The coexistence of old and new (wooden) architecture surprises many visitors, who make use of the village as a launching off point to enjoy both hiking and skiing at the “Niedere.” Speaking of “launching off,” this mountain is also popular with hang-gliders and para-gilders.
Andelsbuch has played an important role in the history of Bregenzerwald: The Rathaus der freien Bregenzerwälder Landgemeinde (town hall of the free people of the Bregenzerwald’s rural community) was once located on the Bezegg, along the way from Andelsbuch to Bezau. The “Bezegg-Sul” pillar was erected in remembrance of this erstwhile town hall, which was a wooden house on four pillars similar to the modern community building at today’s town hall.
Culture & Events
The Werkraumhaus is a striking building in the centre of Andelsbuch, which was constructed by famous Swiss Architect Peter Zumthor. With changing exhibitions, a shop and a pub, the building acts as a showcase for craftsmanship and design culture in Bregenzerwald. The “Handwerk + Form” event takes place every three years (next in October 2018). The exhibition, which is preceded by a competition, displays pieces that Bregenzerwald craftsmen have developed along with international designers. The exhibition circuit encompasses workshops throughout the village. In July and August, people gather every Friday at 7 pm to attend the “Summ’r Hock” event with music, food, and lively discourse.
In the valley and on the “Niedere,” summer guests can make the most of an extensive network of trails for running, hiking and cycling as well as routes for mountain biking. In Bersbuch, there is an exceptional high-ropes course and climbing garden for climbing fans. To cool down, one can walk over to the Bregenzerache river area or visit one the outdoor pools in the neighbouring towns. In winter, skiers can enjoy the slopes and deep-powder snow ridges of the “Niedere.” Cross-country skiing and winter hiking are also popular.
- The “Umgang Bregenzerwald” village walk provide insights into the design culture of Bregenzerwald. Rust-coloured pillars indicate the location of the various stations.
- The kulturverein bahnhof cultural centre is the setting for concerts, readings, cabaret and theatre throughout the year.
- The Käsehaus Andelsbuch is open daily. Here, guests can peek over the shoulder of Alpine cheesemakers, sample cheese specialities and purchase regional delicacies.
- The art nouveau power station at the Bregenzerache is open for guided tours in summer. First operational in 1908, it was one of the largest and most modern hydroelectric power stations in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
- A modern chapel at the Alpe Niedere mountain inn is a surprise for visitors. Vorarlberg Architect Cukrowicz Nachbauer planed the simple timber building, which has received several architectural awards.