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Feldkirch [2] 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 Shattenburg Castle. While small in size, it is the most well preserved and scenic of Volarlberg'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!

Get in

Feldkirch lies in the Rhein Valley bordering Liechtenstein to the south and Switzerland to the west. From Germany and Bavaria you will take the Rheintal Autobahn and cross at Lindau and continue southward. From Liechtenstein you simply head north. From Switzerland you have to cross east over the Rhein. From Tyrol and Innsbruck you will have to pass through the Arlberg Tunnel (toll) an incredibly scenic drive that takes you through the stunning Walgau Valley. The Arlberg Pass offers a free alternative but is only open in the warm weather months. The closest international airports are in Zurich, Innsbruck and Munich.

Get around

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


  • Tourist Office, Palais Liechtenstein (Near Katzenturn). The tourist office has a free sightseeing map of the inner city. This points out the main sites and gives some info about them. These are also available outside the tourist office when it's closed.
  • Schattenburg Castle. 13th century castle, on a hill to the east of the town is impossible to miss. It was once the seat of the Earls of Montfort. Today there is a local history museum and some restaurants inside.
  • Marktgasse. This street feels like a proper medieval German street, with its arches and covered walkways.
  • St. Nikolaus Cathedral. Gothic style church built in 1478.
  • Katzenturm, (Opposite tourist office). This defence tower was once part of the towns fortifications. It is believed to be named after the canons (cats) which were kept in the tower.
  • Landesmusik-konservatorium. This building is now a music conservatory, but it used to be a Jesuit College. The author of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle once was a boarder here.




  • Verona Due, Schmiedgasse 4 (Near St. Nikolaus Cathedral), +43 (0) 5522 81790, [1]. Really delicious and great value pasta and pizza, in a cosy restaurant. about €10. (47.237699,9.597706)




Get out

Liechtenstein, one of the smallest countries in the world, is only a few kilometres away.

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