The countryside of the Bregenzerwald is a treat for the eyes and a balm for the soul. Its harmonious blend of gentle hills, spreading plains, romantic river valleys and imposing mountain peaks makes it perfect for outdoor sports fans and nature lovers alike. For a rural community, the Bregenzerwald also offers an exceptionally varied programme of cultural events.
Valid: 1st May to 31st October
The mountains of the Bregenzerwald are full of exciting things to discover. Walking tracks take you to all the loveliest places, where stories are told and events are held. Your "passport" to all these wonderful mountain experiences is the Bregenzerwald Guest Card, which you receive automatically when you stay in the Bregenzerwald for three nights or more, and is included in the price of your holiday.
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Walking barefoot through the Bizau Obermoos (marshland) is a real experience. The Ulve stream meanders back and forth through this natural beauty spot, and every so often you change over from one bank to the other. Three small peninsulas are equipped with inviting benches, where you can enjoy a rest in the heart of the moor. With sharpened perceptive skills you can try to identify the great variety of different plant types growing along the banks of the stream. It is mostly soft underfoot, but can also be sharp and stony, so you should proceed with heightened awareness and a careful step. And don't forget, you are walking on 10,000 years of local geological history!
„Goßarweag" (Goat Track)
For many centuries, goat farming was an integral part of everyday life in Bizau. Aimed at commemorating this aspect of the area's cultural heritage, the walk offers not only much of historical and ecological interest, but also passes through an area of outstanding natural beauty. En route there are five fun stations where children can enjoy touching, looking, hearing, feeling, guessing and climbing.
Where the ups and downs of biking are no problem at all!
Our great selection of tracks, which range from challenging trails right through to pleasant pootles to stunning viewpoints, is guaranteed to make any biker's heart beat that little bit faster. In total the Bregenzerwald offers a fabulous network of some 450 km of marked mountain bike routes.
Bregenzerwald mountain bike map
The Bregenzerwald mountain bike map contains the low-down on 15 top tours, all individually described in detail, each with an altitude profile and an estimated grade of difficulty.
Where the villages can be explored by bike
Since most Bregenzerwald villages lie spread out along the wide valley floor, they lend themselves perfectly to a discovery trip by bike. The Bregenzerwald cycle path follows a dedicated track from Schoppernau to Doren, mostly along the line of the former Bregenzerwald railway, through wild and romantic gullies beside the Bregenzerach torrent.
Happy-Bike cycle hire system
The Happy Bike cycle hire system offers visitors complete flexibility. Bicycles (city bikes with baskets) may be hired from any of the villages of Egg, Bezau, Mellau, Bizau, Schnepfau, Au and Schoppernau and returned to any other village participating in the scheme.
Where everything runs smoothly
The Bizauer Moos (wet marshland) is a beautifully situated wetland habitat with an astounding selection of flora and fauna. Here is your chance to leave the tarmac behind and take to the Great Outdoors.
A plan of the running trails, including an overview map and detailed descriptions, is available from the tourist office.
Special event - hot tip:
Bizau trail run | 13rd May 2017
Routes: 30.5 km/1660 m altitude or 7.6 km/340 m altitude
If you're keen on architecture, be sure to take a walk through the village of Bizau. The Bizau kindergarten, school and council offices, Gasthof Taube, the Wälderfenster company headquarters and the Bizau chapel of rest all rate as some of the most remarkable buildings in the Bregenzerwald. In addition, there are many outstanding private houses dating from every era in the village's history. The whole effect is so impressive that the entire village was awarded the ArGeAlp prize. The jury praised the simplistic style of the buildings which, although new, incorporated the traditional character of the village. Also worthy of attention are the typical "Hag" (fences) and the hay meadows in the Bizauer Moos (marshland).
The Schubertiade is renowned as the world's leading Schubert festival. Each year the programme contains some 50 events, including chamber concerts, lieder evenings, piano concerts, lectures and master classes. Year after year a host of leading performers and ensembles are invited to perform in the Angelika Kauffmann hall in Schwarzenberg.
A shuttle bus will take you directly from the Taube in Bizau to the concerts and other events in Schwarzenberg. We will provide an early dinner, and when you return after the concert you can enjoy your dessert!
17th to 25th June and 25th to 3th September 2017
From 19th July until 20st August 2017, Georges Bizet's opera Carmen will be performed on the largest "floating" stage in the world. You can access the Festival in comfort and ease by means of the regular regional bus service. Then after the performance the shuttle bus will bring you back to Bizau.
Performances on the lake 2017:
19th July to 20th August 2017