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Best Places to Play Padel in Barcelona

When you’re in a park in Barcelona, you will quickly notice just how many people are staying active, either with running or working out.

The city is obsessed with it.

Over the years, the local councils and governing bodies have put a lot of money into ensuring that people can quench their thirst for exercise and maximise their potential. One of the other things that you will also realise in most parks, is that there are enclosed courts with people playing a sport called Padel.

This sport is one of the most famous in Spain and parts of Latin America. It offers a great alternative to tennis and squash in Barcelona. However, if you are from a country where Padel isn’t well-played, then you may have little to no knowledge on how to play it. Therefore, we thought best to shed light on the topic, so that you can...

 

Enjoy a game of Padel in Barcelona on your next visit to the city:

History of padel

The sport began in Acapulco, Mexico, by Enrique Corcuera in 1969. The idea was to make a new game that people could play instead of tennis. However, he wanted the sport to be played in an enclosed space that would enable two players to compete on the ‘same side’ of the court as they tried to out maneuver the opposition into committing an error. The sport would soon cross the atlantic, to parts of Southern Portugal and Spain, becoming very popular in the process. Corcuera mapped out a 10 by 20 metre court in his home, building enclosing walls along each side of this court. Shortly after the rules were finalised, padel was brought to Spain by Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe after spending a holiday at Corcuera’s house. Prince Alfonso made the game able to thrive at his Marbella Club hotel, spreading from here- Spain was hooked.

 

How to play

The first and founding set of rules were proposed by Viviana Dellavedova Corcuera, Enrique’s partner! The rules are basically the same as in tennis except serves are underarm and the ball can bounce off the walls that surround the court. Similar to tennis, volleys are encouraged to make a more exciting and competitive match! Point scoring is the same as tennis, meaning that the game comes very naturally to anyone with some familiarity with tennis! 

 

Where to play Padel in Barcelona: 

Fairplay Padel Club

The first of places to play padel in Barcelona, is Fairplay Padel Club of Montjuic, which offers eight courts where you can take classes, participate in leagues, events and tournaments. Whatever level you want to get to/experience, you can’t go wrong here.

Location: Carrer del Foc, 2, 08038 Barcelona

 

Club Natació Atlétic-Barceloneta

How does this sound, playing a game of padel right on the beach, not bad right? Well, let us introduce you to Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta! Offering four wonderful courts, it makes for the most ideal location to have a friendly game of padel whilst enjoying the ocean breeze. With flexible prices, you can be assured to find your match here!

Location: Plaça del Mar, 08003 Barcelona

 

Club Tennis De La Salut

Despite being known as a tennis club in Barcelona, Club Tennis De La Salut also offers 9 padel courts. You can even bring your kids here to have a go at a new sport in a friendly environment. As well as padel, this club offers fitness classes for members and non-members alike, giving you a chance to warm-up well before hitting the court!

Location: Carrer de la Mare de Déu de la Salut, 75, 08024 Barcelona

 

Meetup

Meetup is an app that gets people who share similar interests together. It is used for all things from art classes to book clubs, this app can also be used to connect people who want to play tennis or padel. Therefore, be sure to keep an eye out for a padel Meetup group to meet new people and improve your game on your next visit to Barcelona!

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Kangaroo Valley: Top Sights from this Scenic Getaway

Kangaroo Valley is a 2 hour drive from Sydney, and as the name suggests, provides ample opportunity to see these native animals.

The town is a quaint set of shops nestled in the valley, completely surrounded by mountains.

Often in the mornings you will see the kangaroos amongst the trees before they disappear in to the surrounding bush.

 

There are many sights to see whilst spending a weekend here:

1. Bushwalks

You can visit Fitzroy Falls, a 20min drive away which is a beautiful bushwalk with waterfalls and local flora and fauna. Easy to medium walks available and starts at the visitor centre.

Walks are also in nearby Morton State Conservation where you see vast views across the valley including the local dam. 6km there and back.

 

2. Pioneer Village Museum

Great for families and kids entertainment, the museum contains a series of houses, schoolhouse, mill and even a 30,000 year old fossil. It tells the story of the early settlers to the area.

There are bushwalks that commence at the back of this property if you wish to extend your stay at this sight.

 

3. Hampden Bridge.

Named after the state governor in the days of the early settlers, this is the only wooden structural bridge of its kind, complete with medieval pylons.

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Sights and Things to Do on Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

A travel tip about things you might like to do and see on Curacao.

- Queen Juliana Bridge, Willemstad. At 185 feet, this is highest bridge in the Caribbean (and one of the tallest bridges in the world.) The bridge overlooks St. Anna Bay as well as Willemstad. Note: The observation platform has been closed to pedestrian traffic.

- Queen Emma Bridge (a.k.a "The Swinging Old Lady"), Willemstad. A floating pontoon bridge that links the "Punda" (Point Side) and the "Otrobanda" (Other Side) of the Willemstad across the Sint Annabaai Channel. You get to see the bridge open and close to away marine traffic into St. Anna Bay. (In the event the bridge is open for a prolonged time, there is a ferry service across the channel as well.)

- Christoffel National Park, A national park that is run by the by the Carmabi Foundation. Christoffel National Park is home to Boca Grandi, Indian caves where you can see paintings left by the Arawak Indians and Mount Christoffel. (At 1292 feet high, Mount Christoffel is the highest point in Curacao.) Address: West Point , Tel: +(5999)/864-0363,

- Shete Boka National Park, A national park also run by the by the Carmabi Foundation, Shete Boka is home to the "7 boca's" including Boca Tabla and Boca Pistol (also known as "The Shooting Pistol") In season, some of the boca's serve as sea turtle breeding grounds. Address: West Point, Tel: +(5999)/864-0444,

- Curacao Sea Aquarium, Home of the Dolphin Academy. This is one of the most popular attractions in Curacao. If you wish to do a Dolphin activity book as early as possible! $entry price (depends on activity you choose BUT paying for an activity (such as something at the Dolphin Academy) gets you entry to all of the Aquarium. Address: Bapor Kibra Z/N, Tel: +(5999)/461-6666,

- Hato Caves, Open 7 days a week, with tours 2 times a day. Coral and limestone caves that was carved out below the sea and born when the sea level dropped. There are beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations as well as water pools and a waterfall. The cave is also home to a colony long nose fruit bats. (Because of the colony, photography is limited and not allowed in certain chambers.) Address: F.D. Rooseveltweg Z/N, Tel: +(5999)/868-0379.

- Curacao Ostrich & Game Farm, Santa Catharina. The Curacao Ostrich Farm is one of the biggest Ostrich farms outside Africa. The tour takes you around the ostrich pens and incubator. Meat from this farm is shipped to Aruba (Ostrich is a red meat, which is high in protein and low in fat.) Address: Tel: +(5999)/747-2777.

