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Vorarlberg stands out for alpine idyll and a vibrant cultural life. And a keen love of contrasts. Summer season visitors are attracted by the stunningly beautiful natural scenery, from Lake Constance to the imposing peaks of the Arlberg and Silvretta ranges.
The string of cultural events includes festivals of world renown such as the Bregenz Festival or the Schubertiade festival in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems, concerts and theatre performances full of atmosphere in the mountain valleys, and exceptional museums.
Hospitality comes right from the heart and pampers visitors to the hilt, at top-notch standards of quality. The number of award-winning restaurants listed in international gourmet guides is surprisingly high.
Vorarlberg cuisine relies on regional specialties, prepared either in traditional, home-cooked manner, or refined with a new touch of lightness. Cheese and dairy products are Vor - arlberg\u2019s best-known culinary ambassadors.
Mountains abound, rising gently from the shores of Lake Constance. Rolling hillsides then turn into imposing moun - tain peaks that reach more than 3000m in altitude. Cable
cars and chairlifts whisk visitors to many a peak. The network of hiking trails is over 6000km long. To make finding your bearings easy, all trails are uniformly signposted.
The landscape in Vorarlberg is cut out for cycling or moun - tain bike excursions. The network of marked cycling trails is almost 300km long. Add several border-crossing trails. The most popular cycling route is the 250km Lake Constance trail. The mountain bike network covers several hundred kilometres, with the Montafon valley, Alpenregion Bludenz, the Bregenzerwald and the Kleinwalstertal valleys being the major centres.
Regional inclusive cards which do not weigh heavily on the purse are available for bargain-seeking visitors wanting to fill their days with a variety of different activities. They are valid for lifts and cable-cars, municipal pools and museums, and - depending on the region - also for buses and trains.
Contemporary architecture and craftsmanship have long become a hallmark for the way of life in Vorarlberg. Buildings in modern minimalistic design, using plenty of timber and glass, fit neatly into the towns and villages, mountains and valleys, and blend harmoniously with the scenic diversity and the traditional timber houses.
NESTLING IN THE VERY WEST OF AUSTRIA, VORARLBERG IS SUPREMELY POSITIONED BETWEEN LAKE CONSTANCE AND THE ARLBERG, SILVRETTA AND R\u00c4TIKON MOUNTAIN RANGES, WHERE THE FOUR COUNTRIES OF AUSTRIA, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN MEET. A COUNTRY THAT IS OPEN TO THE WORLD AND FOND OF ART AND CULTURE.
via Singen\u2013Meersburg\u2013Lindau or Singen\u2013 Konstanz/Kreuzlingen\u2013St. Gal len, via Ulm\u2013 Mem min gen\u2013Lindau, via Augs burg\u2013Kem - p ten or Munich\u2013Kempten or via Munich\u2013 Memmin gen\u2013Lindau and via small border crossings between Allg\u00e4u\u2013Bre gen zer wald.
Innsbruck\u2013Arlberg road tunnel or Inns - bruck\u2013Arlberg pass road or via Reutte\u2013 Lechtal.
TheKleinwalsertal valley is located in the North-East of Vorarlberg and is ac ces - sible by road only via Germany: via the A7 to Memmingen-Kempten, and then on the B19, and the B308 Lindau\u2013Im men - stadt or F\u00fcssen\u2013Immenstadt or via the B200/B205 to Oberstdorf.
e.g. 10-day toll sticker for passen ger vehi - c les\u20ac 7.90, motorcycles\u20ac 4.50, 2 month toll sticker for pas senger vehicles\u20ac 22.90, motorcycles\u20ac 11.50. Toll stickers on sale at the motoring clubs, toll stations, petrol stations (in particular in vicinity to the border, motor ways and ramps). The\u201ccorri -
maximum per missible weight (passenger cars, motor bikes, light motor homes) to use the 23km road section (corridor) on A14 Rheintal/Wal gau moto r way between the German border and exit Hohenems near the border crossing to Switzerland (several entries and exits along the section). Price: single\u20ac 2, re turn\u20ac 4 (valid 24 hours). The corridor sticker is available e.g. at ticket-vending machines at both border crossings. With a valid toll
sticker, an additional corridor toll sticker is not required. A mileage-dependent toll (pre- or post-pay) is collected forvehicles
weight (buses/lorries). A special toll is collected on some road sec tions e.g. the Arlberg road tunnel bet ween Langen am Arlberg and St. Anton am Arl berg/Tirol. Vehicles up to a maxi mum loaded weight of 3.5t: single fare\u20ac 8.50. For vehicles of more than 3.5t loaded weight, toll is collected via an electronic tolling system.
