In addition to the main stage in the Remise Wälderbähnle (Wälderbähnle carriage shed), Bezau Beatz will take place at the following venues this year:
- 1. Remise Wälderbähnle (Wälderbähnle carriage shed), main stage
- 2. Schönenbach, cabin 345
- 3. Klosterkirche Bezau (Bezau Abbey)
- 4. Panoramic restaurant at Baumgarten
- 5. Bezau village square
- 6. Kirche Reuthe (Reuthe Church)
- 7. Alte Säge (Old Saw Mill)
1. Remise Wälderbähnle (Wälderbähnle carriage shed), main stage
From 1902 to 1980, the Bregenzerwald train ran daily between Bezau and the federal state capital Bregenz. When the so-called “Wälderbähnle” train is not in use on the heritage railway line, this historical steam and diesel locomotive is housed in the carriage shed in Bezau. This carriage shed is also used as the main stage of Bezau Beatz. The carriage shed is located in the village centre at the bus station / railway station 147 / Sutterlüty Einkaufszentrum.
2. Schönenbach, cabin 345
Schönenbach is one of the hillside settlements of the market town of Bezau, first documented in 1491. The group of houses is considered to be a historical treasure and is still part of the traditional agricultural Alpine transhumance process. A special concert will also be held this year in the Dietrich family’s more-than-300-year old cabin, No. 345.
The hillside settlement of Schönenbach is about 3 hours’ hike from Bezau, or 20 minutes by car. There is also a regular ÖBB bus connection. At the top, please park in the public car park and then walk to the cabin (approx. 10 minutes’ walk). Cabin No. 345 is two minutes away from the Jagdgasthaus Egender. Bus route 36 Bezau Busbahnhof (Bezau bus station) at 1:19pm – arrival in Schönenbach at 1:47pm or Bezau bus station at 2:19pm – arrival in Schönenbach at 2:47pm
3. Klosterkirche Bezau (Bezau Abbey)
The foundations to build the abbey were laid in 1655 and the first friars, clergy and lay brothers moved into the new abbey building in November 1656. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was decided that a new building would be constructed due to the building’s poor structure. The new abbey was consecrated in 1907 and is furnished with wood in a romantic style. The abbey’s interior underwent extensive renovation in autumn 2012. The renovation’s artistic intervention includes cloths designed by the academic painter Gerhard Winkler, which create a visual separation of the nave and the side aisle and depict the “Seven Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy”.
The abbey is located right by the “Kloster, Platz 38” bus stop, between the bus station and the Bezau Church, directly on Dorfstrasse.
4. Panoramic restaurant at Baumgarten
Impressive and transparent, the panoramic restaurant sits at the top of Baumgarten. The viewing platform on the roof of the restaurant offers 360 degree views to the horizon. It is the perfect location for our JäzzSpätzle concert, which was awarded the special award for tourism innovation in 2013.
was awarded the special award for tourism innovation in 2013. You can hike to the panoramic restaurant in 90 minutes from the valley station which is at the end of Bezau. The journey by cable car takes just 6 minutes.
5. Dorfplatz Bezau (Bezau village square)
The village square is located in the centre of Bezau, next to the church and the Hotel Gams. This is where it all started 10 years ago: the stage was directly connected to the village well. Mayor Georg Fröwis, the political initiator of Bezau Beatz, was there for all the weekly summer concerts, when every Tuesday, a canvas was stretched over the whole square. In the summer months, there is a farmer’s market here every Friday morning. During Bezau Beatz 2017, Reverend Broger Andreas plays here with his marching band!!!
6. Kirche Reuthe (Reuthe church)
The parish church, built in 1284, has been continuously expanded and renovated over the years. The old frescoes in the chancel and choir arch date back to 1420 – 1450 and were not found and uncovered until 1889/1891. The renovation at that time was completed by the academic painter Josef Reich, from Bizau. Another special feature is the bell tower on the northern side. The octagonal pointed roof is a unique type of church steeple in Vorarlberg.
The Reuthe church can be reached on foot in 30 minutes, through a beautiful, slightly ascending forest path, along the Bezau “moors”. It takes 5 minutes by bus, heading towards Bizau. There is also a bus stop and parking spaces at the foot of the Kirchberg. Bus route 36 Bezau Busbahnhof (Bezau bus station) at 10:19am – arrival at Reuthe Gemeindeamt (Reuthe town hall) at 10:21am.
7. Alte Säge (Old Saw Mill)
The Alte Säge in Bezau is a very special meeting place. With much finesse, Kaspar Greber has converted the old workshop into a unique location for concerts and festivals. The simple wooden facade is deceiving – hidden behind this is a beautifully renovated room which brings together traditional and modern timber architecture and provides the ideal stage for our concerts. In 2013, the Alte Säge was awarded the Vorarlberger prize for timber construction.
The Alte Säge is located in the “Obere 688” on Dorfstrasse, 2 minutes away from the valley station of the Bezau cable car. This is the perfect stop for anyone wanting to head towards the Remise (carriage shed) after the JäzzSpätzle…