- Panoramic Pilgrimage
"Wandern auf Panoramawegen in Vorarlberg": Vorarlbergs große landschaftliche Vielfalt bringt Ausblicke und Einblicke, Berg-Blicke, Gipfel-Blicke und Tal-Blicke.
Schwarzach church (434 m) – Geisbirn (750 m) – Bildstein (656 m) – Schwarzach church (434 m) hiking and p ilgrimage trail with wayside crosses and stations-of-the-cross cha pels; visitation chapel (consecrated in1930, five minutes from the pilgrimage church) – spring and memorial site.
Early baroque pilgrimage church designed by the Bregenz master builder Michael Kuen (“Visitation of Mary“), built from 1662 to 1676.
Presented by: Themenwege Vorarlberg, Author: Doris Rinke und Hugo Habicher
Difficulty: leicht Condition: Experience: Landscape: Altitude: Best season: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Characteristics: Safety instructions:
140 alpine emergencies Austria
144 alpine emergencies Vorarlberg
112 Euro emergency call (if there is no reception at the site of the emergency, first switch off your mobile phone, and when switching it on again, immediately dial 112 or press the SOS button instead of entering the PIN code).
Many trails lead to Maria Bildstein, short and long, steep and gently mounting, sunny or shadowy, hiking trails and pilgrimage trails dotted with wayside crosses and stations-of-the cross chapels, visitation chapel, spring and memorial site. The plateau overlooking the Rhine valley is just 300 metres above sea level. It is dominated by the pilgrimage church dating from the 17th century. Here, the Bregenz master builder Michael Kuen created a modest form of early baroque, the simple facade conveying a feel of serene harmony.
The church was founded to honour a vow made during the great plague, following a visitation of Mary. It is lined by neat-and-pretty Rhine valley houses with shingle-clad facades and welcoming inns. From the benches on the terrace edge between the municipal office and the parish house, your gaze can wander sheer endlessly across Lake Constance and the Allgäu, the undulating hills of St. Gallen and the Appenzell in Switzerland, to the Säntis and Alpstein peaks into the wide expanses of the Rhine valley, fringed by settlements, and to the insular mount Kummenberg.
Geogr. 47.447412 N 9.764219 E
Behind the municipal office, underground car park in the centre