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WINTER IN VORARLBERG 2010/11


DEAR READERS, A cast-iron figure in the snow? What is it doing there? What is its purpose? What do you think? The sculpture is part of Horizon Field, a landscape installation which renowned British sculptor Antony Gormley erected in the Vorarlberg mountains. Gormley invites spectators and visitors to become a part of Horizon Field, to take the Antony Gormley, Horizon Field, August 2010 – April 2012, A landscape installation in the high-alpine mountains of Vorarlberg (close-up).Presented by Kunsthaus Bregenz © Antony Gormley and Kunsthaus Bregenz, photo credit: Markus Tretter

time to look at the world around them and give free rein to their imagination. We like this idea, because we, too, want to invite you to come and see Vorarlberg with your own eyes, to pick up one or the other inspiration, to explore something new, and to live your very own moments of bliss. Perhaps when you etch the first tracks on the 12 km long Hochjoch Totale at sunrise? Or during your first ski tour? Or on a snow-shoe hike through fresh powder? Or when you encounter contemporary Vorarlberg architecture and find out more about its unique characteristics and sensuous qualities? When tasting mouth-watering regional delicacies? With landlords who devote their full attention to pampering you in style? For more inspiration on active or inspiring winter holidays in Vorarlberg, browse through the following pages. We look forward to your visit!

Christian Schützinger Managing Director Vorarlberg State Tourist Board

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SCENIC APPEAL SUPREMELY LOCATED IN THE VERY WEST OF AUSTRIA, BETWEEN LAKE CONSTANCE AND THE ARLBERG, SILVRETTA AND RAETIKON MOUNTAIN RANGES, VORARLBERG IS A DYNAMIC REGION WITH A PENCHANT FOR THE ARTS. AT THE MEETING POINT OF THE EASTERN AND THE WESTERN ALPS, VORARLBERG HAS BEEN A CROSSROADS SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL. THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN WATERSHED BETWEEN THE BLACK SEA AND THE NORTH SEA RUNS ACROSS VORARLBERG. THESE CONNECTING AND AT THE SAME TIME DIVIDING ASPECTS MAKE FOR ITS SCENIC SPLENDOUR. THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE IS SURPRISINGLY VARIED, WITH GENTLE PLAINS AND UNDULATING HILLS IN THE NORTH, AND RIVETING MOUNTAIN PEAKS IN THE SOUTH. AROUND EVERY CORNER, NEW VIEWS AND VISTAS UNFOLD.

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NEW HORIZONS A STUNNING INSTALLATION OF 100 CAST

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ADRENALINE RUSH

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HIGH CULTURE

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PALATE TITILLATING

FREE-RIDING ON VIRGIN SNOW

IRON SCULPTURES IN THE VORARLBERG MOUNTAINS

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STEEPED IN NATURE

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HEARTFELT HOSPITALITY

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LOOKING AHEAD

EXPLORING WINTER WONDERLAND OFF THE BEATEN TRACKS

ACCOMMODATION IN STYLE. FROM LUXE TO LAID-BACK

EVENTS FULL OF ATMOSPHERE NOT TO BE MISSED

CULINARY TREATS – IMAGINATIVE AND WITH A STRONG REGIONAL TWIST

A FIRST PREVIEW OF THE COMING SUMMER

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Roman Rohrmoser and Martin Winkler at Eisent채lijoch/Verwall, looking to the Rhine valley, Photo credit: Peter Mathis


NEW HORIZONS WHAT A VIEW! ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE EFFORT. SOON WE WILL BE HEADING DOWN ON FABULOUS VIRGIN SLOPES. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, WE SHOULD BE ENCOUNTERING ANTONY GORMLEY’S SCULPTURES JUST STANDING THERE, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Some years ago, Antony Gormley spent his holidays in Vorarlberg, finding inspiration both in its scenic beauty and its special atmosphere. He fell in love with the local topography, the interplay of hi and lo. The scenic variety within such limited confines left an indelible impression on him. This atmospheric location inspired him to create a landscape installation in the mountains of the upper Bregenzerwald, the Kleinwalsertal and the Arlberg region. This is his first installation in the mountains, and the largest ever shown in Austria. Antony Gormley is a sculptor and one of the most renowned British contemporary artists. He first

