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Art & history

The Vogelweide as a meeting point for art in history and modernity.

You can almost feel the lively discussions among scholars, artists, musicians and free thinkers who sat on the terrace in the past. History to touch from the basement to the attic. In between a museum of paintings and photographs, combining the past and the modern.

Walther von der Vogelweide

The name doesn't come from anywhere, but from very close. The Lajender Ried, home of Walther von der Vogelweide. The most important German minstrel. With the discovery of its origin, Laion and Klausen suddenly became famous and became the cradle of “German national literature”. This marked the beginning of the “Klauser artists' colony”.



Documented as a guest establishment since the 14th century. Often the building passed to new private owners. In 1831 it became an inn again. When the birthplace of Walther von der Vogelweide became known in 1867, it was not long before the “Walthergarten” on the river side was opened. Traces of these more than 6 centuries can be found in the house on every corner, in every room and down to the deepest cellar.

The new Vogelweide was designed by architect Hannes Mahlknecht.

Jasmine Deporta

A multidisciplinary artist with a focus on photography, she was born in 1989 in Villnöss, where she grew up. She deals with interpersonal relationships in her works: personal reflections on longings, fears and identity mainly result in analogue image worlds with a strong feminine presence. Performative gestures, intimate encounters and everyday symbolism merge into new scenarios that, translated into images, preserve the raw and natural honesty of the subject. Her own free work process allows her to capture unrepeatable moments in an undistorted way and to set them in images.

Heiner Gschwendt

This painter and graphic artist was a regular lunchtime guest of the "Walther von der Vogelweide" inn, where he required his table to be decorated with a white rose. A collection of his characteristic woodcuts can be found in the inn's first dining room. His illustrations decorate works by major German and South Tyrolean writers. The most important focal points of his artistic work were his façade paintings (e.g. at Klausen primary school, 1988). Together with other artists, Gschwendt founded the South Tyrolean Artists’ Association and, in 1987, he was awarded the Walther von der Vogelweide Prize of the Munich "Kulturwerk für Südtirol". He died in Klausen on 27 March 2011.

Klausen artists' colony

The period between 1874 and 1914, after the birthplace of the German minstrel Walther von der Vogelweide was discovered, brought a tourist and artistic boom in Klausen. For 40 years, painters, sculptors, writers and scholars have populated the small town of Chiusa in the summer months. One of their most popular meeting places was the “Walthergarten” in today's Vogelweide.

Walther-garden © Maria Gall Prader

Walther-garden © Maria Gall Prader

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