Excursions

So that we can bring you closer to the beauty and traditions of our region as well as of our neighbours in Germany, the Principality of Liechtenstein and Switzerland we have compiled a few ideas for sightseeing outings. We will gladly arrange the outings for you, or do you have any special wishes? Would you like to see some other places of interest in our region?

If you wish we can arrange this programme to be carried out within the framework of a Pre- or Post-Convention. Simply just tell us what we can do for you!

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Half-day outings (2 –  4 hours duration)

Rappenloch Gorge & Alploch Gorge (Dornbirn, A)

Rappenloch Gorge in Dornbirn

These twin gorges are two of the largest in Central Europe and have been slowly carved out of the rugged limestone by the flowing waters of the River Dornbirner Ach over hundreds of thousands of years. Today a series of adventurous walkways lead through these wonders of nature, passing extraordinary rock formations. These safe and well-signed walking trails are an ideal excursion destination for World Gymnaestrada participants.

www.rappenloch.at

Image: © Dornbirn Tourismus

Karren Cablecar (Dornbirn, A)

Karren Cablecar in Dornbirn

For those wanting to rise above it all, the Karren mountain is just the thing. In less than five minutes the cable car transports its passengers to a height of 976 metres.­ From the summit station, there are fabulous views of the Rhine Valley, to the Swiss mountains and across the German border. On the twelve metre long Karren ledge, the visitor has the feeling of standing on almost nothing and experiencing close up the surroundings. The Panorama Restaurant delivers what it promises, ­allowing simultaneous indulgence in panoramic views and excellent food. In addition, the Karren is the starting point for numerous walking and hiking trails.

www.karren.at

Image: © Dornbirner Seilbahn GmbH

Art Gallery Bregenz – KUB (Bregenz, A)

Art Gallery in Bregenz

The KUB, a building with an unmistakeable architecture for exhibitions of international contemporary art, opened in 1997.

www.kunsthaus-bregenz.at

Image: © Matthias Weissengruber | Kunsthaus Bregenz

Pfänder - the mountain at the lake (Bregenz, A)

Pfänder mountain in Bregenz

The Pfänder Mountain (1,064 m high) is the most well-known lookout point of the Lake Constance region. The spacious panorama cable car will take you to the top in just six minutes. The walk to the Alpine wildlife park and around the eagle observatory starts near the restaurant Berghaus Pfänder.

Capacities:
80 persons per cabin,
928 persons per hour

www.pfaenderbahn.at

Image: © Petra Rainer | Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH

Festspielhaus (Festival Hall) Bregenz –Stage on the Lake (Bregenz, A)

Stage on the lake in Bregenz

Get to know the world’s largest stage on a lake. In 2019, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera »Rigoletto« is on the programme and with the romantic setting of the sun on the lake, this will surely enchant the spectators. The Bregenz Festival is only a five minute walk from the Casino Stadium where the Large Group Performances will be held.

www.festspielhausbregenz.at

Image: © Karl Forster | Bregenzer Festspiele

inatura – Interactive natural history museum (Dornbirn, A)

Inatura in Dornbirn

Nature, humans and technology. inatura museum in Dornbirn offers something for everyone, and does this in a particularly unusual way, because here touching is expressly encouraged. The main focus is on trying, playing, experiencing and understanding. The journey takes you through the different habitats that are characteristic of Vorarlberg: mountain, forest and water. In the final section of the museum, we go beyond the realms of possibility and in the truest sense of the word, go inside ourselves. inatura makes it possible to actually visit our bodies.

www.inatura.at

Image: © inatura – Erlebnis Naturschau

Jewish Museum (Hohenems, A)

Jewish Museum in Hohenems

The Jewish Museum documents the history of Jews who lived in Hohenems, their religious and daily life in a mainly Catholic region.

www.jm-hohenems.at

Image: © Dietmar Walser | Juedisches Museum Hohenems

Schattenburg Castle Museum (Feldkirch, A)

Schattenburg Castle in Feldkirch

Hugo I of Montfort started building the Schattenburg Castle around 1200. It still gives a good insight into the world of the early 16th century. The gothic castle chapel is beautifully decorated with frescoes. A number of works of art from local and other artists can be found in the former quarters of the stewards.

www.schattenburg.at

Image: © Petra Rainer | Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH

Bregenzerwälder Cheesehouse (Andelsbuch, A)

Bregenzerwälder Cheesehouse in Andelsburch

The Cheese house that opened in May 2001 is the place where you can experience shopping and local cuisine at the same time. It is a very interesting and eventful way from milk to the »birth of a cheese«, when the cheese-maker lifts the cheese in the cloth out of the cheese vat. You will enjoy the delicious flavour of these famous Alpine and mountain cheeses even more once you have seen how they are made.