- Fort Amsterdam, The seat of the Netherlands Antilles, Fort Amsterdam sits at the mouth of the harbor at the end of the Sint Annabaai Channel on the point. The complex has restaurants, shops as well as the Governors Palace. Address: Punda Side, Willemstad.

- Fort Nassau, was built on the hill to defend both St. Anna Bay as well as part of the city of Willemstad. The fort is open for tours and there is also a restaurant that overlooks the bay. Address: Willemstad

- The Floating Market, the "floating market" is actually a mini boat fleet that comes in from Venezuela and sells ultra fresh fish and fruit at the best prices. Address: Punda Side, Willemstad.

- Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere, with a sand floor and museum containing ancient artifacts Address: Tel: 599-9-4611067,

- Museum Kura Hulanda, open Daily from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. This anthropological museum chronicles the African slave trade as well as the cultures of Curacao. Entry: $9 Address: Willemstad. Phone: +5999 434 7765

- Postal Museum, Willemstad.

- Maritime Museum, Willemstad.

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Nice Beaches of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

Curaçao's beaches are concentrated on the southern coast, especially the western side.

Find these from Kaap St. Marie up to Westpunt.

- Playa Grote Kenapa, also known as Big Knip is a large sand beach west of the town of Lagun.

- Playa Kalki, also know as Alice in Wonderland, is located at the far west end of the island past the town of Westpunt. Kura Hulanda Lodge has a restaurant at the beach and Ocean Encounters West which is a full service dive shop. For a small fee, you have use of a dive locker for storage of personal items while diving/snorkeling and use of fresh water showers and equipment cleaning area.

- Westpunt Beach

- Playa Kleine Kenapa, also known as Little Knip is another beach past the town of Lagun. It is a nice secluded beach with plenty of shade trees if you desire to stay out of the direct sun. The bar/restaurant on this site operates on a sporadic schedule, so visit prepared.

- Playa Jeremi is a small secluded beach slightly north of Lagun. There are no facilities here.

- Playa Lagun, is a secluded bay towards the western end of the island in the town of Lagun. It is a small sandy beach on a rectangular shaped bay with tall cliffs on each side. The waters adjacent to the cliffs is excellent place for snorkeling. Both sides of the bay along the cliffs are teaming with a wide variety of marine life and corals. The left side of the bay has a greater variety of underwater structure for a better experience. The beach has the Discover Diving Curaçao dive shop which also has a small restaurant.

- Playa Porto Mari is a large beach with a full service restaurant, and a complete dive dive shop including fresh water showers and restrooms operated by Porto Mari Sports

- Cas Abao is a beach on a plantation. It is a long stretched sandy beach with lots of facilities including huts, beach chairs, restaurant, fresh water showers and bathrooms.

- Hook's Hut is located on the Piscadera Bay. The location is a short drive a few miles west of downtown Willemstad near The Marriott and Hilton hotels. It has many beach amenities including showers/bathrooms, Hook's dive center and an excellent full service restaurant.

- Kontiki Beach is is about a ten minute drive east from downtown Willemstad near Breezes hotel. Kontiki is a full service beach offering watersports, shops, beachbar and a restaurant.It is also serviced by Ocean Encounters dive center.

- Mambo Beach is next door to Kontiki beach and is the place where locals and tourists alike visit for the nightlife partying here.

- Seaquarium Beach

- Jan Thiel Beach

- Caracasbaai

- Barbara Beach

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Nature Break Spots Close Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg (Göteborg), is Sweden’s second biggest city. Visitors can explore the beautiful coastal city, magical islands and some of the best seafood in the world.

Located on the west coast of Sweden, Gothenburg has a city pulse with nature on its doorstep.

 

Go cycling 

Rent a bike and explore the city with brand new rental bikes from Styr & Ställ. Styr & Ställ has launched more than 130 stations and 1,750 bicycles around town during summer 2020, which can be rented via a new app-based booking system. Single-ride passes start from 20 SEK / 1.70 GBP.

For those who want to head out of town, the säröbanan route awaits. Ride from Gothenburg down the old railway line to Särö and experience spectacular views of the sea and beautiful nature along the way. The last train to Särö departed in 1965. But that doesn’t mean that the old railway line no longer attracts visitors, in fact it’s quite the contrary. Today, Säröbanan is a highly popular bicycle route, taking you from Linnéplatsen in central Gothenburg to Särö, passing the cliffs, beaches and natural areas along the coast.

 

Swimming

Delsjön is one of Gothenburg´s most central swimming and nature areas. Here you can take a relaxing walk in the nature reserve, go on a canoe trip, take a delightful swim at the beach Delsjöbadet or from the surrounding cliffs. At the beach you find jetties, playgrounds, a barbecue area and a beach volleyball court. In addition, Skatåts fitness centre offers a number of running tracks. 

Alternatively, head to The Sauna Frihamnen. The sauna is situated in the park Jubileumsparken which is part of the city’s quatercentenary. It was created by German architect collective Raumblabor Berlin and in large parts it’s constructed from recycled material.

 

Climbing

The rock climbing in and around Gothenburg is considered some of the best in Sweden. Visit the crags of Utby and you’ll soon realise why. Or get a boat to the island of Hönö and go bouldering in a unique environment. If you’d rather stay indoors, there are several challenging indoor climbing walls to try. 

 

Discover parks and gardens 

At Gothenburg botanical garden you'll find around 16,000 species of plants in the different greenhouses and the rock and herb garden. The Botanical Garden offers a vast and impressive collection of plants and flowers and is a great place to visit all year round. With over half a million visitors a year it’s one of the most popular attractions in the region. Although you can still find your own spot or path. 

Änggårdsbergen Nature reserve, within walking distance of the city centre, is a popular spot for outdoor activities ranging from strolling through the woods to downhill mountain biking. The varied ecological environment and fauna contains several examples of nature typical of Western Sweden, such as heathland and moorland. Änggårdsbergen lies next to the Botanical Gardens and stretches from the green parks of western Gothenburg towards the nature area Sisjön, south of the city of Mölndal. Forest bathing is a must for those who really want to get back to nature.

Slottskogen is Gothenburg’s main park. Take a stroll along the winding paths lined with leafy greenery and you’ll see why Slottsskogen is the locals' favourite place to unwind. You’ll also be able to see elks, Gotland ponies, Gute sheep and other Nordic animals in the park zoo. In Slottsskogen you’ll find large, open spaces, perfect for children to play in or for outdoor activities. There are also volleyball courts, miniature golf, outdoor gyms and playgrounds. One of the popular playgrounds is adventure playground Plikta. On the other side of the park is the exciting playground Naturleken that uses nature to create a fun environment for children. The observatory Slottsskogsobservatoriet is located in the northern part of the park, on the top of the hill, and it’s a great spot to visit if you want to learn more about stars and planets.

