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Culture Highlights in Damüls and Faschina

Lovely Damüls and Faschina are proud of the deeply rooted cultural traditions still maintained until today. Both villages also feature countless modern highlights in perfect tune with the typical village life. Brass band concerts, music highlights, culture events, Bregenz Lakeside Festival or Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg are only a few of the manifold events.

The parish church St. Nikolaus
The church of St. Nikolaus is a well-known gem of the mountain village of Damüls. Visible from afar, the prominent location of the church contributed significantly to the harmonious townscape of Damüls and is a must visit during a stay in Damüls.

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Vorarlberg FIS Ski Museum
The history of skiing in Vorarlberg dates back over 130 years. The FIS Ski Museum Damüls which is located in the Pfarrhof Damüls illustrates this fascinating history in their exhibition.

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Walser im Wald
The musical summer series "Walser im Wald" hosts different music styles ranging from classical to rock.

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From August 18th to September 10th, 2023, the biennial cultural festival under the direction of Dietmar Nigsch, a native Walser, attracts visitors to the alpine landscape of the biosphere park with music, literature, performance, European and international author cinema, as well as customs, folk culture and culinary delights

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Museum Großes Walsertal
Located in the village center of Sonntag the Museum Großes Walsertal opened its doors in 1981. The central part of the building belongs to the oldest structure of the village and is therefore a piece of history itself. The current exhibition comprises 15 rooms and a stable building, in which objects from the life and history of the people of the Großes Walsertal are displayed. In addition, selected topics are presented in special exhibitions.

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Propstei St. Gerold
The Provostry St. Gerold is located in St. Gerold and is the cultural center of the valley. Originally a small monastery founded by the Einsiedeln Monastery, the Propstei St. Gerold is today a place of encounter, of the senses and of finding meaning. Seminars, cultural events, guided tours, the path of the senses and silence, as well as wine tastings and fine food and wine are offered here. Benedictine hospitality has a long tradition. Visit this spiritual and unique place.

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Customs & Traditions

The mountain villages of Damuels and Fontanella-Faschina were settled by the Walser people coming from the Swiss Canton of Valais about 700 years ago. Over the centuries numerous traditions have been preserved and maintained by the locals while other customs disappeared.

The land was first cleared and cultivated by the Walser, introducing the so-called three-phase agriculture still used today. It was the foundation of today's natural and cultural heritage. Among the most important pillars are the desire for independence, the passion for farm animals and a life in close touch with nature. The rich Walser heritage can look back on a long lived tradition and a typical dialect. Wearing hand-embroidered, traditional costumes on festive parish days adds to an authentic way of life.