Surroundings are what you choose to surround yourself with.

The Bre­gen­zer­wald coun­try­si­de and Hit­ti­s­au, that’s what we sur­round our­sel­ves with. Rather, he sur­rounds us and gives us many things. Most of it can be expe­ri­en­ced as a guest in the Kro­ne: the gent­le land­s­cape that wants to be explo­red on foot and allows you to relax. Archi­tec­tu­re that is inte­res­ting and sus­tainab­le. Cul­tu­ral crea­ti­ons for the sen­si­ti­ve, sports for the per­se­ve­ring, sere­ni­ty for everyone.

The Bregenz Forest

For several deca­des, the Bre­gen­zer­wald as a val­ley com­mu­ni­ty has been try­ing to reach an inter­na­tio­nal level with its agri­cul­tu­re, its han­di­c­rafts, its sum­mer and win­ter tou­rism, its added value and its infra­st­ruc­tu­re. If the adver­ti­sing stra­te­gists and eco­no­mists are to be belie­ved, the efforts are lar­ge­ly crow­ned with suc­cess. A return to cul­tu­re and iden­ti­ty is now incre­a­singly taking place in the Bre­gen­zer­wald. The green forests, the clear rivers and the majes­tic moun­tains look on calmly.

Dealing with the Bregenzerwald

New views of the villages

On the ” Bre­gen­zer­wald Walk ” through 13 vil­la­ges, you will dis­co­ver the crea­ti­ve power of the peop­le in this region.

So the­re they are. Slim, hard and rus­ty. Of cour­se it’s pati­na — you don’t tre­at yourself to anything else when you’­re a steel pil­lar on the edge of the paths of the “Bre­gen­zer­wald bypass”.

And what are the pil­lars for? To get atten­ti­on. They want to offer the guests a bit of addi­tio­nal enter­tain­ment along the way, pre­fer­a­b­ly unob­tru­si­ve­ly, but with depth — and they refer to the magni­ficent exhi­bits along the way, most­ly Bre­gen­zer­wald houses with an impres­si­ve tim­ber con­struc­tion tra­di­ti­on. Or the new archi­tec­tu­ral jewels, which some visi­tors ask with asto­nish­ment who built them here.

Actual­ly, the pil­lars should ans­wer such ques­ti­ons. But then they would­n’t be Bre­gen­zer­wald pil­lars who, like ever­yo­ne else here, ans­wer a ques­ti­on with a counter-question. This will beco­me clear to you at the latest when you see the light.

To do this, you have to press the column. Not the who­le thing, just a litt­le but­ton on her side. If you look into a small glass pee­p­ho­le at the top, a light sud­den­ly goes on and a drawing and a short text in Ger­man and Eng­lish appe­ar. And this text asks a ques­ti­on about the object in front of the pillar.

That’s not a pro­blem if you have the right “Umgang Bre­gen­zer­wald” fol­der with you. In it you can read the ans­wer to the ques­ti­on in the pil­lar and other inte­res­ting details about the house or wha­te­ver you are loo­king at.

The pil­lar ser­ves as a kind of boring bar in the tra­di­ti­on of framing in this regi­on. What peop­le have crea­ted here, from the land­s­cape through the three-stage agri­cul­tu­re to the farms, houses, fur­ni­tu­re and tools to the tra­di­tio­nal cos­tu­mes and songs, is put in the right light on the paths by the pil­lars and in the fol­ders by the texts. By a fin­ger pres­su­re of the viewer.

The colum­ns were desi­gned by the Bre­gen­zer­wald archi­tect Georg Bech­ter. A sepa­ra­te working group, in asso­cia­ti­on with spon­so­ring mem­bers, hand­led the pro­ject “Umgang Bre­gen­zer­wald”. And so ever­yo­ne can now set out to find out how peop­le deal with natu­re, with wood or steel, with stone or cloth, with talent or cheese, with fish or meat. So far the­re have been twel­ve paths through thir­te­en villages.

