Feldkirch

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Introduction

Feldkirch is a historic city in Vorarlberg, Austria. It is conveniently located on the border to Liechtenstein and can easily be visited in an afternoon. It is nestled in a picturesque place where three valleys meet and includes a well preserved old town and the dominating edifice of the ancient Schattenburg Castle. While small in size, it is the most well preserved and scenic of Vorarlberg's cities. Many people make the mistake and pass through Feldkirch on their way to Liechtenstein or Innsbruck without even exploring its wonderful charm. Don't make this mistake!

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Sights and Activities

  • Churer Tor & the City Wall - City gates and defensive towers of the medieval city fortifications have been largely preserved, and are well-worth seeing. The city walls were demolished at the beginning of the 19th century.
  • Schloss Schattenburg - Burggasse 1, ☎ +43 5522 71982, fax: +43 5522 71982-10, e-mail: besuch.museum@schattenburg.at. Jan-Mar T-F 13:30-16:00, Sa Su and holidays 11:00-16:00; Apr-Oct M-F 09:00-12:00, 13:30-17:00, Sa Su and hoilidays 10:00-17:00; Nov-Dec Sa Su and holidays 11:00-16:00. A 13th-century castle, on a hill to the east of the town and impossible to miss. It was once the seat of the Earls of Montfort. Today there is a local history museum and some restaurants inside. €6 (adults), €4.50 (concessions), €2.50 (children 6-11).
  • Palais Liechtenstein - Schlossergasse 8, e-mail: info@palaisliechtenstein.at. M-F 16:00-19:00, Sa Su 10:00-13:00. Hosts exhibits of contemporary modern art. Free.
  • St. Nikolauschurch - Domplatz 6. The foundations of the church date to the 13th century. After suffering severe damage following serious fires, it was rebuilt in the Gothic style in 1478; it considered to be the most significant Gothic church in Vorarlberg.
  • Kunst.Vorarlberg, Bahnhofstraße 6 (Villa Claudia), ☎ +43 680 246 77 05, e-mail: office@kunstvorarlberg.at. F 16:00-18:00; Sa 15:00-18:00; Su 10:00-12:00, 15:00-18:00. This former villa serves as a venue for exhibiting the work of a collective of regional artists. Currently about 40 artists participate. Free.
  • Vorarlberg Music Conservatory (Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium), Reichenfeldgasse 9, ☎ +43 5522 71110, e-mail: sekretariat@vlk.ac.at. This building is now a music conservatory, but it used to be a Jesuit College. Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, once was a boarder here, and the school was also mentioned in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain.
  • Tosters Castle ruins (Ruine Tosters / Tostnerburg), Tostner Burgweg. 24hrs. Built in about 1260 by the Counts of Montfort, the castle has been abandoned since 1616. The ruins of the primary defensive tower (Bergfried) as well as parts of the palace are still standing, and are a favourite destination for hikers. Free.
  • Church of St Cornelius (Alte Pfarrkirche St. Corneli) (near Tosters Castle). A 12th-century Romanesque church, with foundations dating to the 11th century. By the northern wall of the cemetery is a thousand-year-old year tree – the oldest tree in Vorarlberg and one of the oldest in Austria, with a circumference of 5 metres. The tree figures in a number of local legends, and was believed to have healing properties.
  • Johanniterkirche (Johanneskirche), Marktgasse 1, e-mail: arno.egger@kultur-online.at. T-F 10:00-12:00, 15:00-18:00; Sa 10:00-14:00. This former church, originally built in the 13th century and modified in the 17th century, is now used as a venue for contemporary art installation pieces. Free.

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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.

