• Experience farm NATURHAUTNAH (NATURE UP CLOSE)

    Art Inspired by Nature

    The city of Bregenz and the Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg are a stellar cultural region without parallel. The reason? Nature is the source of inspiration for noteworthy art and culture. It has been for centuries.

    Bregenz is a cultural city on the banks of Lake Constance and located in an international region that comprises parts of Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria. The vastness of the lake and the surrounding mountains shape the life in Vorarlberg’s capital city, which stands out with a refreshing, international array of cultural offerings.


    30 minutes southeast, in the 23 villages comprising the Bregenzerwald region, this special relationship between art and nature is apparent again. Here, locals have always lived in harmony with the Alpine landscape and it is part of their philosophy to look after and respect what mother nature has to give. They are confident and independent people, proud of their roots yet open for change. The creative results are quite something to behold.

    Building with wood is a form of art in the Bregenzerwald

    As soon as you arrive here, you notice that in the Bregenzerwald, people build and live differently. Ornate, traditional, wooden houses stand right next to modern wooden structures with stylish large glass windows or gloriously creative bus stops. Let’s embark on a tour of this fascinating place.

    Zeitgenössische Holzbauarchitektur im Bregenzerwald

    Making dreams come true by building with wood

    In the Bregenzerwald, everyone agrees: Wood can make dreams come true. Traditional crafts here developed in such a way as to leave plenty of room for creativity when it comes to designing living spaces. Architects, craftsmen and builders get both inspiration and materials directly from nature. And they prefer to work with local resources, that is, with wood that you could hug when it was still growing. 

    How do the Bregenzerwald locals today embrace this building tradition? We asked Georg Bechter, architect and light-designer from Hittisau, and gained fascinating insights into this special form of art.

    Georg Bechter's insights.

    A bold mix of tradition and innovation

    • Waiting in Style

      A glass pavilion, a jumbled wood pile, a forest of sticks with stairs: the bus stops in Krumbach are delightful surprises.

      More about the design bus stops
          BUS:STOP Krumbach
    • Growing up in the Wood Shingle Paradise Schwarzenberg

      Peter Fetz is a true Schwarzenberg native. He has worked in Paris, London and Vienna. Then he started to miss his beloved mountains and the genuine appreciation of nature and wood.

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          Umgang Bregenzerwald
    • A convivial discovery of the Bregenzerwald

      Delicious mountain cheese, modern wood architecture, concerts amid rolling meadows: the different walks „Umgang Bregenzerwald“ offer an intimate view of the region.

      Take a look behing the curtain...
          Experience farm NATURHAUTNAH (NATURE UP CLOSE)
    • Explore Ingenious Wood Design

      The Werkraum Bregenzerwald is the meeting point of an innovative, design-oriented group of craftspeople. It is also a place to showcase the local crafts and design culture.

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          Werkraumhaus in Andelsbuch, Bregenzerwald / Andelsbuch in the Bregenzerwald

    „Crafts are our lifeblood: We have crafts in our thoughts, in our talented, practiced hands. Most importantly: We embraced crafts in our hearts.”

    Schoppernau Bregenzerwald
    Markus Faißt, Master carpenter from Hittisau in the Bregenzerwald

    A Closer Look at Local Music

    In Bregenz and the Bregenzerwald it is not only the local woods that inspire unusual art. The picturesque landscapes around Lake Constance and the Alps also influence local music.

    •                 View of the village Schwarzenberg, Schubertiade

      Join a Schubertiade

      Schubert’s music was exclusively played at intimate house soirees, famously known as Schubertiaden. Today the composer’s concerts are very much intact.

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    „The people of the Bregenzerwald are at once very traditional and very progressive. I knew that I would encounter progress here, but they keep surprising me time and again.“

    Workshop in the Bregenzerwald
    Miriam Kathrein, former director of Verein Werkraum Bregenzerwald

    Taking a Look at Female Art

    There are many legends around the strength and bravery of local women during past wars. Today, the focus of these stories lies on the strength of female art.

    •                 Angelika Kauffmann Museum - Bust of Angelika Kauffmann

    „Local tree varieties flourish in the Bregenzerwald to the extent that one has to do very little to help. We only have to take care not to mess up. Then nature helps us and we help nature.“

    Schoppernau Bregenzerwald
    Markus Faißt, Master carpenter from Hittisau in the Bregenzerwald

    The Most Beautiful Locations of the Bregenzerwald

    •                         Anton Schneider street in Bregenz / Bregenz


      Vorarlberg’s capital is beautifully located at Lake Constance, Central Europe’s third largest lake. It offers a dense cultural program coupled with a wide range of outdoor activities.
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    •                         Lake Constance, Bregenz


      Vorarlberg is Austria's westernmost province, bordering Switzerland. Expect amazing ski resorts and great alpine villages perfect for a hiking trip, as well as great opportunities to experience local culture.
      Discover Vorarlberg
    •                         Bregenzerwald

      Feeling at Home in the Bregenzerwald

      The valley is not only remarkable for its exciting culture, but its magnificent hiking trails, delectable culinary treats and a calmness that guarantees healthful relaxation.
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