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Feuerwehrhaus Hittisau, Bregenzerwald

Frauenmuseum, Hittisau

The first women’s muse­um in Aus­tria, award-winning woo­den archi­tec­tu­re and a woman-specific approach to cul­tu­re. A fema­le per­spec­ti­ve on all are­as of life pro­vi­des uplif­ting and enligh­tening insights into living tra­di­ti­on. More than just cus­toms, more than home care, more than routine.

Frau­en­mu­se­um Hittisau
Platz 501, 6952 Hittisau
0043 5513 20537

Gui­det Tours
Lydia Hagspiel
0043 664 8843 1964

March 06 to Octo­ber 30, 2022
Tues­day to Sun­day 10.00 a.m. — 5.00 p.m

Juppenwerkstatt, Riefensberg

The Jup­pen Werk­statt in Rie­fens­berg resu­mes a craft that see­med to have died out. When Lui­se and Man­fred Fitz had to announ­ce the end of their manu­fac­to­ry in Egg in 1993 for reasons of age, the last days of the glamor Jup­pe see­med to have daw­ned. A pie­ce of the Bre­gen­zer­wald iden­ti­ty that was well-known all over the world was under acu­te threat!

But then the muni­ci­pa­li­ty of Rie­fens­berg, the sta­te of Vor­arl­berg, the sta­te cos­tu­me asso­cia­ti­on, the Vor­arl­ber­ger Hei­mat­werk and the Hei­mat­pfle­ge­ver­ein ente­red the sce­ne and got to work. Employees tes­ted the for­mer “Kro­ne” inn for its sui­ta­bi­li­ty as a muse­um work­shop, and it got an excel­lent rating. This is how the new cen­ter of Jup­pen pro­duc­tion came to be in the muni­ci­pa­li­ty from which the oldest depic­tion of the forest inte­ri­or cos­tu­me to date comes.

Jup­pen­werk­statt Riefensberg
Dorf 52, 6943 Riefensberg
0043 5513 835615

June 1 to Octo­ber 31, 2022
Tues­day 10.00 a.m. — 12.00 p.m
Fri­day 10.00 a.m. — 12.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. — 4.00 p.m.

Kunsthaus Bregenz

Kunsthaus Bregenz

The KUB was desi­gned by the renow­ned Swiss archi­tect Peter Zum­thor. The multi-award-winning archi­tec­tu­re is one of the most important muse­um buil­dings of con­tem­po­ra­ry archi­tec­tu­re in the world. Con­cei­ved as a day­light muse­um, the buil­ding impres­ses with its signi­fi­cant exter­nal shape and the uncom­pro­mi­sing imple­men­ta­ti­on of its spa­ti­al con­cept. With their sub­li­me mate­ri­al and form aes­the­tics, the ground flo­or and the three flo­ors sta­cked on top of each other form a clo­sed unit with gre­at artis­tic poten­ti­al. For the artists, the archi­tec­tu­re beco­mes a real bench­mark and con­cep­tu­al impul­se for their exhi­bi­ti­on appearan­ces, espe­ci­al­ly in the case of the new pro­duc­tion of enti­re series of works. The archi­tec­tu­re is the­r­e­fo­re an indis­pensable plat­form for the inter­na­tio­nal exhi­bi­ti­on program.

Post­fach 45, 6900 Bregenz
0043 5574 485 94 ‑433

Tues­day to Sun­day 10.00 a.m. — 6.00 p.m
Thurs­day 10.00 a.m. — 8.00 p.m

Barock Baumeister Museum

The for­mer cura­te house in Au/Rehmen, built in 1780, was once the home of a priest who loo­ked after the cura­te church in Reh­men and was “loo­se­ly” con­nec­ted to the parish of Au. Befo­re that, the very famous por­trait and minia­tu­re pain­ter Wen­de­lin Moos­brug­ger (1760 Au/Rehmen – 1849 Aar­au) lived in this house. He sold the house to a citi­zen of Rehm, who then gave the buil­ding to the cura­te and thus offe­red the cura­te a place to stay.

