The Mesmerhaus is part of the historic ensemble of houses grouped around the Baroque era pilgrimage church in the village of Bildstein. Mesmerhaus’s owner, Evi Haller, revived the house of her great-grandfather – now over 150 years old – and together with her husband Jürgen, himself a passionate construction manager, extensively restored it. Their guiding principle throughout this process was to let the historical flair of the building’s exterior inform its new modern interiors.

The exterior of this heritage-listed building has remained virtually unchanged, with typical green shutters, original replica box-type windows and a bright shingle facade. However, the moment you enter the house you leave the historic flair behind. Inside you’ll find three apartments with reduced, linear interior designs – modern living is on the agenda. The Ludovika penthouse’s 180 square meters offer space and comfort as well as a wonderful view of Lake Constance. The apartment extends over two floors and has loft-like character in the open space under the roof loft. The 50 square meter Franz-Josef apartment is situated on the first floor with south-west facing panoramic views of the mountains and the village of Bildstein, all the way to Lake Constance. The small Maria apartment makes clever use of its 30 square meters and is a cosy nest with a view of the church.

More details in our UA HomeStory.

What to do

Bildstein is an insider tip for all those who seek peace and relaxation. There are many hiking trails off the beaten path. There are several excellent restaurants nearby.
If you would like to explore the surrounding area, the cultural city of Bregenz on Lake Constance and the garden city of Dornbirn in the Rhine Valley are both within easy reach. Heading east, you will find the gently rolling hills of the Bregenz Forest, which boasts its own culinary and architectural highlights. Cities like Zurich, Munich and Milan can also be visited on day trips.
Your host Jürgen Haller offers guided tours highlighting the beautiful architectural of Vorarlberg.

Why we like this house

Everything you need for a perfect getaway: fantastic apartments in a beautiful location - and Evi Haller’s wonderful hospitality.

This house is great for

Depending on which apartment you choose, the Mesmerhaus is suitable for single travelers, couples and families. A place for architecture lovers, pleasure seekers and anyone looking to relax and unwind.

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As Mesmerhaus’s host, the most important thing for me - next to the architecture - is that we create a friendly, personable atmosphere for our guests. We want our visitors feel welcomed and at home here, and to experience a real connection the region. Our guests can find information about the area’s many cultural, scenic and culinary highlights in their own personal travel guide, which we curate according to their preferences and interests. In fact, we strive to create the perfect individual holiday package: a beautiful house in a unique location, fantastic hospitality and a tailor-made guide book for each guest.


Region/Town AT – Austria, Vorarlberg, Bildstein
Name Mesmerhaus
Scenery Scattered settlement on a plateau overlooking Lake Constance
Number of guests Penthouse Ludovika: up to 4 people, Franz-Josef: 2 people (+ 2 children) Maria: 2 people
Completed 2011
Design Christian Lenz, Schwarzach; Jürgen Haller, Mellau (interior design)
Published Schönste Zeit (April 2022), visit press page
Awards Anerkennungspreis Tourismus-Innovationen 2015 – Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH
Architecture Historical, Listed building - old, Modern, Old & new
Accomodation Apartment
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), Apartments combinable, Family, Garden, Hiking, Lake/river, Mountains
Same PartnerTempel 74
Same ArchitectTempel 74

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  1. Ich hätte die anderen Kommentare nicht lesen sollen, denn nun bleibt mir eigentlich nur noch, ihnen beizupflichten. Wir haben bei Bilderbuch-Sommerwetter eine traumhafte Woche im Mesmerhaus (Ferienwohnung Franz-Joseph) verbracht und jedes in den anderen Kommentaren ausgesprochene Lob bestätigt gefunden.

    Das Magische an Bildstein ist, dass der Ort einen zur Ruhe kommen lässt, seine Lage zwischen Bodensee und Bregenzerwald aber gleichzeitig zu einer Vielzahl an Unternehmungen animiert. Genau diese perfekte Mischung spiegelt sich im Mesmerhaus und der Ausstattung der Wohnungen wieder (wir durften auch die anderen in Augenschein nehmen).

    Alles am Mesmerhaus atmet Leidenschaft: für die Vorarlberger Baukunst, für die Region mit ihren Traditionen und modernen Seiten, für das unvergessliche Urlaubserlebnis der Gäste. Unsere Gastgeberin Evi Haller strahlt diese Leidenschaft mit jeder Faser aus. Ich glaube, das ist der eigentliche Grund, warum unser Urlaub im Messerhaus so inspirierend war. Danke!

