The following excursions all involve conveniently short distances, and are easily accessible even by public transport.
Alongside the development of modern architecture, an independent design-orientated handicraft scene has evolved in the Bregenzerwald, the products of which are much sought after both at home and abroad. 85 innovative crafts people, ranging from carpenters to textile designers, have pooled their resources and founded this handicraft centre in the Bregenzerwald. Using this joint enterprise as a springboard, the Workshop organises exhibitions, competitions and presentations.
inatura is a museum offering a host of fascinating displays aimed at bringing our natural world closer. Various different "habitats" feature a series of video shows as well as offering hands-on contact with mini-beasts and animal products. In the "Science Zones" over forty different interactive stations allow visitors to experiment with a wide range of physical phenomena.
The Hittisau Museum of Women houses a changing range of exhibits aimed at highlighting a number of topics relevant to women, be it from the worlds of history, art, architecture, social history, ethnology or handicrafts. In addition to the exhibitions, the Museum of Women offers a comprehensive supporting programme of events including special guided tours, talks, workshops, concerts, lectures and film shows.
The Riefensberg "Juppen" Workshop is where the traditional Bregenzerwald regional costumes, or "Juppen", are manufactured. It is also a museum and a centre where handicraft courses are held in the production of the regional costumes. The building itself is of considerable architectural interest. The Riefensberg "Juppen" Workshop Society organises guided tours to familiarise visitors with the entire manufacturing process, from start to finish.
Situated in Schwarzenberg, this museum is dedicated to the memory of the renowned artist Anna Maria Angelika Catharina Kauffmann (1741 - 1807), after whom it is named. Within the recently renovated museum building, a series of continually changing exhibitions ensures a fascinating visit around the collection.
All aboard! Riding in an original railway carriage pulled by an antique steam or diesel locomotive, take a train trip into the world of yesteryear. The little Wälderbähnle railway runs from Bezau to Schwarzenberg station, and offers a very special treat for young and old alike.