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 immediately catches the traveller‘s eye as a formative building in Damüls. It is proudly enthroned in the church village and is visible from afar. The gothic church with its baroque belfry is dedicated to St. Nikolaus. Built in 1392, it was rebuilt approx. 100 years later in baroque style at the turn of the 17th and 18th century. The ceiling painting in the nave shows various scenes of the life of Mary, framed by several figures of saints. Frescos from the 15th century depict the Passion of Christ on the north wall. The Last Judgement is reproduced on the choir arch. The high altar is dated 1733. The essays God the Father, two entablature angels and archangel Michael originate from the former early baroque high altar around 1630. With its late medieval wall paintings, its figural decoration and its solitary location on the church hill it is one of the highlights of Vorarlberg‘s art history.
The 2-year event series of the Walser autumn has not been a real insider's tip for a long time. The steepest festival in the mountains has also made a name for itself far beyond the borders of the Walsertal and Vorarlberg and attracts numerous visitors to the region every year.
For the 8th time, the Walser autumn 2020 is staging surprising encounters with contemporary art and cultural creation in the midst of the Biosphaerenpark of the Großes Walsertal (Vorarlberg). From August 21th to September 13, 2020 the Biennale cultural festival is held under the direction of the native Walserr Dietmar Nigsch, with music, literature, performance, European and international author's cinema as well as with customs, folk culture and culinary facets in The alpine landscape of the Biosphaerenpark in Vorarlberg.
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.
The very special geographic location of Damuels at the cross-point between the Grosses Walsertal is just one of the region's peculiarities: after completing the road from Au to Damuels, the connection to the Großes Walsertal was nearly interrupted. Therefore, one question is omnipresent in Damüls and its surroundings: Do the people from Damuels belong to the Bregenzerwald or do they think they are Walser? A fairly interesting topic dealt with also at the Kulisse Pfarrhof exhibition.
Also in the little mountain village of Fontanella and other villages in the Grosses Walsertal genuine traditions are passed down from one generation to the next. Ancient customs, the original Walser dialect and traditions steeped in history can still be found within the whole area.