Culture and Region
Schubertiade and the Bregenz Festival
With around 80 events and 35,000 visitors every year, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems is the most prestigious Schubert Festival worldwide. No other festival features so many classical recitals with the world’s best artists in such a short period of time. Chamber concerts and piano evenings of the highest standards are another highlight. The offering is supplemented through orchestra concerts, readings as well as master classes of important artists.
Amidst an enchanting landscape in the most western county of Voralberg, the Bregenz Festival presents excellent opera in the open air every summer with each play on the lake. In addition, the festival attracts around 200,000 visitors in the months of July and August to the border triangle between Alps and Bodensee with its unforgettable opera debut performances and precious concerts in the festival theatre, tremendous art exhibits from the period on the workshop stage as well as touching gems of opera literature in the theatre am Kornmarkt.
Bregenz, Dornbirn and Vorarlberg.
Dornbirn is a charming shopping town with a historic market place and several museums. Amongst others, it features the biggest Rolls Royce museum worldwide. A spectacular cableway leads to the view point Karren with a fantastic view up to the Bodensee. The imposing gorge Rappenlochschlucht is a remarkable natural experience and a popular trip destination for families.
Bregenz, the Bodensee to one side and the mountains to the other. The laid-back rhythm of a small town with 28,000 inhabitants, the lively culture offering of international stature. This combination, this special flair is what shape the state capital of Vorarlberg. It not only offers its guests great views from the lake theater plus a scenery that creates an appetite for more, but also the opportunity to go on bicycle or boat tours, to go hiking, swimming, shopping, to visit concerts, museums, galleries and so much more besides.
Vorarlberg and Surroundings
Vorarlberg, das westlichste Bundesland Österreichs nahe der Grenze zu Deutschland und der Schweiz, liegt es zwischen dem Bodensee und dem Alpenrhein im Westen, dem Arlberg und der Verwallgruppe im Osten, den Gebirgszügen des Rätikons und der Silvretta im Süden und dem Allgäu im Norden.
Geprägt durch verschiedene Talschaften mit unterschiedlichen Dialekten und Traditionen wird es auch liebevoll das “Ländle” genannt.
Schwarzenberg and the Bregenz Forest
„It’s wonderful, the forest reaches down to the houses on all sides, yet it is open and light everywhere” is what the wife of poet Eduard Mörike wrote in 1857 about their summer retreat in Schwarzenberg.
This picturesque village is located in the middle Bregenz Forest, 700 meters above sea level, and has 1,800 inhabitants.
For friends of culture, Schwarzenberg has a lot to offer: among the highlights are the village center that is protected as a historic monument, the parish church from the baroque period with pictures from the painter Angelika Kauffmann, as well as the Angelika Kauffmann museum.
By the way: Angelika Kauffmann (1741 – 1807) is arguably the most famous person from Schwarzenberg. Her paintings can also be seen in the church and in the Angelika Kauffmann museum.
The Bregenz Forest not only offers great opportunities to winter sports enthusiasts, but also scores points in the summer with a diverse offering. Culture and nature take the center stage here. For friends of nature, the idyllic forest landscape presents a unique region for hiking. You can enjoy the end of a day out hiking in summer on our panorama patio that lets you experience captivating sunsets.