Amidst Mountain Sport and Balance
St. Anton am Arlberg is known for its magnificent white mantle during the winter season. In summer, however, the “global village" is steeped in more vibrant hues: you know the warm season has arrived when the holiday region intoxicates visitors with its original Tyrolean charm and diverse experiences of sports and nature. Numerous summer events that are appreciated by guests and locals alike, have established themselves in St. Anton am Arlberg against a magnificent alpine backdrop. To this effect, the "E-BIKEFEST" in June 2019 will enter its second year, not only will yogis find their inner peace at the "Mountain Yoga Festival," while the gruelling "Arlberg Adler" triathlon has long enjoyed cult status amongst both athletes and spectators. Entente Florale awarded St. Anton am Arlberg with gold in 2017 for its projects on quality of life, sustainability and environmental protection and named it “Europe’s most beautiful village in bloom.”
St. Anton Summer Card
A ticket full of possibilities: hotels and accommodation providers welcome their guests to the Tyrolean holiday region with the Summer Card from just one overnight stay. And it has much to offer: While early morning yoga sessions on the mountain may appeal to some, others might want to try their hand at a spot of archery or explore the mountains by e-bike. All rides on the buses between Landeck and St. Christoph, as well as one day’s use of the St. Anton cable cars are also included. For a fee, guests can ”upgrade“ their ticket to a “Premium Card” and enjoy extra services. The St. Anton Summer Card is valid from 19th June to 22nd September 2019.www.sommerkarte.at
Top Events in Summer 2019
E-BIKEFEST –21st to 23rd June 2019
It is said that anyone who has ever sat on an e-bike, will never go back to unassisted pedal power. Those wanting to find out if that is true, can do so during the second “E-Bike Fest” in St. Anton am Arlberg from 21st to 23rd June 2019. Novice riders as well as experienced e-cyclists can embark on test drives or hone existing skills in riding proficiency in the safety area, whilst benefitting from tips and tricks from the pros. If you planning to arrive without your own bike, you can avail yourself of the services provided by one of the six rental stations in St. Anton am Arlberg. www.ebikefest.at
Montafon Arlberg Marathon - 29th June 2019
The start pistol for the “Montafon-Arlberg-Sparkassen-Marathon“ will be fired in St. Anton am Arlberg on 29th June. The ca. 600 participants particularly appreciate the scenic race route: 42 kilometres (1,600 metres in elevation difference) leading mostly through alpine forest and hiking trails. The route will be run in reverse order, from St. Anton to Silbertal in Montafon, for the first time during this 17th edition of the race. The highest point of the tour, whose slogan is “Everlasting Emotions”, is the national border between Vorarlberg and Tyrol, at 1,945 metres above sea level. www.stantonamarlberg.com
Arlberg Giro – 4th August 2019
Dry heat, dusty air, stormy winds or seemingly endless rainfall - driven by their inner determination and a fighting spirit, every participant not only overcomes the elements, but finds themselves in their own element. The gruelling road bike classic, "ARLBERG Giro,” challenges ambitious athletes to compete in an event that is dominated by the element of water this year. Around 1,400 narrow tyre fans will join the line up again this year for this race from St. Anton over the Arlberg Pass to Bludenz, through Montafon, over the winding Silvretta High Alpine Road and back to St. Anton via Paznauntal - covering an eye watering 2,500 metres in altitude difference and 150 kilometres in the process. Whoever reaches the highest point of the course at “Bieler Heights” (2,032 metres) fastest, will also receive the coveted “King” or “Queen” of the Mountain“ title. It all starts at 7 a.m. in St. Anton’s pedestrian zone, although the excitement actually begins on the evening prior to the race: when numerous pros will be racing through the centre of the village as part of the ”International Cycle” Criterion. www.arlberg-giro.com
”Arlberg Eagle“ – Ski, Run & Bike
In contrast to standard triathlons, the three disciplines of the ”Arlberg Eagle“ are held over a period of five months. The prelude to this worldwide unique mountain triathlon is the iconic ”White Thrill“ event on 21st April 2019. Just before the end of the ski season, 555 international skiers and telemark enthusiasts hurtle down from the mass start at the Vallugagrat over nine kilometres of unprepared slopes to the valley, with an added 150 metre interim ascent and several challenging obstacles thrown in for good measure! Competitors then have to keep in shape for the next discipline, the ”Arlberg Jakobilauf” half marathon on 27th July 2019. Less arduous conditions apply for the “Arlberg Marmot” competition, held on the same three days as the “Arlberg Adler”: the "Fit & Fun" section of the Jakobilauf is eight kilometres long and the "Bike Marathon" 20 kilometres. www.arlbergadler.eu
