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.
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 Füssen. 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 Großen 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 Bürserberg-Brand ski area. The turquoise-green Lünersee is an impressive reservoir that can be reached by cable car.