Bludenz is a city in the state of Vorarlberg in Austria. The town, surrounded by mountains, is at the meeting point of five different valleys: The Klostertal, The Montafon, The Walgau, The Brandnertal, The Groß Walsertal.
The Bludenz district headquarters are situated in the Castle of Gayenhofen, built in the 18th century.
Major companies are Suchard (chocolate) and Fohrenburger (beer, 5,2% alcohol). Bludenz is also capital of a district of Vorarlberg.
Settlement in the area of Bludenz began in prehistoric times . The name Bludenz originates from the Celts. In 600 BC there was a military training ground of the Romans. Over the years churches and castles were built in the city. Nowadays Bludenz is a popular hiking and mountain-biking resort in the summer months. Bludenz lays on the way to many skiing resorts not far away (e.g., Brand and Lech). Thanks to the highway A1, that passes Bludenz, the name of the city is very well known in Austria.