Snow-covered slopes enjoyed by ski fans turn into flowering meadows in summer. This includes those of Lech Zürs am Arlberg, one of the most famous ski resorts in the alps, and indeed the cradle of alpine skiing. The breath-taking nature here inspired the renowned American artist James Turrell: his “Skyspace Lech” walk-in art installation can be found in the hills just above Lech. The hotels here, including many with 5 stars, offer groups the finest hospitality. Meanwhile, for food lovers no wish is left unfulfilled, with a great many award-winning restaurants to explore.
A trip into Kleinwalsertal requires actually momentarily leaving Vorarlberg and heading through Germany, the only way in and out of this special valley enveloped by mountains. The rolling pastures, quaint mountain huts, and stunning backdrops make the trip more than worth it. The history of the valley itself is just as interesting, settled centuries ago by Walser people from the Swiss alps. Guided tours give many fascinating insights into the effect this had on the area, where guides are even happy to teach a few unique phrases from the Walser dialect. On the way back, a stop-off at the impressive Breitachklamm gorge is highly recommended!