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wi n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 1 4 Ideas and Addresses. Your guide through the Bregenzerwald.

reisemagazin

Michael Holland
aus Denver, Colorado, ist Skilehrer im Bregenzerwald

Ausgabe o9 | 5,50 | www.bregenzerwald.at

Skilehrer sein ein Traum? Mit Kutschpferden im Schnee Aus Holz: Wlderspielzeug Winterurlaub am Bauernhof Ein barocker Stadel Das HMBC-Tagebuch Im Frauenmuseum Kochen als Kunst betrachtet

On around 60 pages (in German only), the Bregenzerwald travel magazine provides information in the form of edited stories and reports. Regional and international authors report on people in and from the Bregenzerwald and about those things which give them pleasure and joy. Available from Bregenzerwald Tourismus and in the tourist offices in the Bregenzerwald. Can also be read online at: www.bregenzerwald.at/uk

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winter 2013/14

19.07.2013 16:16:37

Published by: Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH, Impulszentrum 1135, 6863 Egg

Photo credits: Monika Albrecht (p. 33) Au-Schoppernau Tourismus (p. 6) Rudolf Berchtel (p. 60/61/62/63/64)

Design by: broger grafik, Andelsbuch

Ludwig Berchtold (p. 16/91) Adolf Bereuter (Titel, p. 10/20/30/50/78/82/88/96/99) Baschnegger Ammann / Adolf Bereuter (p. 90)

Text by: Kinz Kommunikation Florian Aicher (p. 67, 7677, 7879, 8283) Kurt Bracharz (p. 8889)

Damls Tourismus (p. 2) Josef Erath (p. 65) Thomas Gretler (p. 47) Hotel Hirschen Schwarzenberg (p. 85) Hittisau Tourismus (p. 59)

Carthography: Aries Werbegrafik-Design State of Vorarlberg for geographic information system data Text and planning of hiking routes: Dr Rudolf Berchtel

Marc Van Landeghem (p. 71) Christoph Lingg (p. 70/72/74/76/86/92) Josef Mallaun (p. 100) Peter Mathis (p. 84) Roswitha Natter (p. 94) Elisabeth Stckler (p. 81)

Dates and prices subject to change. Typographical errors cannot be excluded. Issue: August 2013

Helmut Tiefenthaler (p. 56/57/58/66) Dietmar Walser www.walser-image.com (p. 12) Warth-Schrcken Tourismus (p. 67)

Printed by our reliable, regional partner: Druckhaus Gssler, Bezau

contents

land & lives. ..................................... 2 The Bregenzerwald 2 For your orientation 4 Living space 6 Snow levels 8 ski & board. ...................................... 9 3-valley ski pass 10 Diedamskopf Au-Schoppernau 12 Damls-Mellau-Faschina 16 Warth-Schrcken 20 Alberschwende 24 Bdele-Schwarzenberg 25 Egg-Schetteregg 26 Hochhderich Hittisau-Riefensberg 27 Niedere Andelsbuch-Bezau 28 Hochlitten Riefensberg 29 Ski! Project 30 ski & freedom................................ 31 Map of the area 32 Interesting information 33 Skiing tours 34 Variation skiing 36 xc skiing......................................... 37 Au-Schoppernau 38 Bezau-Bizau-Reuthe 39 Damls 40 Hittisau 41 Mellau-Schnepfau 42 Riefensberg-Hochhderich 43 Schwarzenberg 44 Sibratsgfll 45 Sulzberg 46 Nordic Sport Park Sulzberg 47 Warth-Schrcken 48

family tips...................................... 49 Kids programme 50 Day trip tips 54 active winter. ................................ 55 Winter hiking 56 Snow-shoe hikes 68 Horse and carriage rides 70 Dog sleigh tours 71 Tobogganing 72 Paragliding 74 culture........................................... 75 Everyday culture 76 Building Culture 78 Energy experience 81 Werkraum Bregenzerwald 82 Cabaret & village culture 84 Music & literature salons in hotels and inns 85 Exhibitions & museums 86 dining out. ..................................... 87 KseStrasse Bregenzerwald 88 Dairy farming up close 90 berggut good things from the Bregenzerwald 91 Exceptional specialties 92 well-being ..................................... 95 Health hotels 96 Wellness hotels 97 Natural cosmetics 99 Vorarlberg How to reach us 100 101

the bregenzerwald

The Bregenzerwald is a winter region for the sensitive. Lively and spirited yet peaceful and tranquil at the same time, sure of itself and firmly rooted in a pleasantly perceptible way. It is part of the identity of the Bregenzerwald locals to offer good quality and well thought-out ideas.

Life and living 30,000 people live in the Bregenzer wald, in 22 villages in total. The Bregenzerwald locals have always made sure that their living space is carefully designed. This applies to themselves as well as to their guests. The villages are strikingly attractive. The exciting combination of old and modern wooden architecture takes you by surprise. The mountains have been moderately developed. The accommodation and food are of high quality. 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. Even during the winter months, the village dairy farms along the KseStrasse Bregenzer wald demonstrate how milk is made into cheese. Events and tasting sessions are features on the cheese culture agenda. Exhibitions and concerts allow you an insight into the cultural goings-on.

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View from the Damls skiing area to the mountains of southern Vorarlberg

Skiing and boarding Most visitors to the Bregenzerwald during winter come for the great skiing. Choose between skiing areas more appropriate for the athletic or for family fun. Top conditions reign: thanks to the great location on the northern edge of the Alps, the Bregenzerwald enjoys above-average snowfall. Ski tourers and those variation skiers who like to leave their tracks on the unprepared slopes also benefit from the great deal of snow. Conditions in the Bregenzerwald are great for both groups of people. Ski schools offer appropriate courses, and package deals can be booked at Bregenzerwald Tourismus. Practical: the distances between the skiing areas are short. The 3-valley ski pass links all skiing areas. It is also valid on the ski buses.

Hiking and more There are plenty activities for those whose winter enjoyment is found away from the piste. Winter hiking paths guide you through picturesque landscapes to lovely viewpoints. Cross-country ski runs follow rivers, penetrate woods and take you across white plateaux. If you prefer, you can hike through the wintery valleys on snow shoes. There are toboggan runs aplenty. There is a diverse, varied range of programmes on offer for families with children. The wellness hotels offer baths, massages and all sorts of pampering treatments, including for day visitors. Read on to discover the special qualities of the Bregenzerwald as well as ideas for your sporty, enjoyable and cultural activities.

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for your orientation


Widderstein
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WARTH 1495 m
Hoher Ifen
2230 m

Diedamskopf
2090 m

Hochtannberg
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SCHR 126

SCHOPPERNAU 860 m
Hirschberg 1834 m

AU 800 m
Damls

Winterstaude
1877 m

SIBRATSGFLL 929 m
Balderschwang (D)

Niedere
1711 m

Baumgarten
1620 m

Son 1 Hochhderich
1566 m

SCHETTEREGG 1066 m HITTISAU 790 m


Hochlitten 971 m Kojen 1300 m

ANDELSBUCH 613 m GROSSDORF 662 m LINGENAU 687 m LANGENEGG 695 m EGG 564 m
Tannerberg

KRUMBACH 733 m RIEFENSBERG 781 m


Aach (D)

MSELBACH 585 m

Dress

SULZBERG 1015 m

DOREN 709 m

Oberstaufen (D) Oberreute (D) Buch 725 m Hirschberg Thal 598 m


1095 m

LANGEN 657 m

Pfnder
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Lindau Friedrichshafen Mnchen Ulm Stuttgart (D)

Lochau

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Zitterklapfen Braunarlspitze
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Zafernhorn
2107 m

Glatthorn
2134m

Hochknzelspitze Saloberkopf Ski Arlberg

LECH

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Portlahorn
2010 m

1850 m Krbersee

Uga

Faschina 1486 m

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RCKEN 60 m
Kanisfluh
2044 m

Hohe Wacht
2006 m

Mittagspitze
2095 m Au

DAMLS 1431 m

Ragazer Blanken
2051 m

Hochblanken
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Wildgunten
1705 m

Rostelle
1391 m

SCHNEPFAU 734 m BIZAU 681 m REUTHE 650 m BEZAU 650 m


Brggelekopf 1182 m Hochlpelekopf
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Hoher Freschen
2004 m

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nderdach 1208 m

MELLAU 688 m

BERSBUCH 612 m

Staufen
1465 m

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slerberg

SCHWARZENBERG 700 m

BDELE 1139 m

Karren
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ALBERSCHWENDE 721 m

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DORNBIRN
475 m

Fluh 30 m

Bildstein 760 m Kennelbach

SCHWARZACH 438 m WOLFURT 412 m

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living space

Travelling the Bregenzerwald always means having to overcome dizzy heights to start with: from Bregenz you take the Pfnder, 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 outimpressive views are from the north side. Yet the scarce rural areas have and the west and a space is revealed which, in all its diversity, is completely never been sufficient to feed the population. The locals had to get movdifferent to all that surrounds it, with ing, cross borders, leave behind their the Bregenzerache uniting it all. Your homes and families. This took on route takes you through gorges and 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 page88), 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 Schrcken. This correlates for a long time: only plot names give with the division into the Vorderrise to assumptions about the border wald, Mittelwald and Hinterwald between Celtic and Rhaeto-Romanic (front, central and rear regions of the cultures. It was not until the High Bregenzerwald) a topographical

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Au and the Kanisfluh

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. 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 page77) 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 page86) in the valley today, and which is why ones 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. This culture has succeeded in maintaining its vitality. Innovation and flexibility based on the acquired continue today in initiatives such as the Werkraum ( page 82) and have turned the Bregenzerwald into a model European region.

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snow levels

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91.5

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November

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January

February

March

April

Amounts of new snow expressed in cm (snow measured in Schrcken 1,263 m above sea level by the Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics: www.zamg.ac.at)

What makes winter into winter? Snow, of course! Thanks to its location on the northern edge of the Alps, an above-average amount of snow falls in the Bregenzerwald. With precipitation amounting to 2,000mm per year (up to 3,000mm at higher altitudes), the Bregenzerwald is one of the highest-precipitation regions in Austria ( average 900 mm).

Damls, a village at an altitude of 1,400 m, even bears the title the worlds village most assured of snow. During his investigations in 2005, a journalist from Nuremberg discovered that, thanks to their exposed backwater position, the villages along the northern Alps break records in their annual amounts of new snow. He then compared the measurements with those of recognised weather stations from the past five years. The result? Per winter, almost 10 m of new snow falls in Damls, which earned the village the title the permanently inhabited village most assured of snow in the world. In 2008 the British Daily Mail, in turn, honoured Warth-Schrcken with the title Europes skiing area most assured of snow. The snow readings from a whole century formed the basis of this assessment. The average amount of new snow in Warth-Schrcken exceeds 11 metres per winter.

Info: For the latest snow reports, please see: www.bregenzerwald.at/uk

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The Bregenzerwalds skiing areas have pistes for all tastes and all levels, the most up-to-date lifts, cosy mountain inns and lovely lookout points. Put simply: a joy for skiers and snowboarders!

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3-valley ski pass

In the Warth-Schrcken skiing area

The 3-valley ski pass is valid for 29 skiing areas in the Bregenzerwald, in the Groe Walsertal, in the Lechtal, in Balderschwang (in Allgu) and on the ski buses. You can choose from ski passes for between 2.5 and 21 days, special passes for between 2, 5 and 8 days and season passes. These prices are valid for all those who produce a Guest Card from any town or village in the Bregenzerwald. Anyone not possessing such a Guest Card pays an additional 4 per ski pass. Should the high and low seasons overlap, a mixed price is calculated. It is possible to extend a 3-valley pass valid for at least 2.5 days by one day. Group tariffs apply from 18 people. Advance sales possible from 3 p.m. on the day before from the cable cars and from the information centre of Bregenzerwald Tourismus in Egg. All prices include smart card (except season tickets), are in euro and include VAT at 10%.

Season dates low season Start of the season until 20 December 2013 12 until 24 January 2014 16 March until the end of the 2014 season high season 21 December 2013 until 11 January 2014 25 January until 15 March 2014 Age limits Seniors, born in 1949 and older Youths, born in 1995 1997 Kids, born in 1998 2007 Snowman, born in 2008 or later Ski buses included Holders of the 3-valley ski pass can use the public buses to reach their chosen skiing area. In addition, ski buses which can also be used free of charge operate in numerous villages.

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Prices in * Season tickets are cheaper if bought in advance **AD = additional day immediately following the ski pass from 2.5 days *** Choose between 2x1 day, 5x1 day and 8x1 day: valid for 2 or 5/8 days within an entire winter season

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Facts and figures Bregenzerwald skiing region 15 skiing areas 92 lifts, comprising 1 large cable car 4 cable cars 31 chair lifts 56 ski tows and practice lifts 266 km of prepared pistes, comprising 96 km of blue pistes 134 km of red pistes 36 km of black pistes

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information 3-Tler-Infocenter Impulszentrum 1135 6863 Egg, Vorarlberg T +43 (0)5512 2365-30 info@3taeler.at www.3taeler.at

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Diedamskopf with the panoramic cable car and mountain restaurant

The skiing area of Au-Schoppernau is located on the Diedamskopf, at an altitude of 2,090 m above sea level. From the mountain plateau, you get a magnificent panorama as far as Lake Constance and way across the surrounding mountains. The Diedamskopf is also well-known for its colourful paragliding and hang- gliding scene. You can walk to the peak of the Diedamskopf via the winter hiking path from the mountain station. Night-time skiing at the Grunholz lift in Au The Grunholz lift is easy to reach in Au. The ski tow opens up two lovely, gently sloping pistes. This is one of the few places in the Bregenzerwald that you can ski and toboggan in the evening under floodlight. Evening opening times are every Wednesday and Friday between 7 and 10 p.m. The right-hand piste is open for skiers, the left-hand piste for tobogganists. The three-valley ski pass is valid on the lift.

