The Bregenzerwald Guest Card is available from 1st May to 31st October to all visitors who spend at least three nights in the Bregenzerwald, and is included in the accommodation price.
With this Card you are entitled to use the public buses in the Bregenzerwald area, the cable cars and you have free entry to our outdoor Swimming pools.
Free of charge
For both locals and guests:
Rates Summer 2013:
EUR 64.00 adults
EUR 41.00 children (born 1997 - 2006)
Children born in 2007 or later are free of charge
EUR 157 family ticket (adults and all children born 1997 or later)
EUR 190.00 for the paraglider season ticket
All services mentioned above!
The Bregenzerwald Card is available at the local tourist offices, at the mountain railways and at the Bregenzerwald info centre in Egg.
The region's most popular festival, the Schubertiade, brings a number of great concerts to Schwarzenberg and Bezau. World-famous musicians and singers present their work on Schubert and his contemporaries.
After Tosca, Giuseppe Verdi´s legendary opera Aida will be performed on the lakeside stage in the summers of 2009 and 2010. The unhappy love story between the Ethiopian princess Aida, who was once taken to the river Nile as a slave, and the Egyptian commander Radames already captivated the audience at its first performance in 1871 in Cairo.
Information and ticketing
The "Wälderbähnle" train is in operation from June to October on all Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and on some workdays. It connects the villages of Bezau and Bersbuch and is especially popular among visitors and holiday-makers: experience steam locomotives almost a hundred years old and historic diesel locomotives which between July and December even run on certain weekdays.
Here you can find a myriad of inns that are typical of the Bregenzerwald region and that distinguish themselves through a traditional atmosphere, some of them sensitively combined with modern elements.
The cheese inns are just a stone's throw away from each other. Many cheese inns offer their delicacies in typical Bregenzerwald houses - in cozy parlors from where you can enjoy the view of the wood-shingled facades.
Eight inns and restaurants of the Bregenzerwald region have dedicated to the motto Mundart which means both "dialect" and "mouth art". All these family-run restaurants have been awarded by gourmet guides. They all distinguish themselves through their excellent cuisine and their impressive atmosphere. You either dine and wine in a cozy parlor or in lovingly modernized locations.
Gasthof Adler and Romantikhotel Hirschen in Schwarzenberg
Gasthaus Gams and Hotel Post in Bezau
Gasthof Krone and Gasthof/Hotel Das Schiff in Hittisau
Restaurant s’Schulhus in Krumbach
Hotel Krone in Au
Children’s Snow Special. Good-value family holiday with lots of different activities Children between 3 and 6 (born in 2008/2009/2010) can ski for free and do a free 4-day ski course.
Conditions: 7 nights accompanied by at least one adult.
Inexpensive family packages: free ski tickets and free four-day ski courses for children aged 3-6 (born in 2008/2009/2010). Special children´s programs in the villages. Applies to bookings of 7 or more nights and to children accompanied by at least 1 adult.
7 nights in an accommodation of your choice
6-day 3-valley ski pass for kids aged between 3 and 6 years
4-day ski instruction for kids aged between 3 and 6 years
From EUR 980.00 in a family room in a hotel with half-board
From EUR 480.00 in a self-catering holiday apartment
The Bregenzerwald region offers many long slopes for skiing, typically of easy or medium difficulty, but also some challenging runs. Plus, there is a wide range of deep-snow and touring slopes.
The Bregenzerwald region is particularly rich in snow from Mid-December until April, owing to its special location ("Nordstau").
The 3-valley ski area is a merger of the Bregenzerwald, Großwalsertal and the Lechtal valleys, resulting in a huge ski area. Hundreds of kilometers of wonderful, well-groomed ski runs. 135 ski lifts and mountain railway facilities to choose from, good ski bus service linking the 3 valleys. All you need is the 3-valley super ski pass!
Our price sample for you: 6-day skiing fun - Winter 2009/10:
EUR 175.00 for adults during peak season (Dec 20 - Jan 8, Feb 1 - 26 & Mar 28 - Apr 10, 2010)
EUR 167.00 for adults during off-peak season
EUR 167.00 for seniors (Women born in 1949 or before, Men born in 1944 or before)
EUR 154.00 for youngsters (born between 1991 and 1993)
EUR 88.00 for kids (born between 1994 and 2003)
EUR 14.00 for "snowmen" (children under school age born in 2004 or after)
For detailed ski pass information and multi-day ski pass rates, see http://www.3taeler.at
The new mountain railway is the connection between the existing ski areas of Damüls and Mellau. The new 8-person cable railway takes skiers and snowboarders from Mellau-Rossstelle to the Hohe Wacht top station in Damüls within no time.
Thanks to the Damüls-Mellau interconnected ski area, gorgeous north- and southfacing slopes make for eventful and varied ski days in the largest ski area of the Bregenzerwald region.
Numbers and facts about Damüls - Mellau - Faschina:
Lifts and cable railways:
4 T-bar lifts
4 training lifts
1 rope lifts
6 conveyor-belt lifts
Length of slopes: 105 km
26km of blue slopes (easy)
48km of red slopes (intermediate)
10km of black slopes (demanding)
21km of ski routes
The lounges with their low ceiling as well as the tiled and wood-fired stoves radiate a homely warmth. The ski areas surrounded by stunning nature is ideal for all lovers of winter sports and nature aficionados who enjoy a harmonic blend of activity and relaxation, who search for state-of-the-art ski areas, heartfelt hospitality and attractive offers at reasonable rates.
