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Mountain high

Experience the alpine charm of Austria’s Arlberg region.

10 August 2023

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Austria’s western Alps are home to the Arlberg. It is neither a summit nor a mountain range, in fact it is the name of a pass, which spans the mountain formations that merge here.

The five charming villages of this region have become somewhat the poster children of the Austrian Alps – St. Anton, the wild one; Lech, the elegant one; Zürs, the sophisticated one; St. Christoph, the quiet one; and Stuben, the laid-back one.

All of them together offer quite a variety of classy mountain resorts, traditional Alpine events, and outdoor nature explorations – in winter as well as summer. And, not to forget, the region boasts some of the best restaurants in Europe.

Modern skiing was born and honed to greatness on the slopes of the Arlberg. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the five Arlberg villages have been a shining example of ski culture and competence. They navigate their tourism services with unwavering passion and authenticity to concur with changing times in Austria’s largest interlinked ski area.

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For adventure seekers and culture buffs

When the snow has melted and the sounds of cowbells and whistling marmots fill the warm fragrant air, the region’s outdoor activities are endless.

Our favourite hiking trail? The new Arlberg Trail connects all five Arlberg resorts. A total of 40 kilometres of hiking trails are to be surmounted over three stages on this tour amidst spectacular alpine scenery, with convenient cable car assistance.

Those wanting to practice their mindfulness can roll out their yoga mat on Alpine meadows surrounded by majestic peaks at the annual Mountain Yoga Festival in St. Anton am Arlberg.

The Arlberg’s cultural program is just as exciting as the hundred kilometres of marked hiking trails. For example, the Lech Classic Festival offers an opulent program.

This year, Bayreuth heroine Camilla Nylund will perform Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs at the opening concert on 31 July. The arlberg1800 Contemporary Art & Concert Hall in St. Christoph am Arlberg offers a special place for exhibitions and concerts.

Foodie heaven

Fresh mountain air, world-class performances, what else does one need? Great local food to nourish your body and your spirit, of course. We would like to introduce you to our friends – and fools – at Rote Wand. Owners and staff at the Rote Wand Gourmet Hotel in Zug (near Lech) dare to dream big.

They turned their dreams into a vision and are now looking for Friends & Fools to support their ambitious idea to transform the area around the hotel into a sustainable source of most of the culinary needs in the hotel’s kitchen and beyond: Farm and Garden. Culinary Lab and Cookery School. Bakery, Charcuterie and Fromagerie. They are tapping into their agricultural heritage – and their culinary future.

 

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