Guest kindergarten in Didis kids adventure land Located on the top floor of the mountain station is a kids adventure land 300 m in size. In addition to the game stations, lovingly crafted wooden toys from Wlder-Spielzeug are available for the children to play with. Kids are supervised and can spend the whole day or a few hours playing here. Didis kids adventure land is open between 10 a.m. and 3.30p.m. when the cable car is operating, and is free for all 3 to 8-year-old guest children from Au- Schoppernau. Children from other villages pay 1.50 per hour. Lunch is also available upon request. There is a parent/child area for children up to 3 years of age. Admission is free. Panoramic mountain As the highest point in Bregenzerwald, Diedamskopf is well known as a panoramic mountain. With the breath-taking view it offers of over 300 peaks, Lake Constance and, on good days even as far as Ulm Cathedral, Diedamskopf delights the young and the old alike.

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The fit choose the 10 km-long valley descent, with a difference in altitude of 1,250 m!

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Innovative and child-friendly: the snow sports school Kids playfully take their first steps on skis in Didiland. There are three moving walkways, a carousel, shuggy boats, a snow igloo, a tent and a lot more. The ski courses for older children include an adventure and safety programme with a BBQ in the tepee, snow-rafting on a skidoo, abseiling and jumping on the bungee trampoline. The snow sports schools safety camps inform children about everything they need to know regarding safety in snow sports. Diedamspark & Freeriding As the largest snow park in the region, Pleasure Diedamspark is a highlight for both snowboarders and freeskiers. Fun for all is guaranteed: there is something for everyone, beginners and advanced athletes alike, with the varied rails, boxes and kickers from easy through to pro. The Pleasure Diedamspark is supervised daily by a shape crew of four from the Quality-Parks company (QParks). Loungers and a pleasant sound in the chill area invite you to hang out. In addition to steep shoots and gap jumps, Diedamskopf offers any amount of first-class spots for powder kickers. The runs in the hollow on the Krzlelift are a classic. The terrain is fairly steep: and that is why it is imperative to always obey the avalanche warning levels! www. diedamspark.at www.facebook.at/diedamskopf

lifts and cable cars 2 cable cars 2 chair lifts 4 ski tows pistes Lengths of the slopes: 40 km of which: 13 km are blue pistes 11 km are red pistes 7 km are black pistes 9 km of ski trails information Diedamskopf cable cars Au- Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 4110-0 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5515 4110-99 www.diedamskopf.at www.facebook.at/diedamskopf ski school & childrens ski school Au-Schoppernau snow sports school T +43 (0)5515 2133 www.schneesportschule-bregenzer wald.at ski rental  Sport Gorbach, Au T +43 (0)5515 4141-1 www.gorbach.at  Sport Fuchs, Au T +43 (0)5515 2315 www.sportfuchs.com  Sport Matt, Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 4120 www.matt.at day ticket Adult: 39 Child: 22.50 aprs ski Schoppernau: Ski Inn Au: Ur-Alp restaurant

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Gipfelbahn- cable car modern architecture in the skiing area

The cable car and a ski tunnel 120 m in length connect the skiing areas of Mellau and Damls. 109 km of pistes around the centrally located Mittags spitze await guests. In Damls, you literally step out of the front door and are on the piste. The skiing area full of snow and ideas for everyone The natural conditions which reign in Damls and Mellau mean that they perfectly complement each other. Sunny south slopes, top piste conditions right through to spring on the north slopes and snow in abundance! With around 10 m of new snow per winter, Damls has been the proud bearer of the title the permanently inhabited village most assured of snow in the world since 2005. In the old, picturesque Walser village of Damls, most hotels and guest houses are situated directly next to the slopes. Skiers just have to leave the front door to start enjoying the skiing fun. A slope even passes the village church, worth seeing for its cultural history.

Burton Snowpark in Damls Supervision and park management are the responsibility of Alton Skatehouse. A dedicated crew ensures that everything is in good order. The varied equipment includes diverse rails, tables, boxes (including straight rail, picnic table, skate box, curve box, Funny Rainbow, All Mountain Line, handrail on the staircase). There is also a chill-out area. www.snowparkdamuels.com Heres to the little heroes of the pistes The ski schools in Damls and Mellau are dedicated to the well-being of their little guests. Ambitious kids ski instructors and entertaining agendas guarantee success.  supervision of toddlers, including on Saturdays and Sundays  childrens skiing courses including lunchtime supervision  snowmobile rides ( p. 19)  kids paradise  adult skiing courses for all levels of proficiency

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lifts and cable cars 2 cable cars 14 chair lifts 4 ski tows 4 practice lifts 1 rope tow 6 moving walkways pistes Lengths of the slopes: 109 km of which: 28 km are blue pistes 50 km are red pistes 10 km are black pistes 21 km of ski trails information Damls cable cars T +43 (0)5510 600 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5510 600-14 www.seilbahnendamuels.at Bergbahnen Mellau T +43 (0)5518 2222 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5518 2222-23 www.bergbahnenmellau.com ski school & childrens ski school  Damls ski school T +43 (0)5510 295 www.skischule-damuels.at  Mellau ski and snowboard school T +43 (0)5518 2222-24 www.skischule-mellau.at ski rental  Madlener Sport, Damls T +43 (0)5510 391 www.sport-madlener.at  manis rent sport center, Damls T +43 (0)699 12109630 www.manis-center.at  Sport Broger, Mellau T +43 (0)5518 2240 www.sportbroger.at  Sport Natter, Mellau T +43 (0)5518 22620 www.sportnatter.com day ticket (high season) Adult: 45 Child: 25.50 aprs ski Damls: sScharfe Eck, sDamlser Aprs Ski, Alpenkluft, Schwartenstadl, Kiosk Uga, HeHo Htte, Heikes Schirmbar Mellau: Kanis Stadl Sandro, Herwigs Kiosk, sBrle, Brenhhle, Weinstadl, Metzgerstble

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Info: In 2010, the Damls-Mellau skiing area was acknowledged by the ADAC ski guide as the Top Skiing Area 2010 in the category Upcomer of the Year. With this, the ADAC is honouring the outstanding endeavours made by the area to attract skiers and winter tourists.

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Afternoon of fun and sports In the company of the skiing and snowboarding instructor, guests discover the skiing area of Mellau-Damls by snow blades, sledski and Skifox. Meeting point: office of Mellau ski school, valley station of Mellau cable car Date: 6 December 2013 21 April 2014 daily upon request Duration: approx. 2 hours Price per person: from 45 including fun sports equipment, excluding ski pass, minimum number of participants is 3, otherwise subject to a surcharge. information & registration Mellau ski and snowboard school T +43 (0)5518 2222-24 www.skischule-mellau.at

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Bunnys snowmobile rides for children A very special experience for the kids. Dash through the snow on childfriendly snowmobiles. Meeting point: 10.30 a.m. on the practice terrain of Damls ski school at Riedboden Date: every Wednesday between 25 December 2013 and 16 April 2014 Price per ride: 1 information & registration Damls ski school T +43 (0)5510 295 www.skischule-damuels.at

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View of Warth

The alpine Walser villages of Warth and Schrcken with their skiing area located at between 1,500 and 2,050 m above sea level are assured of snow. In November 2008, Daily Mail Ski & Snowboard crowned the skiing area Europes No. 1 spot for its amount of snow. On average, over 11 metres of new snow fall here per year. From Winter 2013-2014, the new Auenfeldjet will be connecting the skiing areas of Warth-Schrcken and Lech-Zrs. Ski connection Warth-Schrcken and Lech-Zrs The largest skiing area in Vorarlberg is being built with 190 km of pistes and a total of 47 lifts and cable cars. In future, guests in Warth-Schrcken can choose between various types of ticket: the ski pass for WarthSchrcken is still available. Now, the 3-valley ski pass for the regions of Bregenzerwald, Groes Walsertal and Lechtal is also available. Holders of 3-valley ski passes can also purchase a discounted Ski-Arlberg ski ticket for individual days. Alternatively, guests in Warth-Schrcken can purchase the Ski-Arlberg ski pass which includes

use of the entire Ski-Arlberg area, which covers over 340 km of pistes. Snow fun for the whole family Ski movie racing track At the new ski movie track on the Steffisalp-Express, skiers are filmed by an automatic video camera during their giant slalom run. They are also timed: you can download your very own ski movie free of charge by entering your ski pass number at: www.warth-schroecken.at. Steffisalp fun slope On two lines, winter athletes discover an alternative to classic pleasure on the slopes thanks to numerous waves, bumps, steep curves, fun boxes, butter boxes and a snail. Wellestablished and new winter sports elements come together for a unique experience for young and old, professionals and beginners. You can access the new Steffisalp fun slope by taking the four-seater Wannenkopf cable car or the Steffisalp-Express. Further offers:  Parallel giant slalom with high-tech timing Speed-Check

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lifts and cable cars 11 chair lifts 4 ski tows pistes Length of the slopes: 66 km, of which: 30 km are blue pistes 17 km are red pistes 9 km are black pistes 10 km of ski trails information Ski lifts Warth GmbH & Co T +43 (0)5583 3601-0 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5583 3601-11 www.warth-schroecken.at Ski lifts Schrcken Strolz GmbH T +43 (0)5583 4259-0 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5583 2255 www.warth-schroecken.at ski school & childrens ski school  Snow sports school Schrcken-Hochkrumbach T +43 (0)5583 400-45 www.ski-schroecken.com  Ski and snowboard school Warth T +43 (0)5583 3443 www.skischule-warth.at ski rental  Sport Schneller, Schrcken T +43 (0)5519 201 www.sportschneller.at  Sport Jug, Warth T +43 (0)5583 39827 or T +43 (0)664 5559910 www.sport-jug.at  Sport Knitel, Warth T +43 (0)5583 3612 www.sport-center-hotel-garni.at day ticket (high season) Adult: 43.50 Child: 24 Ski-Arlberg ski tickets Discounted Ski Arlberg ski tickets, available for holders of 3-valley ski passes. aprs ski Schrcken: Holzschopf, Caf Bar Bistro Ritters, S1-Salober Warth: Best Of Pub, Sennkuchi, Steffisalp skiing hut and umbrella bar, SFinale Wartherhof

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Warth-Schrcken & Lech-Zrs skiing area 190 km of pistes 47 lifts and cable cars

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Skiing off piste Thanks to the elevated location and the north slopes, you can ski and snowboard here from December through to the spring. Warth-Schrcken is also famous for its many off-piste skiing options. Numerous skiing tours and variation tours start in Warth-Schrcken, for example. Father Mller freeride tour In the footsteps of skiing pioneer Father Johann Mller from Warth. Following the historical footsteps of the skiing history of the Alps, ski guides take their guests on an eventful freeride tour from Warth-Schrcken to Lech-Zrs, and back again. Date: 9 a.m., on Thursdays and Fridays Prerequisite: parallel skiing, some experience in deep snow Equipment required: safety equipment (rucksack, shovel, probe, avalanche alarm) Duration: approx. 5 hours Price per person: 72 information & registration (by 4 p.m. the day before)  Schrcken-Hochkrumbach snow sports school, T +43 (0)5583 400-45, www.ski-schroecken.at Warth ski and snowboard school, T +43 (0)5583 3443, www.skischule-warth.at

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Permanent avalanche search equipment training centre and SAA camps With one of the most modern avalanche search equipment training centres in the Alps, the Warth-Schrcken ski area offers freeriders and variation skiers ideal training conditions, and focuses increasingly on the topic of safety competence. The permanently installed training centre next to the Steffisalp Express enables you to learn how best to handle the latest avalanche search equipment, to rehearse successful search strategies and to try out an emergency under realistic conditions every day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Snow and avalanche awareness camps for skiers and snowboarders are also held on specific dates. information www.saac.at Paulis Ski Arena for families Paulis Ski Arena at Salober valley station makes every wish come true for small guests. The learning terrain enjoys a sunny location in the middle of the skiing area, and is directly connected to the large lifts. On the learning course, young skiers can test their skills and if they are looking for a change, the sliding hill, the digging pit and the castle building site all offer great playgrounds for the winter.

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alberschwende

ALBERSCHWENDE Ortszentrum, Bank, Arzt, Tourismusbro BRGGELEKOPF Sessellift und Schlepplifte, Skischule INTERSPORT SPETTEL LANGLAUFLOIPE BRGGELEKOPF TALSTATION ALPENGASTHOF BRGGELE IMBISSTUBE BERCHTOLDSHHE TANNERBERGSTBLE TANNERSTBLE DRESSLERSTBLE

SESSELLIFT BRGGELEKOPF SCHLEPPLIFT SOHMSBERG ZIPFELLIFT HHENLIFT TANNERBERGLIFT TANNERBERG-BABYLIFT DRESSLERBERGLIFT BHLERBERG-ABFAHRT GREBAN-ABFAHRT RUNDFAHRT TANNERBERG DRESSLERBERG SOHMSBERG RODELROUTE LORENA RODELBAHN ZIPFELLIFT

lifts and cable cars 1 chair lift 6 ski tows pistes Length of the slopes: 18 km of which: 4 km are blue pistes 14 km are red pistes information Ski lifts Alberschwende T +43 (0)5579 4233 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5579 4323 or T +43 (0)5579 4233 www.alberschwende.at www.lift.alberschwende.net

ski school & childrens ski school Skiing and snowboarding school Alberschwende T +43 (0)664 73086707 www.alberschwende.at ski rental Sport Spettel, Alberschwende T +43 (0)5579 4241 www.spettel.at day ticket (high season) Adult: 26.60 Child: 14.50

tip: skiing area for families


This is the ideal skiing area for beginners and families with small children.