The house has now stood emp­ty for many years, but is a lis­ted buil­ding. A reno­va­ti­on was not pos­si­ble for the parish alo­ne, so it was deci­ded to use the buil­ding for mul­ti­ple pur­po­ses: a muse­um for the Baro­que mas­ter buil­ders and the Auer guild is to be crea­ted on the ground flo­or, the Au nur­sing asso­cia­ti­on will have pre­mi­ses on the first flo­or and a small apart­ment for the attic the parish.

A place of remem­brance was crea­ted in the Kura­thus, space for lear­ning, dis­co­ve­ring, stu­dy­ing, net­wor­king & mee­ting place, a plat­form for dis­cus­sions & encoun­ters, work­shop & showroom

Reh­men 39
6883 Au
+43 5515 25561

Ope­ning hours in summer:
Mon­day: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Thurs­day: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
Fri­day, Satur­day, Sun­day: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Gui­ded tours in the museum:
Mon­day: 6:00 p.m
Fri­day: 3:30 p.m
Sun­day: 10:30 a.m

Group tours on request!

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Werkraum Bregenzerwald

Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch

Four years of inten­si­ve plan­ning, in July 2013 the Werk­raum buil­ding in Andels­buch was ope­ned. The archi­tect of the house is Peter Zum­thor from Switz­er­land, an inter­na­tio­nal­ly renow­ned archi­tect who is clo­se­ly con­nec­ted to the craft. He got to know and app­re­cia­te the craft­smen in the Werk­raum Bre­gen­zer­wald through the con­s­truc­tion of the Kunst­haus in Bre­genz. Sin­ce then, many craft­smen from the Bre­gen­zer­wald have been working for the Maes­tro from Switz­er­land. His design for the Werk­raum house is based on two basic ide­as. On the one hand, the buil­ding ser­ves as a mee­ting place and on the other hand as a lar­ge show­ca­se — as a show­ca­se for the han­di­craft cul­tu­re in the Bre­gen­zer­wald. An expres­si­on of this idea is a can­ti­le­ver­ed roof made of wood and a faca­de made of glass. The sepa­ra­ti­on bet­ween insi­de and out­side is abo­lished, the land­scape flows through the buil­ding. The arti­san com­mu­ni­ty of Andels­buch is get­ting a new face in the midd­le of the village.

Werk­raum Bregenzerwald
Hof 800, 6866 Andelsbuch
0043 5512 26386
Tues­day to Fri­day 10.00 a.m. — 6.00 p.m
Satur­day 10.00 a.m. — 4.00 p.m

Werkstatt Petra Raid

Petra Raid works with clay, she initia­tes and mode­ra­tes lear­ning and crea­ti­vi­ty pro­ces­ses that chan­ge the way the enti­re regi­on sees itself.

Petra Raid is refres­hin­gly down to earth. That’s why her work with earth, with clay, seems par­ti­cu­lar­ly natural.
She spe­cia­li­zes in smo­ke fire tech­no­lo­gy. The tone is bur­ned as ear­thy as the colors are earthy.

Her Jup­pen­fi­gu­ren in the crown: “The noble appearance, the Gothic sub­li­mi­ty of the figu­res reminds of the upright gait (intern­al­ly and extern­al­ly) of the proud forest women” (Eli­sa­beth Stöckler).

W e r k s t a t t Petra Raid
Gfäll 11, 6941 Langenegg
0043 664 352 8522

Petra Raid Werke
Kapelle Salgenreute Bernardo Bader Krumbach

Die Kapelle Salgenreute

a spe­cial room in a spe­cial place.

The Sal­gen­reu­te cha­pel lies like a gem on a Nagel­fl­uh ridge near Krum­bach. Built in wood and stone, the simp­le basic form on the flo­or plan of the old Lour­des cha­pel takes up the his­to­ri­cal tra­di­ti­on of the Bre­gen­zer­wald buil­ding cul­tu­re and at the same time dares a new spa­ti­al form. The cha­pel desi­gned by Ber­nar­do Bader emer­ged from a crea­ti­ve pro­cess of plan­ning and buil­ding that was cha­rac­te­ri­zed by an extra­or­di­na­ry col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween the citi­zens of Krum­bach, the craft­smen and the architect.

