Montafon – information about the holiday region in Vorarlberg


The Montafon offers a well-balanced mix of activity, the enjoyment of nature, and peace and serenity.

Real mountains. Real experiences.
Want to feel the flow of energy in the mountains? Enjoy the silence of nature? Hike to your heart’s content or glide over magnificent ski slopes? Think Montafon!
Mighty chains of mountains ring in the valley in southern Vorarlberg and 11 villages provide everything activity and nature Enthusiasts appreciate: scenic hiking and mountain bike trails, as well as almost ski runs and freeriding slopes. All this is coupled with an attractive events program that will inspire you to join in and try something new.

Winter games
Countless freeriding slopes, sports facilities for international sporting events, ski tour mountains and winter hiking trails. Those looking for superlative mountain experiences should look no further than Montafon. Sunrise skiing is available once a week on the HochjochTotale near Schruns, the longest valley ski run in Vorarlberg, and many other ski areas. The Silvretta Ski Safari is an extra special skiing experience in which participants are pulled uphill into the next valley and back down a snow groomer.

Cross-border fun on the Madrisa round trip: this technically easy one-day ski tour takes you from Austria to Switzerland and back! Those looking for a more leisurely alternative can choose from the guided winter and snowshoe hikes.

Summer holiday
In summer the call of the mountains is irresistible. There are gentle panoramic hiking trails and challenging summit tours. Those who want to try climbing can practice on via ferratas. Mountain and e-bikers can explore the magnificent mountains on specially marked trails. For more information about the well-kept alpine farms in Vorarlberg, check out the Gausental AlpkulTour themed trail in the utterly idyllic Gauertal. A research path and the miners’ chapel on the Kristberg provide insights into the area’s mining traditions. Smugglers’ trails are a reminder of the area’s history of smuggling across the border into Switzerland.

Those who prefer to visit the area with an expert guide can choose from an extensive range of hikes, mountain tours or mountain-bike excursions.

Cultural inspirations
The Montafoner Resonances feature music, theater and conversations. Every two years (last occasion 2016), artists gather at the Silvretta studio to work in the mountain scenery. Small village museums help the history of tourism and skiing in the region, and famous pop and rock musicians kick off the winter season in style.

Palate pleasers
Delicious traditionally inspired and creatively concocted contemporary cuisine can be enjoyed in Montafon and throughout Vorarlberg. Yet one specialty can only be found here: “Sura Kees”. The mild aroma of this low-fat cheese is best enjoyed with bread and butter. Vorarlberg ‘Kässpätzle’ The cheese house in Schruns is a great place to find out more about ‘Sura Kees’ and other cheese specialties. Courses in the art of cheese making are also available there.

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