Winter doesn´t simply come down to skiing in the Bregenzerwald region. Of course, there are many great ski runs and wonderful cross-country skiing tracks, but the Bregenzerwald also offers a wide range of sights and activities for those looking for a winter holiday and fun in the snow off the beaten tracks and the ski runs.
Winter hiking paths, toboggan run, ice skating rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, snow-shoe hiking trails, guided torchlight hikes, local history museum, and much more.
Everything around "Winter Fun Without Skiing" is summed up in our "Bregenzerwald Winter Magic" brochure. We will gladly send it to you for planning your holidays.
The Bregenzerwache valley has an exceptionally beautiful scenery, ranging from the soft foothills of the alps to the rocks of the high mountains. The region is especially popular among cross-country skiers.
320 kilometers of well-groomed cross-country skiing tracks, leading across snow-covered meadows, sunny high plateaus, along softly murmuring mountain brooks and through white, wintry forests.
Do you love unspoilt nature and genuine tradition, authentic rural life far from artificial wellness centers? If so, the Bregenzerwald region is the right choice.
There are three passages across the border leading to the Bavarian Allgäu region: in Sulzberg, Hittisau/Riefensberg/Hochhäderich, and Hittisau/Balderschwang. Cross-country skiing tracks located as high as 1000-1600 meters above sea level can be found in Damüls, Hittisau/Riefensberg/Hochhäderich, Schwarzenberg/Bödele, Schröcken, and in Warth. Great cross-country skiing in the high mountains!
Ask for our Cross-Country Skiing in the Bregenzerwald Region brochure which contains useful information on cross-country skiing in our region.
The Bregenzerwald region boasts 12km of skating tracks.
The harmonious combination of soft hills and impressive peaks, lush meadows and tranquil woods fascinates holiday-makers from all over the world.
More and more hosts - from 4-star hotels to farms - specialize on wellness offers: with natural moor, Kneipp cure, medical baths, massages, movement therapies, esoteric and meditativ treaments, vitality holidays etc.
Farmers rediscover old remedies and make different products out of them: herbal tea, cosmetic products from whey and mare's milk. And the chefs serve regional specialties: traditional meals and new creations.
moor baths, Kneipp therapy sessions, massages, movement therapy, beauty treatment as well as meditation seminars and fasting cures.
Beauty from nature is the motto of Ingo Metzler´s whey-based beauty products and the Steurer family´s cosmetics line made of mare milk.
Water shapes the Bregenzerwald: from romantic alpine lakes to thunderous water falls. in the Bregenzerwald water and relax form a unity. Many paths in the Bregenzerwald lead to or over water. Even in the Schubertiade water sometimes plays the leading role.
...fly, free as a bird - without any risk. This presupposes good instruction, of course. A hang glider can be taken to any mountain, and starting is easy and is possible from almost any mountain meadow. Just a few steps - and you´re up in the sky, gliding towards the valley. Today´s modern hang gliders allow for flying times of several hours and for distances of 50 kilometers and more.
Bregenzerwald Flying School
Phone +43 5514 3177
Most of the hang gliders who regularly fly in the region of Bezau and Andelsbuch during summer know little about the qualities of the region as a winter resort, though. The south-facing slopes of the Winterstaude, just above Bezau, is especially attractive during winter: no obstacles, soaring fun galore! The north-facing starting places of the Andelsbucher Niedere area, with its perfect wind conditions (owing to the microclimate of the nearby Lake Constance) are easily accessible even in winter.
The major hang-gliding area in winter, however, is the Diedamskopf, which is also popular among paragliders. In summer, the Diedamskopf is a popular XC starting place for hang-gliders.
One of the most beutiful cycling paths you have ever seen. It follows the river in through the valley, through the forests, and along the foothills of the majestic Kanisfluh mountain, it crosses bridges, leads along cafés and restaurants and follows part of the old Bregenzerwald railway lines.
The number of mountain bike routes is annually increasing. The local tourist office and hosts gladly inform you about the most recommendable mountain bike routes.´
From summer 2010, the Bregenzerwald Tourismus tourist office offers a mountain biking map with the most beautiful tours in the Bregenzerwald region. The routes were elaborated and recommended by passionate mountain bikers.
Accommodation suppliers specialized on mountain biking offer packages which include all services. Information is available at the Bregenzerwald Tourismus tourist office from February 2010.
Cheese theme restaurants and traditional inns
49 Bregenzerwald inns are member businesses of CheeseRoad and thus certified "cheese places". The offer their guests cheese-related dishes all year round.
Another detail: many of the cheese inns are situated in traditional Bregenzerwald houses: With their wood-shingled, sun-darkened facades and cozy lounges with low ceilings, they provide the perfect ambiance for cozy get-togethers.
Among the most traditional cheese place rate:
- "Gasthaus Am Holand" with stunning views of the town of Au
- "Hotel Hirschen" in Schwarzenberg in an elegant Bregenzerwald house right at the town quare
- "Hotel Krone" in Au, a splendid mixture of old and new architecture
The Bregenzerwald locals love to tell tales. In a similar manner, also churches, bridges and museums give testimony of exiting events and extraordinary personalities. Those of you who want to learn more about the local history find plenty of information in the new and free Bregenzerwald Culture Brochure.
The Bregenzerwald traditional women´s wear is one of the few folklore dresses still in use in today´s German speaking world. The Juppe, the elegant black dress with up to 500 pleats, is especially impressive. At the Riefenberg workshop you can learn everything about the elaborate production of this fine piece of traditional clothing.