    Bei keiner Ferienwohnung waren wir uns bisher so sicher, noch einmal wiederzukommen.
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  2. Wir waren Ende Juni für 1 Woche in der Wohnung Franz-Josef im Mesmerhaus. Viele Details, die Ricardo Guerra ausführlich und bestens zutreffend beschreibt, gelten auch für die kleinere Wohnung. Das Ambiente des Hauses, der Wohnung und des Ortes ist so wohltuend, entspannend aber auch anregend, wie wir es noch in keiner unserer bisher gebuchten Unterkünfte erfahren haben. Ganz wesentlich trägt Evi Haller dazu bei. Mit dem herausragenden, persönlichen Willkommen und Abschied, was wir noch bei keinem Gastgeber erlebt haben, mit vielen Tipps zu jedem gewünschten Thema, mit Einsatz und kümmern in allen Belangen. Das Mesmerhaus ist eine seltene Perle und unangestrengte Wohnfühloase!
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  3. Wir verbrachten herrliche Tage an Ostern im Mesmerhaus…..
    Mit besten Tipps von Evi Haller versorgt, wurden die Tage zu einem vollen Erfolg mit bestmöglicher Erholung.
    Schon kurz nach der Ankunft konnten wir total abschalten und die wunderbare Wohnung und Aussicht genießen….wo kann man schon beim Kochen auf Bodensee und Säntis zugleich blicken…auch unsere Jungs haben sich sehr wohlgefühlt. Von Skifahren bis Wanderung mit Staudamm bauen war alles möglich.

    Wir sagen nochmals herzlichen Dank für eine “Rundumversorgung”, die wir so noch nicht erlebt haben !
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  4. When I start searching for a “Home far from my Home” the most important details that I always take on consideration are in that order: 1) macro region that I wish to go, 2) location of the house regarding that region, 3) facilities of the chosen house, 4) Wi-Fi connection, and 5) comfortableness, cosiness, standards of the chosen house. That said, I can guarantee that MESMERHAUS is the unbeatable place you must go. Let´s go through the details:
    1) First of all, no matter the place you’re interested to go, this region is an amazing must go. To the left you have the Bodensee itself and so lovely cities such as: Konstanz, Meersburg, Lindau in Germany, Bregenz, Dornbirn, Feldkirch in Austria, St. Gallen, Zurich in Switzerland and Vaduz in Liechtenstein. To the right you find the BREGENZERWALD region which totally deserves a full chapter apart and has nothing to do with the left (Bodensee part).
    2) Bildstein (Mesmerhaus) cannot be easily described so beautiful and lovely it is. From up there; 360m above lake level; you’re able to see hundreds of kilometers (obviously in a clear day). The views from Mesmerhaus are simply fantastic. The village, itself, is unbelievably quite (the only exception are the lovely sound of the bells of Maria of Bildstein Kirch). The village also has very good restaurants and a small grocery shop open from 7:00 to 11:00. There is still the Pilgersaal which is used for every gathering needed of the community. I watched a very nice orchestra presentation with 52 musicians (just to give an idea of the size of the hall).
    3) LUDOVIKA the name of Mesmerhaus’ penthouse, which I have recently stayed for 30 nights, has the highest standards you can possibly imagine. The renovation took deep care on the details. The facade has preserved all the old style of the region and inside, the modern and stylish architecture brought the brightness for all the ambients. Both flooring and ceiling are made with special wood from that region of Vorarlberg. The kitchen, dining room and the balcony; my preferred parts; are actually a state of the art ambience regarding, architecture, appliances, lighting, not to mention the fantastic views. You will have two sunsets just in front of you, the first is actually the sun itself and the second is the mirror of the sun on the lake. No need to cry for it… it is simply the happiness. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy, it is all there just for you.
    4) The third floor of LUDOVIKA is the charming living/TV room and a separated (by the stairs) long table that can be used as an office equipped with beautifully designed lighting and plenty of electric outlets for all of your modern stuff. The Wi-Fi (in this floor) is powerful and fast enough for all smartphones, tablets and laptops working all together.
    5) The whole house has heated floors which is a plus in comfort and that keeps a constant warmth temperature.
    6) Mesmerhaus still have two smaller apartments and a complete laundry for all the guests. Plus a covered parking with automated gate exclusively for LUDOVIKA.
    7) The owner Mrs. Evi Haller is the type of landlord that complements the house. She is so attentive that both house and stay would not be the same if she wasn’t there for you. She is always willing to help and providing full information of the region. She gathered and prepared in advance everything such as maps, internet sites, points of interest, restaurants, region events information and stayed always concerned with our wellbeing.
    8) First I thought that 30 days would be too much and luckily it proved I was wrong. We were kept busy with all places to visit, hiking trails, local fairs, culture and traditions, the Bregenzerwald itself and its restaurants that made this trip an unforgettable moment of our lives.
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  5. Einmal aus dem Nebel des Rheintals aufgetaucht, empfing uns in Bildstein ein Sonnenuntergang, wie er schöner nicht sein könnte. Das historische Mesmerhaus liegt mit weitem Ausblick auf Kirche, Berge und Bodensee in privilegierter Lage.
    Evi empfing uns so persönlich, dass wir sofort Heimatgefühle hatten.
    Wir wurden versorgt mit Ausflugstipps, iPad, Lesematerial und sogar allem für ein erstes Abendessen.
    Die Betten, das Bad, die Küche und Terrasse sind ein Traum. Alles modern und hochwertig, dabei sehr pur und geschmackvoll.
    Die 5 Tage waren uns zu kurz. Ein Ort zum Wiederkommen, auch um dort alle Jahreszeiten zu erleben.
    Vielen Dank, Evi!
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