paths stimulate the senses.

information Vorarlberg Tourismus T + 43 (0)5572 377033-0



how to reach vorarlberg How to reach Vorarlberg by train The closest railway stations (distances to Egg): • Bregenz (A): 26 km • Dornbirn (A): 20 km • St. Margrethen (CH): 32 km • Lindau (D): 35 km Timetable information:

Munich 216 km

Friedrichshafen 62 km Memmingen 103 km

Lake Constance


Altenrhein 41 km Zurich 140 km


Bregenzerwald Klein walsertal



Brandnertal – Alpen- Arlberg stadt Bludenz – Klostertal – Großes Walsertal

Innsbruck 200 km


Montafon CH

Distances to Egg in the Bregenzerwald

How to reach Vorarlberg by car from the north • Stuttgart-Ulm-Lindau • or München-Memmingen-Lindau from the west via Swiss ­motorways* via Zurich-St. GallenSt. Margrethen from the south via the routes • Brenner motorway-Innsbruck-­ Arlberg pass-Lech-Warth** • or Arlberg road tunnel*-BludenzGroßes Walsertal • or Arlberg road tunnel*-FeldkirchDornbirn • Como-San Bernardino-ChurSt. Margrethen* from the east • Innsbruck-Arlberg pass-LechWarth** • or Arlberg road tunnel*-BludenzGroßes Walsertal • or Arlberg road tunnel*-FeldkirchDornbirn

*toll road / ** closed in winter

toll sticker required by law A toll applies to the use of Austria’s motorways and dual carriageways. Types of toll sticker: 10-day, 2-month and yearly stickers. ­ Information:

How to reach Vorarlberg by aeroplane Zurich (CH), Friedrichshafen (D), Memmingen (D), Munich (D), Innsbruck (A); Transfers from the airports to the Bregenzerwald: Public buses in the region The Bregenzewald has an ­excellent public bus service. Use of the ­Bregenzerwald rural bus is included for holders of the Bregenzerwald Guest Card (→ page 8) Timetables, fares and information: Taxis in the region Rüf Transporte Au, T +43 (0)5515 2280 Taxi Fechtig Bezau, T +43 (0)5514 2311 Taxi Alfons Bischof Damüls, T +43 (0)5510 233 Taxi Ernst Bischof Damüls, T +43 (0)5510 275 Hagspiel Touristik Hittisau, T +43 (0)5513 6335 Felder Reisen Mellau, T +43 (0)5518 2257 Ritter Tours Schröcken, T +43 (0)5519 211 Taxi Zündel Schwarzenberg, T +43 (0)664 98 53 113 Taxi Hörburger Krumbach, T +43 (0)664 1851333

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