Brand - Vorarlberg

Location: 1050 m above sea level, the oldest climatic health resort in Vorarlberg 

The Walser village (Walser are the native inhabitants of Brand, who migrated from the Swiss canton of Valais in the 14th century), is the sunny cradle of its mats and forests, nestled between mighty high mountains and protected by the 2965m high Scesaplana with the Brandner glacier towering above it. The L├╝nersee lies at an altitude of 2000m. The town has 700 inhabitants and over 2200 guest beds.

Brand is located 11 km from the express train station Bludenz (Arlberg Westrampe, line Bodensee bez. Z├╝rich - Feldkirch - Bludenz - Arlberg - Innsbruck) and can be reached by post bus (6 - 8 courses daily) in 30 minutes, by car in 20 minutes on a good road.
Vorarlberg - Austria's dynamic West
Vorarlberg is a cosmopolitan, art-loving country in the very west of Austria. In the best location between Lake Constance, Arlberg, Silvretta and R├Ątikon, in the four-country corner with Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

"Whether Lake Constance or high alpine landscapes - Vorarlberg has it. Whether it's the expansive Rhine delta or narrow green valleys - Vorarlberg hats. Whether young architecture or lively culture - Vorarlberg really has everything. What luck for the people of Vorarlberg - and for us holidaymakers." This is how the well-known German travel magazine Merian writes in 2007.

Vorarlberg is an alpine idyll, flourishing economic area and pulsating cultural centre at the same time. With a pronounced penchant for opposites and idiosyncrasies. The coexistence of tradition and modernity is exciting. The state has long been considered a cultural stronghold in the Lake Constance region and a centre of modern architecture throughout Europe.

Country and people
Vorarlberg is a pleasantly manageable country. With an area of 2,600 km2 it occupies just 3 % of the area of Austria. Vorarlberg has 370,000 inhabitants. It is the only federal state with a population of Alemannic descent in Austria, which is otherwise characterized by Bavarian dialect, audible in dialect.

The European watershed between the North Sea and the Black Sea runs through Vorarlberg. The Vorarlberg Rhine Valley forms the border between the Western and Eastern Alps. This gives the landscape its special charm.

Inspire mountains
Mountains are here in all their forms. They rise leisurely from the shores of Lake Constance. First friendly hills, then imposing peaks up to over 3,000 meters high. Around 6,000 kilometres of hiking trails lead through the country, all of which are uniformly signposted. Cable cars and chair lifts float to many peaks. Anyone who wants to explore the Vorarlberg mountains with expert guidance and safety is in the best of hands with the mountain and hiking guides, the staff of alpine schools and outdoor sports providers.
entice cycling paths
Vorarlberg's landscapes are also ideal for cycling or mountain biking. The signposted cycle path network is over 300 kilometres long. In addition, there are many cross-border routes leading to Germany, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. These include the 250-kilometre-long Bodensee cycle path, one of the most popular cycle routes in Europe. The mountain bike network is several 100 kilometres long and grows from year to year.

Art, culture and customs
World-class festivals such as the Bregenz Festival and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems are impressive. More than 60 museums show exciting things. The arc stretches from contemporary art to nature to be grasped and understood.

The Vorarlberg region's innovative spirit is also - and especially - reflected in modern architecture, which attracts worldwide attention. Stylistically, the concept combines tradition with modernity. The focus is on clear lines and economic functionality, which is reflected in low energy consumption. Among the building materials, glass, steel, concrete and the traditional raw material wood dominate, preferably from domestic forests, cut, stored and processed at the right moon.

Visible traditions are the traditional costumes - mostly those of the women - which are worn nowadays mainly on Sundays and holidays and on festive occasions. For example the colourful costume of the Walser women, which is tied over the breast or the "Juppe", the elegant black costume of the Bregenzerwald women.

Variety guaranteed
There are a number of attractive sights within a radius of around 200 kilometres. Some destinations can even be reached with Lake Constance ships. Top destinations include the baroque collegiate church and library in St. Gallen (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the baroque monastery of Einsiedeln and the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen in Switzerland. In Germany the flower island Mainau, the medieval wine town Meersburg and the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein in F├╝ssen. The Principality of Liechtenstein with its capital Vaduz and its impressive art museum is also close by.

The new mountain bike network covers several hundred kilometres of all levels of difficulty. The 18-hole golf course near Braz and the 18-hole course in Brand are among the most beautiful alpine courses in Austria.

The Propstei in St. Gerold im Gro├čen Walsertal with its finely tuned concert programme is the meeting place for those interested in culture.

The Brandnertal is an alpine gem, at the end of which lies the Walser village of Brand. Free of through traffic and well protected by the Scesaplana: with natural swimming lake, panoramic hiking trails and the B├╝rserberg-Brand ski area. The turquoise-green L├╝nersee is an impressive reservoir that can be reached by cable car.


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