Vättlefjäll nature reserve is one of the larger open-air recreation areas in the region. Here you can go canoeing or fishing in the many lakes, hike along the trails Bohusleden, Vättlefjällsleden and Pilgrimsleden and enjoy the moorlands, forests and hills. 

 

Explore the northern archipelago

The Gothenburg archipelago – with several islands within short distance of each other – is perfect for a weekend trip.

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Best Outdoor Activities in Montana

Often referred to as Big Sky Country, Montana is the most northerly of the US states. Its beautiful, rugged scenery with plentiful wildlife makes it a popular destination for scenic drives and outdoor activities. The area is actually well-known for its numerous outdoor activities, including winter sports, water sports, hiking and biking.

While it is an extremely large state (the fourth largest, in fact), it’s also one of the least populated. Meaning it’s the perfect destination to practice social distancing, with plenty of wide-open spaces to explore outside of the larger cities.

Highlights of the area include Glacier National Park, the North and Northeast entrances of Yellowstone National Park and the Rocky Mountains.

Best outdoor activities in Montana

For those looking to explore the outdoors, get their adrenaline pumping and experience the incredible nature in the area, we’ve got a list of the best outdoor activities in Montana.

Most of the bigger Montana Resorts will include most of the below outdoor activities, along with a few other fun activities to keep you busy during your stay.

1. Hiking

Hiking in Montana is a great way to explore the area while getting to experience the beautiful nature and wildlife. There are various hiking trails throughout the state, including both day hikes and multi-day routes. Some of the best hikes in Montana can be found in Glacier National Park, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Country, and Bitterroot National Forest.

From mountains to lakes, glaciers, caves, waterfalls, and canyons – there is a hiking route for all levels of hikers in Montana.

 

2. Horseback riding

Experience the spirit of the American West on the back of a horse. Horseback riding is one of the most traditional ways to experience Montana. You can choose to go for the full experience by visiting a working ranch, or just do a relaxing afternoon of trail riding.

 

3. Bicycling

Whether it’s hopping on a bicycle to explore the cities and towns in Montana or climbing onto a mountain bike and heading onto the trails. Montana is an ideal bicycling destination – which is why you’ll find bike shops all over the state and many other keen bikers to interact with.

Montana has mountain biking trails pretty much everywhere, from family and beginner-friendly trails through to expert-level tracks. And if you’re there in the winter months, why not give fat biking through the snow a try? It offers the opportunity to explore new terrain and experience winter in Montana on two wheels.

 

4. Water sports

For the water lovers, there’s plenty of opportunity to experience the vast water landscapes in Montana. For thrill-seekers, you can navigate the rapids while whitewater rafting or try out flyboarding. Avid surfers can take their surfboards out to the many scenic rivers in Montana to ride the waves. Or, for a more relaxing water experience, try stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing or kayaking.

If you prefer to be on the water, rather than in it, join in on a boating adventure. You can go sailing across Flathead Lake, waterskiing at Canyon Ferry, or charter a fishing boat on Fort Peck Lake.

 

5. Rock climbing

With so many mountains and cliffs, there’s bound to be a bunch of great rock-climbing spots for all skill levels. Grab your climbing gear and check out some of the best climbing spots in Montana. Bozeman is one of the most popular climbing areas in the state, popularly known as the climbing capital of the Northern Rockies. Popular spots in Bozeman include Gallatin Canyon, Sagebrush Point, Cascade Creek, and Paradise Valley.

You’re unlikely to run out of mountains to climb in Montana!

 

6. Winter sports

Montana turns into the land of snowy adventure during the winter months! The vast and dramatic landscape means that you can enjoy pretty much any winter sport that you can dream of here. From skiing and snowboarding through to cross-country skiing, snow tubing, dog sledding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring, ice climbing and ice fishing!

Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most popular winter activities in the area, with a long list of slopes to try out – without the long lift lines! For the perfect winter ski trip, base yourself at one of the Montana ski resorts.

 

7. ATV riding

Many of the resorts in Montana will include a range or outdoor activities, one being ATV riding (also known as quad biking). It’s a fun way to see the mountain scenery while slicing through streams and powering over bushes. You’ll also get your adrenaline pumping and be eager to come back for more!

 

8. Fishing

Fishing in Montana is another great way to enjoy the scenery. From the crystal-clear lakes to pebble-filled trout streams, you’ll find a few great spots to cast your line. Some of the popular fishing spots in Montana include the Paradise Valley, Clark Fork River, Big Hole River, Missouri River and Flathead Lake. Not bad spots to sit back and enjoy the mountain views around you while you wait to reel in your catch.

 

9. Golfing

Another more relaxing outdoor activity, there are a few great golf courses in Montana to check out.  Some of the best golf courses in the area include Rock Creek Cattle Co. (Deer Lodge), The Reserve At Moonlight Basin (Big Sky), Wilderness Club (Eureka), The Stock Farm Club (Hamilton), Iron Horse G.C. (Whitefish), Old Works G. Cse. (Anaconda), Yellowstone C.C. (Billings), Northern Pines G.C. (Kalispell), Black Bull G.C. (Bozeman) and Eagle Bend G.C. (Big Fork).

 

10. Shooting

Shooting sports are quite popular in Montana. You can head to a rifle range or try out your shot at target shooting or archery. You can also simulate an actual field hunting experience by doing a clay shooting experience. Or, if you’re traveling in a group, perhaps get competitive with a game of paintball?

 

Go get some fresh air in Montana

No matter what month of the year it is, it’s the perfect time to visit Montana and breathe in some fresh mountain air while taking in the truly breathtaking scenery!

It’s an ideal destination to dust off your cobwebs after spending so much time inside over the last few months.  With so many things to do, including so many outdoor activities in Montana you definitely won’t get bored.

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Best Outdoor Activities to Experience in Montana

Often referred to as Big Sky Country, Montana is the most northerly of the US states. Its beautiful, rugged scenery with plentiful wildlife makes it a popular destination for scenic drives and outdoor activities. The area is actually well-known for its numerous outdoor activities, including winter sports, water sports, hiking and biking.

While it is an extremely large state (the fourth largest, in fact), it’s also one of the least populated. Meaning it’s the perfect destination to practice social distancing, with plenty of wide-open spaces to explore outside of the larger cities.

Highlights of the area include Glacier National Park, the North and Northeast entrances of Yellowstone National Park and the Rocky Mountains.

Best outdoor activities in Montana

For those looking to explore the outdoors, get their adrenaline pumping and experience the incredible nature in the area, we’ve got a list of the best outdoor activities in Montana.

