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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 has the second highest population density (after Vienna).
Vorarlberg is the westermost federal state of Austria, sharing borders with the countries of Germany (Bavaria), Liechtenstein, and Switzerland and the Austrian federal-state of Tyrol. Vorarlberg also enjoys a small window on Lake Constance via the city of Bregenz. It is the richest and most well to do province of Austria outside Vienna. For its size it offers a lot of diverse landscape including everything Tyrol has to offer with the exception of a large city.
This state is almost entirely mountainous and enjoys one of the highest standards of living and income levels in Austria due to its proximity to Switzerland. It is also is home to a Germanic alpine culture, quite different than the rest of Austria making it a special place in the country even to other Austrians. It is sometimes referred to in German as the "Landle", which translates as the "statelet" or "tiny province". Vorarlbergers are a very proud and hardy people and work hard to protect and preserve their identity and history.
The main rivers in Vorarlberg are the Ill (running through the Montafon and Walgau valleys into the Rhine), the Rhine (forming the border with Switzerland), the Bregenzer Ach and the Dornbirner Ach. One of the shortest rivers is the Galina. Important lakes, apart from Lake Constance are Lüner Lake, Silvretta Lake, Vermunt Lake, Spuller Lake, the Kops Basin and Formarin Lake; the first four were created for the production of hydroelectric energy. However, even before the dam for the power plant was built, Lüner Lake was the largest mountain lake in the Alps. Most of this hydroelectric energy is exported to Germany at peak times. At night, energy from power plants in Germany is used to pump water back into some of the lakes.
Unbelievably, in the westernmost province of Austria, in the Vorarlberg, there also exists a unique landscape in which to discover gorges that are in no way inferior to the most highly acclaimed canyons abroad.
To explore the course and the power of the waters over the past thousands of years, to slide and dive in glass clear basins, to abseil in thunderous waterfalls, in short to roam in a fascinating natural landscape which would forever remain inaccessible by “normal paths”. All this is what makes for “Fascination Canyoning”. Of course, the spirit of adventure and a measure of courage are also required of the “Canyoner”, male or female, at every turn.