Surrounded by trees in the forest
Klang-Rast-Stätte resting place in Hellwald
In the forest above Bludenz, an unusual timber building invites you to pile up wood, rest or make music on the wooden chimes.
Located just above Bludenz and accessible via various hiking trails, the small, surprising building, which is open on two sides, is uniquely shaped and clad with wooden shingles. Opened in 2018, the Klang-Rast-Stätte resting place houses three differently designed areas: an activity zone, a resting area and a sound space.
Timber and tones
The shape of the building is based on the contours of the Bludenz’s mountains. The wood creates a connection to the surrounding nature. Meanwhile, the interior of the Klang-Rast-Stätte in Hellwald is playfully designed. In the first area, visitors can stack logs between support towers and thus modify this part of the structure in a variety of creative ways. The integrated wooden chime is used to create sound. Those keen to take a rest can sit on the steps or watch the action from the combination bench-table in front of the timber building.
The Klang-Rast-Stätte was designed and planned by architect Cornelia Vonbun (Atelier Ender, Nüziders). Holzbau Neyer (Rungelin, Bludenz) was responsible for the construction.
Trails and optional variants
From Bludenz or Braz, there are various different ways to access the Klang-Rast-Stätte. The nearly 6-km loop trail begins at the Val Blu recreational pool in Bludenz. The 6.2-km Montikel Panoramaweg trail and stages 2 (3.9 km) and 3 (4.9 km) of the Sunna-Weg Trail also lead to this exceptional resting place. The “Sunna-Weg” (aka Sonnenweg/sun trail) runs along the sunny side of the valley and through the village of Nüziders, once the ancestral seat of the County of Sonnenberg. Along the trial’s 3 stages, 25 info boards enlighten hikers with interesting cultural or historical facts.
Depending on snow conditions, a hike is recommended from April to October.