AdventureAustria is an independent English owned travel and events agency based in the Tyrolean town of Lienz in south Austria.
We’ve put together the following travel guides to help visitors get the most out of their holiday in Austria. Whether you are planning only to stay in Lienz or planning to venture on to other parts of Austria, you’ll be sure to find some useful information here.
Vorarlberg – 007 in Service
“Shaken, not stirred … ” This world-famous James Bond quote should be an opportunity to give you a little bit more of an idea about Vorarlberg, the country and the people who live here. We’ll also like to tell you about the relationship of James Bond to Vorarlberg and why you’re actually better off stirring your Martini, than shaking.
In 2008 the entire state of Vorarlberg was in Bond fever! For the 22nd James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” director Marc Foster had a number of locations selected in Vorarlberg. Vorarlberg is situated in the west of Austria. The state capital is Bregenz. Population and in terms of area it is the second smallest province of Austria. Overall, the state has approximately 370,794 inhabitants. Vorarlberg is bordered to the west by Switzerland and Liechtenstein and Germany in the north. It became an independent state with the creation of the Republic.
Filming Locations for the James Bond film included the medieval town of Feldkirch and the festival theatre stage in Bregenz. A total of 7 Minutes and 11 seconds of the finished film “Quantum of Solace” were filmed in Vorarlberg. In the Festival House of Bregenz visitors can visit the “James Bond Showroom”, a small exhibition covering the time of the shooting.
So now you might be asking “why is it better to stir your Martini than shake it?” The shaking of the drink brings oxygen into the glass and thus also in the body, where it helps the removal of so-called radicals. These molecules weaken the immune system and are considered to be the cause of premature aging.
So if you have decided to travel to Vorarlberg, then here you will find a few important facts, tips and information for your stay:
All of the airports are served by public transport, Shuttle buses and taxi services also bring you comfortably to all major Vorarlberg holiday destinations. The nearest airports (km are distances to Bregenz):
Friedrichshafen, Germany (35 km)
Allgäu Airport, Munich-Memmingen, Germany (77 km)
Zurich, Switzerland (119 km)
Munich, Germany (215 km) Stuttgart, Germany (201 km) Innsbruck, Austria/Tyrol (184 km)
Other airports in the area: Salzburg (Austria), Frankfurt and Augsburg (Germany), Basel and Geneva (Switzerland), Milan (Italy).
With the so-called V-Card, you will receive numerous benefits in many destinations. Families can take advantage of a separate family pass.
Whether modern or traditional, elegant, romantic or a family hotel – here no wishes are left open. Almost all hotels are family run, with families that are closely integrated into local communities, villages and towns, often over generations. Here are a small selection of recommended hotels:
Hotel Post: With a mixture of purist and clear design and a reduction of anything that is non-essential, the Hotel Post is one of the most unique 5 star hotels in the Begrenzerwald.
Sonne Lifestyle Resort: The contemporary reconstructed Bregenzerwälderhaus with its grand hallways and generous spa create unique and equally exciting harmonious memories.
Burg Hotel Oberlech: Treat yourself to a family holiday in Lech am Arlberg. This 4 star family hotel in Oberlech ensures that a holiday with your family becomes an experience to remember.
Gams Genießer (connoisseurs) & Kuschelhotel Bezau: For lovers and romantics the Gams connoisseurs & Kuschelhotel in the Bregenzerwald region has long been a must. The hotel is characterized by its extraordinary architecture, its design and, above all, by its special offers exclusively for couples.
Here is a small selection of excellent restaurants in Vorarlberg.
Almhof Schneider: The pleasant atmosphere and the nice views of Lech will impress any guest as well as the excellent food served here.
Alpengasthof Bad Rothenbrunnen: This restaurant brings the ambience of the period around 1900 and leaves no culinary wish unfulfilled.
Alpensteakhaus: Possibly something for men! Argentinean and Austrian meat grilled on an open lava-stone grill combined with local and seasonal products which promises a good night out.
Braugaststätte Rössle Park: Guests will be spoilt for choice with ‘Brauspezialitaten’, culinary highlights, daily menus and super kitchen and service staff. A further highlight is the in-house brewed beer specialities.
Whether you’re after a sporty active break or a contemplative quiet holiday, the Montafon region is suitable for everyone. The region is particularly attractive for families with many family offers. The snow-covered valley in the west of Austria has a lot to offer, for example 5 ski areas with 246 ski slopes and 64 ski lifts. Other highlights include a nine kilometre long piste, the legendary Diabolo piste (one of the steepest slopes in the whole of Austria) and the Golm Alpine Coaster.
Enjoyable skiing or snowboarding in the impressively beautiful countryside is at the foreground. 92 modern lifts are on offer with 272 km of prepared slopes. A special highlight is the 3-Täler-Skipass (3 Valleys Ski Pass). It is valid in all ski areas in the Bregenzerwald region as well as all the neighbouring valleys. Ski buses for commuting between the areas are free of charge. Beginners, returnees and experts will be well looked after in the numerous ski schools. Entertaining and creative programmes are also on offer in children’s ski school.
Experience the winter snow in the Kleinwalsertal. Over 120 pistes in Kleinwalsertal offer varied, demanding black runs, deep-snow slopes and breathtaking experiences.
Not only superb slopes, but also freeride options and a fun park are on offer. There are also 45 km of cross-country ski trails and 50 km of hiking trails for winter sport enthusiasts to enjoy.
In this winter paradise you can meet skiers from all over the world and all just want one thing: sun, fun, relaxation and skiing. While the alpine environment soothes the senses, the traditional atmosphere of the “Arlberg” can be a new experience for every guest.
Brandnertal: The family ski area of Brandnertal valley offers family friendliness, personal atmosphere and a warm hospitality. The mountain lift leads directly to the ski area from the middle of the town. From the accommodation to the piste, or for cross-country skiing, tobogganing and ice skating – all can be reached in just a few minutes.
The Klostertal: Close to the Arlberg is the family ski area of Sonnenkopf. With a height of 2,300 m, the region has snow until the late spring. Children under 8 years old can travel for free and there are also favourable family passes available. In addition to many great deep snow runs on the Sonnenkopf in the Klostertal, there are two huge “Backcountry-routes” for experienced freeriders.
Bludenz: Centre of the 5-Valleys mountain region, skiing has a long tradition here. Ten ski areas with 200 lifts and 1,000km of pistes from Bludenz and Nüziders which can all be reached with a few minutes’ drive. Here no skiing day is like the other.
Whoever would like to combine urban culture with excursions into the numerous ski resorts of Vorarlberg, would feel at home here. “Small is beautiful” is the motto of the Bodensee-Vorarlberg ski area region. With nine lifts, the snow-covered ski area of Dornbirner offers plenty of variety for a day’s skiing. As a local’s insider’s tip, the ski area of Laterns-Gapfohl with 27 km of well-maintained pistes, a halfpipe and a fun park for snowboarders is highly recommended.
See also a list of top attractions in Voralberg.