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lifts and cable cars 1 chair lift 8 ski tows 1 connecting lift pistes Lengths of the slopes: 24 km, of which: 9 km are blue pistes 12 km are red pistes 3 km are black pistes

day ticket (high season) Adult: 29.60 Child: 16.30 aprs ski Wlderpub, Meierei

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information Tourist office Schwarzenberg T +43 (0)5512 3570 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5572 7321 ski school & childrens ski school www.boedele.info  Ski school Schwarzenberg T +43 (0)664 2214075 www.skischule-schwarzenberg.at Skiing with the magic wand  Ski school Bdele A method developed by the T +43 (0)5512 3679 school itself guarantees that all www.skischule-boedele.at children from 3 years of age are able to ski on the practice slopes ski rental on their own after four individual  Bergsport Fink, Schwarzenberg lessons. T +43 (0)5512 2918 Should a child not succeed, the www.bergfink.at ski instructor keeps on skiing free  Skishop Bdele of charge until he/she does! Berghof Fetz Price: T +43 (0)5512 3679 56 per hour www.skischule-boedele.at Information  Skifit Bdele Schwarzenberg ski school Hochlpele ski lift, valley station T +43 (0)664 2214075 T +43 (0)5512 26807 www.skischule-schwarzenberg.at www.skifit.at

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pistes Lengths of the slopes: 10 km of which: 3 km are blue pistes 6 km are red pistes 1 km are black pistes

information Egger lift company T +43 (0)5512 4750 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5512 4750-13 www.schetteregg.at ski school & childrens ski school Ski school Schetteregg T +43 (0)5512 4750-20 or T +43 (0)650 4266737 www.schi-schule.at ski rental Sport Waldner T +43 (0)5512 4750-21 www.sportwaldner.at day ticket (high season) Adult: 29.80 Child: 16 aprs ski Jokler inn

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Startpunkt groer Wanderweg

Schettis kids paradise Magic carpets and a ski carousel in the kids paradise can be used free of charge by all visitors. Young guests have enough to do in the breaks in Schettiland with its igloo, climbing hill and a tubing run. Pistes for kids: all pistes in Schetteregg bears a mascot which briefly describes what children should be capable of in order to ski on that particular piste. From the snowplough turn on the hedgehog circuit, through to safe curving on the bear slope through to dynamic carving on the lynx piste.

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lifts and cable cars 1 chair lift 4 ski tows pistes Lengths of the slopes: 9 km of which: 4 km are blue pistes 3 km are red pistes 2 km are black pistes information Alpenarena Hochhderich T +43 (0)5513 8254-0 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5513 8254-51 www.alpenarena.com ski school & childrens ski school  Snow sports school Hochhderich Timm Stade T +43 (0)5513 8254-171 www.skischule-stade.de

ski rental  Jakobs Skishop, Hochhderich T +43 (0)5513 8254-61 www.alpenarena.com  Sport Spettel, Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 6341 www.spettel.at  Sport Gotthard, Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 2260 www.sport-gotthard.com day ticket (high season) Adult: 26.50 Child: 17 aprs ski Umbrella bar at the valley station

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Almhotel right next to the piste with family apartments, swimming pool and wellness area. Ideal for families with small children.

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lifts and cable cars 1 large cable car in Bezau (60 p.) 2 chair lifts 4 ski tows 1 practice lift 1 moving walkway Bezau-Sonderdach pistes Lengths of the slopes: 15 km of which: 5 km are blue pistes 9 km are red pistes 1 km are black pistes information Andelsbuch cable cars T +43 (0)5512 2540 Snow hotline: T + 43 (0)5512 2540 www.bergbahnen-andelsbuch.at Bezau cable car T +43 (0)5514 2254 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5514 2254 www.seilbahn-bezau.at ski school & childrens ski school Ski school Niedere Klaus Waldner T +43(0)664 1142430 www.schischule-niedere.at

ski rental  Sport Dorner, Andelsbuch T +43 (0)5512 2482 www.schneeprofi.at  Bergsport Leitner, Bezau T +43 (0)5514 31441 www.alpinsports.com day ticket (high season) Adult: 29.30 Child: 17 aprs ski Andelsbuch: Mooser Stble, spiano in Gasthof Lwen, Jslar, Lissbar und E-Werk

tip: variation skiing:


Bezau cable car, an aerial tramway with a stop at Sonderdach. Plus: panorama restaurant, seats approx. 150, in Baumgarten mountain station. Fantastic north and south slopes for variation skiers.

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lifts and cable cars 4 ski tows pistes Lengths of the slopes: 4.4 km of which: 4.4 km are blue pistes information Ski lifts Hochlitten T +43 (0)5513 8312 -2 Snow hotline: T +43 (0)5513 8239 www.skilifte-hochlitten.com

ski school & childrens ski school Ski and snowboard school Hittisau-Sibratsgfll T +43 (0)664 2143723 www.ski-snowboard-schule.at Paul Heinzle T +43 (0)664 1511623 day ticket (high season) Adult: 24 Child: 16

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Located away from the hustle and bustle of large skiing areas. Small yet exquisite skiing area, ideal for families with small children.

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ski!project skiing courses & coaching

Check out www.skiprojekt.at/Methoden to see what this is all about!

Management: Michael Widmer- Willam He is a passionate skier, dance and performance artist and, as a ski instructor, enjoys trying out new skiing techniques and movements. In his The ski! project offers innovative skicourses, his many years experience ing courses and workshops held in conjunction with the Au-Schoppernau in teaching skiing and his knowledge about the body and movement are snow sports school. In these skiing combined with the lightness of dance. workshops, you develop a dynamic, Offers: intensive skiing courses for all energy-saving skiing technique that levels, deep snow courses, skiing tours, is kind to you joints according to your own individual needs. By means freeride courses, courses for returnees following extended absences, injuries of simple, playful movements, complex sequences of movement needed or physical weaknesses. Services: for carving or skiing in deep snow  6-lesson course are learned and optimised. The very constant video analysis special way of working and the struc-   individualised skiing model ture of the workshops enable you to  long-term, individual development improve your skiing in a quick, susplanning tainable manner.  equipment consultancy  cultural trips to the region (optional) Please note: The courses are held on specified information & reservation dates. Booking is required. You ski!Projekt can only start on the first day T +43 (0)664 42 05 221 of the course. Detailed informawww.skiprojekt.at tion is available on the website: www.skiprojekt.at and in the programme brochure. SWAYING AND FLOATING on the piste, through scattered powder snow or after an injury this is the model for these skiing courses.

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The conditions for off-piste skiing are perfect since there is so much snow about. Skiing tours and the more leisurely version variation skiing are enjoying increasing popularity.

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Skiing tours for beginners 1: Brendler Lug (1,767 m) 2: Portlahorn (2,010 m) 3: Hirschberg (1,500 m) 4: Hochlpele Kopf (1,464 m) 5: Feuersttterkopf (1,645 m) Skiing tours for the advanced 6: Juppenspitze (2,412 m) 7: ntschenspitze (2,135 m) 8: Kanisfluh (2,044 m) 9: Winterstaude (1,877 m) 10: Hochknzelspitze (2,397 m)

Routes for variation skiing 11: Klemm via Salober 12: Bockbachtaltour 13: Around Hohen Ifen 14: Hochblanken

recommended reading
Skitourenfhrer Bregenzerwald inkl. Groes Walsertal und Lechquellengebirge by A. Kempf/ R. Kempf published by Panico Alpinverlag (in German only)

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Safety tips for off-piste skiing Please note that you are skiing at your own risk! This brochure only contains suggested routes.  Off-piste skiing is fun when you master the technique. The Bregenzer wald ski schools offer courses to this end.  The correct equipment and clothing are essential safety factors.  Anyone skiing off piste needs avalanche equipment ( avalanche search equipment, probe, avalanche shovel, First Aid kit) and also needs to know how to use such equipment!  Never set off too late. In winter, it starts getting dark at 4.30p.m.  Never set off if it is snowing/foggy.  The skiing and mountain guides are familiar with the place and terrain and ensure that you safely reach your destination and back home. emergency telephone numbers (free of charge)  112 European emergency number  140 alpine emergencies, Austria

vorarlberg avalanche warning service Free use of the avalanche alarm service via fax, e-mail or the Internet: www.vorarlberg.at/lawine Avalanche information app: www.snowsafe.at 24-hour recorded message: T +43 (0)5574 201 1588 Respect your boundaries However, anyone out and about enjoying the countryside needs to keep in mind that it is also a very sensitive habitat for plants and animals which is worth protecting. Please dont take any short-cuts through forest paths, since they are often used by wild game as a refuge. Moreover, the edges of skis and snowboards can easily damage the young forest. Observe the no-go hunting areas and, if necessary, choose a different tour destination. It is with this in mind that we also appeal to you to respect preservation and conservation areas and to observe any restrictions.

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skiing tours
The Bregenzerwald is famous for its wide range of enjoyable skiing tours, comprising the very gentle through to the more arduous. Following an ascent taking 2 to 5 hours on crosscountry skis and skins, swing down the magnificent slopes off the prepared pistes and down into the v alley. You can rent the appropriate equipment such as skis and avalanche search equipment from the local ski rental shops. At the following pages we present 10 recommended tours. We recommend that you only embark on these tours in the company of the ski schools mountain and skiing guides, or that you reserve one of our package deals. This way, youll safely reach the loveliest places, and receive valuable tips on the way. Package deals on offer Take your pick from our selection of package deals for ski tourers. Package deals for beginners and advanced ski tourers alike are presented on www.bregenzerwald.at, which is also the address for making reservations. Skiing tours for beginners 1: brendler lug (1,767 m) The gentle, classic skiing tour close to Au, with north-facing slopes and glades is most fun in the powder snow/new snow. Difference in altitude: 950 m Starting point: car park of Aus village hall 2: portlahorn (2,010 m) The straightforward panorama tour across the Damls skiing area is extremely popular. Difference in altitude: 400 m Starting point: Jgerstble inn on the road between Oberdamls and Furkajoch 3: hirschberg (1,500 m) This tour takes you through fantastic skiing terrain in an area formerly home to pistes. Difference in altitude: 700 m Starting point: valley station of the Hirschberg cable car 4: hochlpelekopf (1,464 m) This area is recommended particularly for beginners or those wishing to enjoy a short afternoon tour. Difference in altitude: 450 m Starting point: Gmeind, part of the village of Schwarzenberg 5: feuersttterkopf (1,645 m) This lovely, popular tour takes you across gentle ski slopes, without any flat spots. Difference in altitude: 650 m Starting point: from Sibratsgfll, Alpenrose inn

Skiing tour events Hahnenkpfle race Date: 22 February 2014 (Alternative date: 8 March 2014) www.fcbizau.at Diedams Extreme Date: presumably 6 April 2014 www.diedamsextrem.at

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Skiing tours for the advanced 6: juppenspitze (2,412 m) This skiing tour has perfectly inclined and sunny slopes at higher altitudes. Difference in altitude: 1,200 m Starting point: at Mohnenfluh hotel in Schrcken 7: ntschenspitze (2,135 m) This tour, which covers lovely slopes to the south west and the north east, is hidden away on Schoppernaus impressive very own mountain. Difference in altitude: 1,150 m Starting point: Schoppernau, Bad Hopfreben inn 8: kanisfluh (2,044 m) Dominating the entire Bregenzerwald, the mighty Kanisfluh with its steep north side sloping over 1,200m takes you by surprise with an outstandingly lovely skiing tour on its south side. Difference in altitude: 1,250 m Starting point: from Au, in the direction of Damls, across the Argenbach bridge (car park) 9: winterstaude (1,877 m) It is close to Egg that the most-used route is located: despite its steep grassy slopes, it is used astoundingly frequently. Difference in altitude: 800 m Starting point: Egg-Schetteregg, lift car park 10: hochknzelspitze (2,397 m) The Hochknzelspite offers the experienced ski tourer magnificent runs in an alpine setting. Difference in altitude: 1,300 m Starting point: Schrcken, Landsteg bus stop, approx. 2 km to Bad Hopfreben Well supervised! Skiing in the deep snow and going on skiing tours are fascinating activities. However, problems frequently come from a lack of regard for safe skiing, skiing which doesnt conserve ones own energy or simply a lack of self-confidence. ski!project skiing tours Michael Widmer-Willam is a ski instructor and dance and performance artist. He combines his many years experience in teaching skiing and his knowledge about the body and movement with the lightness of dance. Michael Priesner is a state-certified skiing and mountain guide, as well as instructor of the Feldenkrais method. Offers: Deep snow workshops for beginners and advanced skiers, skiing tours combined with Felden krais units, skiing tours for returnees ( following injuries or extended absences). Cooperation partner is the Au-Schoppernau snow sports school. Please note: the courses are held on specified dates. Booking is essential. You can only start on the first day of the course. information T +43 (0)664 42 05 221 www.skiprojekt.at Skiing tour with Moses Ski and mountain guide Markus Moosbrugger shows his guests the mountains. Depending on time and fitness levels, various peaks in the Bregenzerwald and on the Arlberg are on the itinerary. Meeting point: Schoppernau, Riese 238 Date: daily, upon request Duration: day tour, approx. 45 hours Price per person: from 60 information T +43 (0)664 3429465, www.mitmoses.at

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Variation skiing is the leisurely, enjoyable form of skiing off piste. Most ascents are taken by lift, and then you ski off piste. Here are four recommended routes. For reasons of safety and orientation, we recommend that you only embark on these tours in the company of the ski schools mountain and skiing guides. Hike & Ride Under the professional guidance of the local ski schools in WarthSchrcken, you get the best views of the back country of the Hochtannberg and Arlberg region. If you take the lifts, you only have short ascents to overcome. The Hike & Ride offer is available for 4 days on specific dates. dates, information & booking www.warth-schroecken.com Freeriding with Moses The objectives of the day are effortless ascents and long runs with ski and mountain guide Markus Moosbrugger. Place: Schoppernau Meeting point: Schoppernau, Riese 238 Date: daily, upon request Duration: day tour, approx. 5-6 hours in total Price per person: from 70 information T +43 (0)664 3429465 www.mitmoses.at Routes for variation skiers 11: klemm via salober Place: Warth Schrcken Lech Starting point: Salober Express Ascent: Auenfeld-Sattel, approx. 20 min. Highest point: Mohnenfluhsattel 2,300 m Destination: Schrcken Heimboden 1,270 m Difference in altitude: approx. 1,630m run 12: bockbachtaltour Place: Warth Steeg Starting point: Wartherhorn cable car Ascent: Wartherhornsattel, approx. 30 min., Wstersattel, approx. 45 min. Highest point: Rfikopf 2,340 m Destination: Steeg 1,250 m Difference in altitude: approx. 1,800m run 13: around hohen ifen Place: Schoppernau Kleinwalsertal Starting point: Diedamskopf Ascent: approx. 300 m Highest point: 2,060 m Destination: Schnenbach near Bizau Difference in altitude: approx. 2,000m run 14: hochblanken Place: Damls Mellau Starting point: Uga lift, Hohes Licht Ascent: approx. 30 min. Highest point: 2,068 m Destination: Mellau valley station Difference in altitude: approx. 1,300m run

tip: ski safari


The combination of skiing tours and variation skiing plus familiarisation with three different regions (the Bregenzerwald, Arlberg, Kleinwalsertal) accompanied by guides familiar with the area make this offer a very special event. information & booking Bregenzerwald Tourismus, T +43 (0)5512 2365, www.bregenzerwald.at.