For groups from 20 to 55 persons

www.kaesehaus.at

Image: © Das Bregenzerwälder Käsehaus Spezialitäten GmbH

Boat trips on Lake Constance and a visit to the Isle of Lindau (D)

Boat trip on Lake Constance

You reach the charming town Lindau on the island, within a few minutes on a passenger ship of the Lake Constance white fleet. Enjoy a concert on the promenade or wander through the narrow streets and alley ways of the old town. The Bodensee-Schifffahrt (Lake Constance passenger-ship company) offers round trips or special boat trips (boat trips at dusk, three-countries boat trip, summer night boat trip, etc)

www.bodenseeschifffahrt.at

Image: © Vorarlberg Lines

Von Hugo bis dato – Palais Liechtenstein (Feldkirch, A)

 Palais Liechtenstein

Feldkirch is celebrating its 800th anniversary. „From Hugo to date“, an exhibition hosted at the restored Palais Liechtenstein, spanst he entire period from the city’s origins to its contemporary challenges, focusing on borders, humanism and meaningful life. Impressive insights into Feldkirch and its prospects are guaranteed.

www.feldkirch800.at

Bild: ©Ulf Hiessberger

 

Excursions to Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein: Half a day mountain experience

Enjoy the beautiful Liechtenstein mountain area. The mountain village of Malbun lies in the Liechtenstein Alps at 1600 metres above sea. You will take the chairlift up to the mountain hut Sareis where you’ll have a breath taking view to the alps of Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. After a walk to the village of Malbun you will take part at famous birds of prey show.   

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Liechtenstein: Half a day in Vaduz

Explore the capital of Liechtenstein. The city train takes you on a ride through Vaduz. You will see the most important sights. After that you will learn more about the 300 year old history of the Principality of Liechtenstein at the Liechtenstein National Museum.

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Liechtenstein: Explore the Principality in one day

Liechtenstein might be small in size but has a lot to offer. You will start in the north with a delicious farmers breakfast. Afterwards you will explore Vaduz by city train and get to find out more about Liechtensteins history in the Liechtenstein National Museum. In Balzers you have the possibility to find a real castle on the hill – Gutenberg Castle.

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Liechtenstein: Daytrip from Vaduz to Malbun

Enjoy the bustling life of Liechtensteins capital Vaduz and the beautiful mountainscape the alpine village Malbun. Explore the capital of Liechtenstein. The city train takes you on a ride through Vaduz. After that you will learn more about the 300 year old history of the Principality at the Liechtenstein National Museum. At the mountain village of Malbun you will take the chairlift up to the mountain hut Sareis where you’ll have a breath taking view to the alps. After a walk to the village of Malbun you will take part at famous birds of prey show.

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Organised excursions by bus

All prices given are based on a 50 seater bus. Prices valid as from February 2018 (subject to changes in 2019). In case there are not enough passengers for a certain route, smaller busses may be used (subject to availability) or alternatively smaller groups may be put together.

Silvretta-High Alpine Road (Montafon, A)

Silvretta High Alpine Road

The Silvretta Hochalpen Strasse (Silvretta High Alpine road) – is not just world famous because of its numerous breathtaking curves: It is one of the destinations of this most varied and interesting bus journey that takes us almost through the whole Province of Vorarlberg. But first the journey leads us via Feldkirch and Bludenz to Schruns in the Montafon Valley, where in 1925 and 1926 the famous American writer and Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway enjoyed his ski holidays with his friends. Schruns is also the place, where he wrote »Fiesta«, his first successful novel. Only a few kilometres to the south lies Partenen – and here the famous Hochalpenstraße begins, only 18 kilometres long we »climb« up in our bus an incredible 1,000 metres to the final altitude of 2,000 metres to the so called »Bielerhöhe« with its magnificent view of the major peaks and glaciers of the Silvretta mountain range – and here you can see Vorarlberg’s highest mountain the Piz Buin. (3,312 m).

The Silvretta is an extraordinary mountain range – it has in fact two faces. The larger part of the massif is on the Swiss side. But for mountaineers and tourists the Austrian part is the more popular and well-known. The highest peak of the Silvretta is Piz Linard, which is also in Switzerland and can only be climbed from there. From the mountaineers point of view the Austrian part with its very large glaciers is much more attractive and most of the Alpine huts providing catering and accommodation are also on the Austrian side. Some parts of the Swiss side seem to be very far away and difficult to reach.

It’s difficult to believe but it is true: On the Silvretta reservoir there is a motor boat and you can enjoy a boat trip at an altitude of 2,000 metres and that is an absolute record in Europe. If you wish you can book a round-trip on the boat (optional) – and from this lake the view of the peaks surrounding the lake is even more impressive.

