United in Diversity






Art & Culture
Experience Impressions Bond and the Stage Art and Abilities Music and Muse Bregenz – the Cultural Town Dornbirn – the Creative Town Hohenems – the Leisure Town Feldkirch – the Medieval Town 4 6 8 10 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 33

A Warm Welcome!
Dear Reader, Whenever we talk to guests or journalists visiting the region on the Austrian side of Lake Constance for the first time, one thing in particular stands out: most of them are most pleasantly surprised! Be surprised by the liveliness of the cultural scene, by the modern architecture, by the enchantingly lovely scenery between Lake Constance and the mountains. And by the fact that loads of projects are realised here which wouldn’t be possible anywhere else. This could well be due to the fact that, in our region – a successful location for industry and commerce – there is a strong awareness of the deep-rooted yet also a distinct appreciation of the new. The Bregenz Festival, for example, relies on experience extending over 60 years, and know how to set new impetus. New constructions have developed over the course of decades, and are based on ancient building traditions. These days, architects from Vorarlberg are recognised well beyond the borders for their (wooden) architecture when it comes to energy-saving houses. The Kunsthaus Bregenz offers contemporary artists from all over the world the unique opportunity to exhibit throughout the whole building. Controversial works and ideas welcome! Here and there, the combination of meaning and sensuousness gives rise to the new, the thrilling. You feel like spending exciting holidays in the Bodensee-Vorarlberg region? 34 36 38 40 42 42 43 We are looking forward to your visit! Then simply contact our team: we offer expert advice, book the accommodation of your choice or – even more practical – book individualised packages for any type of occasion.

ArChiteCture & Design
Unusual in Every Way Architecture and Aesthetics

Cuisine & Connoisseurs
Genuine Originals Taste and Enjoyment

lAke & BoAts
Take the Plunge Water as far as the Eye can See

exerCise & nAture
Extremely Active Lake and Mountain Nature’s Wonders Magical Winter

ChilDren & Joy
Taking It Easy Kids and Games

tips & serviCe
Town Directory Near and Far Know Your Way Around How to Get There? Travelling During the Different Seasons

imprint Publisher: Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH Concept and layout: Silberball Bregenz GmbH Text/coordination/research: Kinz Kommunikation, Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH Printers: Buchdruckerei Lustenau GmbH, Translation: proverb M.Maibach Photos: Cover: Photo S.F.H/Vorarlberg Tourismus archive & Photo Kevin Artho, Vorarlberg Tourismus archive; andereart; ArtDesign Feldkirch; Axel Renner, Bregenz Festival; Benno Hagleitner, Bregenz Festival; Bernd Oswald; Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing; BVT; Christa Branz, Vorarlberg Tourismus archive; Cornelia Bachträgl; Craig Kuhner, Hefel Wohnbau; Darko Todorovic; Dietmar Mathis; Dietmar Walser; Dietmar Walser, Archive Vorarlberg Tourismus; Dietmar Walser, Pfänderbahn AG; Dornbirn Tourismus; Dornbirner Seilbahngesellschaft; Dornbirner Stadtmarketing; Eduard Hueber; Feldkirch Festival; Feldkirch Tourismus; Franz Oberhauser, Vorarlberg Tourismus archive; Genuss am See; Gerhard Klocker; Hans-Günther Kaufmann; Hohenems Tourismus; Hohentwiel Schifffahrtsgesellschaft; Ignacio Martinez; inatura Dornbirn; Kevin Artho, Vorarlberg Tourismus archive; Laterns Tourismus; Light Art by Gerry Hofstätter, Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing; Linus Stolz, poolbar; Marco Mathis, Archive Vorarlberg Tourismus; Markus Tretter; Matthias Weissengruber, Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing; Norbert Gorbach; Oliver Noggler, Vorarlberg Tourismus archive; Othmar Heidegger, Pfänderbahn AG; Otten Kunstraum; Peter Mathis, Vorarlberg Tourismus archive; Rolls-Royce Museum; Roman Horner, Vorarlberg Tourismus archive; Roman Horner, Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing; S.F.H., Vorarlberg Tourismus archive; Sparkasse Marathon; Tourismusverein Rankweil; Udo Mittelberger, Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing; Vorarlberg Tourismus; ZDF, Carmen Sauerbrei Version: April 2009

Harald Köhlmeier Manager of Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourism Board



Art & Culture


Experience Impressions
the cultural scene on the Austrian side of lake Constance draws attention. Way beyond its borders. And what is the secret of its success? imagination, openness and the highest demands made on quality. this combination gives rise to the exceptional, enticing extraordinary guests to the region.

Feldkirch Festival Photo Benjamin Krieg, poolbar Architektur 2009 Photo Linus Stolz



Art & Culture


Bond and the Stage
Licence to Succeed: to date, James Bond has only been to the opera once throughout his entire film career – in Bregenz – at the Bregenz Festival. Seven minutes of the film “Quantum of Solace” are filmed in the Bodensee-Vorarlberg region, in the medieval town of Feldkirch, in the Bregenz Festival House and on the floating stage. The spectacular scenery of Tosca, with the oversized eye, had attracted the attention of the James Bond film crew. The fact that the crew decided on the location is thanks also to the excellent technical infrastructure and the exceptional organisational competence of all those involved. The film crew spent two exciting weeks here in the spring of 2008. The casting session in January attracted thousands of people wanting to be extras. The film premiere in November was also a major event. Light installations transformed Bregenz Festival House into a brilliant setting. Bregenz Festival House opened a Bond showroom in the spring of 2009. Original props, photos and film clips revive the exciting period of the shooting. Admission to the showroom is free of charge. A Watchful Eye: the next major event followed hot on the heels of the shooting, i.e. in the summer of 2008. During the European Football Championships, the EURO 2008 studio at ZDF moved to Bregenz’s floating stage along with presenters Johannes B. Kerner, Jürgen Klopp and Urs Meier. It enjoys a perfect setting in the region where Austria, Germany and Switzerland meet, i.e. spot on the virtual halfway line on the Austrian-Swiss pitch, and is visually very appealing. The lake stand was turned into a public viewing arena. Many still have fond memories of the impressive images of the backdrop bearing the Tosca eye, of Lake Constance, and the spectacles of nature.