Most of the bigger Montana Resorts will include most of the below outdoor activities, along with a few other fun activities to keep you busy during your stay.

1. Hiking

Hiking in Montana is a great way to explore the area while getting to experience the beautiful nature and wildlife. There are various hiking trails throughout the state, including both day hikes and multi-day routes. Some of the best hikes in Montana can be found in Glacier National Park, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Country, and Bitterroot National Forest.

From mountains to lakes, glaciers, caves, waterfalls, and canyons – there is a hiking route for all levels of hikers in Montana.

 

2. Horseback riding

Experience the spirit of the American West on the back of a horse. Horseback riding is one of the most traditional ways to experience Montana. You can choose to go for the full experience by visiting a working ranch, or just do a relaxing afternoon of trail riding.

 

3. Bicycling

Whether it’s hopping on a bicycle to explore the cities and towns in Montana or climbing onto a mountain bike and heading onto the trails. Montana is an ideal bicycling destination – which is why you’ll find bike shops all over the state and many other keen bikers to interact with.

Montana has mountain biking trails pretty much everywhere, from family and beginner-friendly trails through to expert-level tracks. And if you’re there in the winter months, why not give fat biking through the snow a try? It offers the opportunity to explore new terrain and experience winter in Montana on two wheels.

 

4. Water sports

For the water lovers, there’s plenty of opportunity to experience the vast water landscapes in Montana. For thrill-seekers, you can navigate the rapids while whitewater rafting or try out flyboarding. Avid surfers can take their surfboards out to the many scenic rivers in Montana to ride the waves. Or, for a more relaxing water experience, try stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing or kayaking.

If you prefer to be on the water, rather than in it, join in on a boating adventure. You can go sailing across Flathead Lake, waterskiing at Canyon Ferry, or charter a fishing boat on Fort Peck Lake.

 

5. Rock climbing

With so many mountains and cliffs, there’s bound to be a bunch of great rock-climbing spots for all skill levels. Grab your climbing gear and check out some of the best climbing spots in Montana. Bozeman is one of the most popular climbing areas in the state, popularly known as the climbing capital of the Northern Rockies. Popular spots in Bozeman include Gallatin Canyon, Sagebrush Point, Cascade Creek, and Paradise Valley.

You’re unlikely to run out of mountains to climb in Montana!

 

6. Winter sports

Montana turns into the land of snowy adventure during the winter months! The vast and dramatic landscape means that you can enjoy pretty much any winter sport that you can dream of here. From skiing and snowboarding through to cross-country skiing, snow tubing, dog sledding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring, ice climbing and ice fishing!

Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most popular winter activities in the area, with a long list of slopes to try out – without the long lift lines! For the perfect winter ski trip, base yourself at one of the Montana ski resorts.

 

7. ATV riding

Many of the resorts in Montana will include a range or outdoor activities, one being ATV riding (also known as quad biking). It’s a fun way to see the mountain scenery while slicing through streams and powering over bushes. You’ll also get your adrenaline pumping and be eager to come back for more!

 

8. Fishing

Fishing in Montana is another great way to enjoy the scenery. From the crystal-clear lakes to pebble-filled trout streams, you’ll find a few great spots to cast your line. Some of the popular fishing spots in Montana include the Paradise Valley, Clark Fork River, Big Hole River, Missouri River and Flathead Lake. Not bad spots to sit back and enjoy the mountain views around you while you wait to reel in your catch.

 

9. Golfing

Another more relaxing outdoor activity, there are a few great golf courses in Montana to check out.  Some of the best golf courses in the area include Rock Creek Cattle Co. (Deer Lodge), The Reserve At Moonlight Basin (Big Sky), Wilderness Club (Eureka), The Stock Farm Club (Hamilton), Iron Horse G.C. (Whitefish), Old Works G. Cse. (Anaconda), Yellowstone C.C. (Billings), Northern Pines G.C. (Kalispell), Black Bull G.C. (Bozeman) and Eagle Bend G.C. (Big Fork).

 

10. Shooting

Shooting sports are quite popular in Montana. You can head to a rifle range or try out your shot at target shooting or archery. You can also simulate an actual field hunting experience by doing a clay shooting experience. Or, if you’re traveling in a group, perhaps get competitive with a game of paintball?

 

Go get some fresh air in Montana

No matter what month of the year it is, it’s the perfect time to visit Montana and breathe in some fresh mountain air while taking in the truly breathtaking scenery!

It’s an ideal destination to dust off your cobwebs after spending so much time inside over the last few months.  With so many things to do, including so many outdoor activities in Montana you definitely won’t get bored.

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Lausanne’s Must-Sees – To Be Discovered Like a Local

Voted Best Small City, Lausanne is for sure a town where it’s impossible to be bored.

Discover the places absolutely not to be missed when you visit, with our tips to explore the town like a local!

 

1. Lausanne Cathedral

You can’t miss it! Lausanne Cathedral is undoubtedly a must-see attraction of the Vaud capital. An essential port of call for any visitor. Renowned as one of most beautiful gothic art monuments in Europe, the Cathedral offers a splendid view over the whole town, Lake Geneva and the Alps. The 224 steps that separate you from the top of the belfry will be quickly forgotten as you contemplate the breathtaking landscape! That’s it then, we put the Cathedral as number 1 on our to-do list and pack a pair of sturdy shoes (not forgetting a camera).

  • Our tip: go for a wander in the vicinity of the Cathedral between 10 pm and 2 am to hear the watchman call out the hours to the citizens from the Belfry. A typically Lausanne tradition that goes back 600 years!

 

2. The Olympic Museum and the history of the Olympic Games

Lausanne is also a cultural hotspot with its many internationally renowned museums, such as the Musée de l’Elysée (photography), the Fondation de l’Hermitage (fine art) or the Art Brut Museum. Among that long list, the Olympic Museum remains an absolute must for lovers of sport. An interactive museum that takes you on a journey through the history of the Olympic Games and that’s sure to appeal to children and adults alike! (After all, there’s no age limit for having fun)

  • Our tip: after the visit, we take a well-deserved break on the terrace of the TOM Café, the museum’s restaurant. Best place to chill while enjoying the breathtaking view on Lake Geneva and the mountains. 

 

 

 

3. Ouchy and its lakeside walk

For a walk, a siesta in a park or just to admire the view on Lake Geneva and the mountains, head to Ouchy. It only takes a teensy ray of sunshine for the lakeside walkways to be packed with joggers, cyclists, people rollerblading and strolling. A brief stop at the small Veneta stall next to the pedal boats for an ice cream is compulsory before relaxing in the sun. As for us, we’re partial to the meringue, double cream and speculoos flavours. Delish!

