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Bauernhof be-greifen, Ziegentollhaus, Metzler NATURHAUTNAH, Egg im Bregenzerwald © Markus Gmeiner/
Animal Experiences

Visit animals on the farm

Right in the middle of the farm: visit the goat house, taste warm cow milk and ride a pony

What do the cows do in winter and where are they in summer? What work is there to do on the farm? Farm families in all regions of Vorarlberg provide insights. On their farms you are allowed to look into the barn, can be present when feeding and learn interesting facts about cattle, calves, sheep, goats, the milk and cheese.

Hello goat & cow!
In Egg, the Metzler family has built the first open farm in Vorarlberg. In addition to the dairy school and the modern building where the Metzler family processes whey into cosmetics, you can now also visit the impressive cow playpen and a goat madhouse with a visitors’ gallery. With the NATURHAUTNAH project, the Metzler family has created a place where farming is energy-efficient and sustainable, and where visitors can experience and touch all agricultural processes up close. The project has won several Austrian and international awards.

Farm experience in Au-Schoppernau
The varied family programme in Au-Schoppernau offers weekly insights into life on the farm. What do cows eat and how do you milk them? Children can watch the farmer feed and milk his cows. Those who want to can taste milk warm from the cow. The visit lasts approx. 1 1/2 hours and is included in the Bregenzerwald & Großes Walsertal Guest Card. Registration at the tourist office.

Petting zoo at Muxelhof
Cows, donkeys, stone sheep and goats live on the farm in Lech am Arlberg. Visitors young and old are welcome to visit the animals. Some of them can also be stroked.

Special experiences only in winter

Sheep Stable Wool in Au-Schoppernau
An excursion leads to a sheep barn in Au-Schoppernau. During the one-and-a-half-hour programme, participants learn interesting facts about sheep and the processing of wool, they can sniff the fragrant mountain hay in the hayloft and listen to an exciting sheep story. Children from the age of four can take part. The price includes a small sheep wool cushion, a drink and “sheep biscuits”.

Scottish Highland Cattle in Lech am Arlberg
A visit to the “Schottenhof” and the Scottish Highland Cattle is on the programme every Thursday afternoon in Lech am Arlberg. Participation in the guided tour for children up to 14 years is free of charge.

Animal time-out at the horse farm in Brand
The animal residents of the Alpenrose horse farm in Brand look forward to visitors every Tuesday in winter. Children are allowed to pet, feed and groom the animals. The programme depends on the age of the children taking part. Pre-registration required, fee.

Bauernhof be-greifen, Kind mit Ziege, Metzler NATURHAUTNAH ©
Streichelzoo - Tiererlebnispfad Brandnertal © Nico Herzog / Alpenregion Bludenz Tourismus GmbH

Holiday on the farm

And those who want to experience a whole farm holiday are in good hands on a farm. Numerous Vorarlberg farms offer cosy rooms and also holiday flats. Some of them are specialised “baby and children’s farms”. The host families are particularly good at making holidays enjoyable for children and adults and giving interested people an understanding of life on a farm.