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Feldkirch is a medieval city which, more often that, is overlooked by tourists passing through Austria on their way to Liechtenstein. But it should not be. Located on the banks of the III River, in Western Austria, on the boarder of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Feldkirch is an incredibly well preserved medieval city, worth more than a cursory glance. Feldkirch was first mentioned as a city in 1218, after the castle was built, and the city then grew around the base of the castle. The city has a population of approximately 32,000 people, and generally a mild climate – average yearly high of 13.1°c and an average yearly low of 4.5°c. It is not a city known for producing famous people, although James Joyce did himself say, that if it wasn’t for Feldkirch, Ulysses would not exist.
Points of interests / things to see
The castle which founded the city was built upon a hill in the late 12th, early 13th century by orders of Hugo I von Montford – the founder of the town. The castle, with its red turrets and creeping vines has quite a history, and of course forms an integral part of the city’s history also. Schattenburg was used to seat the counts of Montford until 1390, after that the Habsburg’s gained power of the castle, using it as the stronghold for their local bailiffs until 1733. The castle escaped capture throughout the 13th and 14th centuries, however, it was badly damaged in the Appenzeller War (15th century). Not that you can see any of that damage now, the castle was rebuilt under King Ruprecht’s orders two years later. In 1825 the castle was bought by the town and subsequently used as barracks, and following that a workhouse. Nowadays the castle is still in excellent condition and is used as a museum which displays religious art, costumes and weaponry. The lower forms house a traditional castle inn, where you can enjoy a delicious meal, and the museum is located on the upper floors. It is a steep climb up the castle’s ramparts, but the views of Feldkirch from the top make it all worthwhile. Address Heimatpflege – und Museumsverein Feldkirch Burgasse 1 6800 Feldkirch Website www.schattenburg.at Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Telephone +43 5522 71982 Opening Hours November to December Saturday to Sunday 11:00-16:00 January to March Tuesday to Friday 13:00-16:00 Saturday to Sunday 11:00-16:00 April to October Monday to Friday 09:00-12:00 / 13:00-17:00 Saturday to Sunday 10:00-17:00 Entrance Fee Adults €6 Reduction €4.50 Children €2.50 Families €10
The Wildpark is, in effect, a zoo, although, not a zoo in the sense that you might know. It is located amongst the woods and showcases local wildlife. It was created in 1963 as a place where people could get acquainted with local wildlife, the type of wildlife we normally only get the chance to see in books. There are currently over 150 animals of 18 species, from deer to lynx, wolves to eagles, mountain hares to ibex, wild boar to wild cats. Although it is in effect a zoo, the animals are housed in large enclosures, and in their natural environments. Most of the animals are either born at the Wildpark, or come from other wildlife parks or zoos. It’s a great day out for all the family, with many walking trails, and of course it is a great shady place to cool down in the summer. There is also a petting zoo style collection of farm animals for the little children, and a playground, and many eating areas also, including a BBQ area. You can wander around the park however you like, or you can take part in a guided tour, or ask one of the zookeepers’ questions during feeding time to find out about the animals’ habits. Address Wildpark Feldkirch Ardetzenweg 20 6800 FeldkirchWebsite www.feldkirch.at/wildpark Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone +43 5522 74105 Opening Hours The park is open daily all year round Entrance Fee General admission to Wildpark is free. Guided Tours €60-€80
Domkirche St Nikolaus, located next to the castle moat, is the cathedral of Feldkirch which dates back as far as 1218, when it was the city’s parish church. What was the parish church was then badly damaged in several fires in 1348, 1396 and in 1460. After the damage from the fires the church was rebuilt in 1478 by architect Hans Sturn. The cathedral was built in a typical 15th century Gothic style, and is considered to be the most important Gothic church in the region of Vorarlberg. It’s a twin-naved hall-church with many late gothic features. The wrought iron canopy which tops the pulpit was originally a tabernacle and dates back to 1540. “The Descendant of the Cross” positioned over the alter was painted by the famed Wolf Huber, of the Danube Art School. The cathedral also has modern stained glass windows from 1966 which were designed by Martin Häusle. Although Domkirche St Nikolaus’ history goes back to the 13th century, it was not granted cathedral status until 1968, when the diocese of Feldkirch was founded. Address Dom St Nikolaus Domplatz 6 6800 Feldkirch Website www.kath-kirche-vorarlberg.at/pfarren/feldkirch-dom-st-nikolaus/wilkommen Email Address email@example.com Telephone +43 5522 72232 Opening Hours Mass Weekdays 07.15 Saturday 19:00 Sunday 08:00, 09:30 and 11:00 Visiting Hours Daily 08:00-18:00 Entrance Fee Free
Feldkirch is a city rich in medieval history, and is also an amazingly well preserved town. So why not just go out and walk around the old town to soak up some of the history and architecture? You will see so many important medieval sites just by walking around. Katzenturn, or the cat tower) was erected in 1507 as part of the city walls, it’s an eight storey tall round tower which was converted to a bell tower in the 17th century, and it contains the biggest bells in Vorarlberg. Churertor, also a part of the ancient city walls the Churertor was the gateway to the bridge used to transport salt into Switzerland back in medieval times. This gate was built in 1270, and is the only surviving tower-like gate in Vorarlberg. Muheletor, also known as the Pig Gate, Muheletor is located near the Pulverturm which used to hold the city’s pig market, because pigs were not allowed to be sold in Marktgasse. Marktgasse, and of course you must keep your eyes peeled for the true centre of the town, the market square. Marktgasse is a long rectangle lined with arcades and still holds weekday markets to this day (Tuesdays and Saturdays).
