Five things you have to do in Vorarlberg
Inspiring and abuzz with life - that’s the feel in Vorarlberg. Nestled between Lake Constance and the high Alps, Vorarlberg enjoys a plum position in the west of Austria, with neighbouring Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein surrounding it.
You might have never heard of Vorarlberg. James Bond was here and found a Quantum of Solace on the floating stage of the Bregenz Festival. Not long ago, Antony Gormley‘s project Horizon Field had the intriguing 'iron men' dotted around the Vorarlberg mountains. The Emirates Air Line in London, a gondola across the river Thames, was built in Vorarlberg by the world’s leading ropeway manufacturer, Doppelmayr.
Bregenz Festival on the floating stage at Lake Constance
Architecture and Music
Vorarlberg is a small stretch of land boasting great achievements. You will notice the large number of modern buildings. No other Austrian region is packed with so much eye-catching contemporary architecture. One example is the Bregenz Festival House, where riveting opera is performed every summer on the world’s largest floating stage during the Bregenz Festival. Even if you are not an opera buff, you will find the spectacular productions thrilling.
You prefer listening to pop? Then check out Poolbar: A hotspot for cultural exchange and opulent gigs. It consists of seven summer weeks full of music and culture from pop to alternative. The location? The disused indoor pool of Feldkirch.
If you are into contemporary art, don’t miss Kunsthaus Bregenz. This construction resembling a glass cube is an architectural masterpiece and the exhibitions hosted are always something special - usually, the entire building is dedicated to one particular artist.
Poolbar-festival – a meeting point for 20,000 visitors from all around the world
Vorarlberg ticks all the boxes if being out and about in the great outdoors is what you want. Cycling at Lake Constance, taking a cable-car up the mountains, hiking, mountain biking, e-biking, climbing – you name it we have it. Feel like doing something hip? You can do it here!
What about spending a night on a mountain? Here you can literally reach out for the stars. Having camped out for the night, a delicious breakfast awaits you in the morning.
Alpine Camping promises a taste of adventure.
Are you a dyed-in-the-wool skier? Then you should definitely not miss an early-bird ski tour. In the small hours of the morning, you will find plenty of space and near-empty runs and can edge the first trails of the day on freshly groomed pistes as the sun rises. What's not to love?
There is unlimited space on the freshly groomed slopes and a glorious morning mood are the draws of early bird ski tours
All that activity will make you hungry. After a hike or ski tour, a generous helping of cheese spaetzle, a regional dish of pasta served with spicy mountain cheese and roast onion, makes for an extra delicious treat. Why not give it a try and be inspired by the good things in life Vorarlberg has to offer?
Kässpätzle (Cheese Spaetzle) – the national dish
For more information: www.vorarlberg.travel/en
Otmar Heidegger/Pfaenderbahn AG, Anja Köhler/Bregenzer Festspiele, Matthias Rhomberg/poolbar-festival, Daniel Zangerl/Silvretta Montafon, Ludwig Berchtold/Vorarlberg Tourismus, Michael Gunz/Vorarlberg Tourismus.