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Vorarlberg

Vorarlberg is the smallest of all the provinces in Austria, but no less interesting or fascinating than the others. Find amazing ski resorts and great summer holiday attractions here, as well as opportunities to learn more about the local culture.

Cultural Highlights

Wood Architecture in Vorarlberg © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Wood Architecture in Vorarlberg © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Modern Architecture in the Alps

At first it sounds improbable: Vorarlberg - a small, mostly rural state in the middle of the Alps - has become one of Europe's leading regions for modern art and architecture.
Quite astounding
The Kunsthaus Bregenz by night © SFH, Archiv VorarlbergTourismus The Kunsthaus Bregenz by night © SFH, Archiv VorarlbergTourismus

Architectural Highlights Vorarlberg

Vorarlberg, Austria’s westernmost province, is striking for its many structures with timber construction. The architecture is simple, natural and sustainable, traditional and cosmopolitan all at once – like the people who live here. Join us on a tour of Vorarlberg’s building culture and mentality.
An architectural round trip of Vorarlberg
Bregenzer Festspiele Turandot © Bregenzer Festspiele / Karl Forster Bregenzer Festspiele Turandot © Bregenzer Festspiele / Karl Forster

Bregenzer Festspiele

The Bregenz Festival is different: A traditional opera house, home to less-known operas, and an open-air lakeside stage, where productions are held in the most spectacular fashion.
An opera festival with two stages
Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Angelika Kauffmann-Saal © Schubertiade GmbH Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Angelika Kauffmann-Saal © Schubertiade GmbH

Schubertiade Festival

For over 40 years the Schubertiade Festival has been mastering the seemingly impossible: To maintain intimacy, yet become the most important Schubert festival in the world.
Find out more
Bregenzerwald Architecture © Österreich Werbung/Wiesenhofer Bregenzerwald Architecture © Österreich Werbung/Wiesenhofer

Wood Architecture in Vorarlberg

In the building traditions of other countries it may be fine stones and hand-made tiles - in Vorarlberg, that status is given to wood. In the Bregenzerwald region, the knowledge about this age-old building material is actively preserved and applied with a contemporary twist.
The elegance of wood
Bregenzerwald Cheese © Käsestraße Bregenzerwald Bregenzerwald Cheese © Käsestraße Bregenzerwald

The Taste of Alpine Pastures

For centuries, the tradition of three-level pasture management in the Alps has been practised in Vorarlberg. This results in some unusual and rare types of cheese. The “Käsestrasse Bregenzerwald” (Bregenzerwald Cheese Trail) invites you to experience this cultural heritage, the people, their hospitality and, of course, the cheese.
The Bregenzerwald Cheese Trail
Getreidegasse in Salzburg © Österreich Werbung / Diejun Getreidegasse in Salzburg © Österreich Werbung / Diejun

Austria's Longest Shopping Streets

It's easy to browse the day away along one of these favourite shopping streets. The longest shopping mile of all is Mariahilfer Straße in Vienna, followed by Landstraße in Linz.
Shopaholic's Galore
The Vienna Naschmarkt - a must see © Österreich Werbung/Peter Burgstaller The Vienna Naschmarkt - a must see © Österreich Werbung/Peter Burgstaller

Popular Markets

Farmers’ market, flea market or potters’ market: Markets are a feast for all senses and a celebration of colours, scents and voices.
Austrian Market Culture
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Weddings in Vorarlberg

In Vorarlberg you can exchange vows alongside a glass of champagne in the Pfänder panoramic cable car, before embarking on a voyage of discovery of the Lake Constance region.
Vorarlberg wedding ideas

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Lakes and Nature

Lake Constance in Vorarlberg © Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing / Johanna Meusburger Lake Constance in Vorarlberg © Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing / Johanna Meusburger

Vorarlberg

Take in an opera on Lake Constance or kick back on the sandy shores and let the gentle waves of one of Vorarlberg's lesser known aqua beauties trickle over your toes.
Bathing Lakes in Vorarlberg
Golfplatz Brand © Vorarlberg Tourismus Golfplatz Brand © Vorarlberg Tourismus

Golf in Vorarlberg

Golfers can choose between high alpine courses and cross-border golf when visiting Vorarlberg, which is nestled between Lake Constance and the Alps.
The westernmost part of Austria
kaernten-fahrrad--oesterreich-werbung © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Andy Kuechenmeister kaernten-fahrrad--oesterreich-werbung © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Andy Kuechenmeister

Cycling along Austria's Rivers & Lakes

Scenic cycle paths lead along picturesque rivers and glittering lakes, all well-signposted with wonderful stop-off opportunities along the way.
The most popular routes
Wandern Obergurgl, Ötztal © Österreich Werbung, Peter Burgstaller Wandern Obergurgl, Ötztal © Österreich Werbung, Peter Burgstaller

Hiking along Rivers & Lakes

Austria's hiking trails provide many opportunities to enjoy natural waters along the way, from rivers and lakes to gorges and waterfalls.  
Waterside walks
Faaker See © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Hofer Faaker See © Österreich Werbung / Andreas Hofer

Water Sports

Enjoy a refreshing dip, give diving a go, or take a sailboat out for the day. Browse our selection of the best lakes for waters activities per region.
Austria's best bathing lakes
Wörthersee Carinthia © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Wörthersee Carinthia © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Round Trips along Rivers & Lakes

Round trips are a great way of getting to know our beautiful country, and a water-themed tour will take you to some of Austria's most stunning corners. Take a look at our route suggestions here.
Some recommendations

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Accommodations

Chesa Valisa Spa © Chesa Valisa Chesa Valisa Spa © Chesa Valisa

Naturhotel Chesa Valisa

Everything is 100% organic at Naturhotel Chesa Valis in Kleinwalsertal, with clean air, a bracing altitude, pristine nature and, if you so desire, a complete pampering programme.
Naturhotel Chesa Valisa in Vorarlberg
Winterliche Außenansicht © Biohotel Schwanen Bizau Winterliche Außenansicht © Biohotel Schwanen Bizau

Hotel Schwanen Bizau

Old and new, traditional and modern – barely any other region places such emphasis on the interplay of contrasts in architecture as the Bregenzerwald forest region. In Hotel Schwanen in Bizau they go one step further – here the gourmet kitchen prepares medieval recipes.
Hotel Schwanen in Vorarlberg
Blick aufs Naturhotel © Naturhotel Chesa Valisa Blick aufs Naturhotel © Naturhotel Chesa Valisa

Design Hotels in Vorarlberg

There are many design hotels in Vorarlberg, created by renowned architects. Discover the diversity of Vorarlberg at one of our recommended accommodations.
Visit Vorarlberg
Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg © Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg © Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser

Castle Hotels & Mansions

Castle Hotels & Mansions is a select group of romantic castle hotels, historic country homes, manor houses, estates, restaurants and inns across Austria.
Incomparably unique
Spiegelsee with Dachstein, Styria © Wanderhotels/Raffalt Spiegelsee with Dachstein, Styria © Wanderhotels/Raffalt

Wanderhotels - Best Alpine

Located in beautiful Alpine landscapes, Wanderhotels know all about hiking with free guided tours, equipment and hiking taxis, plus spas and fabulous cuisine.
The best hiking hotels in the Alps
St. Martin Chalets © St. Martin Chalets St. Martin Chalets © St. Martin Chalets

Chalets & Holiday Homes in Austria

Skiing and hiking chalets come in all sizes and all standards in the Austrian Alps, with some including luxury facilities such as saunas. Use our chalet finder to source your ideal lodgings.
Plan your alpine break

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