C Chapel Vordere Niedere with view of Lake Constance © Michael Meusburger / Bregenzerwald Tourismus
The subtle joy of artistic creation
Fancy experiencing something new on holiday? Popular with skiing and hiking enthusiasts, Bregenzerwald is the place for those who appreciate the finer things of life. It’s famed for its harmonious architecture, innovative handicraft and the KäseStrasse Bregenzerwald Cheese Road.
Most winter visitors come to Bregenzerwald for skiing, ski tours, cross country skiing or simply to soak up some nature on a hike. And they can be sure of plenty of snow – nature takes care of that. There’s no shortage of premium ski areas. Fortunately the 3-Valley-Ski Pass is valid in all ski areas. It’s also possible to take the ski lift from Warth-Schröcken to Lech Zürs am Arlberg and into Austria’s largest inter-connected ski area
Bregenzerwald’s 23 villages are located southeast of Lake Constance. The local people have always taken great pains to manage their environment in tune with a landscape shaped by agriculture. The villages have a striking appearance, with a surprising and exciting mix of traditional and contemporary (timber) architecture.
In summer hikers and mountain bikers can explore the extensive network of trails. Some peaks can be reached by cable car. If you stay in Bregenzerwald for three or more nights you’ll receive a free Guest Card Bregenzerwald & Großes Walsertal (May-October), which is valid on the buses and cable cars and at the outdoor pools.
Throughout the year exhibitions and concerts featuring various musical styles enrich the region’s cultural programme. In June and August/September, ensembles and singers from around the world gather at the Schubertiade Festival in the picturesque village of Schwarzenberg. Changing exhibitions are hosted, for example, in the Women’s Museum in Hittisau and the modern Werkraum Haus in Andelsbuch, which showcases Bregenzerwald’s innovative handicraft.
The charming villages are also worth a closer look. In many places, the juxtaposition of old and new (timber) architecture will surprise you. The 12 “Umgang Bregenzerwald” village walks give you an interesting insight into architectural curiosities.
Cuisine here is both regional and creative. Many products, in particular the well-known Bregenzerwald mountain and Alpine cheeses, come from small farms, cheese makers and gourmet producers. Take a special culinary hike and sample such wares, from breakfast to lunch and on to dessert.
Our top 5 tips
- Enjoy the views while skiing, for example in Damüls-Mellau, on the Diedamskopf near Au-Schoppernau or in Warth-Schröcken.
- Culinary cycling in sommer or culinary hiking in summer or in winter
- Open year round, the Werkraum Haus in Andelsbuch highlights aspects of modern handicrafts
- Sample: Excellent Bregenzerwald Mountain Cheese
- Original: BUS:STOP Krumbach – seven bus stops have been designed by renowned architectural firms from around the world
Skiing-fun in Warth-Schröcken
Pure bliss! Themed “Culinary winter hikes“ take you on a walk in exceptionally beautiful natural scenery
If you want to end a day of skiing with music and sophisticated après-ski entertainment, why not joint Ski & Concert events at Hotel Steffisalp in Warth
Discover the Bregenzerwald region during a snow shoe hike
Hiking in Mellau
View from the Niedere to Lake Constance
Traditional cheese production in the Bregenzerwald
Gravelbiker taking a rest in Schwarzenberg
Enjoy the surprising juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary architecture in Bregenzerwald
In the far west of Austria
Bregenzerwald is located in the province of Vorarlberg on the border with Germany, just a few kilometres from Lake Constance, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Places in Bregenzerwald
Around 30,000 people live in Bregenzerwald’s 22 villages, and they have always taken great pains to manage their environment in tune with a landscape shaped by agriculture. The villages have a striking appearance, with a surprising and exciting mix of traditional and contemporary (timber) architecture.