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Museums

Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz

On the stairs in Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz, Austria

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]

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Signs

Inn sign in Dornbirn

Inn sign in Dornbirn, Austria

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.

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Coat of arms

Coat of arms of Dornbirn

Town coat of arms of Dornbirn, Austria

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.

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Cuisine

Genussregion Kleinwalsertaler Wild und Rind

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.

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Churches

Church Sankt Jodok in Mittelberg

Church Sankt Jodok in Mittelberg, Austria

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.

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Sundials

Sundial in Mittelberg

Sundial at a school in Mittelberg, Austria

Sundial dating back to 1952 seen at a school in Mittelberg.

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Thougths

Walserbus in Kleinwalsertal

Walserbus in Kleinwalsertal, Austria

Kleinwalsertal is one of the largest tourism destinations in Austria. How to avoid huge jams along the central streets? The Walserbus is a clever answer to this question. Each guest gets a guest card from his host valid for all lines between the state border and Baad.

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Accommodations Hotels

Hotel Gemma in Kleinwalsertal

Lounge at Hotel Gemma in Kleinwalsertal, Austria

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.

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Castles

Schattenburg Castle in Feldkirch

Schattenburg Castle in Feldkirch, Austria

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.

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Murals Railviews

Mural in Hohenems

Mural refering to the 'Song of the Nibelungs' in Hohenems, Austria

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.

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Museums

Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) in Bregenz

Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) in Bregenz, Austria

The Kunsthaus Bregenz is not only known for being one of the leading houses presenting contemporary art but also for its façade made of 712 glass panels. I took this photo from the nearby railroad and was impressed by the fact that the colours of the façade and the sky seem to be the same. [German]

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Architecture

Very small house in Bregenz

Frontview of the very narrow house

One of the smallest houses I have ever seen: This building with the address Kirchstrasse N° 29. [German]