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Cross-country skiing is very popular as an alternative to skiing or as a good way of recharging your batteries in the fresh air. Especially when the cross-country ski runs are as well looked-after as they are in the Bregenzerwald.

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au-schoppernau

Village cross-country ski run

cross-country ski runs 50 km of classic cross-country ski runs 12 km of skating runs altitude 850 m

Village cross-country ski run length 13.6 km classification easy to difficult

preparation Mid-December until Easter cross-country skiing courses Au-Schoppernau snow sports school T +43 (0)5515 2133 ski rental  Sport Gorbach, Au T +43 (0)5515 4141-2  Sport Fuchs, Au T +43 (0)5515 2315  Sport Matt, Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 4120

difference in altitude 85 m itinerary This cross-country ski run takes you through Au and Schoppernau with various connection points to other cross-country ski runs. From Au-Argenzipfel, it takes you through uele to Schoppernau and through a forest to the mountain pasture settlement of Armengemach. Via the Bregenzer achsteg, you pass through paradise and, across open fields, to uele forest. Via Kreuzgasse, you arrive at the underpass next to the church bridge. After Reute grazing meadow and Argenzipfel, you arrive at Kanisfluhloipe. chances to stop off for a drink/food in Au-Schoppernau

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Circuit

cross-country ski runs 20 km of classic cross-country ski runs 12 km of skating runs altitude 650 m preparation Mid-December until Mid-March Langlaufkurse Daniela Moosbrugger T +43 (0)664 5257110 ski rental  Bergsport Leitner, Bezau T +43 (0)5514 31441  Sport Bertsch, Bizau T +43 (0)5514 4127

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The circuit length 12 km classification easy to intermediate difference in altitude 50 m itinerary The circuit takes you through all three villages, and can be commenced and terminated at any of the villages. characteristic Scenic, charming and varied circuit. chances to stop off for a drink/food Inns in Bezau, Bizau and Reuthe

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Stofel alpine cross-country ski run

cross-country ski runs 7 km of classic cross-country ski runs 7 km of skating runs altitude 1,500 1,650 m preparation Early December until early April cross-country skiing courses Damls snow sports school T +43 (0)5510 295 ski rental Sport Madlener, Damls T +43 (0)5510 391 tip The free local bus takes cross- country skiers to the starts of the cross- country ski runs.

Stofel alpine cross-country ski run length 5 km classification intermediate to difficult difference in altitude 80 m itinerary Zimba inn circuit around the Stofel high plateau Zimba inn characteristic Circuit with an impressive mountain panorama. chances to stop off for a drink/food Zimba inn

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Border country cross-country ski run

cross-country ski runs 50 km of classic cross-country ski runs 30 km of skating runs altitude 800 m 1,040 m preparation December until end of March fee for use of cross-country ski run Day ticket 4.50, Afternoon ticket 3 free for guests of the village cross-country skiing courses Ski school Hittisau-Sibratsgfll T +43 (0)664 2143723 ski rental  Sport Spettel, Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 6341  Sport Gotthard, Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 2260  Jakobs Skishop, Hochhderich T +43 (0)5513 8254-61

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Border country cross-country ski run length approx. 70 km classification easy to intermediate difference in altitude 240 m itinerary Hittisau centre Helmisau Dornbndt Sippersegg Biberstein border with Germany start of the Balderschwang ski-hiking network return by bus or along the cross-country ski run characteristic An extensive cross-country skiing tour which can be shortened according to wishes. chances to stop off for a drink/food dSunna Sippersegg, Loipenstble, Biberstein and inns in Balderschwang and Hittisau

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Cross-country ski run in Mellau, Hirschau, Schnepfau

cross-country ski runs 23 km of classic cross-country ski runs 20 km of skating runs altitude 700 m preparation December until March cross-country skiing courses Ski school Mellau T +43 (0)5518 2222-24 ski rental  Sport Natter, Mellau T +43 (0)5518 2262  Sport Broger, Mellau T +43 (0)5518 2240

Cross-country ski run in Mellau, Hirschau, Schnepfau length 10 km classification easy difference in altitude 40 m itinerary Car park of Mellau cable cars Enge Hirschau Schnepfau centre (return the same route or by bus) characteristc Lovely route at the foot of the Kanisfluh through the Enge mountain pasture. chances to stop off for a drink/food Inns in Mellau, Hirschau and Schnepfau

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Hrmoos cross-country ski run

cross-country ski runs 12 km of classic cross-country ski runs 4 km of skating runs altitude 1,300 m preparation December until mid-April fee for use of cross-country ski run Day ticket 5, with the regional Guest Card 4 cross-country skiing courses Hochhderich snow sports school Timm Stade T +43 (0)5513 8254-171 www.skischule-stade.de ski rental Jakobs Skishop, Hochhderich T +43 (0)5513 8254-61

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Hrmoos cross-country ski run length 8.3 km classification difficult difference in altitude 151 m itinerary Car park of the Hotel Hochhderich Hrmoos lake car park of the Hotel Hochhderich characteristic The course takes you through the sunny high plateau on the Hochhderich. Those experienced in skating techniques can take a detour to the Falkenhtte. chances to stop off for a drink/food Hrmoosalpe, Hochwies inn, Hotel Hochhderich

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Fohramoos cross-country ski run

cross-country ski runs 10 km of classic cross-country ski runs altitude 1,130 1,190 m preparation Early December until end of March ski rental  Bergsport Fink T +43 (0)5512 2918  Skishop Bdele Berghof Fetz T +43 (0)5512 3679  Skifit Bdele Hochlpele valley station T +43 (0)5512 26807

Fohramoos cross-country ski run length 10 or 6 km classification easy to intermediate difference in altitude 60 m itinerary Start and end at the valley station of Oberlose lift: from there, you go in a westerly direction through the nature reserve of Fohramoos in several bends towards Losenpass (old) and then along Schwendeweg back to Oberlose mountain station. You return to Oberlose valley station via Schwendeweg. characteristic Scenic and varied circuit through Natura 2000 and the nature reserve. chances to stop off for a drink/food Meierei, Berghof Fetz

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Cross-country ski run between Sibratsgfll and Schnenbach

cross-country ski runs 25 km of classic cross-country ski runs 2 km of skating runs altitude 930 m preparation Mid-December until early April fee for use of cross-country ski run Day ticket 4.50, free for guests of the village cross-country skiing courses Ski school Hittisau-Sibratsgfll T +43 (0)664 3054015 ski rental Engelbert Dorner T +43 (0)5513 2113

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Cross-country ski run between Sibratsgfll and Schnenbach length 18 km classification intermediate difference in altitude 150 m itinerary Krhenberg ski lift walk to the base of the cross-country ski run at the Bilgeri snack bar along the Subersach as far as Vors Schnenbach mountain pasture return the same route characteristic A route for cross-country skiing enthusiasts, not too technically demanding. Particularly scenic route through the valley of the Subersach. chances to stop off for a drink/food Bilgeri snack bar in Sibratsgfll, Sgerstble in Schnenbach

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Panorama cross-country ski run

cross-country ski runs 20 km of classic cross-country ski runs 20 km of skating runs It is possible to cross over the border to the Westallgu network of crosscountry ski runs. altitude 1,015 m preparation December until 15 March cross-country skiing courses Sulzberg skiing club T +43 (0)664 7927744 Ski school Schwendinger T +49 (0)172 7402447 night-time cross-country skiing By floodlight every Mon to Fri between 5 and 8.30 p.m. Part of the cross-country skiing runs is served by a snow making system. biathlon facility Nordic Sport Park (page 47) ski rental Nordic Sport Park

Panorama cross-country ski run length 6 km (classic and skating) classification easy to difficult itinerary Leave Oberdorf continue in the direction of Hochstr circuit (it is possible to turn off on to the Westallgu network of cross- country ski runs) chances to stop off for a drink/food Hochstrstble (closed on Mondays) info The use of the panorama crosscountry ski run is free. All other cross-country ski runs in the Nordic Sport Park are subject to a fee. (page 47).

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Nordic Sport Park in Sulzberg

Around 20 km of cross-country ski runs for classic and skating techniques await in the Nordic Sport Park in Sulzberg. There is something for everybody, from the gentle, scenic tour through to the demanding training cross-country ski run. The Nordic Sport Park also includes the Sulzberg village lift and a popular tobogganing run for sledging and sliding both of which are only about 200 m from the stadium. Via a connecting cross-country ski run, you arrive at the panorama cross-country ski run on the ridge of Sulzberg, with a magnificent view of the mountains of the Bregenzerwald, Allgu and Switzerland. Well-groomed paths are available for winter hikers. A 4-km circular route is illuminated by floodlights. Cross-country skiing by floodlight is possible every Mon to Fri between 5 and 8.30 p.m. prices 4 per day (including night-time crosscountry skiing) or 60 per season Try out Biathlon Please register if you want to try out

this exciting sports activity. information Sulzberg municipality, T +43 (0) 5516 2213-13 Selection of cross-country ski runs  All cross-country ski runs are groomed for classic and skating purposes (page 46).  The cross-country ski runs in the Nordic Sport Park are subject to a fee, including during the day. The panorama cross-country ski run which connects to the Westallgu network of cross-country ski runs can be used free of charge.  Guests from Sulzberg staying three or more nights can go cross-country skiing free of charge (including night-time cross-country skiing) in the Nordic Sport Park. The direct connection to the West Allgu network of cross-country ski runs provides the trained athlete with over 100 km of cross-country ski runs for all levels of proficiency. information Tourist office Sulzberg T +43 (0)5516 2213 10, www.sulzberg.at Nordic Sport Park www.nordic-sport-park.at

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Around Kalbelesee

cross-country ski runs 17 km of classic cross-country ski runs 4 km of skating runs altitude 1,600 m preparation December until mid-April fee for use of cross-country ski run free for guests of the village cross-country skiing courses  Ski school Warth T +43 (0)5583 3443  Ski school Schrcken T +43 (0)5583 40045 ski rental  Sport Schneller, Schrcken T +43 (0)5519 201 Sport Jug, Warth T +43 (0)5583 39827 Sport Strobl, Hotel Lechtalerhof T +43(0)676 845413200 dogs permitted

Around Kalbelesee length 2.5 km classification easy difference in altitude 0 m itinerary Salober car park around Kalbelesee Salober car park characteristic flat cross-country ski run, suitable for beginners, in a sunny location chances to stop off for a drink/food S1, Salober self-service restaurant at Saloberjet valley station

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How about a lap around the ice rink? Or a lantern-lit ramble at dusk? Visits to the farm offer exciting insights into ways of life and Adventurers take the Flying Fox cable slide across the valley.

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Tobogganing a great pleasure

The Bregenzerwald boasts the best conditions for enjoyable family holidays. Friendly hosts in the hotels, guest houses, holiday apartments and on the farms offering holidays ensure the right setting for this. In the ski schools, the youngest guests playfully learn skiing. Those who prefer their winter and snow away from the slopes can take one of the numerous toboggan runs ( from page 72) or participate in the varied programmes offered by many villages. If the weather proves an obstacle to outdoor activities, there are many indoor swimming pools to try out, such as the swimming pool in the Hotel Quellengarten in Lingenau, the swimming pools in Bregenz and Dornbirn, and the Aquaria family adventure pool in Oberstaufen in the neighbouring Allgu ( page 54).

Tobogganing with children Almost all towns and villages have one or several toboggan runs, many of which are illuminated in the evening. This includes many runs which children can ride alone, or on their parents toboggan. Toboggans are available for rent in many towns and villages. The starting points of several toboggan runs can be easily reached by lift ( page 72). Well-supervised in the ski schools The Bregenzerwalds ski schools are well-known for their child-friendly programmes. You can find further information on selected offersin the chapter Ski and Board ( page9). Au-Schoppernau natural ice-skating area Depending on the weather, the area is prepared between December and February/March. Ice skates can be hired right next to the ice-skating area. Ice- skating is free of charge for guests from Au-Schoppernau. information & opening times Tourist office Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 2495

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Au-Schoppernau panorama evening tour with snowshoes and toboggan This tour offers a fantastic panorama which shines in the evening light of the sunset. Guests take the cable car to the middle station, where the snow shoe tour to the Neuhornbachhaus commences. An eventful round of tobogganing takes you back to Schoppernau. Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: Diedamskopf cable car valley station Date: every Monday at 3.30 p.m. Duration: approx. 2 hours Price per person: 35 including snowshoes, toboggan and head lights, excluding cable-car ride Minimum age for children: 8 information & registration Markus Moosbrugger T +43 (0)664 3429465 www.mitmoses.at Andelsbuch lantern-lit ramble A ramble especially for families through Andelsbuch by night. During the ramble, the guide tells you legends and stories from the Bregenzerwald. Place: Andelsbuch Meeting point: tourist information office Date: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014, every Friday at 5 p.m. Duration: approx. 1 hour Price per person: free of charge information & registration Tourist office Andelsbuch T +43 (0)5512 2565 www.andelsbuch.at Egg-Grodorf Lantern-lit ramble Particularly well suited for families: a romantic ramble into the silence of the night. The light of the lanterns, of the moon and the stars, make the outing into a special experience. Guide Marianne relates stories on the way. Place: Egg-Grodorf Meeting point: Falken inn Date: 31 December until the end of March: every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Register by 4 p.m. on Monday Length: approx. 1 hour Price per person: free of charge information & registration Tourist office Egg T +43 (0)5512 2426 www.egg.at/tourismus Mellau Lantern-lit ramble Winter hiking guide Hans leads participants through the fairytale-like, snow-covered winter landscape at dusk. Hurricane lamps and torches light up the way. Place: Mellau Meeting point: Tourist office Mellau Date: 19 December 2013 until 13March 2014: every Thursday at 7.30p.m. Length: approx. 1.5 hours Price per person: free of charge information & registration Tourist office Mellau T +43 (0)5518 2203 www.mellau.at

