Arrival in Vorarlberg. Check-in to the newly opened four-star Hotel am See in Hard at Lake Constance. It stands out with its golden facade and splendid views of the lake.
Dinner with the group at the hotel.
Overnight in Hard.
First you will depart on a stroll along Lake Constance, where you will visit the Festival House, which features the world’s largest floating stage. Here, each summer, the Bregenz Festival performs grand opera in a spectacular setting.
Next, at Kunsthaus Bregenz, one of Europe’s leading exhibition halls for contemporary art, the museum director will share insights into the oeuvre of the British artist Tacita Dean. Her video works and large-format photographs with miniature notes have already been on show at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Biennale of Sydney.
Afterwards you will continue to a carefully renovated villa, which houses the Jewish Museum. This unique museum documents the history of a small Jewish community over a span of more than 300 years. The museum is well- connected internationally. Hanno Löwy, the museum director, is the President of the Association of European Jewish Museums.
Continue down further south and you will find the town of Feldkirch, which is commemorating its 800th anniversary as a chartered town this year. You’ll have plenty of photo ops in the cobbled lanes and romantic courtyards, the ancient towers and the mighty Schattenburg fortress which majestically overlooks the city.
Overnight in Hard.
On this day, you will visit the stunning mountains in the south of Vorarlberg and take a trip down memory lane. You will stop at the Baroque church of Bartholomäberg, the oldest church in Montafon, and the miner’s chapel at Kristberg. Centuries ago, iron ore and silver used to be mined here.
Accompanied by llamas, you will explore the panoramic hiking trail from Bartholomäberg to Kristberg. If you feel like taking it easy, you can always opt for a transfer by motor vehicle and cable-car.
Verwall, Raetikon and Silvretta are the names of the mountain ranges which line the stunning Montafon region and form the border with Switzerland and the Austrian state of Tirol. At the close of the Montafon valley, you will see Piz Buin, Vorarlberg’s highest peak, rising 10,866 ft /3,312 m high. Ernest Hemingway used to admire and love this mountain world. During the winters of 1924/25 and 1925/26 he spent some time in Montafon.
We will also check-in to our next hotel. The 4* Hotel Hirschen in Schwarzenberg, where you will spend the next two nights. The hotel is family-owned and managed by the same family for ten generations. For many, Schwarzenberg is the most beautiful village in the Bregenzer Wald region.
Overnight in Schwarzenberg.
On your last day in Vorarlberg you will explore the charming, yet eccentric region of Bregenzerwald. With its 22 villages, the idyllic Bregenzerwald boasts gorgeous scenery and attracts international attention for its contemporary timber architecture and craftsmanship. Architects and craftspeople from the region have teamed up with international designers for BUS:STOP Krumbach. In this project, seven renowned architecture firms from all corners of the world have joined forces in newly designing the local bus stops. You will visit the bus shelters, and see the creative ways in which they challenge the concept.
An amazing cooking class with local chef Karin Kaufmann gives you an insight into the local cuisine in her lovingly renovated inn.
Next, you will visit the Metzler family, who are genuine experts when it comes to cheese-making. They run an innovative farmhouse with a demonstration barn and, in addition, manufacture beauty products made from whey. The Metzler dairy is famous not just for its excellent cheese, which you will get to taste, but also its innovative wood architecture.
Original Bregenzerwald houses, which are built according to traditional design with wood- shingled facades and surprisingly modern timber buildings, are typical for villages like Hittisau, which you will explore.
Here, you will also get to see Austria’s only Women’s Museum. Find out more about how tradition and modernity are blended in architecture and crafts, and about the underlying philosophy, on a visit of two outstanding hotels and inns, where a delicious culinary treat is awaiting you.
Overnight in Schwarzenberg.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Breakfast in your hotel. Check out for your return flight home. For departure transfers please check the arrival + departure section for more information.
Our host for this program is Vorarlberg Tourism.