Brand (Vorarlberg)

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Brand (Vorarlberg) (Austria)
Brand (Vorarlberg)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Vorarlberg
Political District : Bludenz
License plate : BZ
Surface: 40.29 km²
Coordinates : 47 ° 6 '  N , 9 ° 44'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 6 '14 "  N , 9 ° 44' 16"  E
Height : 1036  m above sea level A.
Residents : 729 (January 1, 2020)
Population density : 18 inhabitants per km²
Postal code : 6708
Area code : 05559
Community code : 8 01 05
Address of the
municipal administration:
Brand 230
6708 Brand
Mayor : Michael Domig
Local council : (2015)
(12 members)

7 Free list of voters Brand
3 Simply Brandner
2 Mitanand for Brand

Location of Brand in the Bludenz district
Bartholomäberg Blons Bludenz Bludesch Brand Bürs Bürserberg Dalaas Fontanella Gaschurn Innerbraz Klösterle Lech Lorüns Ludesch Nenzing Nüziders Raggal St. Anton im Montafon St. Gallenkirch St. Gerold Schruns Silbertal Sonntag Stallehr Thüringen Thüringerberg Tschagguns Vandans VorarlbergLocation of the municipality of Brand (Vorarlberg) in the Bludenz district (clickable map)
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Winter view of Brand
Winter view of Brand
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria
Roman Catholic Parish Church of the Assumption
The historic rectory is a listed building

Brand is a municipality in Austria in Vorarlberg in the Bludenz district with 729 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020).


Brand is located in the Brandnertal , which belongs to the Austrian Rätikon , at an altitude of 1,037 meters on the Alvier . 28.7 percent of the area is forested, 20.6 percent of the area is alpine. There are no other cadastral communities on fire.


In the 14th century, twelve Walser families settled in the high valley that had previously been used by Nenzing for alpine farming. The place was mentioned for the first time in 1347. Initially, Brand was part of the Bürs community and had to pay rent once a year. It was not until 1727 that there was a separate parish in Brand, in which around 200 people lived at that time.

The Habsburgs ruled the places in Vorarlberg alternately from Tyrol and from Freiburg im Breisgau in Upper Austria . From 1805 to 1814 the place belonged to Bavaria , then again to Austria.

Since the middle of the 19th century there was increasing tourism in the place. From 1951 to various were cable cars and ski lifts built - most recently in 2010 the Palüdbahn as a replacement for the old chairlift in the form of a gondola .

A few years ago, with the construction of the Panoramabahn to the Burtschasattel, the ski area of ​​the village was merged with the ski area of ​​the neighboring municipality of Bürserberg , and as a result was significantly upgraded. The cabins of this lift float spectacularly up to 210 m above the valley floor of the Mühlitobel.

Population development

At the end of 2002 the proportion of foreigners was 25.8 percent.

From 1981 to 1991 the birth balance (positive) and the migration balance (negative) were almost in balance. By 2001 both balances were positive, which led to a strong increase in the population. By 2011, emigration increased sharply and the birth balance was almost zero.


The municipal council consists of 12 members, 7 of whom came from the Brand Free Voters List, 3 from the “Simply Brandner” list and 2 from the “Mitanand für Brand” list after the 2015 municipal council and mayoral election . Mayor is Michael Domig from the Free Voters List Brand. He was confirmed in the direct election in 2015 with 83.37 percent of the vote as the only candidate standing for election in office.

Culture and sights

See also:  List of listed objects in Brand (Vorarlberg)

coat of arms

Blazon : Divided into silver and red by a five-fold oblique flame cut to the left.

Economy and Infrastructure

View from the Schesaplana (2965 m) to Brand. In the background in the middle of Nüzider and on the right parts of Bludenz

In 2003 there were 27 commercial enterprises with 291 employees and 24 apprentices on site. There were 388 employees subject to wage tax. Tourism and tourism are important. In the 2001/2002 tourism year there were a total of 212,248 overnight stays.

The Lünersee up the valley with the Lünerseebahn is particularly interesting for summer tourism . However, the wide alpine areas to the west of the village are easily accessible and popular thanks to the Palüdbahn , which is also open in summer , the Dorfbahn and the Panoramabahn.

There is also a training hill, which is now in ruins.


A play group, a kindergarten and a two-class elementary school are located together with the Brandnertal Music School in the "zemmako" building.

Sons and daughters of the church

Web links

Commons : Brand (Vorarlberg)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Information board in the valley station of the Panoramabahn
  2. ^ Statistics Austria, A look at the community of Brand, population development. Accessed March 31, 2019 .
  3. Cornelia Albertani, Ulrich Nachbaur: Vorarlberg municipal coat of arms registry . Ed .: Vorarlberger Landesarchiv. 3. Edition. Bregenz 2011, ISBN 978-3-902622-17-4 , pp. 21 ( [PDF]).
  4. Elke Kager- Meyer: A house for children. In: Vorarlberg Online . June 14, 2015, accessed November 24, 2018 .