Antony Gormley, Horizon Field, August 2010 – April 2012

came to Vorarlberg to prepare an exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz. Horizon Field, as his landscape installation is called, is also a fruit of cooperation with Kunsthaus Bregenz. It consists of 100 life-size iron casts, exposed to the elements, placed at carefully selected sites at 2,039m altitude until April 2012. Some of the figures can be seen when skiing or hiking by, others are visible from given vantage points only. Find out more about Antony Gormley‘s project, its background, the different locations, and about side events on the internet at www.vorarlberg.travel and www.kunsthaus-bregenz.at, or ask for a brochure.

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At Trittkopf, Arlberg/rider: Chris Ebenbichler, photo credit: Peter Mathis

ADRENALINE RUSH LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT – A SPRAY OF POWDER AROUND YOU. AHEAD? GENTLE RIMS ALTERNATING WITH BEAUTIFULLY SLOPED RUNS. UNTOUCHED, PRISTINE, AEONS AWAY FROM THE WORLD. GLIDING, FLOATING, PAUSING AT ONE’S OWN PACE. THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS. A SUBLIME FEELING YOU WOULD WISH TO LAST FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER …

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Whoever has tried free-riding or off-trail skiing became hooked immediately: Taking the lift to ascend, perhaps mounting uphill for a short while, before carving your own trail on an ungroomed slope, either on skis or a snowboard. Vorarlberg offers ideal conditions for free-riding and offpiste guiding. Owing to its location on the northern rim of the Alps, the snow cover tends to be overabundant. Ski instructors and mountain guides in the ski schools know where to find the most beautiful slopes for freeriders. They also run courses for beginners. The better

you master the technique of deep-snow riding, the greater the fun. Escorted tours cater to proficient skiers. The advantage of being led by a professional guide who is familiar with the local terrain is clearly at hand: if you want to move in open terrain without risk, you must understand the language of snow. Out of consideration for nature, you should always be accompanied by an expert who knows the ins and outs of the local terrain. What else do freeriders need? An avalanche beacon, a probe and a shovel, all available at ski rentals. Courses on how to use these devices are run at all ski schools.

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Ski tour up to Niedere, Andelsbuch/Bregenzerwald, photo credit: Ludwig Berchtold


The mother of all descents? Hochjoch Totale in the ski area of Schruns in the Montafon is defined by the principle of the vertical. Once a week, in the small hours of the morning, at sunrise, when the snow is still untouched, the 12 km long run is reserved for a handpicked number of early-bird skiers. The best areas for freeriders? Lech Zürs am Sajas Diedamspark, photo credit: Daniel Ausweger young mountain marketing gmbh/QParks

Arlberg. Here, the ski schools have been specialising for years in exploring the extensive terrain with practiced skiers or kindling a passion for off-trail skiing in newcomers. Sonnenkopf in the Klostertal valley is a wonderful freeriding area with divine powder slopes, complete with a selection of ultrademanding runs. At the Hochjoch near Schruns and in the ski area of St. Gallenkirch/ Gaschurn, freeriders are informed about the current avalanche situation and can have their gear examined at four checkpoints. The ski areas in the Bregenzerwald, notably Warth-Schröcken und Au-Schoppernau, offer

Roggalspitze, photo credit: Mallaun/Lech Zürs Tourismus

courses and bespoke packages for off-trail skiing. The Bregenzerwald is a good choice for ski touring devotees in search of guided tours and holiday packages for beginners and ski touring experts. The most popular skiing terrains for backcountry purists are the Arlberg and the Silvretta in the Montafon. “Respect your limits“ is an awareness-raising initiative to protect the vulnerable habitat of fauna and flora. To find out about how to behave properly in nature, check out the website www.respektiere-deine-grenzen.at

Hochjoch Totale/Silvretta Montafon

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Winter hiking in the Kleinwalsertal, photo credit: Hans Wiesenhofer/Kleinwalsertal Tourismus