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Warth-Schrcken Paulis snow adventure A varied programme including building an igloo, sledging with the huskies, building slides, and much more. Place: Schrcken, Warth Meeting point: Salober valley station of the cable car at the fairyland Date: Schrcken every Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. and Warth every Thursday at 2.30 p.m during the kids snow weeks (14 21 December 2013, 18 25 January, 15 29 March 2014) Length: approx. 1.5 hours Price per person: free for guest children from Warth and Schrcken information & registration Schrcken: Snow sports school Schrcken-Hochkrumbach T +43 (0)5583 40045 www.schneesport-schule.com Warth: Ski- und Snowboardschule Warth: T +43 (0)5583 3443 www.skischule-warth.com Warth Flying Fox slide On the Flying Fox slide, participants swoosh from Vorarlberg to Tyrol and back! With 4 slides and the over 500m long cable slide and a height of 70 m, a spectacular experience awaits you. Place: Warth Meeting point: Tourist office Warth Date: every Wednesday during the winter season from 4 p.m. Special dates available on request. Length: approx. 1 hour Price per person: 14 for adults, 12 for children information & registration Alpinschule Widderstein T +43 (0)660 2149207 www.alpinschulewidderstein.com Schrcken Flying Fox Park Safari 6 Flying Fox or zip slides surrounded by Mother Nature: rope course at a height of 20 90 metres over wild gorges: breath-taking views (suitable for children from the age of 6) Place: Schrcken Meeting point: to be arranged Date: Sunday and Friday from 5 p.m. (from 6 people); further dates available on request Length: approx. 2 hours Price per person: 14 information & registration Alpinschule Schrcken T +43 (0)664 7575500 www.abenteuerpark.net www.alpinschule-schroecken.at Damls ramble for children The objective of this ramble is to impart a sense of fun in the snow for children (for children from the age of 4). Place: Damls Meeting point: at the Gasthaus zum Glckle, Damls Date: 2 January to 17 April 2014, every Thursday at 3.30 p.m. (except 16 January) Duration: approx. 1.5 hours Price per person: 10, free of charge for guests of BergAktiv member establishments information & registration Damls-Faschina Tourismus T +43 (0)5510 620 www.damuels.at

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Bezau visit to the petting zoo During a visit to the petting zoo at Kanisfluh adventure inn, kids can not only stroke the animals they can also help at feeding time. Place: Bezau Meeting point: fountain on the village square (next to Hotel Gams) Date: every Tuesday at 5 p.m. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours Price per person: free of charge information & registration Tourist office Bezau T +43 (0)5514 2295 www.bezau.at/tourismus Bizau feeding the animals Gmeiner organic farm Pygmy goats, Cameroon sheep, Franziska the donkey, Vita the horse, cows and calves, chickens, a family of rabbits they all want to be fed and petted! Children can help out at the evening feed and get to know the organic farm. Place: Bizau Meeting point: village square Date: 27 December 2013, 3 January, 19February, 26 February, 5 March 2014 at 5 p.m. Length: approx. 1 hour Price per person: Free of charge No reservations required information Tourist office Bizau T +43 (0)5514 2129 www.bizau.at Au-Schoppernau farm experience Life on the farm has a magical appeal to children. They are allowed to stroke the animals and watch the farmer feed, care for and milk the animals. Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: Au, Rehmen church Date: 17 December 2013 until 15 April 2014: every Tuesday at 5.30 p.m. Length: approx. 1 hour Price per person: free of charge information & registration Tourist office Au-Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 2288 www.au-schoppernau.at Au-Schoppernau feltwork course for children With the aid of water and soap, mousy-grey sheeps wool is made into jolly little mice. Please ensure that small children are accompanied. Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: Marianna Moosbrugger Au, Rehmer Halde 152 Date: 18 December 2013 until 16 April 2014, every Wednesday at 4.30 p.m. Duration: approx. 2 hours Price per person: 8, incl. material Registration: by Tuesday, 5 p.m., limited number of participants information & registration Tourist office Au-Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 2288 www.au-schoppernau.at

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There is plenty for families to do should the weather not play ball: Museums and exhibitions inatura nature show in Dornbirn Touch, crawl in, try out, play and experiment. information T +43 (0)5572 23235-0 www.inatura.at Schattenburg in Feldkirch The medieval castle depicts life during the age of chivalry. information T +43 (0)5522 71982 www.schattenburg.at Toy Museum in Wolfurt The loveliest toys from Granny and Grandpas time are lovingly presented here. information T +43 (0)650 5000681 www.spielzeugmuseum-wolfurt.at Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen (Germany) The history and technology of aeronautics. information T +49 (0)7541 3801-0 www.zeppelin-museum.de Indoor swimming pools Swimming pool in Hotel Quellengarten in Lingenau 25 m pool, kids pool information T +43 (0)5513 6461-0 www.hotelquellengarten.com Dornbirn municipal pool Family pool with toddler and parent area, tunnel slide, diving platform information T +43 (0)5572 22687 www.dasstadtbad.at Bregenz swimming pool 25 m pool, kids pool with slide information T +43 (0)5574 44242-0 www.stadtwerke-bregenz.at Aquaria adventure pool in Oberstaufen (Germany) Family swimming pool with water slides, diving platforms and much more information T +49 (0)8386 9313-0 www.aquaria.de Climbing hall K1 climbing hall, Dornbirn 2,000 m of climbing area indoors, 400 m of boulder area, 600 m outside area, climbing courses, taster courses information T +43 (0)5572 394810 www.k1-dornbirn.at

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There are various ways to explore the winter landscapes. Hiking and tobogganing, for example. Or guided snow shoe tours. By horse and carriage or by husky-pulled sleighs.

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View of the Niedere, close to Andelsbuch

There are plenty activities for those whose winter enjoyment is found away from the piste. Winter hiking paths guide you through picturesque landscapes and to lovely viewpoints. Tips for winter hikers We have compiled several tips for your hikes through the snow: make sure that you have the right equipment with you, such as adequate, waterproof footwear (e.g. climbing boots) and warm outerwear. Further useful items include: headgear, gloves, snow goggles or sunglasses, sun screen. Shoe chains prevent slipping on ice and snow: they are available from shoe shops and sport shops. Sticks are also helpful. signposts Winter hiking paths throughout the whole of the Bregenzerwald are clearly signposted in an easily visible pink.

notes on safety  Stick to the signposted hiking paths (pink signposts).  Taking short steps and maintaining an even pace going uphill save your strength, and go easy on the joints going downhill.  Slightly bending your upper body forwards when going downhill reduces the danger of slipping.  Take plenty of drinks with you: it is also important to drink even if you are not thirsty.  Ask your hosts about the weather forecast. Fog and bad weather can set in surprisingly quickly. Turn back in good time rather than risking getting into danger. As a winter hiker (or a summer hiker), you hike at your own risk.

recommended reading
Vorarlberg Winterwanderungen by Helmut Tiefenthaler, published by Tyrolia Verlag (in German only)

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Through the open landscape close to Sulzberg

Negrellis church and endless views Sulzberg mountain path From Vitalhotel Linde, Schnenbhl (820 m), a cleared agricultural path, or, if snow is plentiful, a hiking piste directly from Hotel Linde, leads to the mountain farms in Unterkhler: from there, you take a flattened hiking path to the Oberkhler plot of land at 985 m, then you follow a forest path to the approach road on the sunny side to Sulzberg, which you then follow on past the parish church to Sulzberg village square (1,013 m). Once you arrive at the village square, enjoy the endless views across the Bregenzer wald. On the

way back, enjoy the fascinating view across the Rhine valley through to the Swiss mountains. On the way back, you pass the sports field in Buch, then take the hiking piste back to the Hotel Linde, which is located somewhat further down. starting point Sulzberg-Schnenbhl, Hotel Linde bus stop culture on the route As the village on the mountain, the location of Sulzberg in Vorarlberg gives it a very special quality of its own. The parish church in the Empire style is exceptional. It was built in 1828/29 by Alois Negrelli, the designer of the Suez Canal. characteristic Scenic mountain path on mainly flattened hiking paths chances to stop off for a drink/food Hotel Linde (Schnenbhl), Sulzberg Ochsen inn, Alpenblick inn and Adler inn in the center of the village Difference in altitude: up: 190 m/ down: 190 m Total hiking time: 2.5 hours

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Out and about on the Hochhderich

Across the upland moor the Hochhderich circuit The route follows almost completely flattened hiking trails through the mountain valley basin between the Nagelfluh ridges of Hochhderich and Kojen-Fluh. It takes you from the Hochhderich car park (1,227 m) across the Austrian-German border, and takes you up to the plateau of the Hrmoos alp (1,270 m). From there, you go downwards for a while to the Hochwies alp (1,230 m), then to the Glutgschwanden alp (1,200 m) and finally back to the starting point via the Moos alp (1,224 m).

starting point Hochhderich car park culture on the route The cross-border circuit connects the Bregenzerwald with Oberallgu, i.e. Vorarlberg with Bavaria. Between the approach road and the Moos alp, the blanket of snow conceals the Kojenmoos, an upland moor which has been widely preserved and which is protected. The Riefensberg locals used to cut peat here, and convey it into the valley via a material ropeway. characteristic Lovely mountain path in the alp area of the Vorderwald chances to stop off for a drink/food Hotel Hochhderich, Hrmoos alp, Hochwies alp, Glutgschwanden alp, Moos alp

Difference in altitude: up: 70 m/ down: 70 m Total hiking time: 2.5 hours

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Around the village of Hittisau

A circuit with a view around the village of Hittisau From the centre of the village (790m), you follow a flattened hiking path along the cross-country ski run until you reach the Brand plot of land. Cross the road, where a path takes you up to Btscheln (860m). Via scenic hillside locations, you follow a flattened winter hiking path to the part of the village called Korlen. From here, take in the lovely views of Hittisau as you return to the starting point.

starting point Village hall in Hittisau culture on the route With over 100 alps making it the village with the most alps in Austria! Hittisau has a long tradition in the art of alpine dairy farming, and was one of the first centres for full-fat cheese making in Vorarlberg. The route takes you right past the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum in Hittisau. Also worth a visit are the Womens Museum in Hittisau and the objects on the Wood + Culture trail (please contact the tourist information office in Hittisau for more details and guided tours). characteristic A gentle walk with lovely views chances to stop off for a drink/food Hittisau

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Difference in altitude: up: 110 m/ down: 110 m Total hiking time: approx. 2 hours

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Tannen close to Alberschwende

From the peak to the valley Brggele-Alberschwende Take the chair lift up to the Brggelekopf. From Brggelekopf mountain station (1,160 m), a partially paved, partially well-trodden winter path takes you down to Kaltenbrunnen (906 m). Here, the path turns northwards into a forest and then winds its way across sunny slopes through the Tannen and Lanzen plots of land back to Alberschwende (722 m).

starting point Alberschwende, valley station of the Brggelekopf chair lift culture on the route The Lorena pass is an old crossing into the Bregenzerwald. Between the Middle Ages and the mid19th century, this was the most popular connection with the Rhine Valley. The scenic sunny slope of Kaltenbrunnen was used as a moun tain pasture back in the Middle Ages, and has been permanently inhabited by several families since the 18th century if not earlier. characteristic Scenic valley hike chances to stop off for a drink/food Brggele mountain inn, Alpenrose inn (Kaltenbrunnen), Alberschwende

Opening times of Brggelekopf chair lift: T +43 (0)5579 4323 or 4233 www.alberschwende.at

Difference in altitude: down: 420 m Total hiking time: approx. 3 hours

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Hochlpele close to Schwarzenberg

Panorama hike Bdele-Schwarzenberg From the bus stop on the Bdele (1,140 m), take a short walk along the road to Schwarzenberg where you pick up the winter hiking path. Cross the pistes of the Hochlpele lift, hike through alpine forests to the Hochlpele alp (1,250 m, extensive views across the Bregenzerwald) and continue to Lustenau hut (1,250m, chance to take a detour to the Bregenz hut). From Lustenau hut, take a scenic path across the Klausberg mountain pasture down into Schwarzenberg (695 m).

starting point Bdele, bus stop culture on the route It was on the Bdele, close to Losen pass, an ancient crossing into the Rhine Valley, that Otto Hmmerle, an industrialist from Dornbirn, erected a countryside summer resort. After the Arlberg, the Bdele is the second birthplace of Vorarlberg skiing (in 1903/1904 a ski jump was built, and the first ski race was held. In 1907, the first ski lift in the world was built here). characteristic Hike into the valley on wide-tracked winter paths chances to stop off for a drink/food Bdele, Lustenau hut, Bregenz hut, Schwarzenberg

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Difference in altitude: up: 120 m/ down: 570 m Total hiking time: 3 hours

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Alp landscape, Schetteregg

Where cattle graze in the summer Schetteregg circuit The entire route follows flattened hiking trails. It takes you from Schetteregg (1,066 m) to the alpine pasture area of Eggatsberg and Hammeratsberg, with the lovely Bregenzerwald mountain pasture huts. You soon arrive at the Untere Falz alp, where you get lovely views of the southern mountains of Bullerschkopf and Winterstaude (1,877m). The route now takes you up to the Obere Falz alp and continues into the Ochsenhof alp area. Your return trip is rewarded with lovely views of Schetteregg and the foreland of the Bregenzerwald.

starting point Schetteregg car park culture on the route Eggatsberg and Hammeratsberg are two cooperative mountain pastures. They are collective property, whereas the huts are private property. The cattle are brought here for several weeks each spring and autumn, the milk is processed into butter and cheese in the collectives own dairy. During the summer, the pastures are mowed. The Falz alps are extensive dairy alps. characteristic Varied circuit through the peaceful mountain pasture and alp area chances to stop off for a drink/food Schetteregg, Leos hut

Difference in altitude: up: 180 m/ down: 180 m Total hiking time: 2.5 hours

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Mountain pasture settlement, Schnenbach

To the loveliest mountain pasture Sibratsgfll-Schnenbach If you take the bus, you must first take the road or follow the flattened winter hiking path down to the car park in Krhenberg (approx. 30 minutes). From the Krhenberg car park, the road descends steeply to Bilgeris snack bar in Krhenberg. The flattened winter path starts here (keep on the cross-country ski run). Crossing a narrow gorge with impressive views down to the Subersach is a lovely experience. The valley soon reveals itself, and the beautifully located mountain pasture settlement of Schnenbach (1,025 m) is in front of you.