The journey afterwards down through the Tyrolean Paznaun valley is as beautiful as the journey up to the Vorarlberg mountains. The Paznaun valley became tragically famous a few years ago because of the many massive snow avalanches – but today there is nothing to remind us of this natural disaster: the beautiful villages of Galtür and Ischgl are flourishing as never before. The return journey is over the Arlberg Pass, one of the most important alpine passes which have been used by the Romans and many crowned heads of state to go from east to west and from west to east.

Prices
Full-day bus reservation: € 850,–
Silvretta road toll: € 4,– (p.p.)

Image: © Achim Mende | Silvretta-Hochalpenstraße

Around Vorarlberg (A)

Tour around Vorarlberg

Vorarlberg has many different faces: majestic mountains, lovely valleys and wide spaces. This big »Around Vorarlberg« excursion gives you a real comprehensive impression of the »Ländle«. (Ländle or small country is the name the locals call this province).

Prices
Half-day bus reservation: € 595,–
Full-day bus reservation: € 850,–

Image: © Dietmar Walser | Vorarlberg Tourismus

Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Wattens, A)

Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens

Wattens is a small town in Tyrol, where the world-famous crystal-glass manufacturer Swarovski and the unique Crystal Worlds are situated. To mark the 100th ­anniversary of the founding of the Austrian Swarovski Crystal Company in 1995, the famous Austrian artist ­André Heller was commissioned to design a virtual museum around the theme crystal at the company headquarters in Wattens. Together with renown artistes like Brian Eno, Susanne Schmögner, Paul Seide and others, André Heller created a kaleidoscope of magic with nine inspirational chambers of wonder inside an artificially built water-spouting giant. Since then the Swarovski Crystal Worlds has become one of the biggest attractions in Austria and with approximately 500,000 visitors per year it is now the number two museum after the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. This outstanding success led to the creation of another seven Chambers of Wonders in 2003. We return­ to Vorarlberg via Inntal, Landeck and Klostertal.

Prices
Full-day bus reservation: € 1,200,–
+ entrance fee: € 17,– (p. p.)

Image: © Swarovski Kristallwelten

Mainau Island (D)

Mainau Island

A place with links to the Swedish royal family and an unforgettable ambience changing its appearance and colours with the seasons, a »feast of flowers« for your eyes! Explore the parks and gardens, nature and botany of the island with all your senses: enjoy the palm trees, oranges and other ­exotic treasures and the orchid show in the palm house. The butterfly house, the largest in Germany, is an Eldorado for those who love butterflies.

Prices
Bus reservation to max. six hours: € 625,–
Full-day bus reservation: € 895,–
+ entrance fee: € 16,50 (p. p.)

Image: © Achim Mende

Zeppelin Museum (Friedrichshafen, D)

Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen

The Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen has the world’s greatest collection of objects concerning the history and technology of airships, from its beginning up to the new Zeppelin NT. The museum’s main attraction is the reconstruction of a 33 metre long section of the LZ 129 Hindenburg where visitors can actually walk through.

Prices
Bus reservation to max. six hours: € 595,–
Full-day bus reservation: € 800,–
+ entrance fee: € 8,– (p. p.)

Image: © Michael Fischer | Zeppelin Museum

Säntis-Cablecar (Appenzell, CH)

Säntis-Cablecar in Switzerland

Ride to the top of the Säntis mountain (2,052 m) in a modern cable-car and enjoy the breathtaking panorama view. A very special attraction is a visit to the exhibition »Mountain and Rescue« (admission is free) as well as »Säntis – the Weather« or the Säntis / Schwägalp Nature Discovery Park with its high moor and a great variety of rare mountain plants and animals.

Prices
Full-day bus reservation: € 695,–
+ cablecar: € 27,10 (p. p.)

Image: © Säntis-Schwebebahn AG

King’s Castles (Schwangau / Bayern, D)

King’s Castles in Schwangau

King Ludwig II – he was a great romantic but also an important and committed reviver who was always misjudged during his lifetime. Only in the last few years historians have become aware of the true significance of this monarch. Like no other monarch he was filled with ambition and did not hesitate to put the bulk of his private wealth towards the building of Königsschlösser in Füssen, which are now world famous.

The journey itself from Vorarlberg via the German Quer­alpenstraße (a well-known alpine road), past Oberstaufen, a famous spa, along the big Alpine lake, the Alpsee to Immenstadt, Wertach, Nesselwang and Pfronten, it’s a wonderful and romantic experience. After a bus journey of about two hours we arrive in Füssen at the foot of the King’s palace »Neuschwanstein«, which attracts millions of people from all over the world each year.

