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Vorarlberg
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Situated at the far western tip of Austria, the scenery of the Vorarlberg is dramatically diverse. The glaciers of the Silvretta mountain ranges drop dramatically to the shores of Lake Constance with its lush vegetation. Vorarlbergers speak a dialect close to Swiss German, in 1918 they declared independence and requested union with Switzerland but this was refused by the Allied Powers.

Bregenz

Bregenz in the summer lends itself to bicycle tours, swimming, sailing or sightseeing, whereas during the winter season visitors populate the numerous slopes and hiking trails of the Vorarlberg. The town is noted for its Upper City with the St Martinstrum (St Martin’s Tower), the world’s largest floating stage for summer opera productions, the Congress Centre, the Mehrerau Abbey Church, the Vorarlberger Landesmuseum with its superb 16th-century paintings and works by late-18th-century artist Angelika Kauffmann. A cable car runs up to the viewing platform on Mount Pfänder where one can watch the flight of birds of prey as well as scenic views over Lake Constance.

Excursions

The historical old quarter of Feldkirch contains the Cathedral St Nicholas, the Schattenburg housing the Local History Museum, and the excellent National Conservatoire. In Levis, near Feldkirch, the Castle Amberg and the Hospital should not be missed. Tosters’ sights include the castle ruin and the St Corneli Church with a 1000-year-old yew tree. Visitors should pay a visit to the famous Renaissance palace of Hohenems, the town is also known for its Jewish Museum and the only Jewish Cemetery in the Vorarlberg.

A picturesque, completely restored farming village, Schwarzenberg im Bregenzerwald is the birthplace of the painter Angelika Kauffmann, the Landesmuseum and the church there are worth a visit. Ischgl is an attractive unsophisticated Tirolean village, with excellent après-ski in the winter.