Arlberg Bike Marathon – 24th August 2019
The high alpine terrain of St. Anton am Arlberg is equipped with everything your need for a challenging bike marathon: demanding ascents, varied routes and trails, as well as motivating views that amply reward all the exertion. 35 kilometres and 1,322 metres in altitude must be overcome during the Arlberg Bike Marathon on 24th August 2019, after the starting pistol is fired at 10 hrs in St. Anton’s pedestrian zone. Some participants will not only be competing for victory on the day, but vying for the much coveted ”Arlberg Eagle“ winner’s trophy - because the Arlberg Bike Marathon is also the third and final discipline of this legendary mountain triathlon. www.arlbergadler.eu
Film Festival in St. Anton - 28th to 31st August 2019
The ”Mountains, People, Adventure“ Film Festival celebrates a significant anniversary in 2019: for the 25th time, the international mountaineering scene will be coming to St. Anton am Arlberg from 28th to 31st August 2019 to offer an exciting insight into extraordinary expeditions that have taken place around the globe. The eclectic mix of this event is what makes it so special: Visitors experience the atmosphere of a major professional event in the relaxed ambience of this Tyrolean town. In addition to films with fascinating imagery, international endurance athletes, film directors and impressive personalities talk live about their experiences and adventures and comment on their films. www.filmfest-stanton.at
Gore-Tex Transalpine-Run on the 1st and 2nd September 2019
A stage of probably the hardest alpine crossing in Europe takes participants from Lech to St. Anton am Arlberg and on to Landeck in Tyrol for the seventh time on the 1st and 2nd September 2019. The entire spectacular trail-run extends from Oberstdorf in Allgäu to Sulden at Mount Ortler in South Tyrol – covering 272.7 kilometres and 16,162 metres in altitude over eight stages and four countries. The Gore-Tex Transalpine-Run is considered to be one of the world's most gruelling multi-day races, whose arduous challenge attracts ambitious mountain and marathon runners. www.stantonamarlberg.com
Mountain Yoga Festival - 5th to 8th September 2019
Healthy body awareness and the healing mountain world meet at the 4th Mountain Yoga Festival from 5th to 8th September 2019, when the international yoga scene convenes in this Tyrolean mountain village to take part in an inspiring programme with modern yoga classes, meditation and workshops. Top class experts from USA, Great Britain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be passing on their expertise in all levels of ability over four whole days - sometimes high up on the mountain, and others in spiritual places of energy down in the valley. www.mountainyogafestivalstanton.at
Places and Possibilities
Wanderlust and summit adventures
The 300 kilometre hiking trail network in St. Anton am Arlberg offers boundless opportunities for ambitious mountaineers and pleasure hikers. Well-marked trails in varying lengths and degrees of difficulty entice hikers to the untouched natural landscapes of the Verwall and Lechtal Alps. Speedy mountain ascents are facilitated by the Arlberg cable cars: that whisk holidaymakers to Mounts Rendl, Gampen, Kapall, Galzig and the region’s highest peak, the 2,811 metre high Valluga. Once at the top, nature lovers can choose from a wide variety of tours and quaint mountain lodges for refreshments.
Mutspuren - feel the courage, Eagle Trail und Co.
The “Mutspuren - Feel the Courage” Panorama Trail on Galzig at 2,000 metres above sea level is easily accessible via cable car, where the whole family can learn about Arlberg’s fascinating history at the lovingly designed “Erlebniswelt - Adventure World”. Another trail in Schann entitled “Faith and History”, is dedicated to various themes such as the Swabian Children, alpine farming and the ”Golden City“. The famous Way of St. James even passes through the region: The historic Arlberg Hospiz Hotel in St. Christoph offered protection and shelter to traveling pilgrims in the14th Century - and its doors are still open today. The “Eagle Walk” also begins (or ends) here, Tyrol’s most spectacular long distance hiking route. This 300 kilometre long hike (over 24 stages) leads hikers past powerful peaks, refuge huts, mountain lakes and flower-filled meadows, through the Karwendel and Rofan mountains to St. Johann am Wilden Kaiser. The "Adlerweg" is continually being expanded and improved.