STEEPED IN NATURE ALL THAT GLITTER AND SPARKLE! THE SNOW, OH SO SOFT. STARTLING WINTER QUIET AS WE PROGRESS, STEP BY STEP. TIME, AT LAST, TO LET THE MIND WANDER. HOW SOOTHING, TO JUST CONCENTRATE ON THE MOMENT. AND TO SHARE THESE MOMENTS WITH OTHERS. Discovering winter off the bustling slopes is most rewarding in good company, either with a partner, or in a small group. Vorarlberg offers opportunities galore. In all regions one finds marked winter hiking trails that take visitors across snow-blanketed meadows, woodland, along river shores, up to the most beautiful lookouts and sun-terraced mountain inns. Many resorts and landlords arrange for guided walks, some at night-time, by torch or lantern light. Have you ever tried snow-shoe rambling? What an unmissable experience! The technique is easy to learn. Most tours run cross-country, to allow you to develop a feel for deep snow even if you are not a professed ski-totaller. The

extra advantage being that those practical boots will keep you from sinking in the snow. If you prefer travelling at a faster pace, go cross-country skiing or tobogganing. Virtually every resort features cross-country trails, as well as tobogganing runs. Many are open during night time and flood lit. All-out fun, not only for the little ones. Whether you take a quick breath of crisp mountain air or opt for a lengthy tour through the snow, you are bound to feel soothingly relaxed and stimulated afterwards. Ample scientific evidence suggests that winter-season activities at moderate altitudes have a strong recuperative effect.

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HIGH CULTURE “CELESTE AIDA, FORMA DIVINA …“. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE SPECTACLE! THE BREGENZ FESTIVAL IS PUTTING IN A GUEST PERFORMANCE IN LECH, AMIDST SNOW, FIRE, LIGHT AND STAR-LIT SKIES. FEELING COLD, WHEN RADAMES EXTOLS HIS LOVELY AIDA? MAY BE A LITTLE, FROM OUTSIDE, BUT INSIDE, THE HEART IS MELTING AWAY. Fairy lights Romantic advent markets in the towns and villages put visitors in the mood for Christmas. Staged in the medieval centre of Feldkirch, the main market square in Dornbirn, the idyllic old town of Bregenz, the bucolic village of Schwarzenberg and other venues , they feature an array of hand-made arts and crafts together with a smorgasboard of culinary treats. Funkenabbrennen, the burning of a winter effigy to dispel winter, is a rare Alemannic custom still cultivated here. On the weekend following mardi gras Sunday, sky-towering stacks or piles of wood are set aflame across the land. A rite that is accompanied by music, with tidbits such as Funken Küchle and warm drinks being served on the occasion. Music to the ears In January, the Bregenz Festival moves to Lech to perform open-air opera in the snow, no doubt a sparkling event. In the Bregenzerwald and in other regions, hotels invite guests to music and reading salons, espousing the custom of 5-o’clock tea, when skiers gather in the cosy warmth of a fire after a day on the slopes.

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visit such as the Kunsthaus Bregenz, one of Europe’s leading contemporary art galleries. Designed by renowned architect Peter Zumthor, the glass cube construction has garnered several major architectural awards. Planning a museum visit with children? Then inatura, the interactive nature show and the affiliated Science Center in Dornbirn, is an ideal choice. Furniture and textile design are on show at the werk raum Depot in Schwarzenberg in the Bregenzerwald. Werkraum is a grouping of some 100 innovative craftspeople. The Jewish Museum in Hohenems invites visitors to trace the footsteps of more than 300 years of history. The Bergschau exhibition in the Kleinwalsertal and a string of small museums in the regions are devoted to themes such as mountains, and the history of winter sport and tourism. The exhibitions in Austria’s only women’s museum in Hittisau portray the world from a female perspective, both past and present.

Eye-catching Keen on inspiring insights? Why not opt for a museum

Culture in Vorarlberg goes internet For a preview of the major cultural events and current dates, please consult the information booklet and our website at www.vorarlberg.travel.