Information on night trains (City Night Line) and the Deutsche Bahn motorail trains at: www.bahn.de/citynightline or www.dbautozug.de.
the Arlberg tunnel. Motorail to/from Feld - kirch: Vienna and Graz (day-time and over - night services), Villach (overnight service).
visit www.vorarlberg.travel/fly or the web- site of the arrival airport. Our website www.vorarlberg.travel also has informa- tion on organised shuttles that run from the arrival airport to your booked hotel in Vorarlberg. You can directly book a transfer on line on www.mytransfer.at.
Kleinwalsertal valley from different cities in Germany by \u201cKomm mit\u201c shuttle service (www.komm-mit-reisen.de).
Buchbinder rent-a-car).For information visit www.vorarlberg.travel or contact the local tourist office.
TheSilvretta High-Alpine Road is closed for caravans from Partenen to Galt\u00fcr (toll road). Not recommended for caravans: L 193 (Faschina road from Au \u2013 Faschina- joch \u2013 Fontanella); L 200 (Hochtannberg road from Schoppernau \u2013 Warth); L 51 (Laternser road from Rankweil \u2013 Furka- joch \u2013 Dam\u00fcls) and different mountain roads to high-lying destinations.
Updated information available from the motoring associations \u00d6AMTC (www. oeamtc.at) and ARB\u00d6 (www.arboe.at) and the internet: www.vorarlberg.travel
stations inform about the current traffic situation on VHF radio (frequencies dis- played along the motorway).
nen/Montafon to Galt\u00fcr in the Paznaun valley/Tyrol and turnoff to Kops, negotiable only in summer. Rates: passenger vehicles up to 5 persons\u20ac 11.50, 6\u20139 persons
number of on-board passengers): mini- mum rate\u20ac 25.50 (including empty rides), maximum rate\u20ac 170.00, rate for bus groups per adult\u20ac 3.20, children\u20ac 2.00; Postbus passengers: adults\u20ac 3.00, child- ren\u20ac 1.90. This rate includes return on the same day. Discounts for guests in the Montafon and the Paznaun valleys (guest card required). Free for cyclists. No night- time parking along the road!
Information: toll collection counter Par- tenen, Montafon tourist offices and on www.silvretta-bielerhoehe.at
VORARLBERG IS LOCATED IN THE VERY WEST OF AUSTRIA, STRADDLING BORDERS WITH GER - MANY, THE PRINCIPALITY OF LIECHTENSTEIN, AND SWITZERLAND. VORARLBERG IS PLEASANT - LY SMALL IN SIZE, AND WITHIN EASY REACH BY WHATEVER MODE OF TRANSPORT OR ROUTE.
Two stunning alpine valleys and the medieval town of Bludenz make for the charms of this family-friendly holiday re- gion. 800km of waymarked walking trails, over 300km of mountain bike routes and the gorgeously set 18-hole alpine golf courses in Bludenz-Braz and Brand await active holiday-makers. The world\u2019s largest chocolate festival in July in Bludenz is the ever-so-sweet highlight of the season.
\u201cEnjoy nature without harming it\u201d is the philosophy to which the biosphere park has committed itself.
The Arlberg has all \u2013 and a lot more \u2013 for visitors seeking peace and tranquillity, as well as for those of a more active bent, wanting to recharge spent batteries and draw new energy at power places that release positive energy. Lech am Arlberg creates the space for such power places and the time to absorb them with all the senses. Crystal-clear mountain lakes, picturesque look-outs, verdant green al- pine pastures, and craggy peaks promise moments of contemplation.
