From Bregenz to Innsbruck. What to visit

Last Updated on 21/08/2022

Vorarlberg is a very mountainous region, where even the highways mostly run in tunnels, and there are several toll sections with fees independent of a general Austrian vignette. The main attractions are mountains, entertainment – they are the same. There are many cable cars (I will not list everything), rope parks are relatively common, but other entertainment infrastructure is spreading slowly in this region. It is designed more for hiking and extreme sports (especially rock climbing).

Reiseziele rund um Innsbruck Bregenz / Attractions around Innsbruck voralberg
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Maps around:
West – Lake Constance
North – Allgäu
East – Inn valley attractions on the map – from Innsbruck to Kufstein

Everything important that you can see in the region – with notes and links.

  • 1 – top
  • 2 – very good, although not so well known
  • 3 – good for a short vacation or a layover. Several medium-level interesting places
  • 4 – local or specific, not for everyone

Marks with brackets – I was there (there are links to the posts). Without – I wasn’t there. Of course, the notes are subjective

By searching, keep in mind that Austrians usually refer Kletterwald (rope park) as Kletterpark or Hochseilgarten, and Klettergarten are rock areas for training climbers and there are a lot of these areas. The number of attractions increases towards Innsbruck.

Note the desire of the Austrian authorities to restrict transit traffic through Tyrol in Italy. There is a decision to close some of the highways exits and the intention to introduce new paid sections. And in general, who cares about nerves, it is advisable to avoid Fernpass and the Brenner Highway on weekends in the summer.

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1. Bregenz, Dornbirn, Hohenems

Lake Constance map.
1. Lake Überlingen
2. Konstanz
Island Mainau
Meersburg
Lindau
Austrian coast and children’s program
Sankt-Gallen

Bregenz
Cable car (link). The view at the upper station is not very good, the mountain is more for hiking. Above there is a small paddock with alpine animals and birds of prey.
Old town (on the hill – Oberstadt Bregenz). Museum of the region.

Dornbirn
Rolls Royce Museum (link), iNatura multimedia nature museum, brewery museum.
Cable car (link). Gorge Rappenlochschlucht (link)

Hohenems – old town, the mill with museum (link).

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2. “Bregenz Forest”

Hittisau, Bezau, Mellau
Some cable cars (link, link). Steam train Bezau – Schwarzenberg (link).

Bad Reuthe – thermal pool

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3. Schoppernau, Schröcken

Schoppernau – cable car
Schröcken – cable car, rope park

Mittelberg – it makes sense to consider it together with Oberstdorf, since the normal road only goes from Germany. The main attraction is the cable cars (link, link)

Attractions in the Allgäu in general and Oberstdorf in particular

Kanzelwand
Kanzelwand
Kanzelwand

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4. Fontanella, Damüls

Cable cars (link, link). Rope park.

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5. Feldkirch

Old city. Castle Museum (link). Wildpark (link).

Laterns – summer toboggan, cable car (link)

Nearby Liechtenstein:

Vaduz – castle (outside only), museums (link, Museum of the Post Office, Treasury, Museum of the Region), the old bridge over the Rhine.

Balzers – restored at the beginning 20th century from the ruins Burg Gutenberg (link)

Mauren – history museum and bird park (link)

Forst – rope park

Malbun – chair lift, birds of prey, small zoo

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6. Bludenz, Vandans, Schruns

Some cable cars along the gorge (link, link)

Bludenz – thermal pool, old town, brewery museum (link).

Brand – rope park

Golm – coaster, rope park

Schruns – pool

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7. St. Anton am Arlberg

Cable car (link)

Verwall – rope park

Pettneu – thermal pool

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8. Ischgl and around

Cable cars (link). Flying Fox (link). Suspension bridge. Thermal pool


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9. Ried, Pfunds, Nauders, Kautertal

Ried, Serfaus – two cable cars (link), coaster, roman bridge on the old road, 2 rope parks. Waterfall Fallender Bach

Kautertal – side gorge, panoramic road, at the end of the cable car to the glacier

Pfunds – customs fortress Altfinstermünz (link), small history museum, mill

Nauders – cable car, castle (link)

Switzerland nearby:
Samnaun – cable cars (link), Flying Fox, thermal pool
Zernez – cable cars (link), Tarasp Castle (link)

Italy nearby:
Reschenpass – lake
Malles Venosta – Benedictine abbey Abbazia di Monte Maria with museum (link)
Sluderno – Castel Coira (Churburg, link) medieval castle that has never been destroyed, with the largest collection of armor in the world

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10. Landeck, Zams

Landeck – a small old town, a castle with a museum.

Zams – cable car, gorge, coaster (link)

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11. Lechtal

Cycling road along Lech.

Austrian wood carving school

Holzgau – suspension bridge

Elbigenalp – cable car, coaster (link)

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12. Reutte

Cycling road along Lech.

