Situated at the heart of five Alpine valleys, the picturesque Alpine town of Bludenz enchants visitors with its delightful historic town centre and Mediterranean arcades, with the enticing smell of chocolate wafting through the air.
The Alpine town of Bludenz is the centre of a magnificent Alpine region: Four countries, five valleys and three mountain ranges. As the gateway to five valleys, the Montafon, Brandnertal, Klostertal, Walgau and Grosses Walsertal Valleys, the town’s location is beyond comparison. Traditional warm hospitality, historic charm and Mediterranean flair make the Vorarlberg mountain town a favourite holiday destination halfway between Tyrol and Switzerland. As a hiking and winter sport town it looks back on a long-standing tradition.
Located on the ancient trade route over the Arlberg Mountain, Bludenz was for many centuries an important regional trading centre. Today, the very well-preserved Werdenberg Town is considered one of the most beautiful alpine cities in Europe. In the historic old town (pedestrian zone), northern alpine character meets with Mediterranean charm. The St. Laurentius Church (1491 to 1514) and the Gayenhofen Castle (1746) dominate the townscape. The lively town centre boasts numerous cafés, a varied cuisine and of course, as the region’s business centre, lots of shops.
Bludenz owes its reputation as an outstandingly beautiful Alpine city to its impressive mountain scenery. In 1873, underlining the town’s touristic importance, the German and Austrian Alpine Clubs merged to form Europe’s largest mountaineering association. Today, you can take the cable car up to the Muttersberg Mountain and enjoy a breathtaking 360° panoramic view over Vorarlberg’s alpine world: Five mountain ranges, from the Silvretta Glaciers to the Swiss Säntis Mountain.
The Muttersberg cable car is one of the world’s most modern circulating monocable ropeways and it takes only five minutes to ride up to the top of the mountain. And Bludenz has still more to offer: Swimming, relaxation and sauna in the Alpen-Erlebnsibad Water Park, sports and fitness in the ultra-modern VAL BLU Sport and Fitness Club with cardio theatre and cageball court or golf the exciting 18-hole Bludenz-Braz Golf Club golf course at the foot of the Lechtal Alps. Bludenz is the ideal base camp for hiking as well as biking fans!
In winter, the 5-valley centre turns into a veritable “Ski Carousel”. The region looks back on a long skiing tradition. In Stuben am Arlberg, the ski pioneer Hannes Schneider established Bludenz’s reputation as the world’s cradle of alpine skiing. Winter in Bludenz today: No skiing day is like any other. Ten skiing resorts with more than 200 ski lifts and ski runs covering about 1,000 kilometres await you right outside the gates of this grandiose alpine town.