Tourism in Vorarlberg received a decisive boost in the second half of the 19th century when both Austrians and foreigners alike were attracted to the region in the summers to engage in Alpine pursuits. Up to around 1930 the main summer attractions were walking and climbing.
The winter sports which have become so closely associated with the Arlberg region only began to develop gradually as of the start of the 20th century. Winter holidays have always been something special. Arlberg, Brandnertal, Bregenzerwald, Großwalsertal and Kleinwalsertal, Klostertal, Laternsertal and Montafon are tradition-steeped winter sport destinations with modern cable car facilities. And even children are well catered for in the many children's ski schools. Enjoy the freedom of being able to choose from a wide range of fantastic winter sport and recreation offers.
Summer is a time for sport and activity, for culture and architecture. Over 5,500 km of walking trails in all altitudes are uniformly signed and marked with information on the location, destinations and walking times. Activity also includes canyoning, caving, mountainbiking, Nordic walking, trekking etc.
Internationally acknowledged cultural standards are being set by events such as the Bregenz Opera Festival or the Schubert festival. The Kunsthaus in Bregenz stands not only for modern art but also for modern architecture. Progressive developers and, in relation to the size of the country, numerous excellent architects combine exemplary contemporary building with the preservation of the landscape and built heritage. The internationally circulated British lifestyle magazine "Wallpaper" describes Vorarlberg as "the most progressive part of the planet when it comes to new architecture".
Vorarlberg is a region with a high quality of natural environment. A healthy environment, mutual understanding between host and guest and, not least of all, an acceptance of tourism by the local population. An environment steeped in experience.
Winter-Bahnen online (link to German page)
Sommer-Bahnen online (link to German page)