The Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz offers some fascinating architectural details. The play of colours in the stairwell is a result of stairs made of oak and a handrail made of brass. [German]
Inn sign at the wine tavern ‘Alte Post‘ in Dornbirn. The sign is labeled with the name of the tavern and the date 1869. The sign shows a postilion which probably refers to the earlier use of the building as coaching inn.
The town coat of arms of Dornbirn displays a pear tree. The symbol of a pear tree refers to the -birn in the city name as the German term Birne stands for the fruit of a pear tree. In marked contrast to this interpretation the name Dornbirn origins from torrin puirron, how the place was called in a 9th-century document.
The Austrian gusto region ‘Kleinwalsertaler Wild und Rind’ is dedicated to local cattle and game. It is located in Kleinwalsertal Valley which is part of the Austrian state Vorarlberg.
The church was named after Jodok (Saint Judoc) who had lived in 7th century. The church was first mentioned in 14th century. An interesting architectural detail: The church is protected against avalanches by a chapel in front of its main entrance.
Sundial dating back to 1952 seen at a school in Mittelberg.
Kleinwalsertal is one of the largest tourism destination in Austria. How to avoid huge jams along the central streets? The Walserbus is a clever answer to this question. Each guest get a guest card from his host valid for all lines between the state border and Baad.
Hotel Gemma is a small hotel located at Kleinwalsertal Valley with a fine view from the lounge to the lower part of the valley. Besides that it is situated next to a ski lift so one can start the winter day by skiing down to the lift station and finishing the ski activities just by skiing back to the entrance of the hotel.
While waiting for my Railjet to Zurich I glimpsed at Schattenburg Castle (Schattenburg) which seemed to guard the tunnel right next to the railway station of Feldkirch.
While passing the railway station of Hohenems with an Austrian commuter train I took this photo of a mural with historical background. It refers to the fact that parts of the ‘Song of the Nibelungs’ (Nibelungenlied) has been found in Hohenems.