Holidaying in Schruns in the Montafon valley!
Discover the Austrian Alps in Vorarlberg
Schruns is one of 11 municipalities in the 39 km-long Montafon alpine valley. With the neighbouring town of Tschagguns, Schruns is the main town in the valley. The Montafon valley is located in the south of the state of Vorarlberg, in Austria's southwest and is surrounded by the three mountain ranges Rätikon, Silvretta and Verwall
Both in summer and winter, the Montafon valley is the perfect holiday destination for adults and children. With the BergePLUS card, which you receive free of charge from us as a Hotel Zimba guest, you can take part in all the activities of the year-round guest programme in the Montafon valley free of charge.
Schruns in the Montafon valley is ideal for your winter holiday and close to the Montafon ski area – you can reach the Hochjoch cable car in just six minutes on foot from our hotel. Besides downhill skiing, you can also cross-country ski, snowshoe or toboggan in the Montafon valley. In summer, 1,161 km of hiking trails, summer toboggan runs, swimming pools and lakes await you. Both in summer and winter, there are great events around Schruns-Tschagguns for guests and locals.
The history of the Montafon valley
According to archaeological and botanical studies, people settled in the Montafon valley as early as 5,000 years ago. Originally, Rhaeto-Romans from Walgau and Graubünden inhabited the Montafon valley, to which mountain, river and place names such as Tilisuna, Albona or Silvretta can still be traced today
As probably in the Bronze and Iron Ages as well, the Montafon valley was also a centre of mining for iron, copper and silver throughout the Middle Ages. Politically, the Montafon valley belonged to the domain of the Counts of Werdenberg from about 1258 to 1418/20, who founded the town of Bludenz between 1259 and 1296
From the 15th century onwards, the Habsburgs ruled in Vorarlberg and thus also in the Montafon valley. From 1805 to 1814, the Montafon valley belonged to the Kingdom of Bavaria. Since 1814, the valley has belonged to Austria again
The coat of arms of the Montafon people, two crossed keys, has been retained from the 15th century – it is a sign of open-mindedness.
Schruns-Tschagguns in the Montafon valley (700–2,400 m)
Until about 1317, Schruns was called Sankt Jossen – until 1430 there were also variants "Schirun", "Scherun" and "St. Josen in Schiruns".
In 1926, the famous writer and Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway spent three months in Schruns in the Montafon valley. He wrote about his experiences in the story "Snow on Kilimanjaro"
In 1928, Schruns became a market town with the renowned Schruns cattle market playing a not insignificant role. The municipality of Schruns also owes its coat of arms – a leaping bull –to the market.
Only after the Second World War did Schruns gain importance as a tourism destination, which is steadily increasing. Today, Schruns and Tschagguns are the two main towns in the Montafon valley and are two extremely popular holiday resorts for holidaying in the mountains.
Besides hiking and skiing this region in the Montafon valley has a lot more to offer both in summer and winter. As the Swiss writer Jakob Christoph Heer once said, "Schruns is more of a coquettish little town than a village"...
See for yourself and visit us at Hotel Zimba in the heart of Schruns in the Montafon valley. For a perfect break in the mountains, we recommend our summer packages or winter packages. Send us your obligation-free enquiry, we look forward to hearing from you!