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Feldkirch Festival, photo credit: Florence Grandidier 2010

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Bregenz Festival goes snow, photo credit: Dietmar Mathis/Fotografenmeister


Mod & Trad in the Bregenzerwald, photo credit: Adolf Bereuter

HEARTFELT HOSPITALITY LOOK! WHAT AN UNUSUAL COMBINATION. HERE THE OLD FARMHOUSE WITH A BARN, THERE THE CONTEMPORARY STRUCTURE. WORLDS APART, BUT STILL A FITTING MATCH. THE TIMBER RADIATES A PLEASANT WARMTH, AND THE OLD BUILDING IS ALL COSINESS. THE NEW ONE, BATHED IN LIGHT. THE VIEWS FROM UP THERE MUST BE STUNNING.

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Simple elegance “The art of Vorarlberg architecture lies in its simplicity without ever appearing plain“, says the renowned Vorarlberg architect Hermann Kaufmann. Vorarlberg has come to be a pioneer of contemporary architecture in Austria and has spurred attention across Europe. The new buildings, including many hotels, are not only pleasant to the eye, but actually make you want to touch the fine materials: unprocessed natural timber, furniture designed largely by craftspeople from the region. Smart energy concepts add to the pleasant atmosphere. The brochure “Architecture Vorarlberg and Modern Hospitality“ (available free of charge from the Vorarlberg

State Tourist Board) presents noteworthy architectural sites and hotels. Spoilt for choice Modern or traditional, elegant or rustic, romantic or relaxed – accommodation in Vorarlberg is as varied as the tastes of its guests, from 5-star superior hotels to typical farmhouses. Almost all businesses are family run, often throughout generations. Many hotels offer signature programmes around wellbeing, featuring light-flooded wellness sanctuaries with knock-out views of the surrounding nature. Others cater specifically to the needs of young families. What they all have in common is warm and heartfelt hospitality, and pampering service to the highest standards of excellence.

HINT: For more information on accommodation in Vorarlberg, ask for the holiday brochures of the individual regions or consult the different special-theme catalogues, which we will readily send you free of charge. Brochures to browse through and download are also available at www.vorarlberg.travel.

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PALATE TITITLLATING WHAT A MOUTH-WATERING SMELL AND EVER SO BEAUTIFUL A PRESENTATION! THE FRIENDLY LANDLADY’S TIP-OFF WAS JUST PERFECT. FISH FROM LAKE CONSTANCE WITH FRESH HERBS, SIMPLY DELICIOUS. THAT SPARKLE IN MY HUSBAND’S EYES – IS IT MEANT FOR ME, OR RATHER FOR THE FILLET OF VORARLBERG BEEF?

Regional and creative What is the formula of success of Vorarlberg’s chefs? For many years, they have been teaming up with local farmers, using regional and seasonal produce whenever possible, always relying on its impeccable quality. With these ingredients, they concoct hearty local fare or light creative dishes. Initiatives such as the Bregenzerwald Cheese Route, bewusstmontafon, and events in the Grosses Walsertal biosphere park are all designed to promote cooperation between restaurateurs and farmers.

local farms where animals are still called by their pet names. Fruit and vegetables are grown in the gardens of the Rhine valley and around Lake Constance. Expert distillers process fruit into exquisite brandies such as Subirer, a clear brandy made from a plain must pear.

Fish or meat? Cheese, notably Bergkäse, a hard and spicy mountain cheese, is Vorarlberg’s premier culinary speciality. Fish comes largely from Lake Constance, meat from the

Award-winning! Vorarlberg is a revered destination for food enthusiasts. Proof of its excellence are numerous awards and listings in Austrian and international gourmet guides. All regions of Vorarlberg, both urban and rural, are awash in acclaimed restaurants distinguished by toques and stars. In addition, there is a wide choice of typical inns, rustic mountain taverns, and a string of fine restaurants serving international cuisine.

