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Das Haus von Lucia Riezler in Mittelberg © Dietmar Denger / Vorarlberg Tourismus
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The Walserhaus (Walser House) of Lucia Riezler

It’s situated diagonally opposite the church, in Mittelberg’s ‘Gelbe Zone’ (‘Yellow Zone’) where traffic is limited to a speed of 20 kilometres per hour and pedestrians and drivers enjoy equal rights – and which as a consequence automatically became a place where encounters take place.

“Walser structures were always built in line with the points of the compass and not along streets”, says Lucia Riezler. She breathed new life into one such building that was built in Mittelberg in 1459. It’s situated diagonally opposite the church, in Mittelberg’s ‘Gelbe Zone’ (‘Yellow Zone’) where traffic is limited to a speed of 20 kilometres per hour and pedestrians and drivers enjoy equal rights – and which as a consequence automatically became a place where encounters take place. And then the house also tapers towards the street and is conspicuously bright. Hundreds of honey-coloured shingles cover the façade. They seem to radiate some-thing magical. “People touch them, stop and run their hands over them – that was something we first had to get used to because we live here and my tax-accounting firm is located on the ground floor. But it’s also a compliment for the work that we’ve done.”

 

Revitalisiertes Haus Mittelberg © Dietmar Denger / Vorarlberg Tourismus
Lucia Riezler Mittelberg © Dietmar Denger / Vorarlberg Tourismus

Lucia Riezler is proud of her house

Lucia Riezler and her partner, her family and the architect Max Dünser worked for one and a half year to turn her house into something that is so radiantly beautiful. They removed dozens of partition walls and paint and false floors, revealed the original wooden beams and walls, exposed and scrubbed everything down with wire brushes and sanded down the doors for hours on end. All with the help of tradespeople from Kleinwalsertal and in coordination with the monument conservation authorities.

People keep saying that this is actually Mittelberg’s new village square.

Lucia Riezler
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      Sonna Alp

      Mountain station Zafernalift. Vegan, lactose & gluten-free dishes on reservation. Walserbus line 1 stop…

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      Street: Bödmerstrasse 3
      Place: 6993 Mittelberg
      Phone:0043 5517 323832
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      Sonna Alp

      Mountain station Zafernalift. Vegan, lactose & gluten-free dishes on reservation. Walserbus line 1 stop -…

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      As a real enrichment at the mountain station of the Zaferna chairlift, the Sonna Alp offers a unique view of the Walser mountain ranges and a range of dishes that make the choice a torment. All dishes are delicate and generous.

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Kleinwalsertal

36 mountain peaks encircle this idyllic valley, which is only accessible by road from Germany. Hikers, mountain bikers and winter sports enthusiasts appreciate the intact, largely untouched mountains where there are plenty of wonderful ways to relax and unwind.

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