Vorarlberg is the Western-most Austrian federal state - it borders on Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. The dialect that its people speak is somehow situated between those of Switzerland and Austria, which makes it easy for the inhabitants of Vorarlberg to communicate with almost everyone not only in Austria, but also in Switzerland and the South of Germany. This fact is certainly good for business - and indeed Vorarlberg is Austria's wealthiest state. However, it has a population of less than 400 thousand, who mostly live in alpine landscapes.
Bregenz is the capital of Vorarlberg. It is situated most beautifully on the shore of Lake Constance (German: Bodensee), which is the third-largest freshwater lake in Central Europe.
Not surprisingly, tourism is a major part of Vorarlberg's economy. There are many famous ski resorts in the region, but in the summer Vorarlberg is no less popular with adventure-seeking visitors.