starting point Car park at Krhenberg ski lift culture on the route Schnenbach is one of the loveliest, largest mountain pasture settlements in the whole of the Bregenzerwald. It was mentioned for the first time in 1491, comprises over 25 huts and one chapel. Cattle graze on the mountain pasture before and after the alp period. During the summer, the pastures are mowed. In the spring and autumn, the milk is processed into butter and cheese in a collective alpine dairy. characteristic Wild and romantic trail through the Subersach gorge chances to stop off for a drink/food Sibratsgfll, Bilgeris in Krhenberg, Sgerstble in Schnenbach

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Difference in altitude: up: 200 m/ down: 200 m Total hiking time: from Krhenberg car park 3.5 hours, from the centre of Sibratsgfll 4.5hours

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Below Damls Mittagspitze and Hochblanken

Out and about in the wild and romantic valley Ulfern alp (Mellau) Following ascent with the Mellau cable car, the circuit takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the slopes and up to the Ulfern alp area at an altitude of 1,400 m and which has a wild and romantic valley head beneath Damls Mittagspitze (2,095m) and Hochblanken. The shady, steep north faces are covered with a thick layer of ice and icicles, offering an impressive spectacle of nature. The hiking path itself is well prepared, and there are only a little difference in altitude to overcome.

starting point Mellau cable car mountain station characteristic 2.5-km long high-altitude circuit in a remote mountain valley. Due to the position of the sun, it is recommended going on the hike from mid-February. chances to stop off for a drink/food Mountain station (Rostelle alp inn, Simma restaurant)

Operating times of Mellau cable cars T +43 (0)5518 2222-0 www.bergbahnenmellau.com Difference in altitude: up: 50 m/ down: 50 m Total hiking time: approx. 1.5 hours

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Chapel in the mountain pasture settlement of Boden, close to Au

Walk up, toboggan down Bergkristall hut in Au From Au (800 m), a perfectly prepared path takes you along the northern edge of the Lug, mainly through a forest, up into the Drrenbachtal to the idyllically located Boden mountain pasture. This is also the location of the Bergkristall hut located at an altitude of over 1,200m. This tranquil, beautiful mountain valley is surrounded by the impressive, steeply rising rock massifs of the Zitterklapfenstock (2,403 m). You descend the same way. When the conditions are right, it is a good idea to take along a sledge for the descent into the valley.

starting point Au, village hall culture on the route The Boden mountain pasture, at an altitude of 1,200 m, is a rural settlement with a chapel. The land is collective property, whereas the huts are private property. This is where the farmers come with their cattle for several weeks before and after the summer. The Boden mountain pasture is one of the largest alpine dairy pastures in the Bregenzerwald. characteristic Rewarding hike in a tranquil, remote mountain valley chances to stop off for a drink/food Au, Bergkristall hut

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Please contact the tourist information office in Au-Schoppernau for the opening times of the Bergkristall hut and the conditions for sledging. T +43 (0)5515 2288

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Difference in altitude: up: 420 m/ down: 420 m Total hiking time: 3.5 hours

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Oberdamls

On ancient Walser trails the Damls alpine circuit From Damls (1,425 m), you follow the path towards Oberdamls and after the Gasthaus zum Glckle continue on the fully prepared valley path next to the cross-country ski run as far as the Unterdamls alp (1,486 m). From there, a steep ascent to the Jgerstble (1,614 m) awaits. From here, a mountain path takes you up to an altitude of approx. 1,700m (views as far as the Rtikon), past the Oberdamls alp (1,667 m) and to Oberdamls. From Hotel Alpenstern, you walk along the road back to where you started.

starting point Tourist office Damls culture on the route Damls is one of the first documented Walser settlements in Vorarlberg (enfeoffment with Uga alp in 1313, and with Tamlls alp in 1326). There is documentary evidence of its own parish church dating back to 1382. The late Gothic church (1484) has a remarkable interior such as frescoes from around 1490. characteristic A marvellous mountain circuit at an altitude of over 1,400 m with a unique view of the mountains chances to stop off for a drink/food Damls, Jgerstble, Oberdamls

Difference in altitude: up: 290 m/ down: 290 m Total hiking time: approx. 3 hours

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Krbersee panorama

To the hotel at the lake Hochtannberg pass-Krbersee From the Hochtannberg pass (1,676m), you follow the hiking path close to the road (take the red path for the circuit!), pass the Krber cross and take a considerable hike up to the Witelesattel (1,750 m) and then down to the Hotel Krbersee (1,665m). If the snow conditions are good, it is worth following this up by taking another walk around the frozen Krbersee. If you take the right piste on the way back too, you will enjoy a circuit via various paths.

starting point Hochtannberg pass, bus stop characteristic Gentle ramble at altitudes above 1,600 m on prepared hiking paths chances to stop off for a drink/food Valley station of the Saloberkopf cable car, Hotel Krbersee

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Difference in altitude: up: 90 m/ down: 90 m Total hiking time: approx. 2 hours

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snow-shoe hikes
In many towns and villages, hiking and mountain guides take guests on snow-shoe tours. Au-Schoppernau Diedamskopf tour The cable car takes you to the mountain station, from where you walk downhill in snow shoes to Diedams sattel, continue through the lovely Haldental, and walk uphill via the Neuhornbachjoch to the Neuhornbachhaus. Back in the valley, participants race down the long est natural toboggan run in the Bregenzerwald (5 km). Place: Au-Schoppernau Diedamskopf Meeting point: Au-Schoppernau snow sports school, next to the valley station of the cable car Date: 15 Dezember 2013 until 21April 2014: every Wed or Thur at 9.30 a.m. Length: approx. 6 hours incl. breaks Price per person: from 65 depending on the number of par ticipants (incl.cable car ticket, snow shoes and toboggan). Minimum number of participants: 5 information & registration Snow sports school Au-Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 2133 www.schneesportschule-bregenzer wald.at Bizau Winter landscapes Konrad Feurstein hikes through the countryside in Bizau, pointing out special insights and views. Place: Bizau Meeting point: village square Date: 30 December 2013 until 24March 2014: every Monday at 1.30p.m. Length: approx. 3 hours Price per person: free information & registration Konrad Feurstein T +43 (0)664 6324537, www.bizau.at Bezau Baumgarten high-altitude hike The Bezau cable car takes you comfortably to the mountain station: from there, Pius takes you to the Niedere Hhe. Place: Bezau Meeting point: Valley station of Bezau cable car Date: every Friday at 10 a.m. Length: approx. 2 hours Price per person: 10 including the use of snow shoes, excluding return trip by Bezau cable car information & registration Tourist office Bezau T +43 (0)5514 2295 www.bezau.at/tourismus Egg-Schetteregg mountain pasture landscape The guided hike commences in Schetteregg, which lies in a tranquil side valley. The hike takes you to two mountain pasture settlements. Farmers and their cattle spend the spring and the autumn in the simple wooden huts. The milk is processed into butter and cheese in a collective alpine dairy. Place: Egg-Schetteregg Meeting point: sport rental shop Waldner Schetteregg Date: End of December until the end of March: every Friday at 11.30 a.m. Register by Thursday at 4 p.m. Length: approx. 2 hours Price per person: 15 (including snow shoe rental) information & registration Tourist office Egg T +43 (0)5512 2426 www.egg.at/tourismus Hittisau snow shoe tour by the light of the full moon in the Lecknertal Out and about on snow shoes by the light of the full moon in the Leckner tal suitable for the moonstruck not wishing to spend such a night at home.

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Place: Hittisau Meeting point: village fountain Date: 17 January, 15 February, 15 March 2014, at 8 p.m. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours Price per person: 20 (including snow shoes, sticks) Minimum number of participants: 4 information & registration Hittisau tourist information office T +43 (0)5513 6209-50 or Helga Rdler T +43 (0)664 5793 566 www.kulturinbewegung.at Hittisau snowshoe taster tour on the Hochhderich Guided circular hike for all those wishing to find out more about hiking in snow shoes. Place: Hittisau-Riefensberg Meeting point: Jakobs Skishop, Hochhderich Date: end of December until end of March, every Tuesday at 4.45 p.m. Duration: approx. 1.5-2 hours Price per person: 15, including equipment information & registration Hittisau tourist information office T +43 (0)5513 6209-50 Hittisau snowshoe hike with snow buffet Christoph hikes with his guests through snowy winter landscapes. Special feature: refreshments from the jointly prepared snow buffet. Place: Hittisau Meeting point: village hall in Hittisau Date: December to April, every Saturday at 10 a.m. (individual dates available upon request) Duration: approx. 1.5-2 hours Price per person: 30, 7 for snow shoes, ski sticks, spats information & registration Hittisau tourist information office T +43 (0)5513 6209-50 www.bewegend.com Mellau romance and relaxation The easy snow-shoe hike takes you from the mountain station of Mellau cable car to Kanis alp (1,463 m), which is located in an idyllic mountain valley. Place: Mellau Meeting point: office of Mellau ski school Date: 14 December 2012 until 6April 2014; daily, upon request Length: approx. 2 hours Price per person: 35, including equipment, excluding return trip. Minimum number of participants: 3 information & registration Mellau ski and snowboard school T +43 (0)5518 2222-24 www.skischule-mellau.at Schrcken evening hike, the quiet way This tour takes you off the beaten track, through unspoilt nature on the Hochtannberg. Place: Schrcken Meeting point: 5 p.m. Hotel Mohnenfluh Date: every Tuesday Length: approx. 2 hours Price per person: 13 Minimum number of participants: 4 information & registration Alpinschule Schrcken, Josef Staggl T +43 (0)664 7575500 www.alpinschule-schroecken.at

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recommended reading
Schneeschuhwandern in Vorarlberg by C. Butscher/ U. Lngle/M. Jochum/ P. Hickersperger This book outlines the 38 loveliest tours to take in Vorarlberg, and is published by Kompass Verlag (in German only)

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horse and carriage rides

Out and about in Au-Schoppernau, with a view of the Kanisfluh

Tucked up warm in a blanket and pulled by powerful horses: aboard a horse and carriage, this is the particularly elegant way to glide through the winter landscape. This is a delight offered by several Bregenzerwald coachmen. Andelsbuch Elmar Metzler, T +43 (0)664 1032778 Au-Schoppernau Mathias Erath, T +43 (0)5515 2298 Franz-Josef Dnser, T +43 (0)5515 2295 Jakob Rusch, T +43 (0)5515 2532 Jakob Lingg, T +43 (0)5515 2928 Bezau Christoph Moosbrugger, T +43 (0)5514 2901 Damls Alfons Bischof, T +43 (0)664 3382257 Egg-Schetteregg Fam. Schneider, T +43 (0)664 3744794 Hittisau Michael Schelling, T +43 (0)664 3037239

Langenegg Riding and driving association, T +43 (0)664 3746501 Lingenau Wendelin Stckler, T +43 (0)664 8690126 Mellau Raimund Dietrich, T +43 (0)5518 2164 Gotthard Simma, T +43 (0)664 1155766 Josef Berbig, T +43 (0)5518 2336 Riefensberg Steinhauser family, T +43 (0)664 4122915 Schwarzenberg Josef Schneider, T +43 (0)5512 4382 Sibratsgfll Martin Bereuter, T +43 (0)5513 2643 Sulzberg Friesenhof Blank, T +43 (0)664 4411380 Baldauf family, T +43 (0) 664 9319896

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Dog sleigh tours in Warth-Schrcken

Travel through the wintry landscape on a husky-drawn sleigh an adventure for the dog and budding musher alike. Husky trail The meeting point is the Hochtann berg pass, where participants are given a training session. Then you proceed to Hotel Krbersee or Hotel Jgeralpe across snowy hills. This tour, with its many uphill and downhill parts, is a great adventure for the dogs and the budding mushers. Length: approx. 2 hours Meeting point: Salober car park No. of participants: 1 or 2 people Dogs: 2 3 dogs per person Prerequisite: sporting ability and a great love of dogs Price: 195 for 2 people

information & registration Husky & Co, Marc Van Landeghem T +43 (0)664 2407422 T +43 (0)5519 30332 www.bauern-stube.at

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Information: Due to the great demand, only guests holding a valid Guest Card from WarthSchrcken and Au- Schoppernau can participate.

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tobogganing

Tobogganing - enjoyment for everybody

It is not only children that take great pleasure in visiting the natural toboggan runs that Bregenzerwald has to offer! Merry groups steering their toboggans into the valley are particularly abundant in the evening. Alberschwende ** Brggelekopf (accessible by chair lift) Length: 4 km Toboggan rental: Brggelekopf chair lift T +43 (0)5579 4323 www.lift.alberschwende.net Au-Schoppernau * Snow-tubing run at Alpen-Hotel Post in Au with moving walkway Snow tubing rental: Tourist office Au T +43 (0)5515 2288 * Toboggan lift Grunholz, Au Length: 650 m On special toboggans which can be rented at the valley station, you take the ski tow up the mountain. Tobogganing in the evening: Wednes day and Friday, 7 to 10 p.m. Toboggan rental at the Grunholz lift.

