Montafon valley view, Vorarlberg
Vorarlberg is the westernmost federal-state (Land) of Austria. Although it is the second smallest in terms of area (Vienna is the smallest) and population (Burgenland is less populated), it borders three countries: Germany (Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg via Lake Constance), Switzerland (Graubünden and St. Gallen) and Liechtenstein. The only Austrian federal state that shares a border with Vorarlberg is Tyrol to the east.
Montafon is a valley in Austria that extends from the city of Bludenz to the Silvretta mountain range. It is also known in the local dialect as Muntafu.
The Stand Montafon is the association of the ten valley villages. The main town is Schruns. Travelling from Bludenz, you enter state road B188 which takes you by the old cement plant of Lorüns and through the town of Lorüns. After driving through the magic Alma woods and past the Tränabächle (brook of tears) the valley opens to its main splendor at St. Anton (in the local dialect: "Santatöni") on the left, and Vens and Vandans on the right. St. Anton, which is not to be confused with its larger and more famous sister, St. Anton am Arlberg, is the hometown of the Stemer clan and the Battlogg clan. On you travel by Rodund, the main center-valley electrohydric plant of the Vorarlberger_Illwerke, through Gantschier and Kaltenbrunnen and on to Schruns and Tschagguns (in the local dialect: "Schru und Tschaggu"). The mountain town of Bartholomäberg spreads its wings above Schruns, with its outliers Jetzmunt and Lutt watching over St. Anton and its southeastern outliers Kristberg and Innerberg watching over the Silbertal valley. The Silbertal stretches from Schruns to the outpost of the Fellamendli in a south-easterly direction pointing towards the Arlberg mountain range. The hamlet of Latschau, with its hydroelectric power station and the main base of the Golm ski resort, watches over Tschagguns opposite from Bartholomäberg.
From Schruns and Tschagguns onward you cross the Montafon midpoint that divides the outer valley ("Außerfratte") from the inner valley ("Innerfratte"). As you arrive in St. Gallenkirch, you will be able to branch off at Galgenul towards Gargellen, another magically rugged branch valley that terminates at the ski resort of Gargellen. Continuing in the main Montafon valley, you will pass through Gortipohl and on to Gaschurn (in the local dialect: "Gaschorra") and then Partenen, where the road starts to snake up to the Silvretta mountain pass.
A number of celebrities, including Al Dassler, have stayed in the valley. Some of the older folks still talk about the long nights in Schruns playing cards and drinking with Ernest Hemingway and John dos Passos. The Snows of the Kilimanjaro and several other novels and short stories were written in, or they contain material from, the Montafon and the Silvretta glaciers. Later, the famous German novelist and poet Erich Kästner repeatedly visited the valley, as did the former German chancellor Helmut Kohl. The noted opera singer Elisabeth Schwarzkopf spent her last years in Schruns, where she died on August 2, 2006.
The Montafon is famous for skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. There are two 9-hole golf courses, one in Tschagguns and one in Partenen. (Vorarlberg & wikipedia)
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jurek1951 (40949) 2012-02-21 2:57
What an impressive and beautiful landscape.
Marvellous point of view and composition with good sharpness, colors and exposure,
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-02-21 2:59
This is like a painting. Beautiful scenery. Lovely wooden house in the valley surrounded by greenery. Lovely path taking the viewer along the wooden fence to the house. Lovely snow clad mountains in the back.The colors, sharpness and atmosphere are superb.
hidibyendu (871) 2012-02-21 3:15
A beautiful landscape. Nice shot.
npecanhuk (60224) 2012-02-21 4:22
What a charming and lovely place!
What a beautiful and attractive picture! Quite inviting and pretty pleasant-looking!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are excellent!
TFS - congrats,
timecapturer (44493) 2012-02-21 4:51
a classic composition and so full of wonderful and attractive elements. It is an idyllic and enticing view that you have captured so perfectly. Beautiful image!
Regards - Brian.
Royaldevon (25916) 2012-02-21 5:02
A really fresh, spring shot where the nre leaves are coming into their full colour.
The path makes an interesting lead with its dappled patch of shadow. The building and the tall, snow-c0vered peak are both well placed in the frame and together, give a good sense of depth.
Have a good day,
jjcordier (72658) 2012-02-21 5:26
Jolie photo de cette charmante vallée ensoleillée du Vorarlberg.
Sergiom (53823) 2012-02-21 5:49
On a envie de suivre ce petit sentier à travers les bois.Il faut avouer que l'arrière plan est des plus beaux. J'aime la conception de l'image et la gestion de la lumiere.
ChrisJ (94462) 2012-02-21 6:24
Good use of the central winding road to add lead in lines & perspective. The snowcapped peaks make a magnificent backdrop. Good sharpness & lighting contrasts with realistic looking colour. The red roof of the cabin contrasts well against the blue sky. Tfs!
mauro61 (52623) 2012-02-21 6:43
un luogo che per prima cosa fa pensare ad una meta per chi vuole rilassarsi.
Splendidi paesaggi e natura che avvolge tutto.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-02-21 6:46
You anticipate the arrival of the spring. The soft green grass and leaves green are pleasant. The hut is charming at the edge of the small sinuous road. It is a beautiful landscape in front of the high mountain. Very good quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
dkmurphys (45873) 2012-02-21 7:14
Splendid postcard from the mountains. Spring is amazing, well catch.
Have a lovely evening.
JFS (32459) 2012-02-21 7:33
Idylic place well captured, natural colors and perfect light. Thanks George!
amaryllis (33426) 2012-02-21 7:38
une petite route, un cabanon, une nature verdoyante, et une montagne enneigée au sommet, et on se demande ce qu'il y a derrière toute cette verdure, une composition agréable
sacimar (25975) 2012-02-21 7:57
this is a good nature image, I like the view with the wooden construction, the composition is interesting with nice vivid colors,
vasilpro (40701) 2012-02-21 8:14
Wonderful composition, beautiful atmosphere, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, excellent POV, peaceful place into the nature, TfS!
adores (33944) 2012-02-21 16:52
This is really spring! Everything is so green! It's a very beautiful landscape, with the little road, the little hut and the mountains in background, still covered with snow. Very good pov and colours!
siamesa (27703) 2012-02-21 19:58
Boa noite George
Lovely landscape. the green vegetation is beautiful. that house completes the nice composition. TFS
Graal (95083) 2012-02-21 23:52
Jó napot George,
nice delicacy spring green here. Pleasant view from nature. I like the peaceful mood. Photo is well done.
have a nice day.
kordinator (14831) 2012-02-22 1:45
A beautiful landscape composition.
Fantastic colors and beautiful motifs under the great light.
Fantastic natural colors.
jhm (134518) 2012-02-22 3:59
A wonderful springtime picture with the pleasant colors.
I find your picture very well of color and presentation, also depth and perspective.
Excellent taken these lovely picture, sharpness and clarity be perfect.
Nice compositon, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Cricri (100395) 2012-02-22 10:34
Une vallée qui ne manque pas de charme, bon POV de la route et des montagnes, un endroit paisible et bien présenter
Schnappilic (9686) 2012-02-22 11:27
A remarkable composition wit quite atmosphere. I like the little wood house and white mountains from background. Lovely green color!
jemaflor (80026) 2012-02-22 12:24
Beautiful landscape well composed, good effect with the road and the mountains, nice snowy peak.
emka (72306) 2012-02-22 23:47
Lovely place for taking backpack and going for hiking. very nice view with the fresh early green of spring. Very beautiful cpomposition with the road leading uor eyes in the direction of the snow covered mountains.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-21 2:45