James Bond shooting, 2008. Photo by Karen Ballard, Danjaq/United Artists



Art & Culture


Art and Abilities
Challenging: the Bregenz Festival is the largest, internationally most significant festival held in the region. Every summer since 1946, it has been staging major operas on the floating stage. Set against a unique natural backdrop which performs a play of its own every evening, from the superb romantic sunset through to the ominous dark clouds, anything is possible. The Viennese Symphony Orchestra has been the festival’s orchestra right from the beginning. The festival has grown gradually, carefully. Since its most recent renovations, the Festival and Congress House has been delighting visitors with its exciting architecture and modern elegance. An independent sound system – unique in Europe – was developed especially for the floating stage, which displays a new, spectacular stage set every two years. The program combines the performance on the lake with rare operas, with modern operettas, orchestral concerts, theater and the “Art of Our Times - KAZ” program. Varied: the range of art and culture events even amazes the locals! It is a rare evening that you don’t have several appealing events to choose from. Concerts of all genres, readings, cabaret, theater – three independent theaters host classic, humorous and modern performances, plus exhibitions in museums and art galleries. What makes it so pleasant? A lovely, informal atmosphere reigns, wherever you go. Impressive: if you think provincial lethargy is to be expected away from the classical cultural metropolises, it is time to think again! The exhibitions held in Kunsthaus Bregenz even earn the respect of international journals. The poolbar pop culture festival in Feldkirch arouses the enthusiasm of those well beyond the Austrian border. World-renowned artists perform at the Schubertiade in Hohenems. We are also proud to point out that two important literary figures are inspired by this region: Michael Köhlmeier and Arno Geiger, winner of the German Book Prize. If you enjoy reading, here are a few more local authors we can recommend: Robert Schneider, Monika Helfer, Ulrike Längle, Kurt Bracharz, Wolfgang Hermann – the region’s booksellers will gladly advise and assist you in your choice!

Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo Thomas Riehle



Art & Culture


Music and Muse
Accompany us on a tour of venues both large and small. These are the places to be inspired, entertained and to gain new impressions. For further venues, precise dates of the events and the opening times of the museums, please see our calendar of events and the website www.lakeconstance.eu. ■ Dornbirn Trade Exhibition Center: in addition to trade fairs and exhibitions, the spacious exhibition center with its modern halls holds concerts and conferences. ■ Museums in Dornbirn: the interactive nature museum inatura with a Science Center, Rolls-Royce Museum (private collection of over 70 Bregenz and its Environs ■ Bregenz Spring Dance Festival (March to May): the greatest dancing festival for miles around presents modern ballet, contemporary dance and theater. ■ Bregenz Festival (July/August): established in 1946. The program features spectacular opera performances on the floating stage, one rare opera and operetta, concerts by the Viennese Symphonic Orchestra, plays and the modern “Art of Our Times - KAZ” program. Tip: guided tours of the floating stage and through the Festival House are held throughout the entire summer. ■ Seelax (June to August): the music and cabaret festival in Bregenz “Freudenhaus” theater marquee right next to Lake Constance. ■ Vorarlberg State Theater: it is based in Bregenz, and its performances tour throughout the entire state. ■ Kosmos Theater, Bregenz: the platform for contemporary theater produces premieres and debuts in German. ■ Kunsthaus Bregenz: displays contemporary art in a glass cube, the recipient of several prizes for architecture. ■ Vorarlberger Landesmuseum, Bregenz: closed for renovation works between Autumn 2009 and 2013. ■ Magazin 4, Bregenz: presents young, contemporary art. ■ Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz: devoted mainly to graphic arts. ■ Kammgarn, Hard: concerts and cabaret evenings are held in the former textile factory. ■ Kunst im Rohnerhaus, Lauterach: private collection of modern art. Feldkirch and its Environs ■ Festival Town of Feldkirch: Feldkirch is famous for its town festivals. The program includes the medieval Montfort Spectacle (May/June), the Street Artists’ Festival (July), the Wine Festival (July), atmospheric markets and concerts during Advent, and a colorful procession during carnival time. ■ Feldkirch Festival (June): the festival, headed by Philippe Arlaud, plays ancient and new music, focussing on a different country each year. ■ Kulturbühne Ambach, Götzis: concerts, cabaret, theater, readings, fashion shows and balls. ■ Altes Kino, Rankweil: specialists for cabaret, cinema and concerts, including outdoors. elite automobiles). ■ Schubertiade Hohenems: in spring and autumn, Schubertiade concerts are held in the renovated “Markus-Sittikus-Hall” on the Schlossplatz. ■ Jewish Museum, Hohenems: the museum in Villa Rosenthal examines the 300-year-old history of the Jewish community in Hohenems, and hosts special exhibitions. ■ Otten Kunstraum, Hohenems: private collection of Russian avant-garde works.

Dornbirn and Hohenems ■ Spielboden, Dornbirn: the cultural venue is alive with song, dance, amusement, music and acting. ■ Conrad Sohm: Dornbirn’s superlative club for DJ-ing and concerts.



