“Vorarlberg is ‘the most urban village in Austria'”, says Hans-Peter Metzler, his warm smile betraying the pride in his voice. “The combination of a living, rural tradition and the promotion of innovation, architecture, art and culture at a high level is unique in Austria. Here, in the Bregenzerwald, I believe we have taken the right steps in time. The young people are coming back, and they bring lots of fresh ideas with them”, he smiles contentedly. On a beautiful June day, we travel with him and our host, Richard Zünd, from the Sternen Hotel Wolfurt awarded with the Austrian eco-label, enjoying many a philosophical & practical discussion about life in the “Ländle”.
Vorarlberg, situated in the western part of Austria, has always fascinated me. The largest lake stage in the world. The country’s only “Office for Future Questions” (that’s right!). And answers? We find many, here in the “Ländle” …
… the nickname the area beyond the Arlberg mountain lovingly takes. Answers to questions such as how a region steeped in tradition has managed to create a balance between modernity and tradition, between change and stability.? Today, I would like to introduce you to a few of these examples (and all of them reasons for your next trip to Vorarlberg!).
The best starting point for your trip to the Rhine Valley: The Sternen Hotel Wolfurt. Just like a star, you can “beam out” in all directions from here …
… and also get to know the really warm-hearted host Richard Zünd and his team, who will help you in all matters. The “Sternenhotel Wolfurt” offers yet another example of the incomparable charm of Vorarlberg between tradition and modernity: the facade of the entire hotel is covered in traditional wooden shingles, yet nevertheless boasts a solar system for energy supply on the roof. Check this out.
And what’s a day trip to Bregenzerwald? Well. You get to travel along the “Cheese Route”, and have dinner at the Romantikhotel “Das Schiff” in Hittisau, leaving you with just one desire …
… and that is to return soon. In my heart (as well as in my savings account 😉 ), I have already set aside a (time) budget to spend at least a whole week here one day. On my own. Or, even better, together with the family & friends, as many of them would also feel just as inspired by the beautiful Bregenzerwald. Wine from home, mountain cheese from Vorarlberg because: “After all, everyone can have a wine cellar”, smiles our host Hans-Peter Metzler once more. “But to have a real cheese cellar in the hotel for our family and our guests, now that’s something.”
The Festspielhaus Bregenz, finally, is particularly known for sustainable travel in Vorarlberg. As is the view from the local “Pfänder” mountain, meaning you will want to come back time after time ..!
Check out more of these sunny photographs of our trip to the Vorarlberger “Ländle” as well as into the Bregenzerwald:
My fellow travel writer friends have also published the following accounts about their journey:
- Monique Hasselbach von Teilzeitreisender: “Das wahre Ländle: Seele baumeln lassen und genießen in Vorarlberg“
- André Dietenberger von Reiseblögle: “Nachhaltiges Vorarlberg“
See you soon in our lovely Vorarlberg!
Disclaimer: We have been invited on this trip to Vorarlberg by the Sternen Hotel Wolfurt supported by the Austrian Eco Label. All opinions are my own.