What is now the Palais Liechtenstein was, once, the residence of Archduke Hubarnt from 1658 to 1697. In 1697 however, the building was destroyed by a fire. It was after this fire that the building was bought by Prince Johann Adam Andreas Liechtenstein, who built a baroque style palace to house the offices of the Liechtensteins. It served as the administrative seat of the 1719 Imperial Principality of Liechtenstein, and was then sold by the Prince in 1774. After that the palace was used as a brewery, a tavern and a spinning mill, until in 1848 when it was acquired by the mayor of Feldkirch. Since 1967 the palace has been in possession of the town, and is currently used to house the city’s archives and library, as well as holding art exhibitions. Address Kunst Palais Liechtenstein Schlossergasse 8 6800 Feldkirch Website www.palaisliechtenstein.at Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone +43 5522 3041271 Opening Hours Wednesday to Friday 16:00-19:00 Saturday to Sunday 10:00-13:00 Entrance Fee Free
If you’re going to be visiting Feldkirch in the summer months and culture and music are your thing you would be mad to miss the Poolbar Festival. An annual festival which was founded 20 years ago runs for six weeks during the summer months of July and August. Every year festival organisers welcome around 20,000 people who have come to enjoy the multitude of things on offer. This is not just a festival focussed on music, but also movies, cabarets, poetry slams, fashion, art, and much more, featuring both local and international stars. Address Poolbar Verein zur Förderung ol Kulterellen Vielfalt Austrasse 35 6800 Feldkirch Website www.poolbar.at Email Address N/A Telephone N/A Opening Hours 4th July to 16th August 2014 Entrance Fee Tickets for 2014 have not yet been released continue to check the website for more information. Season pass €199
If you’re a winter sports fan and you’re visiting Feldkirch in the winter months why not take a day trip to a nearby ski resort? Latern Ski is located at just a 30 minute drive from Feldkirch and is a relatively large resort. There are a total of 8 ski lifts at the resort and a number of slopes, and if you’re new to alpine skiing or snowboarding, there is even a snow school where you can learn how it’s done. A fun day out for all the family. Address Seilbahnen Laterns Kühboden Nr 7 A-6830 Laterns Website www.laterns.net Email Address email@example.com Telephone +43 5526 252 Opening Hours 30th November to 6th April Daily 08:45-16:15 Entrance Fee Day Pass Adults €32 Children €16.50 Reduction €28
The city’s theatre was named after the city’s medieval pig markets, as it is located on the ancient site. Nowadays, however, they’re not flogging pigs, but in fact performances of all kinds. There is a very wide ranged programme from literature to cabaret, from theatre to music. At Theatre Am Saumarkt there is sure to be something to tickle everybody’s fancy. Address Theatre Am Saumarkt Mühletorplatz 1 6800 Feldkirch Website www.saumarkt.at Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone +43 5522 72895 Opening Hours The theatre’s schedule depends of the show, check with the theatre’s programme online. Entrance Fee Admission fee also depends on the show, either check the theatre’s programme online or contact the theatre directly for more information.
The landesmusik-konservatorium is located on the site of a previous Jesuit College, founded in 1856, of which Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of Sherlock Holmes), was once a student. However, since 1977 it has been a music conservatory which currently has approximately 400 students, specialising in instrumental and vocal pedagogy. The building itself is directly on the III River and so very picturesque, it is worth going to admire the architecture, if you are in the local vicinity. Address Reichenfeldgasse 9 A-6800 Feldkirch Website www.vorarlberglandeskonservatorium.ac.at Email Address email@example.com Telephone +43 5533 71110 Opening Hours N/A Entrance Fee N/A
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How to get there ?
Getting There Airports Most people choose to fly into Feldkirch through Zurich, Switzerland. From the airport trains depart every two hours for Feldkirch. www.zurich-airport.com Trains Feldkirch sits on the main railway line through the Vorarlberg. Trains run to Liechtenstein and Switzerland, Innsbruck and Bregenz. www.oebb.at Road Feldkirch is 121km from Zurich airport, take the Swiss motorway N13 to the Feldkirch exit. Getting Around There is a local bus network as well as a supra-regional bus network once you have arrived to Feldkirch. If you’re wanted to go to a few bars one night there’s even a nightline which connects all the bars and clubs in the town and stays running until 4am. However, getting around the city is even easier than taking the bus, it is a city you can walk easily walk around, meaning you’ll never miss a thing.
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