Art & Culture


the Cultural Town
Bregenz, built right next to the water, nestled against the ridge of the Pfänder, the expansive sky as its roof. This town has its very own character, and is more diverse than any other in the Bodensee-Vorarlberg region. In “Quantum of Solace”, James Bond graced the town hosting the largest floating stage in the world with his presence. Over 75 million cinema-goers have already seen the latest 007 film, featuring the legendary Tosca eye. Bregenz is the capital of Vorarlberg, and the cultural capital of the region around Lake Constance. The internationally renowned Bregenz Festival, Kunsthaus Bregenz, theaters, concerts, dance, and conventions – there are varied programs of events that are offered throughout the year. Art galleries in the middle of town invite you, literally, to a “cultour”. Many little boutiques and shops line the streets of the lively town center. The old town – also known as the Oberstadt or upper town – is magical! The town is surrounded by Mother Nature. It has numerous hiking- and cycling paths, and a cable car floats up to the Pfänder panoramic mountain. Boats depart from the harbour to take trips around Lake Constance.

the Creative Town
Textiles, design and creativity have always played a central part in Dornbirn. Once upon a time, it was the “textile barons” who were the driving force. These days, with around 45,500 inhabitants, Dornbirn is the largest town in Vorarlberg. It is home to the Vorarlberg Institute of Architecture, a university of applied sciences known for miles around, and is a trade fair town and events location. In 2007, Dornbirn hosted the World Gymnaestrada, with over 20,000 participants from all over the world. Dornbirn is the major shopping town in Vorarlberg. The town center and the Messepark shopping center have over 200 shops, plus many fine restaurants, trendy bars and cafés. The juxtaposition of old and new is thrilling to observe: numerous buildings in the modern Vorarlberg architectural style harmoniously blend in with the townscape shaped by gardens and parks. As soon as you leave the town center, you are surrounded by natural beauty. A cable car takes you up Dornbirn’s local mountain, the Karren. One of the most popular hikes takes you through the impressive Rappenloch gorge.

In Short In Short The most important sights in Bregenz are: ■ the market square with its classicist parish church and houses from ■ the Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) house of contemporary art ■ the Festival House with its floating stage and the new James Bond showroom ■ the parish church of St. Gallus, a lovely example of Lake Constance baroque ■ the upper town with its Martinsturm ■ the Pfänder panoramic mountain three centuries ■ the interactive nature museum inatura with its Science Center ■ the Rolls-Royce Museum, the largest of its kind in the world ■ the Rappenloch gorge ■ Karren, the town’s local mountain, with the panoramic restaurant The most important sights in Dornbirn are:



Art & Culture


the Leisure Town
Hohenems is the youngest town in the region. The traditional community was awarded the status of town in 1983. The center is home to the Renaissance palace, built in the 16 century by the Italian architect Martino Longo, and

the Medieval Town
Feldkirch delights with its outstandingly well preserved medieval town center. A stroll through cobblestone lanes and protective covered walkways takes you past centuries-old buildings. Guided tours of the town follow the tracks of famous guests such as James Joyce and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle spent a school year at the famous Feldkirch Stella Matutina Jesuit college. Today, it accommodates the State Music Conservatory with its lovely concert hall. The town’s landmark, the Schattenburg, stands on a mound: it was once the seat of the Counts of Montfort and the Habsburg administrators. Feldkirch is famous for its lively town festivals. The highlights in the summer are the Feldkirch Festival and poolbar – the six-week pop culture festival. The Christmas market is enchanting. Carnival musicians and masked fools parade through the town during the Alemannic carnival period.

was once the seat of the Counts of Ems. In 1755, the original manuscripts A and C of the Nibelungenlied (the song of the Nibelungs) were discovered here. The palace is privately owned and accessible during concerts and events. The Jewish Museum, which also regularly displays special exhibitions, reflects the history of the Jewish population of Hohenems, which goes back over 300 years. The Otten Kunstraum, a private museum, exhibits Russian avant-garde works. “Homunculus”, a festival of puppets, puns and poetry is held in May. On certain dates during the spring and autumn, the Schubertiade performs concerts and song recital evenings in the Markus-Sittikus-Hall. The Rheinauen leisure center is the place to meet during the summer: set in the idyllic pastures next to the Old Rhine, it has swimming pools, a natural bathing lake and sports fields.

In Short The most important sights in Feldkirch are: In Short The most important sights in Hohenems are: ■ the former towers of the town’s fortifications: Katzenturm, Pulverturm, ■ the Renaissance palace in the town center ■ the Jewish Museum in Villa Heimann-Rosenthal and the Jewish quarter ■ the Nibelungs fountain, a memorial to the discovery of the manuscripts of the Nibelungenlied ■ the chocolate manufacture in the Schlosscafé: Fenkart Schokoladengenuss ■ “Stoffels Säge-Mühle”, open-air mill museum Wasserturm and Diebsturm ■ St. Nikolaus cathedral, the most important gothic church in Vorarlberg ■ today’s State Music Conservatory, once the seat of the famous “Stella Matutina” school ■ the defiant Schattenburg with the Schattenburg Museum and restaurant ■ the medieval town center



ArChiteCture & Design


Unusual in Every Way
there is no doubt about it. Why do so many houses look so unlike anything else? the clear forms and simple aesthetics come across as somewhat provocative. Modern vorarlberg architecture changes perspectives and draws attention throughout the whole of europe.

Detached house in Schlins, k_m.architektur Photo: Markus Tretter, Rotes Haus Dornbirn Photo: Albrecht Schnabel



ArChiteCture & Design


Architecture and Aesthetics
At the beginning, there was a dispute. They had studied architecture, but weren’t willing to pay the high membership fee which would admit them to the Chamber of Architects. And so they called themselves the “Vorarlberg Architects” and went their own way. Their aesthetic and, above all, affordable houses based on Vorarlberg building tradition gained – and are still gaining – approval. That was in the 1980s. These days, the region on the Austrian side of Lake Constance – indeed, the whole of Vorarlberg – is considered a center of modern architecture. Nowhere else in Austria will you find as many well-built, contemporary buildings in such a small area: hotels, schools, kindergartens, fire brigade buildings, community halls, and residential buildings. In the towns as well as the villages, the stylistic concept of the new Vorarlberg architecture unites the traditional with the modern. Wood is the building material of choice. Clear forms and functionality are priorities, as well as ecologically practical. Many of the houses are true masters at saving energy. ArchitecTours offer specially trained guides. For suggested routes, see the website of the Vorarlberg Institute of Architecture under “Architekturtourismus”: www.v-a-i.at 1 2



