Surprisingly, the interior of the church features a fresco with the countenance of Sir Winston Churchill. In 1941, Painter Waldemar Kolmsberger featured the former Prime Minister of Great Britain in his ceiling painting “Zug der Verdammten (The March of the Damned).”
Culture & Events
The Women’s Museum in Hittisau, the only one of its kind in Austria, is located just a few minutes by foot from the village square in a modern timber building. With changing exhibitions, the museum highlights the role, circumstances and cultural contributions of women.
In a municipality surrounded by forest, wood naturally plays a central role. A special hiking trail leads in search of local woodworking culture. Stations include three historical wooden bridges, one of which is the “Kommabrücke” bridge, Vorarlberg’s oldest wooden bridge constructed in 1720. Other stops are traditional and modern buildings of Bregenzerwald timber architecture such as the Ritter-von-Bergmann Hall, the fire station, and culture house with the Women’s Museum. The tourism office organises guided tours to saw mills, carpentry workshops, bio-mass heating plants or to visit the only master cooper for miles around.
Countless trails and mountain-bike routes can be found in the mountains around Hittisau. On hot summer days, the water-themed hike alongside the Bolgenach stream is a ‘cool’ tip. The swimming pool is another place to seek refreshment. In wintertime, there is an 80-km network of cross-border cross-country ski trails, i.e. from Hittisau to Balderschwang (Germany). The Alpenarena Hochhäderich above Hittisau features additional cross-country ski trails and a small ski area.
- The “Umgang Bregenzerwald” village walk provide insights into the design culture of Bregenzerwald. Rust-coloured pillars indicate the location of the various stations.
- The shoemaker Devich is known far and wide for his clogs. At his workshop with store at the edge of the village of Hittisau there are clogs, wooden sandals and even boots made from cowhide.
- Lectures, discussions and the “Day of Lecture” take place at specific times in the Hotel Krone at the village square.
- Once a week in summer, “Firobad” (an after-work evening event) takes place featuring music, food and a programme for kids.