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Summer Activities in Montafon Valley

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Special Summer Events in Vorarlberg

 

Summer Solstice Celebrations in Montafon

In Montafon Valley, the Summer solstice is usually celebrated in on whichever Saturday comes closest to the actual astronomical summer solstice event. This year it happens on June 23. The Summer Solstice celebrations in the pre-Christian tradition are usually associated with bonfires and torches, the open fire symbolising the Sun. When the dusk falls, torches and bonfires are lit on the surrounding mountain peaks. Enjoy the local folk dance groups and Alphorn players and partake of local specialty foods in Mountain restaurants! You may even join the dancers and learn the basic steps!

Bregenz Festival of Music and Drama BREGENZER FESTSPIELE

In summer of 2018, Bregenz Performing Arts Festival Bregenzer Festspiele will run from 18th July to 20th August. It will feature Carmen, the opera by George Bizet, The Barber of Sevilla, an opera by Gioachino Rossini and Das Jagdgewehr an opera by Thomas Larcher, a contemporary Tyrolean composer, “Maria de Buenos Aires”, a tango-opera of Astor Piazzolla, as well as concerts by Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra.

Vintage Car Rally Silvretta Classic

Silveretta Classic Rally Montafon is a vintage car event run every year in July in Vorarlberg. Initiated in 1998, it gathers larger and larger crowds of both participants and spectators from year to year. The routes run along the winding mountain roads and over the passes of Vorarlberg and Tyrol. The competition is not about the speed but about maximum precision. Thus everyone has an equal chance. After all, even the pioneers of the early years of automotive construction put their latest creations to the endurance test on the routes across the Alps.

This year, from July 5 to July 7 some 180 special rarities are expected to be sent of the journey. Also electric cars, the pioneers of modern mobility are invited to take part in the rally. Once again, Montafon will become a point where the classic meets the ultramodern.

Hiking and trekking in the Alps

To meet the sunrise on the crest of a mountain and then run at full pelt down the path to a lower viewing platform – many years ago this could be done for sports whenever we managed to spend a vacation in the mountains. The winner was the most dexterous climber who managed to “catch” most sunrises.

Not that this trick should be repeated in nowadays Vorarlberg, but the excellent marking of the local trails and clear signs in the Austrian Alps would make this pastime a lot safer. A good option for those mountain tourists who prefer less extreme hikes is to spend the night at the house Mansaura and early in the morning set off up the mountain road to Rellstal by bus, which starts its journey 300 metres from the house (departing from the Vandans train station and from Rellstal on summer evenings).

By hiking from Rellstal, you can reach the Swiss Gate (Schweizertor, 2137 m) in a few hours and enter Switzerland, or turn right past the pointed peak of Zimba (2643 m), cross the Lünerkrinne Pass and enjoy the sight of the turquoise Lake Lünersee, which is one of the highest in the Alps. Having enjoyed your second cup of morning coffee in the cosy Douglasshütte (1979 m), you can go for a walk around the lake (approx. 1 hour) and take a different route back to Rellstal or use the comfortable cable car lift to descend to Brandtal, visit the mountain village of Brand with its stylish small hotels and a golf course and return to the Montafon Valley by bus.

And this is just one of countless possibilities! Throughout the summer, you can make use of the Golmbahn lift, whose upper station (1890 m) marks the beginning of several hiking trails with a descent straight to the house Mansaura. In addition, you can finish your hike by riding the summer toboggan to the lower lift station. Having explored Rellstal, hiking enthusiasts can set out early in the morning to Silbertal, which branches off from the Montafon Valley on the opposite side in the direction of Tyrol, or take the bus departing from Partenen and go up the winding serpentine road to the mountain range of Silvretta in the Alps to see the peak of Piz Buin (3312 m) or go towards Tyrol to visit the famous winter ski resorts of Ischgl and Galtür.

During the summer, tourists to the Montafon Valley can take advantage of the hiking trails of varying difficulty with a total length of 500 km and 19 lifts of different types.

Rock Climbing

The house Mansaura is a starting point for two rock climbing routes: Klettersteig Saula – Heinrich-Hueter-Hütte – Saulakopf – 2517 m and Klettersteig Neyerscharte – Heinrich Hueter-Hütte – 2360 m. There are a total of 8 routes of this kind set in the Montafon Valley.

Bicycle Touring

The enthusiasts of mountain biking will enjoy 28 routes with different degrees of difficulty, details of which can be found in tourist offices. Those who prefer to cycle leisurely just for relaxation may opt for a special 26-kilometre route along the valley, which starts from the Montafon Active Recreation Park and ends at the Milka chocolate shop in the town of Bludenz.