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Multiple dwelling overlooking Lake Constance (q.rt architektur) Bregenz Festival and Congress House (Dietrich/Untertrifaller) Interactive nature museum inatura (Kaufmann/Lenz and Dietrich/Untertrifaller) Detached house on a slope of the Pfänder (q.rt architektur) Dornbirn municipal baths (Cukrowicz/Nachbauer) Rehearsal room of the music society in Zwischenwasser (Marte.Marte. Architekten) Rohner harbour building, Fussach (Baumschlager/Eberle) The Nordwesthaus in Rohner harbour, Fussach (Baumschlager/Eberle) Terminal V (Hugo Dworzak) 5 6 7





Cuisine & Connoisseurs


Genuine Originals
Where shall we dine today? And what’s on the menu? There are a multitude of fine addresses to choose from. Restaurant critics are impressed and are appreciative of the creative cuisine which reinterprets regional delicacies. Good food is an important part of the way of life in these parts.



Cuisine & Connoisseurs


Taste and Enjoyment
The Art of Cooking: they know how to enjoy themselves around Lake Constance. This is easy to do, since there are plenty of first-class restaurants, 16 of which bear Gault-Millau chef’s hats. Whether gourmet speciality restaurants, or at the local inn, expect quality wherever you go. Under the title of “Vorarlberg isst…”, over 3,000 restaurateurs and hoteliers in Vorarlberg have joined forces to launch a quality initiative. They organise central themes, and publish the “Culinary Guide”, which contains a selection of over 100 inns and restaurants whose fare have been tested. Fish Fresh from the Lake: whitefish and perch are indigenous to Lake Constance. Yet Lake Constance is also home to lake trout, sea trout, grayling, pike, carp, tench, pike-perch and burbot. The fishing strongholds are the towns in the Rhine delta (Hard, Fussach, Höchst, and Gaissau), where you can find several popular fish restaurants. Cheese from the Mountains: cheese is, without doubt, the best-known product from Vorarlberg. The range covers mild cream cheeses, through to creamy camemberts, right through to the mountain cheese essential to the “Kässpätzle”, a speciality of the region. The weekly markets in Bregenz, Dornbirn, Hohenems and Feldkirch are great places for shopping. High-grade Schnapps: to round off a good meal, it is good form in the Vorarlberg Rhine Valley to imbibe a glass of “Subirer”, the fine schnapps made from the nondescript perry pear. A rarity is the “Fraxner Kriase”, a cherry schnapps from the village of Fraxern. The multi award-winning distillers include Privatbrennerei Gebhard Hämmerle (Freihof Destillerie, Lustenau) and Albert Büchele (Michelehof, Hard). A Feast for the Discriminating Palate: “Lustenauer” mustard is at home in practically every kitchen in Vorarlberg. Even Vorarlberg natives living elsewhere in the world regularly stock up on the fine mustards from Lustenau. The selection includes coarse-grain mustard as well as “mustard with grappa and raisins”, right through to fig mustard with honey. Confectionery is available from the Fenkart Schokoladenmanufaktur (Hohenems, Schlosscafé) or from Chocolatier Rainer Troy (Bregenz, Theatercafé), for example.
Museum café Photo: Jewish Museum Hohenems



lAke & BoAts


Take the Plunge
lake Constance has flair at any time of year. seen from Bregenz, it looks like the ocean: expansive, as far as the eye can see. sometimes it is gentle and pastel blue, sometimes it is wild and turbulent. And every evening, the sun goes down at the other end of the lake. A marvellous spectacle to behold.

New Year’s Eve boat ride Photo: Vorarlberg Lines, Boat ride by night Photo: Vorarlberg Lines



lAke & BoAts


Water as Far as the Eye can See
Lake-Inspired Emotions: summer life on Lake Constance takes on a Mediterranean feeling of lightness. People meet up for walks, to go for a swim, cycle a while, rest on a bench to enjoy the view, or discover the lake by boat. There is less going on on the shores in the winter. The mighty chestnut trees have shed their leaves. A stiff breeze blows from time to time. Expect really dramatic scenes and atmospheres now. Find your Sea Legs: a trip on board a Lake Constance boat is a must. Setting off from the harbour in Bregenz, the boats travel to the picturesque island town of Lindau, to the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen or the flower island of Mainau. Sit on the sundeck and watch the scenery pass by. The boats operate between April and October. In the run-up to Christmas, Santa Claus trips are on offer. The great gala cruise is held on New Year’s Eve. The “MS Sonnenkönigin” event boat is home to concerts, public events and a huge ball. The modern boat can also be rented for exclusive events. Take a trip on the Hohentwiel paddle steamer for a touch of nostalgia. The stylish boat cruises the lake from May to October, taking guests on outings, gourmet and festival trips. The Hohentwiel can also be chartered for weddings, and other special personal events. Views of the Lake: every day, every hour, Lake Constance stages a new spectacle. Sleepily subdued, then merrily rippled, even surging. The lake bestows lovers of colorful sunsets a year-round wealth of highlights. The lake is also beautiful when seen from above – from Bregenz’s Pfänder panoramic mountain, for example, from the Gebhardsberg in Bregenz, from the Haggen above Lochau, from Eichenberg or Möggers. Further excellent look-out points are Bildstein, a place of pilgrimage, with its twin-towered, baroque church visible for miles, and the Karren, in Dornbirn, whose cable car operates until late at night.

Sailing boat on Lake Constance Photo: BVT



exerCise & nAture


Extremely Active
When you step outside the front door and are surrounded by Mother nature, you are inspired to jump on your bike, go for a long run or climb a mountain. sailing, swimming, golfing, touring gorges, skiing: all this is possible, right on your doorstep.

