Why not join an organised walk around the limestone formations with a knowledgeable local guide, and learn all about the natural wonders the area has to offer? Equally impressive is the new Rotenberg Adventure Trail, not forgetting the Nagelfluhkette Nature Park.
"Nine Very Special Places"
Winning the "Nine Very Special Places" regional award has brought the travertine area much well-earned prestige. All the relevant information can be found on the Lingenau parish website.
The travertine area in Lingenau is considered one of the most impressive limestone formations north of the Alps and, as such, one of Vorarlberg's most outstanding geological phenomena.
A 30 metre wide torrent surges over a 40m high lip of rock and pours into the Subersach gorge. The basic Nagelfluhkippe limestone is visible in some places, whilst in others it is hidden beneath several metres of sinter and travertine. On the hillsides above the gorge, flowing water has built up layers of sediment, causing the development of mushroom-shaped rock formations, stalagmites and canopies.
At the foot of the rock wall the water gathers in a number of sinter basins. Underneath the waterfall the water carries the limestone residue down to the Subersach. Over time the remains of dead plants and animals are covered and become encrusted in the limestone. When the organic material breaks down and decays, an exact imprint is left behind as a fossil. The resultant porous, sponge-like rock is known as calcareous tufa, a stone which is denser than regular travertine. Calcareous tufa is a light, porous stone which is easy to work.