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Introduction

Dornbirn is the biggest town of Vorarlberg, and fairly young.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Rote Haus (red house) built 1639 in the centre.
  • St. Martin Built 1839-1840.
  • The Johann-Luger-Haus a Jugendstil house built 1901-1902.
  • The Rolls-Royce Museum is a bit out of town in Gütle 10, Dornbirn. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, entrance fee €6.

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Getting There

By Plane

The airport shuttle bus from Friedrichshafen stops at the Messepark on the outskirts of town.

By Train

Only a few Railjet (fast) trains stop in Dornbirn. S-Bahn and REX (a bit faster) trains are running from Bregenz via Dornbirn to Feldkirch and Bludenz.

By Car

Dornbirn is just a few kilometres south of Bregenz and can be reached from the north or south via the A14 expressway.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

The Stadtbus has frequent buses. Dornbirn has a great public transport considering its relatively small size. Nine Stadtbus lines operate inside the city and several Landbus lines connect Dornbirn with neighbouring towns.

By Foot

From the main station, it is only a 5-minute walk to the city centre, which is fairly small. However, many attractions and museums are outside and you might want to take a bus.

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Eat

  • Rotes Haus (Red House), Marktplatz 13, ☎ +43 5572 31555. Apr-Sep daily 11:30-24:00; Oct-Mar T-Su 11:30-14:00, 17:30-24:00. This wooden house dating from 1639 houses a well-regarded restaurant for traditional Austrian cuisine.
  • Zeitgenuss 21 Cafe, Martktstrasse 21, ☎ +43 5572 386159, fax: +43 5572 394617, e-mail: cafehaus@zeitgenuss.at. M-Sa 08:00-01:00, Su 14:00-22:00. This classy restaurant serves sushi. They also do a great selection of teas.
  • Pizzeria Ristorante Paolo & Andrea, Riedgasse 20, ☎ +43 5572 386143. Daily 11:30-14:00, 17:00-24:00. Has great Italian Pizza. For take away every pizza and pasta dish is €6.
  • Panoramarestaurant Karren, Karren, Bergstation (Stadtbus 5 to Karrenseilbahn), ☎ +43 5572 54711, fax: +43 5572 54711 4, e-mail: panorama@karren.at. Breakfast buffet (reservation only) Sa Su and holidays 09:00-11:00; lunch M-F 11:30-16:00. Perches on the side of a mountain above town. They serve mainly good typically Austrian cuisine! You can see it from everywhere in the city. The view over the Rhine Valley and Lake Constance is stunning night and day and it's often sunny up there when it's foggy down below. They do a very good value cable car and meal combination ticket on weekday lunchtimes. Reservations can be made online. €13+/person (including cable car ticket).

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Drink

On those warm summer nights it's great to go to the Marktplatz, the centre of all activity with a number of cosy cafés and more lively venues. Especially Thursdays and Fridays can be recommended.

  • Klappe 2, Marktstraße 2, ☎ +45 0664-4778781. M-F 17:00-02:00; Sa 10:00-14:00, 19:30-02:00; Su 19:30-24:00. A movie-themed cafe bar a little further up the street.
  • Mr John's American Bar, Marktplatz 12 (in the Hirschenhaus opposite the church), ☎ +43 664 5335902, fax: +43 5572 35018, e-mail: mister@mrjohns.at. T-Su 18:00-02:00. An upstairs bar in the corner where you can smoke a water pipe if you so wish. edit
  • 7er Bar, Eisengasse 7, ☎ +43 650 8422027, e-mail: office@7er-bar.at. S-Th 17:00-01:00, Fr Sa 17:00-02:00. This is the true alternative scene, with live rock music and other events. They even sell beer! It's often packed and is a great place to have a quick drink or spend the entire evening.
  • Conrad Sohm, Boden 1 (Stadtbus 7, about 10min from the main train station), ☎ +43 5572 35433, e-mail: office@conradsohm.com. An alternative music venue. Tickets to events can be purchased online here and here. On weekends there is a free shuttle bus which offers service from the main train station – Rathaus (Marktplatz) – Conrad Sohm and back (F Sa and holidays every 15min from 22:30 until closing; last bus leaves at 03:00).
  • Innauer, Marktstraße 33, ☎ +43 5572 203488, e-mail: info@innauer.com. T-Sa 17:00-01:00, kitchen 18:00-22:30, music 21:30-01:00. Has great drum'n'base and dance.
  • Tivoli Kellerbar (Tivoli Winebar), Riedgasse 8, ☎ +43 5572 24172, e-mail: tivoli@cable.vol.at. W-Su 19:00-01:00/2:00. A popular place to hang out.

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Sleep

  • Fairmotel, Wallenmahd 15, ☎ +43 5572 398500, fax: +43 5572 398500-5, e-mail: office@fairmotel.at. Also offers long-stay apartments. Free wi-fi. €50+ including breakfast.
  • Harry's Home, Klostergasse 8, ☎ +43 5572 20 8000, fax: +43 5572 20 8000-99, e-mail: dornbirn@harrys-home.com. Pets permitted for extra fee. €65+, breakfast €6-11.
  • Hotel Hirschen, Haselstauderstraße 31, ☎ +43 5572 26363, fax: +43 5572 26363-4, e-mail: info@hotel-hirschen.at. Check-in: 16:00-18:00, earlier/later times by request, check-out: M-F 06:45-11:30, Su and holidays 07:30-11:30; late checkout up to 13:00 by request. Doubles/€67+ including breakfast.
  • Hotel Katharinenhof, Franz-Michael-Felder-Straße 2, ☎ +43 5572 22577, fax: +43 5572 22577-8, e-mail: info@hotel-katharinenhof.at. Also offers holiday apartments. Free wi-fi in lobby, minimum stay 3 days. Also operates Palabra, a Spanish wine bar (M T F 18:00-) €64+ including breakfast.
  • Hotel Krone, Hatlerstraße 2, ☎ +43 5572 22 7 20, fax: +43 5572 22 7 20-73, e-mail: info@kronehotel.at. Also offers long-stay apartments and has a restaurant. €66+ including breakfast.
  • Martinspark Hotel, Mozartstraße 2 (5min walk from the train station), ☎ +43 5572 3760, fax: +43 5572 3760 376, e-mail: reservation.mgr@martinspark.at. Also offers long-stay holiday apartments. All rooms are nonsmoking with free wi-fi. There is an onsite restaurant and bar. €125+.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Panoramahaus Dornbirn, Messestrasse 1. The Four Points is located out of town by the A14 motorway, in the oval Panoramahaus tower, which sits atop the "Home of balance" fitness and wellness centre with an outdoor pool. On the hotel's top floor, the "Sky-Restaurant" and "Sky-Bar" offer excellent views over the city of Dornbirn and the surroundings. Some of the rooms on lower floors do overlook the neighbouring Messepark shopping centrum, which is far less spectacular. Rooms have varying categories, and their appointments and features belie the brand's humble character. Rack rates from €145 incl. breakfast.

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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, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot 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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