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\u00d6AMTC \u2013 roadside service: 120
ARB\u00d6 \u2013 roadside service: 123
Land surface: 2,601 km2
Inhabitants: approx. 370,000
Accommodations: approx. 5,670
Guest beds: approx. 66,700, of which 32,700
Alpine idyll? Far from that: The region\u2019s towns are pleasantly small in size, set in idyllic natural surroundings, and a per- fect base for excursions in and around the three-country spanning Lake Constance area. They boast an unexpectedly vibrant cultural scene, with the Bregenz festival as hallmark, and a host of other festival events. The region is famed for outstand- ing contemporary architecture, a sought- after venue for conventions, with Bre- genz, Dornbirn, Hohenems and Feldkirch as urban centres.
The Bregenzerwald is a region for lovers of fine foods and treats, known for its savouryBergk\u00e4se mountain cheese and the CheeseTrail. It boasts a number of themed trails that have many stories to tell. The Schubertiade concerts in the picture-book setting of Schwarzenberg are the highlight of the cultural season. The blend of traditional and modern architecture is striking, as you will find many family homes built in contemporary design side by side with traditional timber-crafted buildings.
By road, the Kleinwalsertal can be reached only from Germany. The valley is hemmed in on three sides by mountain peaks towering up to 2,000m. In the summer, the unspoilt and largely un- touched alpine nature is a hotspot for hikers, bikers and those wanting to replenish spent energies. TheBergschau exhibition with several interactive sta- tions is a must for every visitor. Festivals and the gambling casino in Riezlern cater to guests looking for entertainment.
The Montafon valley extends to mount Piz Buin, at 3,312m Vorarlberg\u2019s highest peak. The popular Silvretta High Alpine Road connects the Montafon with the Tyrol. This vibrant region boasts more than 500km of hiking trails, 12 alpine shelters run by the mountaineering clubs, climbing courses/ paths, 860km of mountainbike routes, 5 attractive outoor pools, two 9-hole golf courses, the Activpark Montafon, the Fun Family Club, museums, various sports and cultural events, and much more.
VORARLBERG IS A SMALL REGION, ITS TRUE GREATNESS LIES IN THE DIVERSITY OF ITS NATURAL SCENERY AND THE SURFEIT OF ACTIVITIES ON OFFER IN THE SIX HOLIDAY REGIONS.
Riding up a mountain by cable car or chair lift any number of times, for free, or at a bargain all-in rate. In the summer, this is possible with the practical Inclusive Cards in Vorarlberg\u2019s holiday regions. Depending on the region, the card is also good for admission to museums and municipal pools, and as a ticket for scheduled and hiking buses. At the Arl- berg, in the Bregenzerwald and in the Kleinwalsertal valley, the card is included in the price of accommodation; in other regions it is on sale at an inexpensive all- in rate.
B.O.Box 99, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria
tel. +43 (0)5572/377033-0 (Mon\u2013Sat 8\u201318 h), fax +43 (0)5572/377033-5
Buses and trains run at scheduled inter- vals, the regional timetables are closely dovetailed. Taking the train or bus is easy with attractive, standard rates. The transport network also covers Liechten- stein and various border towns. The trains run by the Austrian Federal Railways (\u00d6BB) and the Montafonerbahn are fully integrated in the public transport network of Vorarlberg.Single, daily, weekly, month-
ly and annual tickets are available. Child- ren up to 5 years travel free if accom- panied by an adult. Children up to 14 years are entitled to single tickets and day tickets at half price. For the zone plan and tariffs consult www.vmobil.at.
The various regional inclusive cards in- clude the use of public transport in that region.
countries of Germany and Switzerland. The programme includes excursions and daily round trips in the three-country area. Free ride for children up to 5 years. TheLake Constance Card for children (valid one day for the price of\u20ac 4.90) entitles children up to 15 years (all child- ren of one family up to the age of 15 years) to a free ride if accompanied by at least one parent or grandparent. TheBodensee
rides on schedules boat services, free admission to many recreational facilities and up to 30% discount on admissions to many prime destinations. Information and
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