Gargellen is a small village in the mountain with 110 habitants. It is situated closest to the sun of the whole montafon because it
is the highest. 1.423m. Due to this altitude Gargellen is very healty - it does strengthen die circulation because in this altitude we produce more
Your car also can make holidays as everything is reachable by walking. Also in the winter you get with your skis right to your
As Gargellen is situatet at the end of a valley there is not traffic passing by. Gargellen is a personal tip because there is no
mass-tourism. Hospitality and friendlyness are the carakteristic of Gargellen and their habitants. IN Gargellen you find Qualitiy instead of quantity.
SKI BACK TO YOUR OWN DOORSTEP IN THE MONTAFON VALLEY’S
HIGHEST SKI RESORT!
Gargellen , at 1,423 - 2,300 metres the highest ski resort in the Montafon valley, is one of the best
„snow traps“ in the Alps.
The main ski area, the Schafberg, is an ideal base for all grades of skier, and all the pistes lead back to
the village - directly to your own doorstep!
Among the main attractions of the area are the extensive almost unlimited slopes of the sunny Schafberg
plateau, the easily accessible powder of deep virgin snow and the lift capacity which ensures minimal
Gargellen has always been renowned as an ideal centre for ski tours. Guests here are spoilt for choice
by some of the finest off-piste skiing in Vorarlberg. Experienced mountain guides are always available
for tours to remote areas of perfect powder and extensive corn-snow slopes. The „Madrisa Rundtour“
offers winter guests the chance of a dy trip into Switzerland and back on their skis, making use of a
variety of lift possibilities. Especially keen ski tourers can receive a special „alpine award“ from the
Gargellen ski school.
Younger guests are made especially welcome in Gargellen. Children are cared for in the kindergarten,
junior skiers are supervised over lunchtime by their instructors. Two „baby lifts“ are available for
The relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the village, together with a high standard of comfort and a low stress factor, influence the majority of guests coming to Gargellen to return time and again.
To meet up with old friends and to make new ones.
You can rendez-vous in one of the rustic mountain huts, on the sunbathing terrace of the Schafberghüsli
restaurant or by a crackling fire in one of Gargellen’s excellent hotels. And if anyone has any energy left
they can live it up in the „Chaverna“ disco, where DJ Peter provides music for young and old alike until
the wee small hours.
All in all Gargellen manages to combine the charm of a remote mountain village with the flair of an
international ski resort.
SUMMER IN GARGELLEN
A natural walkers paradise where the road ends!
Situated at an altitude of 1.423 metres, Gargellen is the highest village in the Montafon valley. It is a peaceful corner of the world, tucked away in among green wooded valleys between the soaring peaks of the Rätikon and Silvretta massivs.
The one road leading to Gargellen forks off from the main valley opposite the „Montafoner- Hüsli“ and heads south. It crosses the river on a little covered wooden bridge - a pleasant harbinger of traditional things to come! For 9 kilometres the road winds its way high up into the mountains until it finally opens out into the sunny Gargellen valley.
The massive Madrisa mountain dominates the village like a protecting fortress. Gargellen, with its little baroque church, has managed to retain all of its original charm. There are no tower blocks - only traditionally designed hotels, guest houses, inns and apartments. Gargellen has a reputation for gastronomic excellence, offering something to suit even the most demanding of tastes.
Here, far away from mass tourism, you can escape from the noise and stress of everyday life and really relax.
From Gargellen a series of picturesque side valleys radiate out in all directions. And the Schafberg
chairlifts help open up unlimited walking possibilities, even for the less nimble. Worthy of a special
mention is the „Madrisa Rundtour“: here guests can walk across the Swiss border to the village of
Klosters, along the Prättigauer panoramic route to St. Antönien and back across the St. Antönien
pass to Gargellen.
Eagles soar above the distant peaks; chamois and deer cross your path; marmots call after you as you
pass. And if you’re really lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the rare ibex. Here you can still
experience nature at its most unspoilt - the best prescription there is for the upsets and stress of
G A R G E L L E N C H R O N I C L E
Gargellen’s earliest history is closely linked to that of the ancient routeway over the Schlappiner pass. There is evidence of three different finds from the Bronze Age, including a spear head, which was discovered on the way up to the present-day pass.
The name Gargellen seems to date from Roman times, whereas the name Schlappin, according to the theory of some historians, appears to be of later origin. The first documented reference to Gargellen’s having had a chapel was in the year 1411, although at the time the village was only inhabited for part of the year.
In the year 1513 one Zacharias Nann is referred to as being the landlord in Gargellen. Construction of the church was begun in 1615, but it was not consecrated until 1640, due to the ravages of the war years.
On 4th July, 1622, warriors from the Prättigau stormed over the Schlappiner pass and occupied the Montafon, and in October of the same year an Austrian army marched through the valley. It was at about this time that the head bailiff Pappus of Bludenz informs us that Gargellen was a valley rich in milk and cattle, and mentions that it had always been the traditional site of an inn catering for the travellers over the pass.
In 1766 the first priest was stationed in Gargellen, although he did not stay over the winter, when the inhabitants returned to the valley
In the war year of 1799, Austrian troops and Montafoner bowmen marched once again across the passes of the Montafon. In the year 1790 the tiny church was enlarged, and the little cemetery was founded. From this time we also have church records.
Around the year 1844 the existence of a school is also documented. In the early days this was only operational for a few weeks during autum and spring. In these days Capuccine monks were responsible for the spiritual and educational wellbeing of the community. In the year 1888 the construction of the Hotel Madrisa marked the beginning of the tourist industry. At the turn of the century a few foreigners bought plots of land and built themselves holidays homes. From 1880 onwards the village was inhabited throughout the year, and both school and clergy remained throughout even the deepest winter months. There were at this time still no more than some twenty inhabitants.
In 1904-5 the first hotel was extended considerably, now having approximately one hundred beds, and an electricity sub-station was installed. Since 1893 there was also a seasonal post and telegraph office during the summer months. About this time the road was also improved considerably. During the years 1925/30 tourism extended in both Gargellen and the hamlet of Vergalden, and was furthered at the beginning of
1923 by the establishment of a ski school and tourist office.
Soon after 1930 a post bus service was introduced, and was continued through the winter by means of motorised sledges. The present road dates from the years between 1935 and 1950.
A tremendous increase in the importance of the village took place after the second World War when the amount of available accommodation was extended tremendously through the establishment of large hotels.
In 1952 the first stage of the chairlift was built, and the swimming pool, tennis courts, riding school and other facilities were introduced. In place of the small sub-station an electricity cable linked the village with the valley below.
In 1965 the Illwerke hydro-electric power company built the Valzifenz and Vergalden aqueducts.
Around the year 1920 the population increased to some one hundred inhabitants, still the case today.
Today Gargellen is a thriving summer and winter holiday resort for those seeking sport and relaxation.