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Village Structure & Listed Monument

Schwarzenberg in Vorarlberg

The historically listed town center of Schwarzenberg in Vorarlberg is one of the most beautiful in the entire province. The village owes its architectural coherence to a calamitous incident which, centuries later, actually turned out to be a stroke of good fortune! In the year 1755, a big conflagration consumed much of Schwarzenberg. The flames devastated the church, while the high temperatures even managed to melt the church bells. But before the ashes had even had a chance to cool, the locals were already busy planning how to rebuild their village: Like a phoenix from the ashes, the village rose from the ruins and was rebuilt, bigger and more beautiful than before. The new Hotel Hirschen was likewise built in 1755, since which time it has gazed upon the goings-on on the village square.

The Baroque church, the Dance House and 16 other buildings – Hotel Hirschen included – were placed under a preservation order in 1989. The historic ensemble of buildings dating back to the 18th century is unlike anything you will encounter elsewhere in Austria. Travelers and recreation seekers enjoy the rural charm and character of the village. In Schwarzenberg in Bregenzerwald, you can quench your yearning for down-to-earth authenticity. That said, Schwarzenberg also greets you with a surprising urban touch. Innovative ideas make this village a place with a robust future, a place that is not as quiet as it may seem at first glance. The village of Schwarzenberg in Vorarlberg stands for diversity and creativity, for a sense of community, something that occasionally gets lost in the shuffle of the bigger cities.

Your stay in the Bregenzerwald

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Hotel and Restaurant in the Bregenzerwald

Experiences in Schwarzenberg


Hikes, glorious scenery and refreshment stops at huts along the way. Jogging routes to get your day off to a perfect start or strolls through the forest to clear your mind. Here are our hiking tips.

1 | Achauenrundweg
Hirschen – Moos – Bregenzerache – Schwarzen – Wies – Hirschen | 2 h 

2 | Weißenfluhalpe
Hirschen – Klausberg – Weißenfluhalpe – Rotenbachschrofen – Klausberg – Schwarzenberg | 3.5 h

3 | Blaserwaldrunde 
Hirschen – Moos – Zur Egg – Hirschen | 45 Min.

Hiking map

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Experience architecture

Walks to a fascinating world of architecture & craftsmanship in Bregenzerwald

What is the story behind the wooden shingles? What tales does the village church have to tell? Why do modern (wood) architecture and innovative craftsmanship play such a significant role in Bregenzerwald especially? Precisely how the people of Bregenzerwald shape where they live is impressively demonstrated on pathways marked «Umgang Bregenzerwald». 12 different paths lead through 13 different villages. 

Guided tours: From July to October, an expert local guide will treat you to intriguing insights into the 13 villages. These tours are offered every Tuesday and Friday. 

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Bike Tours

Located in the middle of Bregenzerwald, the Hirschen serves as the ideal base for numerous bicycle tours.

1 | Obersehrenalpe
Hirschen - Klausberg - Weißenfluhalpe - Obersehrenalpe - Mellau - Andelsbuch - Hirschen  

2 | Kaltenbrunnen
Hirschen - Lustenauer Hütte - Lorena - Kaltenbrunnen - Andelsbuch - Hirschen | 28km

3 | Schönenbach
Hirschen - Bizau - Schönenbach - Schetteregg - Egg - Hirschen 

4 | Achtalweg
Hirschen - Lorena - Alberschwende - Bregenzerache - Andelsbuch - Hirschen

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2 E-bikes are available for you to borrow (20 € / day). Reservations at the reception. 
Please note that we do not have any helmets. 

Experiences in Schwarzenberg

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Museums in and around Schwarzenberg

We have compiled the most important institutions and museums for you to peruse.

1 | Angelika Kauffmann Museum
Angelika Kauffmann, an artist whose roots also extend to Schwarzenberg 

2 | Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch 
Showcase for Bregenzerwald arts & crafts | temporary special exhibitions | less than 1 hour on foot from the Schwarzenberg   

3 | Busstop Krumbach
9 bus-stop shelters designed by architects from around the globe, constructed by local craftsmen

Massage & Shiatsu

Experience relaxing moments with the help of our massage offers.

In addition to the classics available to you here at the hotel, Johannes Zündel also offers Shiatsu massages not far from the Hirschen. Shiatsu is a pressure massage that harmonizes body, mind and soul. This holistic method restores balance to the body's internal energy system and activates your body's self-healing powers.

Massage offer


From October to April, our two yoga instructors Claudia Jochum-Breuß and Johannes Zündel regularly offer yoga sessions. 

The yoga lessons are offered in the Alte Schreinerei and are suitable for all levels. If you wish, you are also welcome to book personal sessions. 
Simply bring along your own yoga mat!
Price per session: 12 €

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Herb Hikes

Walks in nature do us good, relaxing us and fortifying our immune system. 

Katharina Moosbrugger is a certified hiking guide and herb educator. She will show you wonderful hidden places in the area of the Bödele and will teach you about the many, in some cases healing herbs and plants that can be found there. 
These hikes are offered regularly and can also be booked as personal private tours.

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