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Feldkirch

Travel Guide Europe Austria Vorarlberg Feldkirch

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Introduction

Feldkirch is a small city in the province of Vorarlberg in Austria. It is situated about 30 kilometres south of Bregenz and located near to the border with Liechtenstein.

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Sights and Activities

  • Churer Tor & the city wall
  • Schloss Schattenburg
  • Palais Liechtenstein
  • St. Nikolauschurch

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Events and Festivals

Feldkirch Festival

The Feldkirch Festival is a festival that takes place at the end of May and/or early June. At the festival the focus is on classical music and dance. In 2010 the festival takes place from the 2th of June until the 13th of June and focusses on Russian music of the 20th and 21th century.

Poolbar Festival

The Poolbar Festival is a festival that takes place in summer, covering a lot of arts. From popular music to poetry.

Feldkircher Weinfest

The Feldkircher Wine Festival is known far beyond the borders of the city. During one weekend in July, many restaurants presents their specialies made with wine.

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Getting There

By Plane

The region of Vorarlberg itself doesn't have an airport, but the Bodensee Airport Friedrichshafen is not that far away. It lies on the German side of Lake Constance (Bodensee).

By Car

Coming from the north you can reach Feldkirch, by crossing the border at Bregenz, following the A14 (which in Germany was the 96), passing Dornbirn. From Liechtenstein, you can take the Feldkircher strasse at Schaan, once in Austria the road is called the Liechtensteiner strasse. The road leads straight to the centre of Feldkirch. From Innsbruck or beyond, you can follow the A12 until the Arlberg, where you can either use the Arlbergtunnel (numbered S16), or drive over the Arlbergpass, the B197. Driving over the pass is the more scenic route, but takes much longer, and needs some skill. After the Arlberg, you can connect to the A14 that leads to Feldkirch.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hostel FeldkirchReichsstrasse 111Hostel88

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Orange (former called One), Drei (3G), Telering, Tele2, Bob and Yesss. Bob and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.

Post

For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.

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