Ski in the morning, visit the museum in the afternoon? In Vorarlberg, where everything is close together, this combination is easy to realise. Most of the museums are also open in winter, and small, fine and high-quality events take place. For example, Lech Zürs am Arlberg opens the winter season with artistic light installations with “Fantastic Gondolas”. Or would you rather go with a nature guide into the winter world or on a culinary pleasure tour in the Great Walser Valley or through Bludenz? Here you will find our winter tips off the slopes:
C Schneeschuh-Genusstour mit Picknick (c) Stefan Kothner-Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns
01 Guided nature hikes in the wintery landscape, Kleinwalsertal
How do plants and animals cope with winter? On Mondays, nature guide Diana Eckhoff provides answers to this question on a guided winter hike. From the Walserhaus in Hirschegg, participants will walk into the seemingly silent forests of wintery Kleinwalsertal, passing brooks along the way. Diana will help you sharpen your senses and show you how nature is still teeming with life even while many think it has gone into hibernation.
02 Culinary pleasures tours Alpenregion Vorarlberg
During the winter season, Brandnertal, Klostertal and the biosphere park Großes Walsertal skilfully combine the pleasures of spending time in nature and tasting culinary delights. Savouring fresh mountain air and taking in splendid mountain vistas, participants walk or ski from one stop to the next where friendly hosts wait with tasty regional fare.
03 Tasting tour of Bludenz
Experiencing history up close and getting to know the people behind the restaurant scene all while being offered fancy titbits and tasters – this is what this special tour of the Alpine town of Bludenz is all about. In the wake of three successful events in the summer, a winter version will now be available
upon request. Stops along the way include “Weinpunkt”, a small, but exquisite wine store, Café-Restaurant Eichamt, a restaurant providing training for young people, and Café Konditorei Fritz, a Bludenz stalwart.
04 Culinary winter hiking Bregenzerwald - two new itineraries
The culinary winter hikes guests can book with the Bregenzerwald tourism office at a date of their choice are enjoyable on more than one level. Step by step from dish to dish, those appreciating some outdoor exercise will be taken from one course to the next, starting with breakfast, followed by lunch and then another stop for dessert, each meal being prepared in mountain inns or restaurants. Starting in winter 2021/22, two new routes – in Sulzberg and in Damüls – have been added to the ones in Mellau-Bizau-Bezau and Sibratsgfäll Schönenbach, bringing the total up to 4 culinary winter hikes to choose from.Learn more
05 Schwarzenberg – Wildlife and nature in wintertime – snowshoe hike, Bregenzerwald
The Foramoos upland moor area with its gnarled birches, low -growing fir trees and snow-covered mountain pine forests has a mystical atmosphere, with animal tracks the only traces in the virgin snow. It is into this world of peace and calm that hiking guide and herbalist Katharina Moosbrugger will take interested guests on Saturdays from December to March. During the two-hour guided tour, she will give participants the low-down on the local wildlife and their survival strategies during wintertime.
06 Winter theatre on the move, Lech Zürs am Arlberg
Lechmuseum has hit upon a new creative idea to make the history of Lech come alive, showcasing how it became a tourism destination and how skiing culture evolved. On a winter hike from Lech to Zug,
special locations will turn into theatre stages at specific dates, with Teatro Caprile presenting scenes from local history. Following its launch in the winter season of 2021/22, the theatre hike is to become
an annual feature. The premiere is scheduled for December 2021.
07 Christmas markets in Vorarlberg
From mid-November until Christmas, Advent and Christmas markets enchant the cities of Bregenz, Dornbirn, Feldkirch, Bludenz and Hohenems, and there are also Christmas markets in many villages. From arts and crafts to live music and, of course, many delicacies, there is a lot on offer to shorten the wait until Christmas…
08 Winter magic moments
Magical experiences in the snow: whether it’s a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered landscape, racing uphill and downhill on a dog sled, a torchlight hike through the icy Breitachklamm gorge or skating tracks across the ice. Here you will find our most romantic tips for the winter…
09 A new museum in Bregenzerwald
In the 17th and 18th centuries, master builders, stucco artists and craftspeople from Bregenzerwald had a hand in erecting close to 800 Baroque buildings in Southern Germany, Switzerland and Alsace. For the most part, these were churches and monasteries, but there were palaces, manor houses and town houses among them as well. Many of these master builders and craftspeople came from Au, where a guild had been formed. The new museum in Au-Schoppernau now places a spotlight on the masters of this era and their remarkable achievements. The “Kurathus” in Au-Rehmen, carefully renovated by local craftspeople, will host the new museum. Built in 1780, it was the home of a portrait and miniature painter who was well-known at the time. Later, it came into the possession of the church and provided accommodation for the respective curate or parish priest. The four themes of the exhibition are Planning, designing and building; Organising construction work; Mobile and interconnected; and Leaving and staying.