Ruins of the Ehrenberg fortress (13th century, link), Fortress Schlosskopf (18th century) and Fort Claudia (17th century) – are located on the neighboring hills, two of the three fortresses are connected by the longest suspension bridge. Knights Museum.
Thermal pool

Read about Reutte castles here.

Plansee – boating

Tannheimertal – lake, rope park, cable cars (link)

Vitalpsee

Vitsalpsee
Visalpsee
Visalpsee
Visalpsee

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13. Ehrwald, Biberwier, Lermoos

Read about Zugspitze and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Cable cars in Ehrwald (on the Zugspitze, link) and in Lermoos (link). Small zoo and fun for children, rope park (Bichlbach), summer toboggan (Biberwier)

Lakes near the Fernpass: Blindsee and Weißensee on the north side of the pass, Lake Fernsteinsee – behind the pass.

Read about region Zugspitze Arena:
Part 1 Ehrwald, Lermoos, Bichlbach,
Part 2 Lakes

Zugspitze Fernpass Blindsee
Blindsee. Zugspitze in the middle

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14. Imst

Between Nassereith and Imst – brewery with 200 years of history Schloss Starkenberg.

Imst – Gorge Rosengartenschlucht from the center of Imst to Imst Hoch, cable car and coaster (link).

Tarrenz – Knappenwelt Gurgltal (an open-air museum dedicated to mining, link)

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15. Pinztal

Several cable cars, including the glacier (link). Several waterfalls. Alpine lake. Rope park.

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16. Ötztal

More about Ötztal and Stuibenfall Waterfall

Ötz – cable car, forest lake, picturesque bridge across the river.

Umhausen – Waterfall Stuibenfall, prehistoric man Ötzi village, bird of prey show (link)

Längenfeld – thermal pool Aqua Dome. Museum of Local History. Museum of woodcarvers. Suspension bridge. Large Playground Fun Park.

Sölden – 3 cable cars, one chairlift and one funicular (link).
Suspension bridge.
Panoramic road Gletscherstrasse Sölden (2800 m). You can take a bus along the road (www.oetztaler.at).

Vent – Cave of prehistoric people 7600 BC, place where Ötzi was found, chairlift, suspension bridge.

Obergurgl, Hochgurgl – two cable cars (link). Panoramic road Timmelsjoch. You can take a bus along the road(www.oetztaler.at). Motorcycle Museum.


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17. Along Inn

Local towns and villages offer walks or climbs in the local mountains. There are several castles, but all of them are viewed only from the outside.

Pfaffenhofen – a city with a small historical center

Stams – big monastery Stift Stams with museum (link).

Telfs – Klammsteig (climbing to the upper valley by stairs along the rocks, suspension bridge)

Oberperfuss – cable car (link)

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18. Seefeld

Two thermal pools – in Seefeld and Leutasch.

Two cable cars (link) . Several little lakes

Gorge in Leutasch (link)

Scenic train route to Innsbruck. Also good access to the nearest Germany – Mittenwald, where there are a number of cable cars, gorges and from where you can walk to Ludwig’s mountain palace in Elmau

A map of sights in Allgäu

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19. Innsbruck

Read more about Innsbruck: Part 1 Town,
Part 2 Ambras castle and cable car

Old city. Palace and Hofkirche Chapel to visit.

Tyrolean Folk Art Museum Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (link),
History and art museum of the region Ferdinandeum (link) .
History museum Museum im Zeughaus (link) .
Bell museum Glockenmuseum Grassmayr (link) .

Funicular to the zoo (link) goes directly from the center. From the end station of the funicular goes cable car to Nordkette (link) .

Not in the center

Bergisel – Olympic springboard (tram 1): hunting museum, panoramic view of Tyrol, observation deck (link) . Gorge Sillschlucht below

Ambras palace (tram 6, link) and further up the mountain Patscherkofel (cable car, playground, alpine botanical garden, link). You can walk along the mountain on top to the next cable car Tulfes, from where the bus returns

On the other side of the Brenner Highway – Mutters – two cable cars (link)

Innsbruck Patscherkofel

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20. Stubaital

From Innsbruck, take the Stubaitalbahn scenic railway to Fulmpes

At the end of the valley there is a glacier with a cable car and an ice grotto (link). Below there is also Grawa Wasserfall (link)

Mieders – coaster, cable car (link)

Telfs – rose village, birds of prey, thermal pool

Fulmpes – rope park, cable car (link), smyth

Neustift – cable car (link)

Schönberg – panoramic view Panoramablick Gleins (an hour walk from the village)

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21. Along the Brenner highway and nearest Italy

A region for hikers and mountain climbers, there are few attractions, with the exception of Vipiteno.

Gschnitz – village of mills and waterfall

Steinach – cable car

Italy:
Vipiteno/Sterzing – old town, cable car (link), rope park, castle (link), thermal pool
Nearby Gorge Stanghe (Gilfenklamm)
hunting museum in the palace Wolfsthurn

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