Bludenz is a city in Vorarlberg. About 14,000 people live there. Bludenz was first named in a document from 830. Archeological findings suggest that there was a settlement from the Bronze age, probably relating to the La Tène culture. Today, Bludenz is an important railway hub, at the point where the Klostertal, Brandnertal and Montafon join. It is the start of the railway line that links Vorarlberg to Tyrol, over a mountain pass called Arlberg. In the year 1274, Bludenz was awarded city rights.