Bildstein, Vorarlberg, Austria

Modern feel-good atmosphere in a monument: The historic Mesmerhaus by Evi and Jürgen Haller is a real highlight for architecture fans looking for peace and quiet. As part of the "Ensemble von Bildstein", which is under monument protection, the more than 200-year-old house has been carefully renovated by the hosts.

Today it accommodates guests from all over the world in three holiday apartments of 30, 50 and 180 square meters. Together, the penthouse Ludovika and the two apartments Franz Josef and Maria form a stylish, historical holiday oasis with a unique all-round view of Lake Constance, the Rhine Valley and the gently rolling hills and forests of Vorarlberg. The name "Mesmerhaus" goes back to Evi's great-grandfather, who worked part-time as a "Mesmer" (Austrian for sexton) in the pilgrimage church Basilica Maria Bildstein. T he scenic beauty, high quality of life and sophisticated hospitality make a stay in the Mesmerhaus an unforgettable holiday experience.

Culture and architecture lovers will also get their money's worth in nearby Bregenz - venue of the Bregenz Festival and many other festivals - and in Feldkirch, Hohenems and Dornbirn. So-called "ArchitecTours", including weekly tours by host and architect Jürgen Haller, provide comprehensive insights into the architectural state of Vorarlberg. The Bregenzerwald is a region for nature fans and lovers of beautiful things, the landscape is diverse and invites you to hike, cycle and climb in summer and to ski and toboggan in winter. And if you are drawn to the water, you can reach nearby Lake Constance in just 15 minutes.

Rooms + Rates

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Apartmentfrom90 €


ArchitectureThe Mesmerhaus is a historic building that is over 200 years old and is a listed building that combines nostalgia, romance and modern design. It was completely renovated by the hosts Evi and Jürgen Haller under the supervision of the Federal Monument Protection Office and the Cultural Office. During the renovation work, the preservation of the old building structure had the highest priority - where this was not possible, old components - such as the historical casement windows - were faithfully and extensively reproduced. The original door leaf with the year and the initials of Evi's ancestor Franz Josef Böhler was also put back on the front door. On the outside, the listed house with the clapboard facade and the many windows has hardly been changed. Inside, on the other hand, the design is timeless, straightforward, modern and yet homely. Brushed oak floors, modern lighting design with indirect lighting, Italian designer pieces and Vorarlberg carpenter's furniture ensure a relaxing and luxurious feel-good atmosphere.

EnvironmentThe use of ecological building materials ensures a long service life and scores points in terms of sustainability. Regionality played a major role during the renovation: the wood for the spruce ceilings, spruce log shingles and oak floors comes from the region. The apartments are heated via the local district heating network. In the penthouse Ludovika there is also a fireplace in the dining room and a storage stove in the attic.


  • Exceptional apartments in a monument - a listed house with a clapboard facade
  • In the 800 soul village of Bildstein, one of the most beautiful villages in Vorarlberg
  • Exclusive and high-quality equipment of the apartments
  • Panoramic views from the penthouse and the Franz Josef apartment over the mountains and lakes of Vorarlberg
  • There is a small grocery store 5 minutes' walk from the Mesmerhaus where you can get breakfast
  • Weekly guided tours by host and architect Jürgen Haller to the architecture region of Vorarlberg
  • Many events in the area: Schubertiade, Bregenz Festival and other interesting cultural events (e.g. in the Landestheater Vorarlberg)

Apartment house3 apartmentsOwn cooking facilitiesChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno Poolno pets


  • Three apartments of different sizes, each with one bedroom
  • Penthouse Ludovika: 180 m2 on two floors with balcony and fireplace
  • Apartment Franz Josef: 50 m2 on the 1st floor with a covered balcony
  • Apartment Maria: 30 m2 small apartment on the 1st floor
  • Extra bed for children possible at extra charge
  • Shared garden with fountain and bench
  • Bregenzerwald Card included

Fotos: Malte Jäger, Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel

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Rooms + Rates

per night
Apartmentfrom90 €

Location + Directions

By car

Bregenz is only 15 minutes away by car (11 km). It takes just under 2.5 hours to get to Bildstein (200 km) from Munich, 1.5 hours (124 km) from Zurich, 2.5 hours (227 km) from Stuttgart and 2.5 hours from Innsbruck one good 2 hours (188 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

The nearest train station is in Schwarzach. A pick-up can be organized from there on request.