According to a letter to Richard Wagner dated 15th May 1868, King Ludwig II wanted to have the castle ruins »Vorderhohenschwangau«, rebuilt »in the true style of the ancient German knight’s castle«. Ludwig II was motivated to build this castle by early plans of his father and especially after his journey in 1867 to Eisenach where he visited the Wartburg together with his brother Otto I, King of Bavaria. The Knights’ Baths and the Minstrels Hall of the Wartburg were used as leitmotifs. It was not only the architecture and art of the German Middle Ages that inspired Ludwig II, but also the Moorish culture that had developed in Spain as well Richard Wagner’s world of old German sagas. The architect Eduard Riedel also had to process ideas based on stage sets designed by the Munich scene painter Christian Jank.

The huge building site »fed« a whole region for two decades: Virtually every day at least 200 masons, bricklayers and other labourers and craftsmen worked on the site – this figure does not include all the suppliers, shops, etc. Official statistics of the years 1879/1880 prove that an enormous amount of building material was used: 465 tons of Salzburg marble, 1,550 tons of sandstone, 400,000 bricks and 2,050 cubic metres of timber for the scaffolding.

The Neuschwanstein castle can only be visited by participating in a guided tour (languages German or English) – it takes about 35 minutes (165 steps up and 181 steps down). In addition to that you can also visit the castle using an Audio-Guide. This also takes 35 minutes and the languages available are Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovenian , Russian, Polish, Chinese, Portuguese and Hungarian.

After a lunch in Füssen we travel back to Vorarlberg via Kempten, Isny and Lindau.

Prices
Full-day bus reservation: € 995,–
+ entrance fee: € 12,90 (p. p.)

Image: © Thomas Wolf

Abbey Library St. Gallen (CH) – UNESCO list of global cultural heritage sites

Abbey Library in St. Gallen

The Abbey Library of the former Benedictine monastery of St Gall is one of the oldest libraries in the western world. The library was built between 1758 and 1767 as a reading and study room for the monks and is the most beautiful rococo hall in Switzerland. There are over 150,000 books in the library but its real treasures are the 2,000 manuscripts and incunabula dating back to the 5th century. The library is of inestimable importance to the entire world of art and history.

Prices
Bus reservation to max. six hours: € 545,–
+ entrance fee: € 11,60 (p. p.)

Image: © Sandro Reichmuth | St. Gallen

Rhine Falls Schaffhausen (CH)

Rhine Falls in Switzerland

The largest waterfall in Europe, offers a spectacular natural showpiece to visitors and is worth a visit at all times of the year. You can combine watching the Rhine falls with a boat trip or you can observe this attraction from a footpath which goes around. The Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen is open all year around and there is no admission fee.

Prices
Full-day bus reservation: € 950,–

Image: © Rheinfall

Pilatus Railways (Lucerne, CH)

Pilatus Railways in Switzerland

The famous Swiss town Lucerne on the Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne), is the starting point of the unique »Golden round-trip« experience a romantic boat trip over the ­Vierwaldstättersee (90 min.). The ascent with the world’s steepest cog and pinion railway up to the Pilatus Kulm mountain (30 min.), the »silent« ride on the aerial cableway (5 min.) and return to Lucerne with the panorama gondola (30 min.).

Prices
Full-day bus reservation: € 1,200,–
+ cablecar: € 66,80 (p. p.)

Image: © Pilatus Bahn

Glacier Express (Chur, CH)

Glacier Express in Switzerland

Travel through the majestic high Swiss Alps from Chur to Zermatt in the slowest »express« train. The train will take you in an unhurried fashion from highlight to highlight with a splendid view of crystal clear mountain lakes and majestic glaciers to Zermatt, where you can admire the incredible Matterhorn mountain (4,478 m) with your own eyes, after a journey of almost six hours. Travelling over the Oberalpaß 2,033 m and 291 bridges. Enjoy a night in Zermatt and return the following day to Chur (good choice of over-night stays in Zermatt).

Prices
Journey to Chur and return:€ 850,–
+ ticket from: € 188,– (p. p.)

Image: © glacierexpress.ch

Specials

Luxury steamboat trips on the »Hohentwiel« (Lake Constance)

Luxury steamboat trips

Enjoy the unforgettable experience of a steamboat trip on Lake Constance in the classic style of the 1900s. This package includes lunch, adventure and gourmet trips with live music. Enjoy the idyllic scenery of Lake Constance and the fabulous ambience on the ship.

Prices
Bus reservation to max. four hours: € 450,–
+ boat rent

Image: © Petra Rainer | Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH

Sightseeing flights with the Zeppelin (D)

Flight with the Zeppelin

More than 60 years after the end of commercial ­aviation with Zeppelins the Zeppelin NT was re-built in Friedrichs­hafen. Enjoy the fascination of this flight from a bird’s-eye view in the largest operating airship in the world today. Cabin capacity: twelve passengers.

Prices
Bus reservation to max. six hours: € 625,–
+ zeppelin ticket from: € 245,– (p. p.)

Image: © Achim Mende