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Arlberg for non-skiers

Arlberg’s winter resort towns have something for everyone. While these traditional villages have focused on hosting winter guests, they never lost touch with their roots. As a result, you’ll be charmed by the many opportunities to explore local culture & cuisine while enjoying the amenities of modern, upscale resorts.
 

Culture in the Arlberg

Ever been stuck in a winter sports resort during bad weather? Used to accompanying a spouse or children who love to ski but don’t share that same passion? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. The Arlberg is certainly a mecca for skiing enthusiasts, but it also offers a wealth of activities off the slopes.
 
Start your tour of the Arlberg by delving into local culture. Locals are very proud of their history & traditions, and there are several opportunities to get to know both. The Kandahar Haus Museum in St. Anton is located in a lovingly preserved historic building. Learn how the Arlberg came to be called the “Cradle of Alpine skiing” using interactive displays, historic maps, photos, and equipment.
 
The Lech’s Tannbergmuseum, housed in the fire station on the road to Stubenbach, features a collection of historic objects from everyday life in the beautiful but harsh environment of the Arlberg mountains. Find out what life was like on an Alpine farm in centuries past at the charming Huber-Hus Museum, located in a traditional Lech farmhouse dating back to 1590.

By contrast, the sleek arlberg1800 contemporary art and concert hall highlights contemporary art in a stunning setting. The small village of St. Christoph feels cosmopolitain thanks to the ambitios concept of the luxury resort and culture hub. Sleep at the stunning Arlberg Hospitz Hotel or a cozy chalet, and attend a classical concert just a few feet away. At an elevation of almost 6,000 ft, arlberg1800 boasts the most elevated concert hall in the Alps. There is even an underground connection between the hotel and the 7,500 sq ft art gallery, which presents contemporary work in an unorthodox, Alpine environment.

Kristiania Lech Zimmer © Hotel Kristiania Kristiania Lech Zimmer © Hotel Kristiania

Hotels in the Arlberg Region

Nature in the Arlberg

One of the Arlberg’s most spectacular features is its untamed nature. Even the most enthusiastic city dweller will be awed by the views from the Valluga viewing platform at 9,000 feet above sea level. The Valluga peak is at the heart of the Arlberg's mountain lore, yet you don’t have to be a mountaineer to reach its top: The ascent via three gondolas, the Galzigbahn, Vallugabahn I and Vallugabahn II, is an extraordinary and effortless experience. On a sunny day you can see the peaks of five countries: Italy in the south, Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the West and Germany in the North. Don’t forget the surrounding peaks of Austria, as well. If you want to explore the region’s wildlife, sign up at the Lech Zürs Tourist Office for guided hikes. Wild animals, particularly the native red deer, are shy forest dwellers. However, during the hard winter months when food becomes scarce, deer venture very close to populated areas. This means you can watch them feeding at close range.
 

Culinary delights in the Arlberg

The Arlberg also has the highest density of gourmet restaurants per capita in Austria. There are so many excellent dining options you’ll need more than one vacation to cover them all. One of the most rewarding experiences is a meal at the award-winning Verwallstube. High above St. Anton, overlooking the snow covered peaks of the Arlberg, skiers in ski clothes sit at chic and stylish tables enjoying noble wines and delicious culinary creations. Here, the head chef Bernhard Neuhold from Lower Austria is busy working his magic. The weekly Candlelight Dinner on Thursday evenings is a very special treat that includes an evening ride with the Galzigbahn, beautiful views of the starlit mountains, award-winning cuisine and romantic piano music. Already known far and wide as “Gourmet Village” for its numerous award-winning restaurants, Lech Zürs turns into a veritable hub for top sommeliers, chefs and gourmets for the duration of the event series.
 
Of course, the Arlberg offers lots of other winter outdoors activities, from cross country skiing to snowshoeing, tobogganing on floodlit runs to winter climbing. Enjoy a sleigh ride through the snowy landscape, soar above the mountains on a paraglider or take to the ice for some skating or curling.
If you want to stay active, but would rather stay out of the cold, there’s bowling, tennis, squash and indoor climbing at the arl.rock Sport Park. There is also the sport.park.lech which features a gym, tennis and badminton courts, climbing, bouldering, slacklining and more. After all this exertion, relax at their wellness area and the comfortable sportslounge.cafe. St. Anton offers two dedicated spas, the ARLBERG-well.com  and the Wellnesspark Arlberg Stanzertal where you can relax at the pool, in the sauna or treat yourself to a massage. Many hotels throughout the region feature excellent day spas!
 
Last but not least, you’ll find that Arlberg features a pleasant variety of boutiques and specialty stores. Spend a leisurely afternoon shopping for the latest ski fashion, local traditional costumes, crafts or specialty food items. The famous custom-fit Strolz ski boots have been made in Lech at the store of the same name since 1921!                       
 
If you want to explore the Arlberg without a car, an excellent bus network connects all the villages in the Arlberg region. Many buses are free of charge with a valid lift-ticket. St. Anton itself lies right on the train route from Vorarlberg’s state capital, Bregenz, to Tirol’s state capital, Innsbruck. Both cities are only about an hour and a half away and excellent destinations for a day trip.

 

Take a virtual tour of the Arlberg region

  • Ride in a horse drawn carriage in Lech Zürs © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch Ride in a horse drawn carriage in Lech Zürs © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch
  • Enjoying gourmet food in the Arlberg region © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch Enjoying gourmet food in the Arlberg region © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch
  • Hiking in Lech in winter © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch Hiking in Lech in winter © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch
  • Apres ski in Lech Zürs © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH Apres ski in Lech Zürs © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH
  • Verwallstube Gourmet restaurant in St. Anton / Arlberg © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg Verwallstube Gourmet restaurant in St. Anton / Arlberg © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg
  • arlberg1800 - Contemporary Art and Concert Hall © arlberg1800 arlberg1800 - Contemporary Art and Concert Hall © arlberg1800

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