Museums & time slots.

Then, here & now

23 villages make up the Bregenzerwald and are home to around 32,000 "Wälder:innen". They are proud, self-confident people, characterised by the eventful history of this region. Numerous museums provide insights and open windows into the past.

Immerse yourself in history

A brief overview of the most important museums in the region and more ...

Frauenmuseum Hittisau

Austria's only women's museum attracts visitors time and again with exciting exhibitions. The special building with lots of glass and silver fir has won several architectural awards.

Angelika Kauffmann Museum

Rooted in the Bregenzerwald (her father was from Schwarzenberg), she was already considered a drawing prodigy at the age of 6. After a devastating fire in the Schwarzenberg church, her father took over the interior redesign of the rebuilt church. Angelica created the apostle frescoes. During her years of education in Italy, she became an honorary member of the academies of Bologna and Florence and eventually even of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. Angelika Kauffmann was a founding member and the first female member of the Royal Academy of Arts. The young artist was already at the forefront of history painting in England at the time and was a favourite in illustrious circles of artists, scholars and international intellectual giants. Men such as Winckelmann, Klopstock, Goethe, Herder and many others appreciated Angelika Kauffmann for her talent, her skill, her education and her sociable amiability. A large part of her considerable inheritance went to Schwarzenberg. The Angelika Kauffmann Museum organises annual temporary exhibitions with many exhibits that have often never been shown to the public before.

Barockbaumeister Bregenzerwald

Vorarlberg's Baroque master builders have impressively demonstrated that you don't have to be born in metropolises such as Vienna, Milan or Rome to achieve great things. Master builders, plasterers and craftsmen from the Bregenzerwald erected around 800 Baroque buildings in southern Germany, Switzerland and Alsace in the 17th and 18th centuries, mostly churches and monasteries, but also castles, palaces and town houses. These include buildings that are now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The museum in the beautifully renovated 16th century Kurathus provides fascinating insights into this period.

Vorarlberger Landesmuseum

For more than 150 years, the vorarlberg museum has been a central location for collecting, preserving and researching the state's art and culture and making it accessible to the public. In terms of content, it focuses on topics related to Vorarlberg. At the same time, these are integrated into a supra-regional and cross-border context.

Umgang Bregenzerwald

The "Umgang Bregenzerwald" trail leads through the villages of the region on specially marked trails and puts important buildings and stories centre stage.