The physical geography of the Tirol and Vorarlberg makes them perfect for enjoying outdoor life year-round. Ski-crazy travelers descend on the resorts during the winter months; in summer, when the mountains are awash with wildflowers, camping tents spring up like mushrooms in the valleys as hikers, spelunkers, mountain bikers, and climbers take advantage of the palatial peaks. High season for summer activities is from July to August, while the skiing season begins in late December and ends in late March or early April. If you're in the Vorarlberg in summer make sure to stop in Bregenz, when the city comes to life with the Bregenzer Festspiele (Bregenz Music Festival). Also boat excursions to Switzerland and Germany are a must. You can even rent a boat and go out on the lake to do some fishing.