* Schrannenbach, Schoppernau Length: 300 m * Lebernau pasture, Au Length: 500 m * Lisse, Au Length: 750 m ** Hinterargenzipfel, Au Length: 870 m ** Godlachen, Au Length: 2.9 km ** Gschwend, Schoppernau Length: 1.5 km *** Neuhornbach, Schoppernau Length: 5 km Toboggan rental:  Sport Fuchs, Au, T +43 (0)5515 2315 www.sportfuchs.com  Sport Gorbach, Au, T +43 (0)5515 4141-1 www.gorbach.at  Sport Matt, Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 4120 www.matt.at

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Damls *** Uga (ascent by the Uga Express) Illuminated toboggan run, Wednesday and Friday 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. Ascents are not covered by the 3-valley pass. Length: 2.5 km Toboggan rental: Sport Madlener, T +43 (0)5510 391 www.sport-madlener.at Schwarzenberg ** Angelika-Hhe I Length: 400 m * Angelika-Hhe II Length: 100 m Toboggan rental: Bergsport Fink, Schwarzenberg T +43 (0)5512 2918 www.bergfink.at Bezau * Gschwend Illuminated toboggan run daily until 11 p.m. Length: 1.7 km Toboggan rental: Pius Feurstein, T +43 (0)664 1344358 ** Baumgarten-Sonderdach (ascent by cable car) Length: 3 km Toboggan rental: Bezau cable car T +43 (0)5514 2254 Bizau * Escha Length: 1.2 km The bottom section of the toboggan run is illuminated every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. Toboggan rental: Sport Bertsch, T +43 (0)5514 4127 Sulzberg * village lift Length: 150 m Riefensberg *** Steinernes Tor Length: 1,000 m Toboggan rental: Alois Berkmann, T +43(0)5513 8238 Sibratsgfll ** Krhenberg toboggan run, illuminated daily 7 until 10 p.m. Length: 800 m Toboggan rental: Hubert Nussbaumer T +43 (0)664 5251866 Mellau * Dosegg Illuminated toboggan run, on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat from 6 p.m. Mulled wine, tea and snacks are served in the Rodelhsle below the toboggan run. Length: 2 km, illuminated over 800 m Toboggan rental: Sport Natter T +43 (0)5518 2262 www.sportnatter.com Warth-Schrcken ** von der Hhi Illuminated toboggan run daily until 10 p.m. 2x a week toboggan party, ascent by tractor, hot mulled wine and alcohol-free punch for the kids. Toboggans are provided. Start: 8 p.m. Larger groups are requested to book. Length: 700 m Toboggan rental Sport-Knitel +43 (0)5583 3612

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Key: * gentle, for children ** medium, for families *** strenuous, for adults

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paragliding

View from the Diedamskopf towards Damls

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. The special thing about it is that an increasing number of flight/training areas can be offered within 10 km with each (wind) direction. The proximity and the easy accessibility of both flying areas ensure that training is both flexible and fast. On the Diedamskopf, you can take off towards the southerly, south-easterly and easterly directions across alpine, steep terrain.

From the approx. 10 in the pull-up area, the take-off area continually passes into a steep slope. Two take-off ramps are available for hang-gliders. Also on offer: tandem flights. information & lessons Bregenzerwald flying school Jodok Moosbrugger T +43 (0)5514 3177 www.gleitschirmschule.at

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culture
The reflective Advent season in Schwarzenberg, concerts, exhibitions and music salons in the hotels: the calendar of events promises an exciting mix of styles, even in the winter.

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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 (hardcheese 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 commu nity 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 78) 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

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shingled, windows and doors were finely decorated in line with the Biedermeier period: more than any thing 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 collectors items (Werkraum page 82). The stoves, too, were special: the artistic tiles came mainly from local potters whose trade flourished during this century. 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. As a rule, these skills are practiced at home, with the individual members committed to the family. One is surrounded by ones own craftsman ship. 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. The magic becomes even more physical when it comes to cooking and eating. Whatever is produced by the soil and the garden is cultivated: the cheese from the largest silage-free dairy region, for example, is unique. And you can taste the meaning of refinement when you compare local cheese knpfle with cheese sptzle from other regions. It is hardly surprising then that the Bregenzerwald has, by far, the most chefs 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. (KseStrasse page 88).

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Modernism and tradition

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 doesnt 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 orarlbergs 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 policy 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

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responsibility, and Eberle, Gnaiger, Dietrich, Kaufmann and Ritsch have long since become international stars with chairs at renowned universities. 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 B regenzerwald. 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 crafts men. The Bregenzerwlder have a greater affinity for craftsmanship in general (Werkraum page 82): 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-the-art, 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 buildings which architects in other places wouldnt 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. 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 particularly 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: the ensemble was awarded the ArGeAlp prize. Buildings worth visiting museums Angelika Kauffmann Museum, Schwarzenberg; Juppenwerkstatt, Riefensberg; Womens Museum, Hittisau; Franz Michel Felder Museum, Schoppernau. inns and hotels Gasthof Adler, Schwarzenberg; Hotel Krone, Hittisau; Hotel Gams and Hotel Post, Bezau; Hotel Schwanen, Bizau; Hotel Sonne and Metzgerstble, Mellau. schools & kindergarten Bizau; Doren; Egg; Warth. commercial buildings Molke Metzler, Egg; Wood workshop Fait, Hittisau; Cheese cellar, Lingenau; Werkraum Haus, Andelsbuch. municipal buildings Village halls in Sulzberg, Langenegg, Andelsbuch, Bizau. churches Alpe Niedere chapel, Andelsbuch

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Bus.Stop Krumbach The town of Krumbach has invited seven renowned architects from around the world to design seven bus stops known in the local dialect as Wartehsle. According to Dietmar Steiner, director of the Architekturzentrum Wien and one of the curators of the The greatest challenge for architecture is in the small form. Only the best create greatness on a small scale project. The intention behind the new bus stations is not only to set new trends in the Bregenzerwald architecture scene cooperation with the international architects is also meant to contribute towards economic and cultural exchange, and to provide all those involved with new points of view. The seven contributing architects are: Alexander Brodsky ( Russia), Rintala Eggertsson Architects ( Norway), Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu (Belgium), Ensamble Studio Antn Garca-Abril (Spain), Smiljan Radic (Chile), Sou Fujimoto (Japan) and Wang Shu (China, awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2012). information www.kulturkrumbach.at Building culture in Sulzberg Sulzberg and the part of town known as Thal in the north of the Bregenzerwald are home to several architectural gems: from the Empirestyle church, designed by Alois Negrelli, planner of the Suez Canal, through to the 1740 Ichs installation of hair locks which adorns the town hall. The brochure Journeys to building culture tells interesting stories: from the time the works originated, what was important to the owners and the architects, how sensitive historical works are preserved and how modern works can come into being. information www.sulzberg.at HolzKultur Hittisau As both a raw and a building material, wood has been playing a fundamental role in the design of living spaces for centuries. This is particularly true in Hittisau, where they are concerned with the topic of HolzKultur (wood culture). Walks and guided tours are great opportunities for interested parties to discover more about wood and its processing, such as the three historical wooden bridges, including the oldest wooden bridge in Vorarlberg: the Kommabrcke which was constructed in 1720. Or the buildings in the style of the traditional and modern Bregenzerwald wooden building architecture (Ritter von Bergmann hall, the fire station and arts centre with the Womens Museum). Guided tours to sawmills, exceptional carpenters workshops, to the bio-mass power station and to the only master coopery for miles around are organised by the tourist information office. information www.hittisau.at

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Womens Museum in Hittisau

The energy region of Vorderwald is one of 66 energy model regions in Austria.

Buildings, renewable energy, the countryside The buildings are divided into three categories: buildings and energy, The eight municipalities which make renewable energy, the countryside. In the field of buildings and energy, up the Vorderwald (Doren, Hittisau, the new hofhus in Lingenau, the new Krumbach, Langenegg, Lingenau, housing estate in Krumbach and the Riefensberg, Sibratsgfll, Sulzberg) primary school in Doren are presented, have joined up in order to design a for instance. Biomass boiler plants joint, future-compliant climate and energy policy. An essential objective of and energy produced by means of the model region is energy autonomy. hydroelectricity, such as by the hydroOne measure for achieving this objec- electric plant in Langenegg, stand for the renewable energy experience. The tive is to raise peoples awareness of buildings described in the field of landenergy, making it visible and real to people. Many buildings, including the scape and energy are great day trip destinations for the whole family. biomass boiler plant, and the water hiking path already serve to do so in the energy model region. Business card of the energy region of Vorderwald The newly created excursion guide presents over 20 buildings, including pictures, texts and contact data. Guided tours are available for each of the buildings. Special programmes including modules which can be individually arranged are available for specialist groups or schools.

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tip: excursion guide


The new excursion guide for the energy region of Vorderwald contains over 20 tips. Available from the eight communities which make up the energy region of Vorderwald, at Bregenzerwald Tourismus and in the Energy Institute of Vorarlberg.

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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 Intensive planning took four years in February 2012, the building works for the new Werkraum Haus in Andelsbuch commenced. 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 faade 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. The house was opened in Summer 2013.

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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 currently comprises 85 innovative firms, mainly involved in wood processing, such as joiners and carpenters, but there is also a handful of locksmiths, stonemasons, bricklayers, plumbers, electricians, lighting producers, painters, upholsterers, tailors and cobblers, through to the rather exotic trades of coopers and felt-workers. 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. 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. Despite its international reputation, many of its objects are sold to clients in Vorarlberg, with most of them staying in the valley. And so these trades make an important contribution towards the prosperity of the valley community.

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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. opening times, information & booking Werkraum, T +43 (0) 5512 26386 www.werkraum.at

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cabaret & village culture

Listed village square in Schwarzenberg

The cultural calendar also has plenty to offer during the winter: Advent in Schwarzenberg is particularly atmospheric. Music and cabaret are staged. Schwarzenberg Advent 29 November 21 December 2013 The atmospheric Schwarzenberg Advent enriches the Advent period with cultural and culinary evenings as well as a supporting programme for children. Highlights in 2012: concert by the Viennese Sting S oloists (6.12.,Angelika Kauffmann hall) Christmas market with Craftwork and advent caf (29.11 and 30.11, village square) Reading with Erika Pluhar (8.12., Gasthof Hirschen) Story evening with Ms Wolle (8.12., Gasthof Adler) Concert with the HMBC and reading by Augustin Jagg (22.12., Schwarzenberg parish church) information Tourist office Schwarzenberg T +43 (0)5512 3570 www.schwarzenberg.at

Bahnhof Andelsbuch cultural society Culture is a regular visitor to the bahnhof, the converted imperial and royal station in Andelsbuch from the abandoned Wlderbahn. It hosts over 50 events every year. Exhibitions, lectures and discussions, fairy story readings, 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 the Bregenzerwald and to show the world which culture thrives in these parts. This may take the form of art by young avant-gardists or the artistic craftsmanship of older people from the Bregenzerwald. The bahnhof enjoys an international reputation amongst musicians, music agencies and the media alike. Moreover, it is the birthplace of the most exciting new band in Austria at the moment the Holstuanarmusigbigbandclub (HMBC). information Kulturverein bahnhof T +43 (0)664 2507789 www.bahnhof.cc

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Wlderness Hirschens exquisite music salon

Several hotels in Bregenzerwald extend a warm invitation to attend music and literature salons held in the evening. Advent music in Hotel Post, Bezau The small yet exquisite Advent festival in Hotel Post gets you in the mood for Christmas. Date: 1, 7, 8, 15 Dec always at 6 p.m. information & registration Hotel Post in Bezau T +43 (0)5514 2207 www.hotelpostbezau.com Literature salon in Hotel Krone in Hittisau The Literature on Saturday Afternoon cycle is a joint event hosted by Ensemble 89 Hittisau and Gasthof Krone. information & dates Hotel Gasthof Krone T +43 (0)5513 6201 www.krone-hittisau.at Wlderness in Hotel Hirschen in Schwarzenberg kunst.hotel nach waelder.art Once upon a time, it was the fiveoclock-tea which offered refined entertainment after a day on the

slopes: now it is the music salons held in the evening. Under the motto Wlderness, selected jazz, blues, rock and new folk music ensembles all of which have a touch of inside tip about them play in the Hotel Hirschen in Schwarzenberg every Thursday (between January and March). information Hotel-Gasthof Hirschen T +43 (0)5512 2944 www.hirschenschwarzenberg.at Sounds of the village Evenings full of music and singing are held in the pubs and restaurants of a village or town under the title Dorfklang (Sounds of the Village). Regional folk music is at the heart of the music. Date: 8 November, Pubs and restaurants in Egg information www.dorfklang.at

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Christmas market in the middle of idyllic Au arts and crafts, delicacies and a programme of music. 8 December 2013

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exhibitions & museums

Traditional costume worn by the women of the Bregenzerwald

Insights into the history, lifestyle and creative activity are provided by lively museums and exhibitions. Womens Museum in Hittisau The first Womens Museum in Austria presents changing exhibitions on topics pertaining to women. In Winter 2013 2014, the A.M. Jehle. Fluxus between home and homeland exhibition is being held. The exhibition is dedicated to the artist Anne Marie Jehle (1937 2000). She was an object and installation artist, drawer, photographer and painter. opening times Thur, 3 6 p.m., Fri, Sat, Sun 10 a.m. 12p.m. and 2 5 p.m., Mondays, 6 p.m. guided tour open to the public (no reservations required) as well as following prior appointment. T +43 (0)664 88431964 information & guided tours T +43 (0)5513 6209-30 www.frauenmuseum.at Angelika Kauffmann Museum Schwarzenberg The Best winter exhibition from the art collection of the village of Schwarzenberg. The collection,

comprising purchases, legacies, gifts and donations made or received over the decades, comprises engravings, oil paintings and neoclassical porcelain cups decorated according to Angelika Kauffmann themes. opening times 29 November 2013 until 5 January 2014 Fri Sun 2 4 p.m. Guided tours available on request, also outside of opening hours information & guided tours Tourist office Schwarzenberg T +43 (0)5512 3570 www.schwarzenberg.at Franz Michael Felder Museum Schoppernau Franz Michael Felder was a farmer, writer and social reformer and is an important historical figure from the Bregenzerwald. The exhibition is an exploration of his life, displaying original documents, quotations and pictures, and featuring audio points. opening times Mon 4 6 p.m., Thu 9 11 a.m., Fri 5 7 p.m., Sun 9.30 11.30 a.m. information Tourist office Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 2495 www.au-schoppernau.at

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dining out
The Bregenzerwald locals are masters in the art of cheese and cuisine. The Bregenzerwald KseStrasse with its selection of enjoyable stations is dedicated to the subject of cheese. The chefs in the multi award-winning restaurants and inns 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 valleys 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. The three-stage farming method (which was included in the national UNESCO list of immaterial cultural assets in spring 2011) in particular

Info: shop and information point for the KseStrasse in Lingenau cheese cellar. www.kaesestrasse.at

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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 Seyffertitz 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, worldfamous fine cheese, the women busy with elaborate whitework embroidery. However, it wasnt 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. No doubt he dined differently to the people back home, where cooking over an open fire resulted above all in simple panfried 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 thats it! The lack of bread on the alp gave rise to the Ksknpfle, to Sig, known only in the Bregenzerwald and which is caramelised lactose, since they wanted to make a further product from the whey. 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 KseStrasse Bregenzerwald in 1998 as a network of farmers, alpine d airies, craftsmen, publicans and businesses, the Gourmet region of the Bregenzerwald in 2005, the Vorarlberg quality marketing luag druf in 2005, the inclusion of B regenzerwald mountain cheese into the Ark of taste by Slow Food 2008, and the Bregenzerwald Gourmet Days by the KseStrasse 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 gourmets taste buds.