  • Our tip: we rent a pedal boat or a stand-up paddle to go for a spin and discover the town from a whole new angle. In addition, we can’t resist diving into the lake’s clear, turquoise waters.

 

 

 

4. Lavaux vineyards

A UNESCO World Heritage site that is a must-see during any stay in Lausanne, Lavaux seems to be unaffected by the passing of time. Terraced vineyards with Lake Geneva and the Alps as a backdrop, the beauty of this landscape can’t fail to move you. It’s a unique area where Lausanners love to go for walks on steep paths. The cherry on the cake is that you can end it with an authentic wine tasting in one of the local winegrower’s cellar.

  • Our tip: we stop just before Rivaz at Didier Imhof’s small wine-tasting hut located on the Chemin de la Dame (the Lady’s Path!). We indulge in a lovely glass of local wine and savour it as we admire the sunset, with the vineyards, lake and mountains as a backdrop. 

 

 

 

5. Le quartier du Flon

Wandering in the Flon’s lanes, you discover boutiques, cafés, new trendy addresses, but also much more. The Flon district has been transformed in recent years to become an area of artistic expression. Artists’ workshops and studios, architect firms and art galleries have opened in the heart of these former warehouses. And of course, you can sense that on the streets. ? By looking upwards, you’ll discover frescoes on the walls of some buildings in the middle of modern constructions, such as the Pépinières. A treat for the eyes!

  • Our tip: the Flon District is also the ideal place to enjoy Lausanne’s electric nightlife! We’ll meet at the HYPE, the Mad or the D! to set fire to the dancefloor until dawn. 

 

 

6. Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is the gem that makes Lausanne sparkle and its heart beat. From an esplanade, an unexpected opening between buildings, on a terrace, the largest freshwater lake in Western Europe can be seen from a great many viewpoints in Lausanne. Just about everything lures you down to its shores: chilling on one of the small beaches along the waterfront, a short cruise on one of the Compagnie Générale de Navigation’s famous steamboats or a dip in the lake in Vidy for those who enjoy more sedate activities… The lake is well and truly part of the Lausanne lifestyle.

  • Our tip: to enjoy Lake Geneva like a true Lausanner, head to the Jetée de la Compagnie: it’s the perfect spot to go for a dip when you’re not sipping a cocktail, and work on your tan as you’re comfortably seated in one of the wooden deckchairs set out along the full length of the deck.

 

 

 

7. Points of view

Built on three hills, Lausanne is a very steep town. So much so that film director Godart used to say of Lausanne ladies that the constant uphill walking gave them the nicest legs in the world. This unusual topography offers incredible points of view: from the top of the Cathedral’s belfry, Sauvabelin Tower, Montbenon Esplanade or the Flon esplanade…Armed with a camera, you can roam the town to admire Lausanne from all angles. It’s a city packed with surprises!

  • Our tip: to ensure we don’t miss any viewpoint, we follow the panoramic stroll, specially created to easily catch Lausanne’s most Instagrammable spots!

 

 

So, are you ready for a weekend in Lausanne?

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Vorarlberg: Inspiring, Vibrant and Open to the World

Inspiring, vibrant and open to the world: that is the feel of life in Vorarlberg. 

Supremely located in Austria’s very west, between Lake Constance and the high alps at up to 3,000 metres, Vorarlberg shares borders with Germany, Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein.

If you have ever taken a ride on a ski lift or cable car, anywhere in the world, you will probably have come across a product made in Vorarlberg. Firstly, Vorarlberg is a pioneer of alpine skiing, and secondly, Doppelmayr, the world market leader in ropeway construction, is headquartered here. Though small in size, Vorarlberg is an economic powerhouse and home to companies such as Wolford (bodywear), Rauch and Pfanner fruit-juice manufacturers, Blum GmbH (fittings), Alpla (plastic packagings) and Zumtobel (light design). Vorarlberg is famous also for innovative architecture and crafts, original festivals, first-rate skiing resorts and excellent hospitality.

“Ever so beautiful“. That is how Vorarlberg has been described by its 383,000 inhabitants and visitors alike. The quality of living and the recreational amenities are superb:

Vorarlberg boasts great scenic diversity within a relatively small area. From the beautifully landscaped shores of Lake Constance it is just an hour’s drive to the towering mountain peaks. Along the way, verdant meadows, forests and lovely mountain vistas catch the eye.

Many sites around the international Lake Constance in Germany and in Switzerland are simply waiting to be discovered. From the Vorarlberg capital of Bregenz, vessels and cruise boats head for the major destinations.

 

Six different holiday regions invite visitors for an inspiring stay:

▪ The Bodensee-Vorarlberg region, with Bregenz, Dornbirn, Hohenems and Feldkirch as major towns.

▪ The Bregenzerwald with its 22 picture-pretty villages and the Bregenzerwald Cheese Route, known for its interesting architecture and innovative crafts.

▪ Alpenregion Vorarlberg featuring the Brandnertal and Klostertal valleys, the Grosses Walsertal biosphere park and Alpenstadt Bludenz, which is highly popular among families.

▪ The Kleinwalsertal, a high-alpine valley that is lined by mountains, an ideal place to reenergize in the great outdoors.

▪ The Montafon with Schruns as the main village, a rallying point for hikers and mountain bikers in summer, where skiers and freeriders flock to the slopes and runs in winter.

▪ Lech-Zürs am Arlberg, the cradle of alpine skiing and one of the most legendary ski resorts of the world. In summer, you can hike across blooming pastures and meadows and enjoy utter peace and tranquillity.

 

Culture Hotspot

Vorarlberg offers rich pickings for lovers of art and culture. The cultural venues are all over Vorarlberg, from the floating stage on Lake Constance to concert halls in villages and exhibition halls in alpine settings. Vorarlberg boasts some 60 museums showcasing varied themes from contemporary art to the secrets of nature. Some have attracted European-wide attention.

 

Bregenz Festival

Each summer in July/August – with the exception of 2020 owing to the coronavirus situation – the Bregenz Festival stages open-air opera productions on the floating lakeside stage of Lake Constance. Opera performances at the Festspielhaus, concerts by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and other events complement the high-carat programme.

 

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Hohenems

Schubertiade, the world’s largest Schubert festival, takes please each summer in August/September – with the exception of 2020 – in the storybook village of Schwarzenberg in Bregenzerwald. Star-studded artists will perform chamber music, lieder, piano recitals and hold master classes in the Angelika-Kauffmann hall, which affords magnificent panoramic views of surrounding nature. At given dates from April to October, the village of Hohenems hosts the Schubertiade concerts.

 

Bregenz Spring Festival in Autumn

Bregenz Spring Festival presents modern dance at the Bregenz Festival House. Usually this event takes place in Spring, this year it will be from October to December.

