Feldkirch is a medieval city in the western Austrian state of Vorarlberg, an area renowned for its stunning ski resorts, located on the border of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. After Dornbirn, it is the second most populous town in Vorarlberg, with 32,000 inhabitants.
Sights to see in Feldkirch
This tower in the centre of the city is a reminder of the former town wall. It boasts a large bell (the fourth largest in Austria) within the tower.
The Town Hall
Built in 1493, the town hall was once used as a grain store; the first floor served as a cloth store. Today, visitors can get a glimpse into the town's history by viewing the frescoes in the hall, which show the history of the town.
The local market
Twice weekly visitors and locals can visit the local market, which has a wealth of local high-quality produce for people to choose from.
The Christmas market
If you are in Feldkirch during the Christmas season, then ensure you check out the Christmas market, which is held in the gorgeous Marketplatz square flanked by colourful houses. At the end of the market stands the 15th century St. John’s Church, which makes the setting all the more magical. Within the market you’ll find a wealth of treasures from artisan cheeses and meats to stalls selling gifts and even hand-made brooms!
Where to Eat in Feldkirch
This modern, stylish restaurant focuses on season food and Burgenland wines. There is also a vaulted cellar which can be booked for larger groups or special occasions and a garden which can be enjoyed in the summer months.
Gasthaus Zur Eibe
Situated on a hilltop near the city this restaurant, which serves traditional Austrian cuisine is surrounded by beautiful meadows and forests next to the ruins of an old castle. The décor is very traditional with wood panelling, which creates a cosy ambience. During the summer months guests can enjoy dining al fresco on the large outdoor terrace.
The traditional decor at Gasthaus Zur Eibe
Where to stay in Feldkirch
This family-run hotel is lovingly furnished with many antiquities, combining the charm and ambience of a 16th-century town house with the comforts of a modern hotel. The moody colour palette of greys and dark, inky colours lends an opulent feel to the immaculate rooms.
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As far as destinations go, Dornbirn has it all. The largest town in the Rhine Valley, Dornbirn, which is located in the Lake Constance region, is renowned for its shopping.
If shopping’s not your bag, head to the museums. Here you’ll find two specialist museums - The Nativity Museum dedicated to, you guessed it, nativities, and the Rolls Royce Museum, which features 70 of the most significant Rolls Royce’s created.
When you’ve tired of museums, hop on the Karren Seilbahn cable car for a birds-eye view.
Round your day off at Gemsle, an inn that boasts a wine cellar and traditional cuisine. Portions here are massive, so come with your appetite to tuck into dishes such as veal schnitzel.
Whatever you decide to do during your visit, you'll be blown away by the stunning scenery and the hospitality of the friendly locals.
*During my visit I was hosted by the lovely people at the Tourist Board of Lake Constance
What to see and do in this fabulous city known for its music and chocolate...
There must be something in the air that puts a smile on your face as soon as you set foot in Salzburg. Perhaps it’s the language. The ‘brand’ of German spoken in Austria is very melodious, so it’s easy on the ear even if you don’t understand the words. I also found that people were friendly and helpful, so I easily found my way from the train station to my hotel, which was located in the heart of Salzburg’s Old Town.
Goldgasse is a narrow passageway leading from one of the arcades onResidence Square to Alter Markt, the Old Marketplace. Guests staying at Hotel am Dam will find that many popular tourist destinations such the world famous Dom (cathedral), Mozart’s birthplace, the flower market and other popular landmarks are all conveniently located within walking distance.
Once settled in, I made my way over one of several bridges which cross the rather wild River Salach to indulge in history, tradition and chocolate. All three find a perfect harmony in Café Sacher. Founded in 1876 by Franz Sacher, the creator of the famous Sachertorte, it was his wife Anna who, after his early death, made the hotel and café a centre of Austrian coffee culture. Today, it’s remains in the family and is run by Elisabeth Guertler.
If money is no object, you can stay at the hotel or you can simply choose to enjoy the café. The cafe menu features 15 different types of coffee and delicious dessert options include the Sacher torte, dubbed the 'most famous cake in the world since 1832', according to the Sacher Hotel. The indulgent torte is a generous portion of chocolate cake, which is accompanied by a dollop of whipped cream.
Salzburg is the birth place of Mozart and traces of his musical genius are everywhere. There is of course his birthplace, which is a delightful museum that features his original furniture and artifacts. One of the items named after Mozart and a 'must buy souvenir' for one visiting Salzburg, is the delicious Mozartkugeln chocolate balls. I have no idea if Mozart loved chocolate but his image adorns the boxes, formed in the shape of a violin.
Jedermann - 'Everyman Festival'
If you are lucky enough to visit Salzburg between 22nd July and 31st August, you will be able to see a performance of Jedermann by Hugo von Hoffmannsthal on the open ate stage at the Dom. It’s the absolute highlight of the Salzburger Festspiele, but it’s difficult to get tickets. That being said, music and theatre are available to enjoy every day in Salzburg and you can visit the opera or the Kammerspiele at any time of the year.
Salzburg has countless theaters, big and small, classic and modern and even a puppet theatre. If you are an enthusiast, get the Salzburg Card, which offers huge discounts on tickets
It’s not all music and chocolates though. Salzburg’s huge castle the 11th century Festung Hohensalzberg overlooks the city. You can either walk up through the beautiful Mirabell Park where you might even see a wedding carriage or take the funicular.
Feast your eyes at the flower, fruit and vegetable market at the Domplatz, which is a riot of colour. Afterwards, enjoy a meal at the historical Stiftskeller St. Peter, the oldest restaurant in Europe.
Whatever you like to see or do, you’ll never have a dull moment in Salzburg!
For more information on Salzburg or Austria, visit:
The official Salzburg Tourist Guide
The official Austria Tourist Guide
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