Winterstimmung in Gargellen | © Hotel Bradabella in Gargellen

The greatest joy in the Montafon

Gargellen im Sommer | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Andreas Künk

The greatest joy in the Montafon.

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Gargellen in Vorarlberg

The smugglers’ village at 1,423 metres

The highest mountain village in the Montafon at 1,423 metres has a natural and pristine element. Crunching snow and crystal-clear air – in the “snow village” of Gargellen everything is white in winter. During the warm season, mountain lovers can enjoy untouched nature in pleasant peace on blooming Alpine meadows. Charming and practised hospitality is not amiss among hosts.

The imposing Madrisa majestically towers over the Alpine valley gorge – a place that satisfies every desire for a unique mountain world. Here you can walk on paths that were once used by smugglers: In the border region between the Montafon and Switzerland, the Madrisa circuit leads over a high-altitude hike through to the Swiss confederates, in winter it can be experienced as an exhilarating ski tour. Always accompanied by a touch of thrill.

Whether with a guide or alone, when setting off from your accommodation there is an abundance of unparalleled nature, in which everyone can find a sporting challenge. Exciting climbing experiences at high altitudes and lush routes through colourful meadows in the warmer seasons, long pistes in the valley and accompanied snow activities away from the bustle in the winter months. Awakening all the senses, perfect in itself.



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Madrisa circuit

Mountains know no bounds

Those who hike across borders at over 2,000 metres above sea level, and in doing so learn their own limits, know what it means: In the border region between the Montafon and Switzerland, the Madrisa circuit leads over a high-altitude hike through to the Swiss confederates, in winter it can be experienced as an exhilarating ski tour. Always accompanied by a touch of thrill.

The walk around the massif of the Madrisa is, in the truest sense of the word, one thing above all else: a special kind of border experience. That’s why the Madrisa circuit should be attempted with a Montafon hiking guide or ski guide. He knows exciting stories from the time of traders and smugglers. There’s no better way to hike on the tracks of the past. A breathtaking experience in nature with a myriad of heavenly vistas.

Go round the Madrisa on touring skis

My mountain experiences in Gargellen

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Nidla Variantenabfahrt | © Skischule Gargellen, Stefan Kothner

Nidla freeriding descent

The legendary powder slope in Gargellen
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Madrisa Circuit: To Switzerland and back

Mountains know no bounds
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Gargellen im Winter | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Patrick Säly

Snowshoe hike to the smugglers’ village Gargellen

Across glittering fields of snow on “bear paws”
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Montafon Traverse

The crowning stage of the Rätikon massif
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Montafoner Steinschafe | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns - Patrick Säly

Via Valtellina and Montafon Steinschaf (stone sheep)

On former pack train routes to the cultural heritage of the Montafon
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Klettersteig Röbischlucht | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Daniel Zangerl

Röbischlucht via ferrata

Along the thunderous waters
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Madrisa Rundtour, Skitouren Vorarlberg | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Stefan Kothner

Madrisa Rundtour

Ski tour to switzerland and back
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Klettersteig Gargellner Köpfe | © Gargellner Bergbahnen GmbH & Co KG, Christoph Schöch
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Did you know that...

Friedrich Juen is a direct descendant of the legendary smuggler Meinrad Juen?

Friedrich Juen | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Patrick Säly

“The darker the night and the poorer the weather, the better the conditions for smuggling.”

On the trail of the Montafon smugglers

Daredevil men and women from the border areas between Austria and Switzerland transported anything they could over the mountains in their frame rucksacks out of necessity. The hot goods were even sometimes brought to the Viktualienmarkt in Munich. Popular goods were unroasted coffee beans, which could not be smelt by the customs officers, as well as wine and cereals. The shrewd smugglers were also able to think of something to distract from their tracks. For example, in order to deceive their pursuers, they nailed the soles onto their shoes reversed. Even today, some things will remind you of the smugglers, and you can hike through a piece of their world on magnificent mountain tours.

Gargellen native Friedrich Juen, great-nephew of Meinrad Juen, a particularly crafty smuggler tells the stories in a particularly authentic manner.

Friedrich talks about smuggling


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Getting there

Tourism office Gargellen | Haus Valisera 28 A | 6787 Gargellen


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Gargellen over the course of the seasons.

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