Saturday, 5 January 2013

Land of Big Sky and Snow
Western Austria in Winter
Merisi's Viennese Escapes


Big Sky
Where snow and horizon meet

or so you think,
until you reach the top
of a hill and more mountains
remind you that the horizon's further still

and you turn around
and walk back into the village,

its beautiful Bregenzerwald farmhouses
with wood shingle sidings

and rows of windows
with wooden shutters
offering a warm embrace

Looking at these traditional buildings
you would not expect that Vorarlberg -
home to the Bregenzerwald Region -
is the European center of modern architecture,
would you?
Well, traveling through the region
will offer you stunning examples of both
traditional and modern architecture.
Its beauty took my breath away.

Photographs & Text © by Merisi

Here are links about the Bregenzerwald Region and its architecture:
o> Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg
"Famous for its contemporary architecture, throughout Vorarlberg's Bregenzerwald classic wooden buildings are preserved, yet also enhanced, in bold modern form."
o> network of architecture guided tours
by architects, architectural historians and writers

In a previous post, you'll find an example of modern architecture in Vorarlberg:
o> Women's Museum in Hittsau
o> Book review: Sustainable Architecture in Vorarlberg by Ulrich Dangel
o> Austria Travel Info: Vorarlberg
R e p o s t

11 comments:

  1. What a perfect winter landscape, complete with snowy hills and beautiful blue skies!

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  2. Beautiful scenery and skies. Happy New Year!

    An Arkies Musings

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  3. I love your snowy, winter captures, Merisi, and what a beautiful place! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

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  4. Gorgeous! Happy New Year!

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  5. Yes! We might be going there soon, near Innsbruck :-).

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  6. Thank you for sharing this lovely world! Perhaps someday I will go there in winter...

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  7. Look at all that snow! It makes me want to put on ski and go cross-country.

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  8. What beautiful farmhouses! They seem so welcoming.

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  9. So amazing post, I love this type of photos also Now I really want to come there and enjoy with you,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful cool post.

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