 

Montfort Zwischentöne in Feldkirch

On three occasions during the year, the Montfort Zwischentöne features concerts, talks and performances at the contemporary Montforthaus in Bregenz.

 

Poolbar Festival in Feldkirch

For over 25 years now, the poolbar festival has been celebrating pop music, fashion, architecture and design. The main site of the festival, which will run from July 23 to August 30 in Feldkirch, is the old indoor pool. An architecture contest is staged each year redesign the rooms and the immediate surroundings on a temporary basis.

 

FAQ Bregenzerwald

FAQ Bregenzerwald, the latest series of events in Bregenzerwald, will be hosted for the fifth time from 1 to 6 September 2020. Designed as a brain and foodie festival, the forum will feature talks, discussions, concerts and walks. FAQ Bregenzerwald sheds light on socially relevant issues from different perspectives. All venues in the villages and on the mountains, between Andelsbuch and Bezau, have been carefully chosen. Taking part in it is to inspire local residents and visitors to reflect on and have a say in matters, but first and foremost, to have fun. FAQ Bregenzerwald wants to unearth “potentials for having a good time”. FAQ Bregenzerwald is accessible all year round as an online platform, for questions and answers, inspiration and food for thought.

 

Kunsthaus Bregenz

Designed by the renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) is one of Europe’s leading museums of contemporary art. The programme features varying exhibitions, and the museum frequently accommodates solo exhibitions devoted to one single artist who designs works specifically for KUB.

 

Vorarlberg museum in Bregenz

Integrating listed parts, the vorarlberg museum building was designed by the multi-award winning Vorarlberg architects Cukrowicz Nachbaur. Apart from the eye-catching facade featuring 16,656 concrete flowers – actually nothing more than the imprints of commercial PET bottles – visitors will stand transfixed in the jaw-dropping 4th floor “viewing room” designed by Austrian artist Florian Pumh.sl. From the room which is panelled in dark colours, they can marvel at the ever changing scenery of Lake Constance beneath them through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. In modern-design exhibitions, the museum depicts the history and present of Vorarlberg and the Lake Constance region.

 

Jewish Quarter and Museum in Hohenems

Jewish Quarter and Jewish Museum Hohenems For centuries, Hohenems used to be home to a small Jewish community. The Jewish quarter has undergone a careful facelift in recent years. Guided visits are organised on the first Sunday of the month. The stations visited include the former synagogue, today the concert hall named after Salomon Sulzer, the mikwe (ritual bath) and the cemetery. In its permanent exhibition, the Jewish Museum Hohenems is pays tribute to the town’s Jewish community and the various ways it contributed to the development of Vorarlberg and the Alpine region. Special exhibitions showcase contemporary Jewish life in Europe, coexistence and migration.

 

Werkraum Building in Andelsbuch

Designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, the Werkraum Building in Andelsbuch in Bregenzerwald hosts changing exhibitions on various aspects of craftsmanship. During the changing exhibition, a spacious entre where snacks are offered and which features cosy furniture and objects created by the Werkraum partner businesses invites visitors to take a seat, engage in conversation, use the furniture, and linger.

 

Women’s Museum im Hittisau

The Women’s Museum in Hittisau is Austria’s only women’s museum and makes the creative work and life of women visible in changing exhibitions. The museum is accommodated in a modern timber building in the village centre.

 

Angelika Kauffmann Museum Schwarzenberg

Winner of the Austrian Museum Quality Seal, the Angelika Kauffmann Museum in Schwarzenberg is accommodated in a historic, 16th century building with contemporary showrooms. It derives its name from the famous classicist paintress Angelika Kauffman, who had close family ties in Schwarzenberg.

 

James Turell Skyspace in Lech

As of late 2018, a work of art has become accessible in Oberlech. Designed by US artist James Turell, who is well known for his light-space installations, the Skyspace is a walk-through piece of conceptual art. Accessible through a 15m tunnel, an exhibition room with special light features has been built into a hillside. Up above, a large movable skylight affords a view of the outside world, opening up new ways, with every visit, to perceive the sky and the way the light penetrates into the room. When it is dark outside, a light installation makes the room appear totally different.

 

The Great Outdoors!

Recharge your batteries walking, cycling, swimming or skiing.

Let the magic of nature work its wonders. There are several trails leading to sites of exceptional beauty, complete with information about the region and the people who live here.

 

Mountain feel

Up on the mountains, perspectives are never the same. Uniformly posted trails and guided tours take you to gently rolling hillsides or towering mountain peaks, along brooks and rivers, to mountain lakes and alpine farmsteads, where cows and dairymen spend the summer. Those preferring things more easy-going, or wanting to shorten their way up, can always opt for a ride up the mountain by cable car.

The mountain scenery can ideally be explored on a mountain bike or e-bike. All regions offer guided tours and an extensive network of trails.

 

Cycling pleasures

In an all-Austrian comparison, the residents of Vorarlberg cover more kilometres by bicycle than any of their compatriots. This may be attributable to the well-developed network of cycling trails. On easy trails, you can bike on the shores of Lake Constance or along the plains of the Rhine river. Bregenzerwald, Alpenregion Vorarlberg and Montafon also have leisurely cycling trails without steep ascents.

 

Get refreshed

Vorarlberg not only features natural lakes and natural bathing facilities with maximum water quality, it also boasts beautiful bathing lakes. As it is free of chemicals, the natural water is perfect for a refreshing dip. Lake Constance is the perfect spot for surfers and stand-up paddle boarders.

 

The thrill of adventure

Paragliding, climbing or gorge discovery? If you are in for adventure, Vorarlberg’s outdoor operators are a perfect choice. In addition, the climbing and forest rope parks with zip lines in several regions offer thrilling terrain for a taste of adventure.

 

On slopes and runs

In winter, people flock to the slopes for skiing and snow- boarding in many different ski areas. Free riding and ski touring is an excellent way to explore deep-powder terrain, ideally in the company of a professional guide. The ski schools offer courses for beginners and advanced skiers.

 

Laid-back winter pleasures

The magic of winter can also be explored on a winter hike, snow shoe ramble, on a toboggan or skiing cross country. All of Vorarlberg’s regions offer guided activities.

  • Hiking in Vorarlberg

  • Sunrise or Sunset Walks

  • Themed hikes individual culture hikes

  • Bike, e-bike or mountain bike: Discover the region in style on two wheels

  • Outdoor: From canyoning and canoeing to tandem flying

  • Lakeside holidays in Vorarlberg

  • Skiing in Vorarlberg

  • Exploring Winter Wonderland

 

Must-Sees and Must Dos

There are many things waiting to be explored in Vorarlberg and around the international Lake Constance.

There is so much to see when you take a stroll through small, historic towns, picturesque villages, scenic mountains and many a gem.

