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The Vandans Legend Trail

Route Description

Mount Zimba in the fog.

The Vandans Legend Trail leads you from the center of the town past 14 stations that are closely connected to local culture and the world of legends. On the trail you will see impressive man-made monuments as well as fascinating natural scenic attractions.   »


The Vandans Ill Bridge

In 1894 and again in 1910 the runoff from the Ill River was blocked and a reservoir was formed between Vandans and St. Anton.  It was quite a few kilometers long.

Here, at the river bank of the Ill, we find the first station on the Vandans Legend Trail. It starts with a true story, partly in the words of the sister of the young man from Vandans named Schoder that lost his life here in a tragic accident.   »


The Vens Bridge

In 1894 and again in 1910 the runoff from the Ill River was blocked and a reservoir was formed between Vandans and St. Anton.  It was quite a few kilometers long.

Twice now, when the Ill flooded, it actually created a big lake between Vandans and St. Anton. The following is an account of the events that happened here. The first time it was the piousness of the people from Vandans that saved them. The second time it was their cheekiness.   »


The Vens Pilgrimage Chapel

On the left: St. Sebastian, the patron saint of the plague.  The arrows in his body symbolize God's punishment. On the right: St. John of Nepomuk, patron saint of bridges, shipping, ships and rafts.  He also protects against the dangers of water.

The Venserbild is a small historical monument and was erected during the time that the plague was raging in Vandans. The chapel is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, St. Sebastian and St. John of Nepomuk. Today it is a popular pilgrimage site.  »



The ghosts that move into the Alpine huts in the Fall after the dairy farmers and shepherds leave.

Agath is described by Hans Barbisch in his extensive works about Vandans in 1922 as a „grassy, delightful Beech grove.“ The legend about this location tells about a ghost that was said to haunt the area.   »


A View of St. Anton in Montafon

Prazalanz, Daniel 2b - Vandans Elementary School

From here you have a nice view of the neighboring village of St. Anton in Montafon. The most well known legends about St. Anton are about the lost city of Prazalanz. These legends warn people about the dangers of sinning and reflect man‘s wishes for riches and prosperity.   »


Gluandigraba and Ganeu

A small mountain stream that used to cause a lot of damage when it flooded during a storm.

The Gluandigraba is a small brook that, in the old days, could wreak havoc on the fields in times of bad weather. Ganeu is outside of the village where the people from Vandans used to have their Maisässe, or May Fields - a part of the typical Montafon 3-tier farming.  »


View of Valluela and the Zamangspitze

A changing picture.  The mountains have many faces.

From here you can get a view of the „Flammspitze“ or Flame Peak, Valluela and if you turn a bit to the east you can see the „Hexenberg“ or Witches Mountain - Zamangspitze. The following stories show how people see the mountains from different points of view.   »



Swinging torches and hitting the rounds of wood are the forerunners to the fireworks.

In the old days the tradition of “Scheibenschlagen” or cutting rounds of wood was carried out on the Scheibenkopf which is an old stone quarry, by the young village boys. This tradition has a direct connection to bon fire night. Both of them are old Montafon traditions and are still practiced today.   »


Valkastiel Ruins

An old photo of the Valkastiel ruins

The Valkastiel ruins are one of today‘s mysteries. Archaeologists assume that the castle was built between 1120 and 1140. Who would have built a castle on such unfertile ground, and for what reason is unknown. This leaves room for all kinds of legendary speculation.   »


Floods and Mudslides

The Ill River after a storm.

The community of Vandans was always a region prone to catastrophes because of its location. It wasn‘t until the 20th century that construction was started to protect the area. There are no traces left of the terrible events that took place back then, but there is plenty of documentation and eye witness accounts.   »


Night Folk

Night Folk, .../Sebastian - 4th year Vandans Elementy school

The unearthly night folk play a central role in the legends of Vorarlberg. In the foreland, the Walgau and the southern valleys of the region, these unpredictable beings celebrate, make music and frighten the townspeople.  »


Mustergiel Brook

The Witch on the Path, Janine 1a Vandans Elementary School

The Mustergiel Brook is one of four becks in Vandans. It is fed by a spring on the Ziersch Alp, but most of its water comes from downpours that are channelled over the Vandans Steinwand. In the past this brook could cause a lot of damage during a storm.   »


The Lime Kiln

In earlier times, lime was fired here under unimaginable conditions.

This lime kiln comes from a time when lime was burned in a stone kiln under conditions we just can’t imagine today. The legend pertaining to this kiln doesn’t come directly from the Montafon but it is very gruesome and is meant to warn people about the consequences of having an affair.   »


Old and New Parish Churches

The church towers finally stand side by side, at peace with each other.

In the center of the village there are two churches that grace the village with their contrasting looks. The pious people of Vandans didn’t have their own parish for the longest time, but in the end, after a long conflict, their efforts to become independent were finally rewarded.   »


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