Whilst the mountains are still covered in a thick blanket of snow, the valleys and Lake Constance area usually welcome spring as early as mid-March. At this time, the sun becomes more intense and the first signs of spring (such as crocuses and cowslip) become increasingly numerous. Before you know it, the meadows in Vorarlberg’s Rheintal valley are in full bloom from the beginning of May. Birdsong also becomes more intense, as ever more migratory birds return from their winter holidays to the south. In particular, spring is the ideal time for dusting off the bike in the cellar and exploring springtime in Vorarlberg.
C Cycling past iris blossom in the Walgau valley (c) Verena Hetzenauer / Vorarlberg Tourismus
01 Walgau valley - Rheintal valley - Lake Constance
The supra-regional “Walgau-Rheintal” cycling route starts in Bludenz and extends along the Ill river. It passes artificial lakes and alluvial forests towards Feldkirch, where the Rhine river descends into the Rheintal valley. From Hohenems, the cycling route runs along the Alter Rhein river to the shores of Lake Constance. In springtime, the meadows, especially in the Unterried area, are transformed into a spectacular blue sea of flower petals thanks to millions of blooming irises.
Tip: The majority of the cycling route comprises paved paths or lightly used farm roads. The cycling route is excellent for families, as individual stages can also be shortened by train.
02 Rhine Delta bike tour
The Rhine Delta circuit leads cyclists through an exceptionally varied, constantly changing landscape near Lake Constance. It follows both the “old” and “new” Rhine river (Alter and Neuer Rhein) past birch trees, reed-beds and grasslands against the backdrop of nearby mountains. With its peninsulas, bays and wetlands, the Rhine Delta is a refuge for a variety of birds and plants.
Tip: The cycling route is well suited for families. To protect the local nature, the majority of the bike circuit is has little or no motor vehicle traffic.
03 Around the Pfänder mountain
This tour, which starts near Lake Constance, guides cyclists around the Pfänder, Bregenz’s landmark mountain, on good quality paths. The beautiful views over Lake Constance are the highlights of the tour.
Tip: More often than not, this mountain-bike tour is snow-free early in the year and can be enjoyed along with the first spring-like temperatures. There is a longer climb at the beginning and afterwards the trail leads through mainly wooded areas with numerous short climbs.
04 Bregenzerwald cycling route
Starting in Doren and following the the route of the Bregenzerwald railway, the Achtal valley walking and cycling route highlights the natural landscape of the Bregenzerache river.
Tip: The cycling route also passes the Werkraum Haus, where regional craftsmen exhibit their works of art. Stop in for an ice cream from the Kolibri ice cream manufacture, which offers sophisticated varieties and ice-cream dishes made from regional products free from artificial flavouring.Learn more
05 Montafon cycling route
Though the surrounding mountains are still snow-capped, spring has already arrived on the valley floor in the alluvial forests along the Ill river. The first spring blossoms are sprouting, insects are buzzing and the songbirds start their morning concert as day breaks.
Tip: From Partenen to Bludenz, this cycling route always heads slightly downhill, making it ideal for leisurely cyclists. Those keen for a more ambitious tour can cycle the route in reverse. It is also possible to take the Montafonerbahn train to or from Tschagguns for part of the journey.Learn more
06 Mountain-bike tour to the Muttersberg mountain
The mountain bike tour from Bludenz to the Muttersberg mountain is especially popular in springtime, as it is snow-free early in the season thanks to its sunny location. The Muttersberg mountain is rightly nicknamed “Bludenz’s sunny plateau.” Once at 1401m, the sundeck at the Alpengasthof Muttersberg inn invites cyclists to kick back and relax.
Tip: We recommend only going as far as Muttersberg as opposed to all the way to Elsalpe as stated in the tour description. From Muttersberg on, snow is still likely in spring.Learn more
The Dünser Älpele is one of the best viewpoints in the state and there are so many ways to get there. The ‘Gulmtour’ option features a rather demanding climb and therefore requires good fitness, strength and excellent technique. From mid-May, cyclists can enjoy a fine snack and a cool drink at the Dünser Älpele mountain hut in addition to the magnificent views.
Tip: There is also the possibility to descend via a trail on this tour. If you are not comfortable with trail-biking, you may remain on the road.