A mountainous state in western Austria, bordered by Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, Vorarlberg is known for its ski resorts and stunning alpine scenery. Bregenz, its capital on the shores of Lake Constance, is one of Austria's most tranquil bodies of water and home to yearly opera performances held aboard a floating stage. This region also contains many rivers, including the Ill, the Rhine, the Bregenzer Ache and the Dornbirner Ach, all of which are perfect for tubing, boating, or simply soaking in the atmosphere. Visit in winter to see the icy beauty of the Silvretta, the Rätikon, the Verwall and the Arlberg, as well as Piz Buin, whose impressive peak of 3,312 m (10,866 ft) is surrounded by glaciers.
Dating back to the 1700s, Gasthof Hotel Hirschen Schwarzenberg in Bregenzerwald is a boutique art hotel boasting an eclectic combo of choc-box appeal, culture and rich history woven throughout, with an enviable personal collection of artworks that span the centuries and styles. An informal gallery sets the tone of this cute, boutique heritage hotel, cradled by the Bregenzerwald mountains.read more
Ski culture is more than an exhilarating afternoon spent on the slopes followed by a sauna and some well-deserved après-ski in the bar. Discover the ski-licious foodie side of the Alps where the focus is on enjoying great cuisine in spectacular surroundings.read more