The guests should also learn about the lin­gu­is­tic crea­ti­ve power of the forests. That is why the­re is also a sepa­ra­te book on how to deal with it, in which you can read about all sorts of inter­ac­tions: with one’s own child­hood, with music, with pets, with natu­re, with archi­tec­tu­re, with han­di­c­rafts, with women, with pubs, inns and hotels, and with hopes , wis­hes and dreams.

Quel­le Bre­gen­zer­wald Rei­se­ma­ga­zin 2015

Nagelfluhkette Nature Park

Nagelfluh Nature Park

One of the youngest nature parks in Central Europe

The Natu­park Nagel­fluh­ket­te eV is part of the net­work that sup­ports the pro­cess of sus­tainab­le regio­nal deve­lo­p­ment in the All­gäu and Bre­gen­zer­wald. In this coope­ra­ti­on, coope­ra­ti­on is pla­ced abo­ve the inte­rests of indi­vi­du­als. In order to ensu­re the long-term and sus­tainab­le deve­lo­p­ment of the natu­re park under the­se con­di­ti­ons, a trans­na­tio­nal advi­so­ry board advi­ses the natu­re park on its long-term strategies.

Four lar­ge val­leys form an attrac­ti­ve con­trast to the moun­tains of the natu­re park. They all run in a west-east direc­tion and thus fol­low the cour­se of the lar­ge moun­tain ran­ges on the edge of the Alps. Loca­ti­on, geo­lo­gy and cli­ma­te tog­e­ther form the natu­ral basis for this diver­se landscape.

The Nagel­fluh­ket­te eV natu­re park is home to a lar­ge num­ber of dif­fe­rent habi­tats and spe­cial­ly adap­ted plant and ani­mal spe­ci­es in a rela­tively small area. The­re is also talk of a high level of bio­di­ver­si­ty. Accord­ing to a large-scale inter­na­tio­nal stu­dy car­ri­ed out on behalf of the WWF and the Net­work of Alpi­ne Pro­tec­ted Are­as, the natu­re park, tog­e­ther with the All­gäu High Alps natu­re reser­ve and the Lech­tal Alps, is one of the so-called bio­di­ver­si­ty hot spots in the Alpi­ne regi­on. It is the­re­fo­re par­ti­cu­lar­ly sui­ta­ble as a prio­ri­ty area for pro­tec­ti­ve measures.

The high level of bio­di­ver­si­ty in the Nagel­fluh­ket­te eV Natu­re Park has several causes:

  • The big dif­fe­rence in alti­tu­de bet­ween the val­leys or gor­ges and the moun­tain peaks. Each level has its typi­cal spe­ci­es adap­ted to it.
  • The geo­lo­gi­cal diver­si­ty. In par­ti­cu­lar, the clo­se jux­ta­po­si­ti­on of cal­ca­re­ous and cal­ca­re­ous rock pro­mo­tes bio­di­ver­si­ty, as the­re are spe­cial­ly adap­ted cal­ca­re­ous and cal­ca­re­ous species.
  • The cul­ti­va­ti­on of land by humans. As a result, new, species-rich habi­tats have emer­ged over the cen­tu­ries. Many so-called bounda­ry lines have emer­ged that con­nect habi­tats with one ano­t­her, such as the forest edges bet­ween the clea­red alpi­ne are­as and the moun­tain forest.

Sin­ce the begin­ning of 2017, the Nagel­fluh­ket­te eV Natu­re Park team has been streng­t­he­ned by Caro­la Bau­er, Flo­ri­an Heinl and Max Lether. The ran­gers will spend most of their time in the field. In addi­ti­on to visi­tor manage­ment and envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­ti­on, they will also sup­port the are­as of tou­rism, alpi­ne far­ming, fores­try and natu­re con­ser­va­ti­on across bor­ders. Tours with the ran­gers are also offered.