Wintery view from the Pfänder Photo: Othmar Heidegger/Pfänderbahn AG, Mountain landscape in the Laternsertal Photo: Laterns Tourismus



exerCise & nAture


Lake and Mountain
Bathing and Sailing: Lake Constance is an excellent bathing lake and a demanding stretch of water for yachtsmen. Boats for hire, sailing schools and lovely bathing beaches are located in Bregenz, Hard and Lochau. There is also a spacious nudist swimming complex close to Hard, and several bathing places free of charge. The bathing lakes in the Rhine Valley are also popular: the Jannersee in the Lauteracher Ried and the Untere Au bathing lake close to Frastanz. The Rheinauen bathing center, close to Hohenems, promises fun and relaxation with romantic natural bathing spots along the Old Rhine, swimming pools, slides and sports fields. Cycling: Vorarlberg locals are the keenest cyclists by far, when compared with the rest of Austria. This is hardly surprising, when you consider the well-built network of cycling paths. And cycling, quite simply, is fun in these parts! The paths are pleasantly flat, taking you through countrysides you could never discover by car – right next to the shore of the lake and along the Rhine dam, through nature reserves and unspoilt marshlands. If you are looking for a greater challenge, then simply cycle across one of the mountains! Hiking/Rambling: lovely views and hiking paths tempt you to go even higher. You can take the comfortable way to the top – by cable car. Take the Pfänderbahn from Bregenz to the Pfänder panoramic and hiking mountain, at an altitude of 1,064 m. The destination of the Karren cable car in Dornbirn is the 900-meter high Karren. You can stop off in the glass panoramic restaurant for a refreshment before you set off. The Schnifis cable car takes passengers to the Hensler mountain station, where a magnificent alpine panorama unfolds, and where a mythical hiking path starts. For hikes on the sunny terraces above the Rhine Valley, we recommend the villages of Eichenberg, Möggers, Bildstein, Buch, Fraxern, Viktorsberg, Übersaxen and Zwischenwasser. Start at Frastanz if you wish to climb the region’s highest mountain: the 2,053-meter high “Three Sisters”. Birds of Prey Show: close to the mountain station of the Pfänderbahn cable car, birds of prey demonstrate their flying skills twice a day between early May and early October.

Hikers at the top of a mountain



exerCise & nAture


Nature’s Wonders
Interactive Nature Museum inatura: you can get a good impression of the flora and fauna in Vorarlberg at the inatura in Dornbirn – an interactive nature museum with a thrilling design. The Science Center with 40 stations is a new feature as of spring 2009. Each station is dedicated to a different technical phenomenon and allows visitors to experiment, hands-on. Rhine Delta Nature Reserve: for over a century, the Rhine has been regulated to flow along the border of Vorarlberg to Switzerland. Today, the expansive delta of its former estuary into Lake Constance is a major nature reserve. It is located between Hard, Fussach, Höchst and Gaissau. The interplay of alluvial forests, moist and straw meadows, reed areas and sandy beaches is an interesting phenomenon. It is home to over 330 rare species of bird. Hiking and cycling paths cross the Rhine delta. The “Rheinschauen” exhibition in Lustenau tells the stories of the River Rhine and how it came to be controlled over a century ago. During the summer, the Rheinbähnle leaves here to follow the Rhine down as far as Lake Constance. Fenland and Marshland: the unspoilt fenlands in the Rhine Valley are biotopes worth visiting. A few examples are the Lauterach fenland with its popular bathing lake, the “Jannersee”, the Bangs fenland close to Feldkirch, and “Matschels”, an island in the alluvial forest of the River Ill estuary, the Paspelssee in Rankweil and the Maria Grüne fenland close to Frastanz. Upland moors have formed on the sunny terraces, e.g. the Farnach marshland close to Bildstein, the Fohramoos on the Bödele close to Dornbirn, and the Gasserplatz close to Göfis. Gorges and Natural Treasures: the Rappenloch gorge close to Dornbirn is one of the most impressive gorges in the Eastern Alps. The hike takes about half an hour to reach its highest point. This is where the Alploch gorge begins. Further exceptional places are the Schlosshügel close to Koblach, an inselberg in the middle of the Rhine Valley, the site of prehistoric relics. Then there is the almost impassable Rohrach primeval forest gorge close to Möggers, and the AmatlinaVita close to Zwischenwasser, where dry meadows and straw meadows grow in mosaic patterns. Running a Marathon: runners love the 3-country marathon which takes them from Germany to Austria and on to Switzerland. The ascents are minimal, and you almost always have a view of Lake Constance. The web portal www.marathon4you.de voted it Austrian Marathon of the Year in 2008. The Sparkasse marathon is held in early October of each year. Golfing: Vorarlberg’s newest 18-hole golf course – hosted by the Golfclub Montfort is located in the fenland close to Rankweil. Courses and tournaments are regular features of the program.

Magical Winter
The Lure of the Pistes: the informal skiing areas are real insider tips - close-by, straightforward and great if you don’t have much time for fun on the slopes. With 6 lifts and 13 slopes for all levels of difficulty, Laterns-Gapfohl is the largest skiing area in the region. The pistes are vast, and the lifts modern. A halfpipe and a fun park await snowboarders, whilst a natural toboggan run awaits tobogganists. The little ones are supervised free of charge in “Kinderland” close to the mountain station. Accommodation ranges from first-rate guesthouses to cosy holiday apartments. From the Pfänder close to Bregenz, the view from the piste is of Lake Constance. The Bödele close to Dornbirn is one of Vorarlberg’s skiing areas most assured of snow. Small and select – the skiing area in Buch at the beginning of the Bregenzerwald and Schuttannen close to Hohenems. Many skiers choose to stay in the Rhine Valley. During the high season in particular, it is easier to find rooms here than in the skiing centers, and the major skiing areas of Arlberg, the Bregenzerwald and Montafon are quickly accessible by ski trains and buses. Magical Advent: a tempting fragrance of oranges, cinnamon and cloves pervades. Craftsmen offer their wares, Christmas music plays quietly in the background. Hot drinks are on sale, as are all sorts of regional delicacies: filling raclette on bread, crepes, baked apples, and much more. Christmas markets cast their spells on towns and villages during November and December. The Christmas markets in the medieval lanes in Feldkirch, around the large market square in Dornbirn and in the pedestrian zone in Bregenz impart a particularly romantic atmosphere. Advent singing also has a long tradition in Feldkirch, and is performed by folk and classical music ensembles from the region. When sparks fly… the Alemans really let their hair down when it comes to celebrating carnival, which starts on the 11th of November – in the form of balls, parties and colorful processions. The end of the carnival period is celebrated in an unusual way – namely in the form of a custom only upheld by the inhabitants of the region around Lake Constance – and that for centuries. A bonfire night held the weekend after carnival Sunday. The bonfire clubs erect wooden towers many meters high which they then formally set fire to in the evening. The spectacle is accompanied by music, sometimes fireworks, and all manner of culinary delicacies are served. The idea behind the fire is to banish the wild carnival ghosts and winter, and also marks the start of Lent.



