Vorarlberg Museum in Bregenz

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.

Inn sign in Dornbirn

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. Postilion (Wikipedia)

Coat of arms of Dornbirn

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…

Church Sankt Jodok in Mittelberg

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.

Walserbus in Kleinwalsertal

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.

Schattenburg Castle in Feldkirch

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.

Mural in Hohenems

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.

Very small house in Bregenz

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

Castles in Vorarlberg

Vorarlberg is the most western state of Austria. It is divided in four political districts (Bezirk). In one of its palaces named Schloss Hohenems parts of the famous Nibelungenlied has been found.