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alpine dairy farming according to ancient tradition The cheese wire and cheese cloth are used to make cheese at AuRehmen alpine dairy. In addition to the manually produced cheese, other traditional dairy products are on sale: Gisg, Zieger and Seagen (a type of whey soup). information Rehmer Sennhus in Au T +43 (0)5515 2995

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dairy farming up close

The family-run dairy operation Molke Metzler in Egg

A visit to the farm offers insights into the world of the farmers. Regional products are part of the the Bregenzerwalds identity. Au-Schoppernau information on the production of yogurt, including tasting The Kohler family processes a large part of the milk into delicious natural and fruit yogurt, quark and rustic-style spreads. The guests get the chance to watch young farmer Martin during production, and to then taste the fresh, tasty products. Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: Kohler farm, Au, Lugen 83 Date: 27 December 2013 to 16 April 2014, every Wednesday at 4.30 p.m. Duration: approx. 1 hours Registration: by 12 p.m. information & registration Au-Schoppernau Tourismus T +43 (0)5515 2288 www.au-schoppernau.at

Egg Molke Metzler 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. Dairy tour for Individual visitors, Groups, Preschool and school classes Milking goats and cows with brunch or cheese buffet and whey drinks information & reservations Metzler Kse - Molke GmbH Bruggan 1025, 6863 Egg T +43 (0)5512 3044 www.molkeprodukte.com

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Really good bread with country-style butter and alpine cheese, a fluffy local pancake made with eggs from happy chickens, a juicy schnitzel from a mountain pig: the limelight has recently been on regional delicacies offered by mountain inns and restaurants catering for day-trippers. For fresh, natural produce tastes better, and short delivery distances are good for the environment. A special menu informs diners which ingredients come directly from regional farms and manufactories or even from the restaurants own garden! Many things are still hand-made: the excellent alpine and cream cheese, crispy bread, best butter and creamy yoghurts. Almhotel Hochhderich Alpenarena Hochhderich, Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 8254-0 www.alpenarena.com opening times 15 December 2013 to 21 April 2014

Bergrestaurant Simma Mellau cable cars, Rostelle T +43 (0)5518 2761 or T +43 (0)5518 2760 www.restaurant-simma.at opening times 6 December 2013 to 22 April 2014 Panoramarestaurant Diedamskopf cable cars Au-Schoppernau T +43 (0)5515 4110-0 www.diedamskopf.at opening times 7 8 December 2013 (depending on the snow) 14 December 2013 to 21 April 2014 Elsenalpstube mountain inn Damls cable cars, Uga Express T +43 (0)5510 297 www.elsenalpstube.at opening times 6 December 2013 to 21 April 2014 Hochalp skiing hut Jgeralp-Express, Warth T +43 (0)5583 4250 www.jaegeralpe.at opening times 6 December 2013 to 27 April 2014

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exceptional specialties

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 dont 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 www.mundart-restaurants.at

Gasthof Adler in Schwarzenberg T +43 (0)5512 2966 www.adler-schwarzenberg.at Gasthof Hirschen in Schwarzenberg T +43 (0)5512 2944-0 www.hirschenschwarzenberg.at Gasthof Krone in Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 6201 www.krone-hittisau.at Gasthof Gams in Bezau T +43 (0)5514 2220 www.hotel-gams.at Hotel Krone in Au T +43 (0)5515 2201 www.krone-au.at Hotel Post in Bezau T +43 (0)5514 2207-0 www.hotelpostbezau.com Hotel Das Schiff in Hittisau T +43 (0)5513 6220 www.schiff-hittisau.com Restaurant Schulhus in Krumbach T +43 (0)5513 8389 www.schulhus.com

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Gasthof Alpenblick Sulzberg The restaurants location offers some of Vorarlbergs loveliest views, at an altitude of 1,015 m. It boasts a wonderful view over Bregenzerwald as well as the Allgu and Swiss mountains. This marvellous view can be best enjoyed from the large sunny terrace. The restaurant is known for good Austrian cuisine and the freshly baked cakes and strudel specialties from its own kitchen. information T +43 (0)5516 2217 www.alpenblick.co.at Landhotel Hirschen Hittisau The cuisine in the Hirschen country hotel is light, imaginative sometimes traditional, sometimes cosmopolitan. Naturalness and localness of the products are par for the course. In summer, the fresh herbs, flowers and berries from the establishments own herb garden are used. information T +43 (0)5513 2320 www.landhotel-hirschen.at Shop and restaurant in Hotel Schiff in Hittisau The new extension in Vorarlberg wooden architecture style houses the new shop and restaurant where you can stop off for a bite to eat and to shop. information T +43 (0)5513 6220-0 www.schiff-hittisau.com Moorwirte Krumbach In their capacity as moor restaurateurs, four restaurateurs from Krumbach offer at least one dish associated with the moors on their menus all year round. Gasthof Adler, T +43 (0)5513 8156-0 www.adler-krumbach.at Restaurant Schulhus, T +43 (0)5513 8389, www.schulhus.com Kur- und Gesundheitshotel Rossbad T +43 (0)5513 5110, www.rossbad.com Krumbacher Stuba, T +43 (0)5513 8724 www.krumbacher-stuba.at Landgasthof Alte Mhle Schwarzenberg Word has spread that the Alte Mhle country inn with its lovely beer garden and cosy ambience is an insider tip. Marietta Wild attaches great importance to using mainly local ingredients in her cooking. information T +43 (0)5512 3780, www.alte-muehle.cc Enjoyment with Hildegard von Bingen The kitchen in the organic hotel Schwanen in Bizau is orientated towards the teachings of abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Fresh produce from the region and the hotels own garden is lovingly prepared into delicious meals. information T +43 (0)5514 2133, www.schwanen.at Jslar Andelsbuch The traditional restaurant and a small shop have been renovated. A cultstatus meeting point in the centre of Andelsbuch has once again been created. information T +43 (0)5512 2312 www.joeslar.at FranzMichl-Vinothek The cosily furnished wine bar in the centre of Schoppernau has a large selection of fine wines. opening times Tue, Wed, Fri, from 4 p.m. Sat from 3 p.m. information T +43 (0)680 500 1002 www.franzmichl.at

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Ms Kaufmann in her cooking studio

Ms Kaufmann: learning to cook the home-made way The Ms Kaufmann cookery school is located in the former Gasthaus Engel in Egg, whose substance is almost 300 years old. The target audience of Frau Kaufmann is people who place high demands on the quality of the ingredients, of the instruments used and the ambience which reigns during cooking and dining, who regularly cook at home or who quite simply wish to cook a meal in an informal, sociable setting. The various needs are fulfilled using various products: Cooking for every day: meals according to the programme, and multipart cooking sessions for beginners. Ms Kaufmann teaches her students to cook a four-course meal according to old recipes, either sticking to the original or applying contemporary changes. The side dishes always depend on the produce currently available on the market. 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, enjoying the meal together including wine and a taster for home. Customised cooking: As part of a private group, you come along to Frau Kaufmann and choose the date and the meal which suits you. Your programme can be held in the evening or during the day it is up to you. information Karin Kaufmann T +43 (0)676 4954144 www.fraukaufmann.at Stop and shop in the Engel The vault houses a shop in which you can stock up on delicacies as well as kitchenware and tableware. The restaurant is also open to all shoppers on Friday afternoon. opening times (except during the holidays) Shop: Mon Thu 9 11.30 a.m. Shop and restaurant: Fri 4 7 p.m.

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Who doesnt 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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health hotels

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 www.badreuthe.at Relax day 1 mud pack with freshly cut natural mud or herbal bath, 1 all-over body massage, 1facial exfoliant and mask, including day ticket to the thermal bath and sauna and wellness world, fitness room. Price per Person: 106 Hotel Schwanen**** Certified organic hotel, Detox and wellness programmes according to the teachings of Abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Bizau, T +43 (0)5514 2133 www.schwanen.at

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 www.bregenzerwaldhotels.at 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: 90 Kur- und Gesundheitshotel Rossbad*** Therapeutic fasting, Moor vitality weeks, Kneipp treatments, wholefood cuisine. Krumbach, T +43 (0)5513 5110 www.rossbad.at 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

wellness hotels
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. GAMS, Genieer- & Kuschelhotel****S Blossom palace and cocoon with 52 romantic suites. Da Vinci Spa dream world with 2,000 m of wellness. Bezau, T +43 (0)5514 2220 www.hotel-gams.at Hotel Post****S Modernised in style in 2009. Selected by Geo Saison in 2012 as one of Europes ten best wellness hotels. Bezau, T +43 (0)5514 2207 www.hotelpostbezau.com 1 day Active regeneration Relaxation treatment, all-over body massage using aromatic oils (40 minutes), reflexology massage, herbal and whey bath in the crystal and coloured light magnetic field bath. Whole-day use of the wellness area, welcome aperitif, light lunch. Price per Person: 237 Sonne Lifestyle Resort****S Modern-yet-cosy designer rooms and suites, spacious [comfort zone] spa. Mellau, T +43 (0)5518 20100-0 www.sonnemellau.com 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 restaurant, 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 Damlser 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 m) with swimming pool, panorama sauna, quiet room, fitness room; applications such as massages, beauty packs and wellness baths. Damls, T +43 (0)5510 210 www.damuelserhof.at 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 www.schiff-hittisau.com

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Hirschen Wohlfhlhotel**** Informal establishment, adventure swimming pool with panoramic view of the countryside. Schoppernau, T +43 (0)5515 21150 www.hirschen.at Enjoyment 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 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. Krone cuisine awarded 1 chefs hat by Gault-Millau. Au, T +43 (0)5515 2201-0 www.krone-au.at 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 www.bregenzerwaldhotels.at 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: 72,50 Sporthotel Steffisalp**** Modern, elegant hotel with SteffisSpa. Warth, T +43 (0)5583 3699 www.steffisalp.at Wellness day at SteffisSpa Use of vitality pool, bio sauna, F innish sauna, steam bath and infra red cabin. Price per person: 19 (incl. bathrobe, slippers 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 and cellar, energising treatments. Hittisau, T +43 (0)5513 2320 www.landhotel-hirschen.at 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

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Natural cosmetics

Bregenzerwald skin-care range Nature and culture. Sports and pleasure. The Bregenzerwald offers inspiration for the body and soul all year round. A range of skin-care products is available 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 to your nearest and dearest as a present. inform ation www.bregenzerwald.at Whey body care products Ingo Metzler produces fine personal hygiene products and powder to be made into drinks from whey. These products are also available online. inform ation www.molkeprodukte.com ( page 90) 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. inform ation www.susannekaufmann.com

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in Au-Schoppernau Soap boiling is an old craft 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 their colour, texture and other properties. Place: Au-Schoppernau Meeting point: Karin Beer, Schoppernau, Halde 395 Date: 2 January to 15 April 2014, every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. Duration: approx. 2-3 hours Price per person: 39 including materials and detailed manuscript with recipes. Registration: by telephone until the day before information and registration Karin Beer T +43 (0)664 4155330

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vorarlberg

Vorarlberg pioneering territory for alpine skiing

Vorarlberg: unearthed! Vorarlberg is a cosmopolitan province interested in art, located in the most westerly corner of Austria. An alpine idyll and vibrant cultural centre at the same time. Exciting and full of the joys of life. For over a century, all types of winter sport have been playing an important role in the mountainous land between Lake Constance and the A rlberg. Despite this, however, the villages havent been transformed into small skiing stations, and not all mountain peaks have been d eveloped for winter sports. The skiing areas have been gently adapted to the natural features, which is very pleasing on the eye. The fact that Vorarlberg is a thriving winter sports country is, of course, also thanks to the lovely landscape: the interplay of gentle and challenging slopes, of pistes, areas for freeriders and variation skiers, and tranquil retreats for winter hikers and nature lovers.

Visitors to the area also love the atmospheric villages with their masterly and surprisingly brave blend of old and new (wooden) architecture. Standards of accommo dation are high from the five-star hotel through to the private room. You will find some of the best food in Austria here. information Vorarlberg Tourismus Poststrae 11 6850 Dornbirn, Austria T + 43 (0)5572 377033-0 F +43 (0)5572 377033-5 info@vorarlberg.travel www.vorarlberg.travel

how to reach vorarlberg

Friedrichshafen 62 km

Munich 216 km Memmingen 103 km D

Lake Constance
Altenrhein 41 km Zurich 140 km CH

Bregenzerwald
BodenseeVorarlberg Groes Walsertal Klein walsertal

Arlberg

Innsbruck 200 km

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Alpenregion Bludenz
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Montafon
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(Distances to Egg in the Bregenzerwald)

by car from the north StuttgartUlmLindau or MnchenMemmingenLindau from the west by Swiss motorways* via ZurichSt. Gallen St. Margrethen from the south via the routes Brenner motorwayInnsbruck Arlberg passLechWarth** or Arlberg road tunnel*Bludenz Groes WalsertalBregenzerwald or Arlberg road tunnel*Feldkirch DornbirnBregenzerwald ComoSan BernardinoChur St. Margrethen*Bregenzerwald from the east InnsbruckArlberg passLech Warth** or Arlberg road tunnel*Bludenz Groes WalsertalBregenzerwald or Arlberg road tunnel*Feldkirch DornbirnBregenzerwald

obligation to purchase a toll sticker The use of Austrian motorways and expressways is subject to a charge. There are various types of toll sticker: corridor toll (border of Germany to the Hohenems exit, close to the Swiss border), 10-day, 2-month and yearly stickers. Information: www.asfinag.at by train Closest train stations (distances to Egg): Bregenz (A): 26 km Dornbirn (A): 20 km St. Margrethen (CH): 32 km Lindau (D): 35 km Timetable information: www.oebb.at Onward travel by public buses: www.vmobil.at by aeroplane Zurich (CH): several direct train connections to Bregenz Friedrichshafen (D) Memmingen (D) Munich (D) Innsbruck (A) Transfers from the airports to the Bregenzerwald: www.airport-drivers.com

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** closed in winter

Bregenzerwald Tourismus Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and bank holidays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Closed on Sundays Impulszentrum 1135 | 6863 Egg | Vorarlberg | Austria T +43 (0)5512 2365 | F +43 (0)5512 3010 info@bregenzerwald.at | www.bregenzerwald.at