ChilDren & Joy


Taking It Easy
travelling with kids? how nice! there’s a lot to discover. the children’s programs at the museums are playful yet informative. it’s thrilling to be out and about in the mountains and on lake Constance. take part in one of the many events full of fun and games.

Sowboarder in the Laterns skiing area, Skater in the Hard skate park



ChilDren & Joy


Kids and Games
Knowledge: crawling through the badger’s sett, feeding fish, experimenting in the Science Center – at the interactive nature museum inatura in Dornbirn, visitors are invited to discover, observe and try things out for themselves. Visitors both big and small are fascinated. Painting and design are the themes of the kids’ art workshops held each Saturday morning by the Kunsthaus Bregenz during the exhibitions. The Jewish Museum in Hohenems explains the Jewish history of the town at stations set up especially for children. Adventure: on the speedy summer toboggan run in Laterns, you dash around curves, across bridges and through two jumps – 800 m down into the valley. The fun park is located right next to the lower station, featuring a trampoline, climbing tower, flying fox and swings. The rope course in Ebnit close to Dornbirn is a fun adventure playground. Climbers both big and small can make their way across the terrain on ropes, across bridges and obstacles. Across suspension bridges, narrow beams, to a log cabin and mysterious tree trunks: that is the nature trail in Möggers. Ibex, wild boars, moufflons and other wild-living animals are at home in two game parks: on the Pfänder in Bregenz and in Feldkirch. Admission to both game parks is free. Falcons, eagles, kites and eagle owls demonstrate their flying skills during the Birds of Prey Shows on the Pfänder (May to October). Fun and Games: the numerous festivals held in the towns and villages are bright and cheerful. These include the medieval Montfort Spectacle (May/June) and the Street Artists’ Festival in Feldkirch (end of July). In mid-May, Bregenz is transformed into a “children’s town” for an entire weekend. A further event in May is the international Homunculus puppet theater festival in Hohenems. Singing afternoons and puppet theater are regular features at the Spielboden in Dornbirn (usually on Saturdays). The Vorarlberg State Theater in Bregenz puts
Girls in the Waldbad Enz in Dornbirn Photo: Dietmar Walser/Dornbirner Stadtmarketing

on a play for children every Sunday afternoon. Outings: there are a multitude of child-friendly destinations in the BodenseeVorarlberg region. Easily accessible are the theme park Ravensburger Spieleland, Minimundus in Meckenbeuren, the Salem monkey sanctuary, the Lake Dwellings Unteruhldingen, the flower island of Mainau and Sea Life in Constance.



tips & serviCe


Bildstein T +43 (0) 5572 / 583 84 tourismus@gemeinde-bildstein.at www.gemeinde-bildstein.at > Well-known place of pilgrimage with early-baroque, twin-towered church. One of the loveliest viewpoints in Vorarlberg. Bregenz T +43 (0) 5574 / 49 59-0 tourismus@bregenz.at www.bregenz.ws > See page 12 for further information on the festival town on Lake Constance.

Frastanz T +43 (0) 5522 / 515 00 tourismus@frastanz.at www.frastanz.at > “Three Sisters” mountain for various hikes (2,053 m). “Untere Au” major natural bathing lake. Electrotechnical Museum.

Hohenems T +43 (0) 5576 / 427 80 tourismus@hohenems.at www.hohenems.at > See page 14 for further information on the town of culture and leisure. Hohenweiler

Laterns T +43 (0) 5526 / 203 tourismusamt@laternsertal.at www.laternsertal.at > A good selection of hiking paths, summer toboggan run, alpine botanical gardens. The Laterns-Gapfohl skiing area is an insider’s tip.

Rankweil T +43 (0) 5522 / 405-105 buergerservice@rankweil.at www.rankweil.at > Place of pilgrimage with basilica visible for miles around (“Wundertätiges Kreuz”). A good selection of cosy restaurants. Röns T +43 (0) 5524 / 81 44 gemeinde@roens.at www.roens.at > St. Magnus church (built ca. 1500) is worth a visit. High altar with statues and the relief by an unknown master. Röthis T +43 (0) 5522 / 453 25-0 information@roethis.at www.roethis.at > Wine-growing village. St. Martin’s church with gothic tower and ceiling frescoes. Local authority is accommodated in the “Röthner Schlössle” dating from the 16th century.

Übersaxen T +43 (0) 5522 / 413 11 i.fritsch@uebersaxen.at www.tiscover.at/uebersaxen > Located on a panoramic terrace above the Rhine Valley. High-altitude hiking paths take you to the loveliest viewpoints. Viktorsberg T +43 (0) 5523 / 647 12 gemeinde@viktorsberg.at www.viktorsberg.at > Enjoys a lovely setting with a view. Seminar and cultural center in the former Minorite Monastery, a gothic cloister worth visiting. Weiler T +43 (0) 5523 / 511 00 gemeindeamt@gemeinde-weiler.at www.gemeinde-weiler.at > Pleasant village. Worth a visit: the remains of the “Altmontfort” castle, dating from 1260, destroyed during the Appenzell War. Wolfurt

Fraxern T +43 (0) 5523 / 645 11 ulrike.summer@fraxern.at www.fraxern.at > The “cherry village”, famous for its “Fraxner Kriasiwasser” cherry schnapps. Tip: visit the village in May, at cherry blossom time.