 

Vibrant towns

Vorarlberg’s cosy small towns invite visitors to explore the cafes and shops, visit museums and soak up the lively atmosphere. Bregenz, the capital city of Vorarlberg, enjoys a privileged location between Lake Constance and the local Pfänder mountain, famous for its lovely views you can enjoy taking up the cable car. The second largest city, Dornbirn, is a popular shopping destination. Twice a week, the bustling and colourful fruit and flower market is held on market square.

The town of Hohenems is famed for its majestic past and a Jewish community. In Feldkirch, you can stroll through narrow lanes with arcaded courtyards, passing medieval city towers. Above the city, there is the towering Schattenburg fortress with a museum and a look-out in the keep. Bludenz captures visitors with its medieval flair. In summer, it doubles as venue for the chocolate festival.

 

Story-book villages

Vorarlberg’s villages have retained their original character. In the centre, you will find the church as a landmark, framed by residential buildings, inns, shops, hotels, workshops and farms. The mix of traditional and modern architecture catches the eye. Locally sourced timber is used in old and new buildings.

Hiking trails and ski runs are literally at your doorsteps or within easy reach on hiking and ski buses.

 

Awe-inspiring nature

The natural scenery between Lake Constance and the high alps is surprisingly diverse. The nature reserve in the Rhine estuary on Lake Constance is characterised by sandy shores and reed, and home to many bird species. Ravines such as Rappenloch gorge near Dornbirn and Breitachklamm gorge in Kleinwalsertal make you understand the power of water hands-on. Cable-cars whisk visitors to lofty summits from where they can take in magnificent views.

 

Nostalgia trains and boat trips

On two historic trains, you can travel like in the olden days: The Rheindamm nostalgia train runs to where the Rhine flows into Lake Constance. And the Bregenzerwald railway operates between Bezau and Andelsbuch-Bersbuch, occasionally with steam engines.

From the modern harbour in Bregenz, the Lake Constance vessels set off for various excursions. The most popular destinations on the German shores of Lake Constance are Friedrichshafen, with the Zeppelin museum, and the flower island of Mainau near Constance on the lower end of the lake.

 

Architecture:

In the footsteps of building culture

Vorarlberg is a genuine hotspot of modern architecture in Austria.

Take a look around! Vorarlberg is considered a pioneering region of modern architecture and cutting-edge craftsmanship in Europe. Architecture lovers will find rich pickings!

 

Trad & Mod

If you want to explore what important role contemporary (timber) architecture and innovative craftsmanship can play in the Alpine region, go to Vorarlberg. Nowhere else in Austria will you come across such a wealth of contemporary design. At the same time, the new buildings fit in seamlessly with the traditional homes.

 

Timber & Crafts

Timber has always been used as building material, both in the past and in present. The new buildings, eye-catchers amid the natural scenery, stand out for uncluttered lines and blend harmoniously with the surroundings. Inside, they impress by their smart functionality. Energy-efficient construction is a matter of course, as is fitting rooms with ecologically sound furniture and materials.

And this is where the craftspeople come in again. They design tables and chairs, beds and sofas, shelves and cabinets, based on age-old techniques, with innovative spirit, to blend in seamlessly with contemporary architecture. The result is spaces that are pleasing to look at and pleasant to live in.

 

Exploring building culture

  • Especially in the towns, you will come across eye-catching modern buildings. It is definitely worth while strolling through the streets and lanes with an open eye.

  • Exceptional architecture is a feature offered also by hotels, holiday homes and apartments. Most were either newly built recently or stand out for a harmonious blend of old and new. The website www.vorarlberg.travel/holidays-and-architecture/ informs about 30 hosts who provide a hands-on experience of contemporary architecture and innovative craftsmanship.

  • Ten carefully selected themed architectural tours by the name of Architectours invite you to individually explore building culture all across Vorarlberg. Depending on the itinerary or the selected theme, the tours last half a day or a full day.

  • “Umgang Bregenzerwald“ are themed village walks which take visitors to architectural highlights in Bregenzerwald. A folder accompanying the tours is available at the local tourist offices.

  • Places to take a breather in Vorarlberg: In Vorarlberg, imaginative design concepts show up in the least expected places. Each building is in dialogue with the surrounding nature and each one reveals facets of Vorarlberg’s contemporary building culture.

  • Original: Architects from all over the world were commissioned by the village of Krumbach to design seven bus stops under the motto Bus: Stop Krumbach. 

  • The Werkraum Building in Andelsbuch in Bregenzerwald showcases innovative craftsmanship, hosting changing exhibitions and works by the Bregenzerwald Werkraum craftspeople.

  • Some hotels and apartments have been redesigned in recent years, combining traditional and modern elements. Whenever rooms or holiday apartments are upgraded or renovated, this is mostly done in cooperation with craftspeople from the region.

 

Treats and Delights

Regional delicacies: from cheese to fine brandies

Whether you opt for a rustic inn or an award-winning restaurant: Vorarlberg has pleasant surprises in store for foodies, offering impeccable quality and excellent value-for-money.

The recipe for success subscribed to by Vorarlberg’s chefs is a longstanding close collaboration with local producers. As much as possible, they rely on seasonal and regional delicacies to serve up hearty traditional fare or light dishes with a creative twist.

 

Cheese

Vorarlberg’s most popular speciality is cheese, notably the spicy Alp and Bergkäse, a hard mountain cheese. It is manufactured on many small dairy-making farms, partly on high-alpine homesteads during the summer. Other delicacies include Emmental, and tender cream cheese made of cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk. Creamy camemberts round off the product line. Sura Kees, a mildly aromatic low-fat cheese, is typical of the Montafon region.

 

For a selection of typical recipes – from Kässpätzle to Riebel – take a look at  www.vorarlberg.travel/en/recipes-from-vorarlberg/

 

Food and Drink in Vorarlberg: Selected Tips

  • Buy directly from farmers:
    Are you after food and treats that taste just great and are made with love and attention by family farmers? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of recommended shops where you can buy produce directly from the farm. 

  • Fresh regional produce - weekly markets in Vorarlberg:
    The markets of Vorarlberg offer a feast for all the senses almost every day of the week. 

  • Culinary tips for summer:
    Celebrating food is part and parcel of the Vorarlberg way of life. At restaurants or inns, mountain lodges, Lake Constance cruises or outdoor dining: the ingredients are sourced regionally wherever possible and used in the preparation of tasteful specialities. 

  • Meal with a view - Recommendations for enjoyment with panoramic views:
    Admire Vorarlberg’s mountain world from way up high, experience moments of maritime bliss lakeside, or enjoy hours of relaxation in a fairytale environment. At these Vorarlberg establishments, the prospects for delicious food and good views are guaranteed. 

