The Biosphere Park Großes Walsertal in the heart of Vorarlberg is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the country. The high mountain valley, oriented from east to west, was settled in the 13th century by Walsers from what is now the Swiss canton of Valais. A natural gem that was awarded UNESCO Biosphere Park in 2000, a model region for sustainable living work and agriculture in harmony with nature.
The biosphere park Großes Walsertal consists of six communities: Thüringerberg, St. Gerold, Blons, Sonntag-Buchboden, Fontanella-Faschina and Raggal-Marul. The scenically varied mountain world with its gorges, torrents and colorful alpine meadows invites to discover.
In the biosphere park Großes Walsertal one enjoys the quiet beauty of winter. In the small, fine skiing areas young and old find their perfect conditions. In Faschina it is only a few meters from your accommodation to accessing the slopes. Sonntag-Stein offers a variety of beautiful slopes, while in Raggal beginners can practice on three drag lifts. On numerous winter hiking trails and snowshoe routes, the snowy winter landscape can be explored with and without snowshoes. Ski tourers find challenges in all degrees of difficulty and also cross-country skiers can make their rounds through the scenic valley.
As varied as the natural landscape of the biosphere park Großes Walsertal, so are the possibilities of experiencing it in summer. Whether classic hiking on 230 km of hiking trails or numerous theme trails, mountain biking or something completely different, such as horse riding, fishing or climbing - the summer in the mountains of Vorarlberg is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The starting points are easy and comfortable to reach by the summer mountain railroads or special hiking buses.
Autumn in Großes Walsertal offers a colourful landscape as well as lots of regional delicacies. During the Herbst.Genuss.Zeit from September 17th to October 10th 2021, hospitality and the best regional culinary can be discovered. A wide variety of culinary delights on the mountain and in the valley as well as numerous other enjoyment events will invite you to experience Großes Walsertal with all your senses. The Walser Culinary Tour as part of the Herbst.Genuss.Zeit skillfully combines indulgence and the experience of nature: Five gastronomy partners create a joint menu accompanied by fine wine specialties and music at five stations in Faschina. From station to station the hike goes through the menu sequence and thus offers a special experience in the impressive nature of Biosphärenpark Großes Walsertal.
Vacation in the biosphere park Großes Walsertal means finding peace and time for yourself with the wilful Walser people. Taking time for special moments, having time to engage in extraordinary experiences and letting personal encounters unfold. Taking the time to marvel and enjoy. This is exactly what "wohl.zeit" is about. Special, guided programs and hikes allow for inspiration in the biosphere park Großes Walsertal. The „wohl.plätze“ invite to come to rest in special places. Take your time, sit down on a „wohl.platz“ bench and simply enjoy the moment and the view. Special places were defined with views so special you should sit here for a moment. Or even two.
The program „Man and Biosphere“ was launched by UNESCO in the 1970s. Its ambitious goal was to identify ways of preserving habitats worthy of special protection for future generations. To this end, a worldwide network of model regions for sustainable lifestyles and economies has been established over the years. These model regions are called biosphere parks and include famous places such as the Rocky Mountains, the Galápagos Islands and the Serengeti. In a biosphere park, man and nature should interact and complement each other positively. Using nature without harming it, is the motto of a biosphere park. The Große Walsertal was awarded a biosphere park by UNESCO on November 10, 2000.