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Schruns, Gaschurn, Gargellen in the Vorarlberg provice are most easily reached via Zuerich as they are closest to our Swiss neighbors.
Winter turns this Alpine valley into one big skiing paradise. 66 mountain railways and ski lifts, around 197 kilometers/122 miles of marked, manicured downhill runs, ski tours on the sparkling white Silvretta glaciers, 100 kilometers/62 miles of cross-country trails, 192 kilometers/119 miles of winter hiking trails, artificial and natural toboggan runs (some floodlit), ten skiing schools, eight skiing kindergartens
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"Dreamland" on Hochjoch for kids - a new covered artificial ice skating rink, two tennis courts, and plenty of après ski action guarantee an exciting active vacation.
The "Montafon Skipass" is a ticket valid on all the valley's mountain railways and ski lifts, the Bludenz-Schrunz Montafon railway, and post buses.
The Montafon valley is about 40 kilometers/25 miles long and includes 11 villages located at altitudes of 600-1,450 meters/1,969-4,757 ft. and ringed by majestic peaks of 3,312 meters, or over 10,000 ft. A total of 18,000 guest beds is available in the area.
There are villages with a casual, sporty atmosphere and a varied program of leisure activities, cozy localities suitable for families, as well as quiet Alpine villages perfect for relaxing
* Information is courtesy of the Austrian National Tourist Office
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Festivals & Events
Spanish Riding School
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is one of Austria's most known attractions. Please note that seating as well as standing room at the Imperial Palace Home of the Spanish Riding School is limited.
Tel: (+431) 533 90 31
Fax: (+431) 533 90 32 40
Vienna Boys' Choir
An Austrian cultural institution, the Vienna Boys Choir can usually be heard Sunday mornings at the Imperial Palace Chapel and various concert performances.
Bruckner Festival Linz
September 15 - October 6
Numerous classical concerts with world renown orchestras and soloists in Anton Bruckners hometown. The Festival is ushered in each year by the Linz Cloud of Sounds.
Tel: ++43-732-77 52 30
Vienna Music Film Festival
Annually in July and August
Famous opera performances on screen, masterful concert interpretations every evening under the stars with the splendid backdrop of Vienna's City Hall
Free admission nightly during the summer months.
Vienna City Hall Park
(as part of the Vienna Festival)
May 1 to June 16
The Vienna Festival concerts are the highlights of Vienna's concert season. The world's most renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists will be performing, among them in 2002: the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Claudio Abbado and the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) directed by Sir Simon Rattle.
Annually around Easter time
The music festival is opened by Bach's "Passion of St. Mathews" performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Musikverein. Concerts at the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the Hofburgkapelle, a scenic oratorio performed at Odeon and an Easter Night concert at St. Stephen's cathedral round off the program.
Vienna State Opera
One of the most famous opera houses in the world, program runs from September through June each year.
Tel: ++43-1-513 1 513 (ticket sales one month prior to desired performance)
Mid April to Mid November
This Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1089 and is a major representation of Austrian Baroque architecture. Melk Abbey is overlooking the Danube River and can easily be visited during any Wachau Valley excursions.