C Skiing on Golm im Montafon (c) Stefan Kothner I Montafon Tourismus GmbH
Real mountains. Real experiences.
Want to feel the flow of energy in the mountains? Enjoy the stillness of nature? Hike to your heart’s content or glide over magnificent ski slopes? Think Montafon!
Mighty chains of mountains ring the valley in southern Vorarlberg and 11 villages provide everything activity and nature enthusiasts appreciate: scenic hiking and mountain bike trails, as well as fast ski runs and freeriding slopes. All this is coupled with an attractive events programme that will inspire you to join in and try something new.
Winter in Montafon offers much more than just enjoyable turns on the slopes. Several times a week, early risers swing across the freshly groomed slopes. Gargellen organises an evening ski excursion once a week. Hikers enjoy the silence of winter on guided tours, which are also offered with snowshoes. One of the highlights is the snowshoe tour on the 2,000-metre-high Bielerhöhe, which takes place three times a week. Tobogganers whizz down into the valley during the day and in the evening on several tracks, for example the three-kilometre natural toboggan run on the Golm. An evening adventure for children: the ski safari on the Golm.
In summer the call of the mountains is irresistible. There are gentle panoramic hiking trails and challenging summit tours. Those who want to try climbing can practise on via ferratas. Mountain and e-bikers can explore the magnificent mountains on specially marked trails. For more information about the well-kept Alpine farms in Vorarlberg, check out the artistic Gauertaler AlpkulTour themed trail in the utterly idyllic Gauertal. A research path and the Knappenkapelle (miners’ chapel) on the Kristberg provide insights into the area’s mining traditions. Smugglers’ trails are a reminder of the area’s history of smuggling across the border into Switzerland.
Those who prefer to experience the area with an expert guide can select from an extensive range of guided hikes, mountain tours or mountain-biking excursions.
The Montafoner Resonanzen feature music, theatre and conversations. Every two years (next occasion in August 2022), artists gather at the SilvrettaAtelier to work in the mountain scenery. Small village museums help tell the story of tourism and skiing in the region, and famous pop and rock musicians kick off the winter season in style.
Delicious traditionally inspired and creatively concocted contemporary cuisine can be enjoyed in Montafon and throughout Vorarlberg. Yet one speciality can only be found here: “Sura Kees”. The mild aroma of this low-fat cheese is best enjoyed with bread and butter. It’s also very good as part of the cheese mixture for the famous Vorarlberg ‘Kässpätzle.’ The Käsehaus in Schruns is a great place to find out more about “Sura Kees” and other cheese specialities. Courses in the art of cheese making are also available there.
Our top 5 tips
- A Snowshoe hike to the Silvrettasee: Snowshoeing pleasure at the foot of the 3,000-metre summits
- Make the first tracks in de snow in the early morning at Nova Exclusive
- Discover the geological diversity of the Montafon while hiking in the Alpenmosaik Montafon (in German)
- Enjoy the panoramic view at the sunny balcony tour with the e-mountain-bike in Bartholomäberg
- Recharge your batteries with forest bathing in Gargellen
No fewer than seven ski slopes or backcountry ski runs in Montafon have received the super-steep “Black Scorpion” rating
Snow fun for the whole family on the toboggan runs in Montafon
Experience the Montafon from its most enjoyable side during the Picnic snowshoe hike on the Genießerberg Kristberg
During a guided ski tour through discovering the winter landscape at nighttime
Via ferrata Silvrettasee: Unique adrenalin kick on the dam
E-Bike tour round the Itonskopf
“Sura Kees,” a low-fat cheese with a mild aroma, is a typical of Montafon
Gargellner Fenster: Charming circular hiking trail with exciting insights and views
Thrill seekers camping in the mountains in Montafon can enjoy superb star gazing beneath a clear sky
Montafon with its unspoiled Alpine landscape is perfect for an active holiday a world away from package deals and mass tourism. This is where you can experience unfiltered, authentic mountain life.
In southern Vorarlberg
The Montafon holiday region is located at the southwestern edge of Austria, right next to the border with Switzerland. It’s a landscape characterised by mountains such as Piz Buin, Vorarlberg’s highest peak at 3,312 m.
Places in Montafon
The 39-km long, high alps valley with its 11 villages is ideal for activity seekers.