Montafon (Vorarlberg) - The Region
Montafon is located in the region of Vorarlberg – Austria’s western area bordering Switzerland and Germany. The region stretches 39 kilometres and is made up of 11 villages with the altitude ranging from around 650 to 1,400 metres above sea level. The highest situated of these villages are Bartholomäberg (1,100m), Gargellen (1,430m), Gaschurn (1,000m) and Partenen (1,050m). The others are St Anton (650m), Schruns (700m), Tschagguns (700m), St Gallenkirch (900m), Vandans (650m), Sibertal (890m) and Gortipohl (900m).
The area is hemmed in by three towering Alpine mountain chains – the Rätikon massif, the Silvretta Mountains with its rock and glaciers, and finally the Verwall range. The area’s defining symbol is the world famous Piz Buin peak, at over 3,000 metres, from which the well known sun-cream manufacturer has taken its name.
This region is equally intriguing to explore in the summer with a staggering 500 kilometres of signed hiking trails. Highlights include the outstanding natural woodland beauty that surrounds Silbertal, a village only a short cable-car ride away from Hochjoch/Zamang. Bartholomäberg village is a sun worshiper’s paradise, averaging at least six hours sunshine a day even in the winter months. Gargellen village, at 1,430 metres above sea level, is the area’s prized jewel. Snow here is virtually guaranteed, extending to the village in the peak months and making it possible to ski almost all the way home. It’s a region that seduces the visitor –Ernest Hemmingway was beguiled by it in the 1920's – catering to all ages, abilities, tastes and needs.