Hotspot for bikers
With its well signposted and marked network of cycling routes (350 kilometres in total), St. Anton am Arlberg is a popular area for all kinds of cyclists The trails are sometimes extremely challenging, but always reward with fabulous views of the region’s most beautiful high valleys. St. Anton is also an ideal starting point for racing cyclists: Challenging routes stretch away to the east and west for alpine explorations, such as the sporty tour to the Kaunertaler Glacier, the scenic Silvretta High Alpine Road or the “Three Pass” journey to Bregenzerwald Forest and Lake Constance.
Thrills with a view
Raging white waters, pristine canyons and steep gorges: Professional outdoor experts help visitors experience an adrenalin rush in the midst of high alpine landscapes – be it rafting, kayaking, canyoning tours, paragliding, climbing or adventure hikes at lofty hikes.
Climbing for all levels of ability
With its steep and rocky faces, Arlberg presents a whole range of climbing opportunities for free-climbing. The „Klettergarten“ (rock climbing area) at Schanner Gorge is a particularly popular destination for sport climbers, with 40 different routes in grades of difficulty ranging from 3 to 9. Bouldering enthusiasts can scramble over boulders up to eight metres high along the wildly romantic rocky walls of the gorge. A well secured gneiss climbing area can be found around the Darmstädter Hut and Kuchenspitze Peak (3,148 metres above sea level), with seven climbing areas and around 70 additional routes. Experienced mountaineers rave about the St. Anton via Ferrate, considered by those in the know to be not only one of the most challenging in the Alps, but also most of the most beautiful. The almost two kilometre long route leads high above St. Anton on a long ridge to the Weißschrofenspitze Peak.
“arl.rock“ sports and climbing centre
With almost 1,000 square metres of climbing surfaces and classic indoor sports activities, arl.rock entices you outside in any weather. Of around 100 challenging climbing routes, 30 are located in the outdoor area where two via Ferrate routes lead up the 18 metre high outdoor tower. Tricky bouldering variants are ready and waiting inside. Those who prefer to keep their feet on terra firma, however, can let off steam playing tennis, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, squash or a spot of bowling.www.arlrock.at
Nine holes with panorama
The mountainous landscape of St. Anton am Arlberg is perfect for golfers who enjoy a little extra challenge - because it quickly becomes apparent you are in the midst of high alpine terrain at the golf course in Nasserein. A challenging 100 metres in altitude need to be negotiated on this richly varied course, which demands a certain level of stamina and presents a „tricky“ game. Amateurs are offered the opportunity to learn the fine art of driving, chipping and putting here during training sessions, children’s afternoons or handicap courses. www.golfarlberg.at
Relax with views of the peaks
Swimming, sauna or steam bath are an integral part of (summer) holidays in the mountains. St. Anton am Arlberg offers it all at the ultra-modern and spacious Arlberg WellCom, Centre for Wellness and Communications. The complex is also used regularly as a venue for sporting and international events, Many St. Anton hotels also offer exclusive spa facilities and therapeutic treatments. Wellnesspark Arlberg Stanzertal/Pettneu is another great place to relax.
Families & Children
For adventurers of all ages
St. Anton am Arlberg is the ideal destination for holidays with children. Parents in particular, appreciate it enormously when the region’s mascot as well as children’s representative, „Hase Hoppl“ (Bunny Hop) takes off with the young ones. During professionally accompanied expeditions through nature from Monday to Friday, kids aged four to 16 years learn all kinds of interesting things, such as how to build a dam or a sundial. Various hiking routes such as the educational “Mutspuren -Feel the Courage” Panorama Trail at Galzig, or the “Faith and History” round walk in Schnann, which also includes a treasure hunt, rounds off the choice available for families.
The “legendary” Verwall Valley
An attractive hiking trail leads through the local “Verwalltal” recreation area, just a few minutes from St. Anton's centre. Past lush meadows, sections of forest, small streams and the emerald green Lake Verwallsee – the trail is flat and easy to negotiate, even when using a pram. Young climbing fans especially will enjoy making a stop at the newly built high and low rope course, with a total of 22 climbing stations at heights of up to 12 metres. Those that dare can conquer their fear of heights over the 170 metre long and 44 metre high “Flying Fox” zip wire over the Rosanna Gorge. Another barbecue and picnic area can be found in front of Verwall Jausenstation (snack bar) next to the lake. Interactive stations are a new addition to the recreation area, where visitors can playfully immerse themselves in the myths and legends of the Tyrolean region. The 35 metre long steel cable suspension bridge at the waterfall has also provided many an adrenalin rush since its installation in 2017, while bike enthusiasts can look forward to sampling the delights of the Pump Track, Northshore Trail and Co. at the “EldoRADo“ Bike Areal. The set-up includes easy curves and obstacles for younger riders and is even suitable for balance bikes.