 

Good to Know

Arrival by car, rail, coach and plane

Vorarlberg is within easy reach on all routes. The local public transport network is highly developed. Like in a major city, all rail and bus services as well as tariffs are dovetailed within the Vorarlberg transport network. In some regions, hiking buses operate in addition to scheduled services. Visitors in the Kleinwalsertal may use the Walserbus free of charge. The nearest airports are Zurich (CH) and Munich (D). https://www.vorarlberg.travel/en/how-to-reach-vorarlberg/

 

Regional Inclusive Cards

All of Vorarlberg’s six holiday destinations offer their own Inclusive Card. Depending on the region, the cards are valid on public transport, cable-cars and lifts, museums, recreational facilities and enrolment in different programmes.

In Kleinwalsertal, Brandnertal, Klostertal and in Alpenstadt Bludenz, the card is included in the price of accommodation for visitors staying one night or longer at partner businesses, in Bregenzerwald (including Fontanella, Faschina and Sonntag in the Grosses Walsertal biosphere reserve), it is included for visitors staying 3 nights or longer. As of summer 2019, the guest cards in Brandnertal, Klostertal and in Alpenstadt Bludenz are readily accessible via the “Clara” app on your smart phone.

In the Lake Constance-Vorarlberg region (Bodensee-Vorarlberg leisure card), in Montafon (Montafon Brandnertal Card) and in Lech (My Lech Card), the cards are on sale at a bargain all-in rate.

Curious and Fascinating Facts

From alpine skiing to cutting-edge innovation

Vorarlberg grabs people’s attention in many different ways. Small in size, the region surprises with many curiosities and products which are known all over the world.

 

Did you know that …

  • The first ever ski course for guests in the history of skiing was held in 1906 in Zürs am Arlberg?

  • In 1881, Emperor Francis Joseph inaugurated the first telephone in the Austro-Hungarian empire? This telephone has been preserved for visitors to marvel at at Gasthaus Gütle.

  • The sun protection factor was developed in Vorarlberg? We owe this invention to Franz and Marga Greiter, founders of the “Piz Buin“ sun lotion manufacturing company, which derives its name from Vorarlberg’s highest peak, the 3,312 m high Piz Buin.

  • The finest Baroque churches and monasteries in the Lake Constance area were built by builders and craftspeople from local Bregenzerwald? A builders‘ guild formed in the 17th century in Au in Bregenzerwald whose artistry and skills were in wide demand.

  • The European watershed between the Rhine and the Danube runs through Vorarlberg?

  • The export share of Vorarlberg’s companies stands at 60% and is thus the highest of all Austrian states?

  • Ropeways all over the world are designed and partly manufactured in Vorarlberg? Doppelmayr, the world market leader in ropeway technology, is headquartered in Vorarlberg.

  • Heated chair-lift seats are an innovation from Vorarlberg? They were developed by the Doppelmayr company.

  • The overwhelming share of all Red Bull cans sold worldwide are filled in Vorarlberg? This is a job done by Rauch, a company manufacturing fruit juices, which is also based in Vorarlberg.

  • Plastic packaging from Vorarlberg is used all over the world for drinks, foods, cosmetic and sanitary products and a lot more? They are produced by Alpla, the technology leader when it comes to packaging solutions.

  • Furniture and kitchen designers all around the world rely on fittings from Vorarlberg? A company with world-wide operations, Blum has its seat in Vorarlberg.

  • Wolford, manufacturer of premium tights, bodywear and women’s fashion is based in Bregenz? They also run a factory outlet there.

The first design hotel to open in Austria is located in Dornbirn? Designed by architects Baumschlager Eberle, Hotel Martinspark opened in 1996.

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On a World Trip in Antwerp, Belgium

Do you need a holiday and would you like to get away from it all for a while, to tour the world?

Then come to Antwerp, a homestead for many different nationalities and cultures. Depending on what you visit, in Antwerp you could imagine yourself in New York, Japan, China, Africa or Italy.

 

From Chinatown to Japan

If you look over Astridplein from Central Station, you'll see the Chinese pagoda gate on the other side, the entrance to the Chinese quarter. A must stop is the Sun Wah supermarket, where you'll be surprised by the exotic offerings in every aisle. You'll also find authentic Chinese and other Asian restaurants in this district. Join the Chinese walk and immerse yourself in the Antwerp-Chinese culture. And stop by the cathedral and the statue of Nello and Patrasche too. The story, well-known in Japan, is set in Antwerp and tells of the moving friendship between a boy and his dog.

 

It's up to you, New York...

Fans of New York, take note. We don't claim that Antwerp is a New York on the Scheldt, but still there is much in common between the two cities. There used to even be a literal connection, thanks to the Red Star Line that transported about two million fortune-seekers from Europe to America and Canada between 1873 and 1934. The journey to the new world began for many people in a port warehouse in Antwerp. Visit the Red Star Line Museum, the counterpart of the famous Ellis Island in New York, and discover the stories of millions of people with a dream. 

You can also go shopping like the film stars do on Fifth Avenue in Antwerp. Discover the various shopping districts in Antwerp. Or join a walk in the Jewish quarter that resembles in more ways than one the Jewish neighbourhood in the hip New York neighbourhood of Williamsburg. Don't have that much time? A bicycle tour through Jewish Antwerp is also an option. Dine in the evening at one of the meat restaurants on the Slachthuislaan and you might imagine yourself to be in the Meatpacking District. How about a Manhattan or New York Sour as an aperitif?

 

African savannah in the city centre

Has it been a while since your last visit to the Zoo? Come and have another look, because the Zoo has been revamped. In the Valley of the Apes, you can walk among the chimpanzees and gorillas. In the Buffalo Savannah, Cape buffalo and birds live together in peace. Your African safari feeling becomes complete when you look out over the new Savannah with giraffes and zebras. Whether you are an animal lover or not, this green oasis in the city centre is a great place to be. Do you like African cuisine? Then TheFork  has four tips for you: Little Ethiopia, Black Sugar, Elsie's Ethiopian and Eritrean eatery and Cabo Verde.

 

In Europe

From the Rubens House to the town hall and the numerous restaurants, Antwerp is full of Italian influences. On the Grote Markt, take a look at the relationship between the Brabo fountain and the work of Italian Mannerist sculptors. At Museum De Reede, you will also find numerous European traces. More works by the famous Spanish painter Francisco Goya hang here than at the Prado in Madrid. Do visit the ‘German Expressionists’ exhibitionists there too. Fans of Berlin shouldn't miss PAKT. You'll find locally produced coffee and you'll enjoy meals made from ingredients grown in PAKT's roof garden. As if you're sitting on a lovely terrace in the German capital.

In Antwerp, you can enjoy a pocket-size trip around the world. Plan your trip and book a cosy hotel for an unforgettable holiday

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