The pre­sent book Cha­pel Sal­gen­reu­te — ber­nar­do bader archi­tek­ten is a docu­ment of com­mu­nal buil­ding cul­tu­re and at the same time a mono­graph of the cha­pel as the epi­to­me of tim­e­l­ess and landscape-related architecture.

It was only natu­ral for the Kunst­haus Bre­genz to over­see the publi­ca­ti­on of the new Lour­des Cha­pel Sal­ge­neu­te in Krum­bach. In 2015, Ber­na­do Bader desi­gned the show­ca­ses and their light­ing for the retro­s­pec­ti­ve of the Ame­ri­can artist Joan Mit­chell in the Kunst­haus Bre­genz. And Peter Zum­thor, the archi­tect of the Kunst­haus Bre­genz, has been working clo­se­ly with the archi­tects of the Bre­gen­zer­wald for two decades.

May the new cha­pel offer all visi­tors a place of quiet, a space to retre­at. The cha­pel book should invi­te you to a hike to the cha­pel or to a visit to Krumbach.

BUS:STOP Krumbach

Archi­tects from 7 dif­fe­rent count­ries desi­gned 7 dif­fe­rent bus stops in Krum­bach: Small uti­li­ty buil­dings in public space. But that is only one side of a bold pro­ject. On the other hand, the­re is an unu­su­al dia­lo­gue with Vor­arl­berg tra­di­ti­on, buil­ding cul­tu­re and craftsmanship.

Krum­bach is known for its scenic charms and lively pub cul­tu­re. In recent years, the vil­la­ge has made a name for its­elf with its multi-award-winning architecture.

Recent­ly, with the BUS:STOP Krum­bach pro­ject: In coope­ra­ti­on with the Archi­tek­tur­zen­trum Wien and the Vor­arl­ber­ger Archi­tek­tur Insti­tut, seven archi­tec­tu­ral offices from Rus­sia, Spain, Bel­gi­um, Nor­way, Japan, Chi­na and Chi­le were invi­ted to design seven bus stops. In clo­se coope­ra­ti­on with local craft­smen and regio­nal part­ner archi­tects, seven “bus shel­ters” were built in 2014 — as remi­nis­cen­ces of the use of tra­di­tio­nal mate­ri­als, skilful pro­duc­tion tech­ni­ques and the land­scape. And with it what cha­rac­te­ri­zes the regi­on to this day: a coexis­tence of man and natu­re, of tra­di­ti­on and moder­ni­ty, of craft­sman­ship and buil­ding culture.


Hal­te­stel­le Branden
Sou Fuji­mo­to, Japan
Hal­te­stel­le Unter­krum­bach Süd
Archi­tec­ten de Vyl­der Vinck Tail­lieu, Belgien
Hal­te­stel­le Unter­krum­bach Nord
Ensam­ble Stu­dio, Spanien
Hal­te­stel­le Zwing
Smil­jan Radic, Chile
Hal­te­stel­le Oberkrumbach
Alex­an­der Brod­sky, Russland
Hal­te­stel­le Kressbad
Rin­tal­aEg­gerts­son Archi­tects, Norwegen
Hal­te­stel­le Glatzegg
Wang Shu, Ly Wenyu, China


bus:stop Krumbach
Umgang Bregenzerwald Winter

New views of the villages

On the “Bre­gen­zer­wald Cir­cuit” 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

Werkraum Krone

In 2007, the coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the Werk­raum Bre­gen­zer­wald and the Hotel Gast­hof Kro­ne in Hit­tis­au set a first visi­ble sign, the Werk­raum rooms were crea­ted, which were fol­lo­wed in 2010 by the Bre­gen­zer­wald rooms . The Bre­gen­zer­wald archi­tect Ber­nar­do Bader was respon­si­ble for the plan­ning and various craft­smen from the Werk­raum Bre­gen­zer­wald for the per­for­mance. You can not only inha­bit the coope­ra­ti­on, but read about it in the book Werk­raum Kro­ne, unfort­u­na­te­ly the book is sold out and only available second-hand. Of cour­se the­re is a copy in every hotel room and in our libra­ry to brow­se through.