Useful information on cows and the forest
What grows in the “drunken” forest? How much saliva does a cow produce in one day? What is a “jelly baby” plant? Senn´s WonderWalkingTrail around the Senn Hut above St, Anton am Arlberg is a popular day trip destination for families. Visitors will find the answers to exciting questions along the adventure stations in the herb garden, the tree house, along the “Cool” trail or in the “Forest of Wonder” – by scanning the QR codes with their smart phones. The various stages were awarded with the gold innovation prize for „Ideas and Nature“ and „Best Offer for Children”. And during the weekly „Nature Watch Tour“ with trained herbalist and landlady, Tanja Senn, even St. Anton locals are amazed to find out: that it is never too late to learn. www.wunderwanderweg.at
A blooming world record
It all began with 1,600 hand-planted edelweiss shrubs: And now over 100,000 edelweiss grow in the form of a huge flower at the Sennhütte above St. Anton am Arlberg from July onwards. In 2017, "Guinness World Records" recognised this hand-planted splendour as the world's number one in terms of numbers of flowers, almost doubling the previous record from Turkey's Ankara. Visitors can find out more about this powerful alpine symbol at the Edelweiss-Stadl and adjacent nature trail, which is part of the WonderWalkingTrail. www.stantonamarlberg.com
Music and Custom
Chapels from former times to today
Tradition is in vogue - a trend demonstrated, for example, by brass music. For over a century now, six bands have been an integral part of the communities in Stanzertal, which also includes St. Anton. St- Anton Town Band was founded in 1900 and the famous ski pioneer, Hannes Schneider, was its chairman. The band has enjoyed its greatest boom, however, since the year 2000 with numerous performances all over the world and a high proportion of young musicians. The music associations present lively performances accordingly at the many different festivals, such as St. Anton’s Village Festival on 20th and 21st July 2019, as well as the Parish Fairs in St. Jakob (27th/28th July), Pettneu (15th August), Flirsch (25th August) and Schnann (1st September). The Marquee Festival with St. Anton’s Town Band from 9th to 11th August in St. Anton am Arlberg is yet another all-time favourite. As the first autumn leaves turn to gold, ornately decorated cattle will be returning to the valley from their summer alpine pastures. This is celebrated on the 14th September with a traditional cattle drive and farmer’s festival.
Heavy props are occasionally used at the weekly Tyrolean Evenings: Sometimes tree stumps are hacked by an axe, stone blocks hammered or a scythe is sharpened. 20 performers from „D’Arlberger” use these unusual instruments on stage to depict traditional life in the mountains. Their improvisational talents have already impressed audiences all over Europe. This successful folk group have even made guest appearances in Canada, South Korea and Japan. Performances in St. Anton am Arlberg can be enjoyed in the Arlbergsaal, every Tuesday from July to September from 21 hrs. The admission fee is Euro 17, which includes a drink.
St. Anton Events Calendar 2019 at a glance:
21st April: ”The White Thrill“
21st to 23rd June: E-BIKEFEST St. Anton
29th June: Montafon-Arlberg-Sparkassen-Marathon (mountain run)
14th July: Hour of reflection for car drivers in St. Christoph
20th/21st July: Village Festival in St. Anton am Arlberg
27th July: Arlberger Jakobilauf - half marathon
27th/28th July: Parish Fair in St. Jakob
3rd August: International Cycle Criterion,
4th August: „Arlberg Giro“ – Cycle Marathon
9th to 11th August: Music Association Marquee Festival in St. Anton am Arlberg
15th August: 8th Arlberg Herb Festival at the Sennhütte
15th August: Parish Fair in Pettneu
24th August: Arlberg Bike Marathon
28th to 31st August: 25th Film Festival, ”Mountains, People, Adventure“
25th August: Parish Fair in Flirsch
5th to 8th September: 4th St. Anton Mountain Yoga Festival
1st September: Parish Fair in Schnann
1st/2nd September: Gore-Tex Transalpine-Run
14th September: Almabtrieb (cattle drive) and Farmers’ Festival