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Dipl.-Ing. Georg Bechter (Umgang Bregenzerwald) © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Dipl.-Ing. Georg Bechter (Umgang Bregenzerwald) © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Georg Bechter #austriantime

“The Bregenzerwald consists of walks through 12 villages, and each village has its own special theme.”

Take a creative walk through the Bregenzerwald

Old farmhouses mix with modern architecture: the network of discovery trails in Bregenzerwald takes you deep into the imaginative culture of twelve Austrian villages.
 
Why do Bregenzerwald villages look the way they do? What are the values and ideas behind the wood-paneled walls? The Bregenzerwald Umgang walks try to answer these questions by guiding you through twelve of Bregenzerwald’s picturesque villages. The walks, which take from an hour and a half to four hours, are lined with short informative plaques. Spend a day outside and learn about the region’s past and present, the locals and their way of life - you might be surprised with the peoples' creativity.
 
Each village in Bregenzerwald has something special to see or do. Egg’s old town is located on an island, only accessible through bridges. In Lingenau, you can tour a cheese cellar and sample some of the 33,000 cheese wheels that mature in the modern building. The region has always been committed to use only natural, local raw materials, be it wood from the forests, or milk from neighboring farms. But what gives the Bregenzerwald its rugged charm is the openness of the people you will encounter on the way. (It is reflected in everything they do and makes you feel like an old acquaintance, even if it's your first time here.

 

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  • Bregenzerwald Umgang © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Bregenzerwald Umgang © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
  • Umgang Bregenzerwald © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Umgang Bregenzerwald © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
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  • Architecture in Mellau © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Adolf Bereuter Architecture in Mellau © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Adolf Bereuter
  • Women's museum in Hittisau © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Christoph Lingg Women's museum in Hittisau © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Christoph Lingg
  • Bus stop in Krumbach © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Felix  Friedmann Bus stop in Krumbach © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Felix Friedmann
Architecture in the Bregenzerwald region is visionary, yet traditional. Take the Werkraum workshop in Andelsbuch: a perfect showcase for the region's handicrafts. The wooden roof, juxtaposed with a glass façade creates a perfect flow of the alpine scenery into the space.
 
There is an equally unusual project in Krumbach, where acclaimed architects from seven countries were invited to design bus stop shelters. The construction materials were sourced locally to create a dialogue between the foreign artists and Bregenzerwald’s traditions.
 
The Women's Musem in Hittisau for example is the only museum in the world that focuses on cultural work by women.
 
The extent to which nature governs the lives of the locals is apparent when visiting Metzler Dairy's Naturhautnah open farm project in Egg with its goat house, dairy production show, and herb garden.
 
Women's museum in Hittisau © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Christoph Lingg Women's museum in Hittisau © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Christoph Lingg

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360° - Sunrise walk in the Bregenzerwald

Join a group of hikers from a 360-degree perspective: Set out in the darkness of the morning and reach the peak with the first rays of sun. A unique experience without having to be an early riser yourself.

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“You can learn so much about the village life and local people from individual objects. There is a lot to discover.”

Dipl.-Ing. Georg Bechter © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Dipl.-Ing. Georg Bechter © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Georg Bechter, Architect, #austriantime

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Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg

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Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg

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