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"VORARLBERG ISST …" "Vorarlberg dines ..." better. Quality is the mantra of innkeepers in Vorarlberg. Whether regional or ethnic cuisine, traditional inns or award-winning restaurants, hip eateries or rustic wine cellars, customer satisfaction is prime. To find out more about specialty weeks, concert dates and recipes, visit our website at www.vorarlberg-isst.at. The Gourmet Guide presents sites for fine dining and art the vivre. It is available at booksellers, at all Raiffeisen banks in Vorarlberg, and at www.vorarlberg-isst.at. (German only)

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YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VORARLBERG? THE INFORMATION FOLDER CONTAINS NUTS AND BOLTS INFORMATION ABOUT WINTER IN VORARLBERG. SIMPLY ORDER YOUR PERSONAL COPY OF OUR HOLIDAY BROCHURES, INFORMATION ON SPECIAL THEMES, OR FOLDERS PUBLISHED BY THE HOLIDAY REGIONS, WHICH WE WILL READILY SEND TO YOU FREE OF CHARGE. Vorarlberg State Tourist Board, P.O. box 99, A-6850 Dornbirn, phone +43 (0)5572/377033-0 (Mon-Sat 8-18 hs), fax 377033-5, info@vorarlberg.travel, information and on-line booking: www.vorarlberg.travel Vorarlberg accommodation information: call the hotline +43 (0)5572/377033-0 (Mon-Sat 8-18 hs). Our room information service will find accommodation that is tailored to your needs (date, type of accommodation, facilities ...). You can then book the offer of your choice directly with the hotel. Information and bookings at www.vorarlberg.travel Latest news, event search, travel hints, packages and special-theme brochures for download, from 5-star superior hotels to apartments – you can look for your holiday accommodation and packages on our website and conveniently book on-line. Further information available from: Vorarlberg Office, A-1010 Vienna, Tuchlauben 18/15, phone +43 (0)1/5357890, fax 5333855-50, ukinz@vtour.vienna.at; the regions (see information folder), your local travel agent, and the Holiday Service of the Austrian National Tourist Office, P.O. box 83, A-1043 Vienna, www.austria.info

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Publisher’s statement Publisher: Vorarlberg Tourismus, Poststraße 11, 6850 Dornbirn. Concept: Silberball Bregenz GmbH Text: Kinz Kommunikation/Wien. Translation: Michaela Ott-Spracklin. Map: © Freytag-Berndt and Artaria, 1230 Vienna. All information is based material provided to us. No liability can be accepted for the correctness or completeness of the information given. Print: Vorarlberger Verlagsanstalt, Dornbirn. Printed in Austria. Data as of Jul. 2010


Antony Gormley, Horizon Field, August 2010 – April 2012, A landscape installation in the high-alpine mountains of Vorarlberg (close-up).Presented by Kunsthaus Bregenz © Antony Gormley and Kunsthaus Bregenz, photo credit: Karin Nussbaumer

“HORIZON FIELD“ IN THE MOUNTAINS EXPOSED TO THE SEASONS AND THE ELEMENTS, ANTONY GORMLEY’S HORIZON FIELD FIGURES WILL REMAIN INSTALLED IN VORARLBERG’S MOUNTAINS UNTIL APRIL 2012. THE LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION CAN BE EXPLORED EITHER ON A GUIDED TOUR OR INDIVIDUALLY. SOME SCULPTURES ARE CLOSE TO LIFT STATIONS OR HIKING TRAILS, OTHERS ARE INACCESSIBLE AND VISIBLE FROM DISTINCT VANTAGE POINTS ONLY. AT ANY RATE: HORIZON FIELD ADDS COMPLETELY NEW PERSPECTIVES TO THE MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE IN VORARLBERG. SUMMER IN VORARLBERG Summer in Vorarlberg awaits visitors with a fascinating programme for culture vultures and sports aficionados. Find out more about the summer of culture – from the Bregenz to the Schubertiade festivals –, a wealth of hiking activities, or wellness and family programmes, in the Summer Journal which is out in early 2011. Ask for your personal copy, which we will readily send you free of charge.

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Lech am Arlberg/rider: Stian Hagen, photo credit: Peter Mathis

VORARLBERG TOURISMUS Vorarlberg State Tourist Board P.O.Box 99, 6890 Dornbirn, Austria phone +43 (0)5572/ 377033-0, fax +43 (0)5572/ 377033-5 info@vorarlberg.travel, www.vorarlberg.travel


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