The Werk­raum Haus in Andels­buch, desi­gned by the Swiss archi­tect Peter Zum­thor, is a 15-minute dri­ve away.

Energieregion Vorderwald

Energy region Vorderwald

The eight Vor­der­wald muni­ci­pa­li­ties (Doren, Hit­tis­au, Krum­bach, Lan­gen­egg, Lin­ge­nau, Rie­fens­berg, Sibratsgfäll and Sulz­berg) have joi­n­ed forces to crea­te a sus­tainable ener­gy and cli­ma­te policy.

One step along the way is to make ener­gy con­scious, visi­ble and tan­gi­ble. Many objects — from bio­mass hea­ting plants to buil­dings to water hiking trails — alre­a­dy make this pos­si­ble in the ener­gy model region.

Ener­gy auto­no­my is a lar­ge and essen­ti­al part of the goal of the model regi­on. One step along the way is to make ener­gy con­scious, visi­ble and tan­gi­ble. Many objects alre­a­dy make this pos­si­ble in the ener­gy model regi­on, such as bio­mass hea­ting plants, buil­dings and water hiking trails.


Busi­ness card of the ener­gy regi­on Vorderwald

The excur­si­on gui­de pres­ents more than 20 objects with pic­tures, text and cont­act details. Gui­ded tours are also available for each of the­se objects. The­re are spe­cial pro­grams with indi­vi­du­al­ly desi­gned modu­les for spe­cia­list excur­si­on groups or schools. The excur­si­on gui­de is available from the eight com­mu­ni­ties in the Vor­der­wald ener­gy regi­on, from Bre­gen­zer­wald Tou­ris­mus and from the Vor­arl­berg Ener­gy Institute.

Buil­dings, Rene­wa­ble Ener­gy, Landscape

The objects are divi­ded into three cate­go­ries: buil­dings and ener­gy, rene­wa­ble ener­gy, land­scape and ener­gy. In the area of buil­dings and ener­gy, for exam­p­le, the Hof­hus in Lin­ge­nau, the new resi­den­ti­al com­plex in Krum­bach or the ele­men­ta­ry school in Doren will be pre­sen­ted. Bio­mass hea­ting plants or ener­gy from hydro­power, for exam­p­le with the hydro­elec­tric power sta­ti­on Lan­gen­egg, stand for the expe­ri­ence of rene­wa­ble ener­gy. The objects descri­bed in the area of land­scape and ener­gy are very well sui­ted as excur­si­on tips for the who­le family.


HolzKultur in Hittisau

Cul­tu­re con­sists in detours; but that does not mean: in long trans­port rou­tes. The Hit­tis­au wood stays at home. It only knows the detour via careful ten­ding and care of the forest, felling accor­ding to the moon pha­se, pati­ent sto­rage and traditional-innovative pro­ces­sing. It is encoun­te­red in fasci­na­ting shapes and forms. In the forest; in the saw­mills, car­pen­ters’ and joi­n­ers’ work­shops; pro­ces­sed in the new tim­ber con­s­truc­tion archi­tec­tu­re and into fine fur­ni­tu­re. cul­tu­re that is needed.

A wood cul­tu­re path through and around the vil­la­ge takes you to wood: into natu­re, through the forest, over his­to­ric woo­den bridges, to the craft­smen and woo­den buildings.

Plea­se send inqui­ries for gui­ded tours to:

Hit­tis­au Tourismus
Platz 370, 6952 Hit­tis­au, Österreich
+43 (0) 5513 6209–250

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