By Bus

Liechtenstein buses run from Buchs in Switzerland via Schaan in Liechtenstein to Feldkirch. Fares are cheap: CHF4.60/adult CHF2.60/student (show ID). There are also week-long passes available. The buses accept euros in Feldkirch as well.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

  • Citybus (Stadtbus), Herrengasse 14 (near the Katzenturm and Tourist Information office), ☎ +43 5522 83951, fax: +43 5522 73973, e-mail: feldkirch@vmobil.at. Office: M-F 07:30-18:00, Sa 09:00-12:00. 8 daytime and 4 nighttime routes provide good coverage for most of the city and beyond. Schedules for all route can be downloaded here (in German); a route map is available here . Unfortunately the buses cannot accommodate bicycles. Free Wi-Fi is available on all buses, as well as at the central bus stop by the Katzenturm. Single trip: €1.30 (adults), €1 (concessions); day ticket: €2.40; week ticket: €8; month ticket: €20; night buses: €5 (adults), €4 (concessions).
  • YOYO Sammeltaxi, ☎ +43 676-70 999 70. S-Th 20:00-03:00, F-Sa 20:00-05:00; requests taken starting at 19:00. An on-call nighttime 'maxi-taxi' service is available. Call at least 30 min beforehand. Fare calculated by route and distance.

By Foot

The old town centre is small, and easy to walk around. Most of the streets are pedestrianised. There is lots of parking available just outside the centre.

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Eat

  • Braugaststätte Rösslepark, Rösslepark 1 (directly underneath the Schattenburg), ☎ +43 5522 76543, e-mail: info@roesslepark.at. Daily 09:00-01:00. Serves excellent traditional Austrian food and beers. In summer outside seating is available in a pleasant garden.
  • Gasthaus Stern Bangs, Sternenweg 1 (Bangs district), ☎ +43 5522 74312. W-Su 10:00-24:00. The western-most restaurant in Austria, offers traditional Austrian food.
  • New TomCat, Leonhardsplatz 4, ☎ +43 5522-71998, e-mail: newtomcat.feldkirch@gmail.com. M-F 07:00-24:00, Sa 08:00-24:00; Su 14:00-19:00 (in winter; summer opening dependent on weather). Offers a range of innovative and creative dishes, with many vegetarian options. Outside seating.
  • Schlosswirtschaft Schattenburg, Burggasse 1 (Schattenburg Castle), ☎ +43 5522 72444, fax: +43 5522 72444-18, e-mail: restaurant@schattenburg.cc. Sep-Jun T-Sa 11:00-14:00, 15:00-22:00, Su and holidays 11:00-14:00, 15:00-21:00, closed M; Jul-Aug also open on M. One of the best-known restaurants in Feldkirch, well-known for their giant Schnitzel as well as other traditional dishes.

5* Verona Due, Schmiedgasse 4 (near St. Nikolaus Cathedral), ☎ +43 5522 81790. Really delicious and great value pasta and pizza, in a cosy restaurant. Outdoor seating available in the summer. about €10.

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Drink

In the last few years a number of pleasant cafés have been established, inviting the visitor to linger awhile.

  • Café Feuerstein, Schlossergasse 1 (on the corner of Schmiedgasse), ☎ +43 5522 72242, e-mail: klaus_feurstein@vol.at. Daily 08:30-24:00. A well-established café.
  • Espresso Bar Unterberger, Marktplatz 23 (on the corner of Schmiedgasse), ☎ +43 5522 85280. M-Sa 08:00-01:00, Su 16:00-24:00.
  • Rauch Café-Bar, Marktgasse 12-14, ☎ +43 5522 76355, e-mail: info@rauchgastronomie.at. Su-Th 09:00-01:00, F Sa 09:00-22:00. Also has a full restaurant.
  • Bunt, Marktgasse 1 (south end of Marktgasse, in the courtyard), ☎ +43 5522 83983, e-mail: info@bunt-bar.at. Mo-Th 16:00-02:00, Fr-Sa 09:00-04:00.

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Sleep

  • Hotel-Garni Post, Schlossgraben 5, ☎ +43 5522 72820, fax: +43 5522 728206, e-mail: hotel.post@utanet.at. Very conveniently located in the city centre, this is a family-operated hotel. €77+.
  • Best Western Plus Central Hotel Leonhard, Leonhardsplatz 2, ☎ +43 5522 74600, fax: +43 5522 78646, e-mail: central-hotel@bestwestern-ce.com. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. €82.50+.
  • Hostel Feldkirch-Levis (Jugendherberge Feldkirch-Levis), Reichsstraße 111, ☎ +43 5522 73181, fax: +43 5522 79399, e-mail: feldkirch@jungehotels.at. The 700-year-old building is a former infirmary and has been recently renovated. Open year round, reception 07:00-23:00, no curfew, free wi-fi. €15+.

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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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