T +43 (0) 5573 / 833 15 gemeinde@hohenweiler.at www.hohenweiler.at > Village community on the border to Germany. Maria Stern-Gwiggen Cistercian convent (guesthouse) is well-known. Hörbranz

Lauterach T +43 (0) 5574 / 718 29 vvl@ifm.at www.lauterach.at > The Lauterach fenland is Natura 2000 territory. “Kunst im Rohnerhaus” private art collection. Headquarters of Pfanner, the fruit-juice producer.

Fussach Buch T +43 (0) 5579 / 82 12 gemeindeamt@buch.cnv.at www.gemeinde-buch.at > This is the perfect setting for those appreciative of the tranquillity of a village and an extensive range of hiking paths. It even has a small skiing area in the winter. Göfis Dornbirn T +43 (0) 5572 / 221 88 tourismus@dornbirn.at www.dornbirn.info > See page 13 for further information on the creative and trade fair town. Eichenberg T +43 (0) 5574 / 424 29 eichenberg.tourismus@cnv.at www.tiscover.at/eichenberg > A lovely view across Lake Constance, the Rhine Valley, the foothills of the Alps. Base for the 8-km long “Cheese hiking path”. Archery course. Feldkirch T +43 (0) 5522 / 734 67 tourismus@feldkirch.at www.feldkirch.at > See page 15 for further information on the medieval town of culture. T +43 (0) 5522 / 727 15-12 gemeindeamt@goefis.at www.goefis.at > Worth visiting are the “Gasserplatz” nature reserve, an upland moor, and the “Gletschertopf”, a striking crater in the rocks. Hard T +43 (0) 5574 / 697 20 tourismus@hard.at www.hard.at > Located on Lake Constance, close to the Rhine delta nature reserve. Adventure bathing beach. Textile printing museum. Kammgarn cultural workshop. Höchst T +43 (0) 5578 / 79 07 38 helga.lau@hoechst.at www.hoechst.at > Situated in the nature reserve of the Rhine delta. Lovely natural bathing spots on Lake Constance. Worth a visit: the neo-baroque parish church. T +43 (0) 5578 / 757 16-0 gemeindeamt@fussach.at www.fussach.at > Situated in the nature reserve of the Rhine delta. Information center Rheindeltahaus. Lovely walking- and cycling paths. Natural bathing spots on Lake Constance.

T +43 (0) 5573 / 82 22 2-0 gemeinde@hoerbranz.at www.hoerbranz.at > Surrounded by greenery, close to Lake Constance. The traditional Corpus Christi procession is particularly lovely. Kennelbach T +43 (0) 5574 / 718 98 info@kennelbach.at www.kennelbach.at > Lovely registry office in a historical building. Natural bathing spots on the Bregenzer Ache. Headquarters of Head (skiing and tennis). Klaus T +43 (0) 5523 / 625 36-13 gemeinde@klaus.cnv.at www.klaus.at > Sunny wine- and fruit-growing community. Lovely hiking paths, woodland nature trail. The 1,645 m high “Hohe Kugel” is the village’s local mountain. Langen bei Bregenz T +43 0) 5575 / 44 15 gemeinde@langen.at www.langen.at > A pastoral idyll. A popular hiking destination is the nature reserve around the Hirschberg, at an altitude of 1,095 m.

Lochau T +43 (0) 5574 / 453 04 tourismus@lochau.cnv.at www.lochau.at > Lake Constance bathing beach, free bathing beach, sailing school. The Pfänder is the village’s local mountain. Renaissance castle Hofen (state educational center). Lustenau T +43 (0) 5577 / 818 1-0 tourismus@lustenau.at www.lustenau.at > Stronghold of the Vorarlberg art of embroidery. Small textile museum, Rheinschauen Museum. Headquarters of the famous Freihof distillery. Meiningen T +43 (0) 5522 / 713 70 gemeinde@meiningen.at www.meiningen.at > Meiningen is the most westerly village in Austria. It is located close to Feldkirch, and is easily accessible. Möggers T +43 (0) 5573 / 838 14 gemeinde@moeggers.at www.moeggers.at > Lovely view of Lake Constance. Gothic St. Ulrich’s chapel with the healing Ulrich’s spring. Nature trail. Camembert cheese dairy.

Sulz T +43 (0) 5522 / 453 25-0 information@roethis.at www.gemeinde-sulz.at > Wine and fruit-growing village. Frutzau adventure pool. “Altes Gericht” restaurant in a historical wooden house dating from the 14th century. Schlins T +43 (0) 5524 / 83 17-0 meldewesen@schlins.at www.schlins.at > St. Annen chapel (1512) with gothic winged altars from the 15th/16th centuries. Open-air events in the Jagdberg ruins. Schwarzach T +43 (0) 5572 / 581 15 12 guenter.raidel@schwarzach.at www.schwarzach.at > Vorarlberg media center, location of Rieger, the globally active organ manufacturers. “Living” farm museum in the house of local history.

T +43 (0) 5574 / 68 40-0 gemeinde@wolfurt.at www.wolfurt.at > “cubus”, the event center. Alois Negrelli (planner of the Suez Canal) designed the parish church. Headquarters of Doppelmayr lifts. Toy museum. Zwischenwasser T + (0) 5522 / 49 15-0 meldeamt@zwischenwasser.at www.zwischenwasser.at > Batschuns parish church (built by Clemens Holzmeister). “Amatlina Vita”, where dry meadows and straw meadows grow patchily.



tips & serviCe


Near and Far
Four Countries and One Lake: the area where the four countries of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein meet is a brilliant location. Over the centuries, a joint area of culture has grown up around cosmopolitan Lake Constance in which the national borders are real, yet, for all intents and purposes, are hardly noticeable. Everything is so close! Several of Central Europe’s loveliest places and sights are only an hour or two’s drive away. The German shore of Lake Constance boasts the picturesque island town of Lindau, the baroque pilgrimage church in Birnau, the medieval Meersburg, the flower island of Mainau, the council town of Constance, and Reichenau island, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and famous for its Romanesque churches. On the Swiss side, St. Gallen is a popular tourist destination, particularly the baroque abbey and the impressive collegiate library, both of which are UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. Stein am Rhein with its graceful half-timbered houses and Schaffhausen with the impressive Rhine Falls are also very popular. Also worth a visit are the Art Museum and the royal wine-growing estates in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Further information is available on the website of the International Bodensee Tourismus GmbH: www.bodensee.eu. Trains, Buses and Boats: the public transport system in the entire region almost matches that of a large city, with some destinations being accessible by boat. We highly recommend a boat trip on Lake Constance.
Luzern Einsiedeln Zurich Appenzell St. Gallen Dornbirn Hohenems Rankweil Feldkirch
Hochtannberg pass Flexen pass

Weingarten Rhine Falls/Schaffhausen Reichenau Constance Mainau Meersburg Friedrichshafen Lindau Bregenz

Neuschwanstein Castle




Arlberg pass


St. Anton



Chur Davos

Wolfgang pass

Via Mala

St. Moritz



tips & serviCe


How to Get There?
Coming from the North ■ via Stuttgart – Singen – Meersburg – Lindau ■ via Ulm – Memmingen – Lindau ■ via Augsburg or Munich – Kempten – Lindau or ■ via Munich – Memmingen – Lindau Coming from the West ■ via Zurich – St. Gallen – St. Margrethen ■ via Zurich – Walensee – Sargans Coming from the South ■ via Como (I/CH) – San Bernardino – Thusis – Chur ■ via Reschen pass (I/A) – Landeck or Brenner motorway (I/A) – Innsbruck – Landeck – Arlberg road tunnel or pass Autumn: the season of brilliantly clear days and of views stretching for miles. Mountain tours and ascents are particularly rewarding at this time of year. The harvest season makes itself felt in the markets and in the restaurants. In early October, the Sparkasse marathon through three countries is held and is the biggest running event in the region of Lake Constance. The boats which make For Information and Reservations: the team of the Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourism Board provides you with competent advice, and organises your trip according to your requirements. Simply give us a call, or send an e-mail. Our reservations and services are free of charge. ■ Accommodation of your choice: from first-class hotels through to private rooms ■ We also offer you a range of package deals for cultural events such as the Bregenz- and Feldkirch Festival Digital Brochure Service: our brochures on towns and the region provide you with information about all you need to know and all the sights worth seeing. You can choose whether you wish to receive the brochures by post or whether you wish to view them on the Internet and print them out. The Bodensee-Vorarlberg web pages contain all the brochures in digital form. Winter: Christmas markets enchant the towns. Bright and cheerful is the Alemannic carnival, culminating in the traditional bonfire the weekend after carnival Sunday. Skiing is now the name of the game for many visitors. Choose between the region’s small skiing areas – such as the Laternsertal – or the nearby areas on the Arlberg, in the Bregenzerwald and in Montafon. up the Lake Constance fleet operate until mid October. By Air The closest airports are: ■ Zurich (CH), ■ St. Gallen-Altenrhein (CH, scheduled flights with Austrian Airlines to and from Vienna), ■ Friedrichshafen (D, international scheduled flights with Intersky and Ryanair), ■ Memmingen (D, international scheduled flights with TUIfly and Ryanair), ■ Munich (D). Summer: at the height of summer, the temperature of the water in Lake Constance reaches over 26°C. Life is lived outdoors, just like on the Mediterranean. People meet at the pool, on the cycling paths, and on the promenades. Or in the beer gardens during the major festivals: the Feldkirch Festival (June), the Bregenz Festival (July/August) or during any of the numerous town festivals. Coming from the East ■ via Innsbruck – Landeck – Arlberg road tunnel or pass Spring: the enormous surface of Lake Constance acts as a storage heater. From around April, the orchards in the Rhine Valley start to bloom, followed a little later in May by the cherry trees in the cherry town of Fraxern. The boats on Lake Constance start operating a reduced service from Easter, with their peak season commencing in May. The biggest festival is the Bregenz Spring Dance Festival (March to May) with performances by international dance troupes.

Travelling During the Different Seasons

one-stop serviCe proviDer

Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourism Board P.O. Box 16, 6901 Bregenz, Austria T +43 (0) 5574 / 43 443-0, F +43 (0) 5574 / 43 443-4 office@bodensee-vorarlberg.com www.lakeconstance.eu The information and reservations office is open Monday to Saturday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Stuttgart 210 km



Meersburg Memmingen 72 km Friedrichshafen 39 km

Stein am Rhein Constance Munich 200 km

D Lake Constance

Hohenweiler Möggers Hörbranz Eichenberg Lochau Langen Kennelbach Buch Bildstein Schwarzach

Bregenz Rorschach Fussach Gaissau St. Gallen, Höchst Altenrhein 24 km Lustenau Hard Lauterach Wolfurt Dornbirn


5 km

A 14
Zurich 137 km



Hohenems BODENSEEVORARLBERG Klaus Fraxern Weiler Viktorsberg Röthis Zwischenwasser Meiningen Sulz Laterns Rankweil Übersaxen Feldkirch Göfis Frastanz Röns Schlins





Bodensee-vorarlberg tourism Board P.0. Box 16, 6901 Bregenz, Austria T +43 (0) 5574 / 43 443-0 F +43 (0) 5574 / 43 443-4 office@bodensee-vorarlberg.com www.lakeconstance.eu

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful