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Art & Culture



the Leisure Town

the Medieval Town

Hohenems is the youngest town in the region. The traditional community was

Feldkirch delights with its outstandingly well preserved medieval town center.

awarded the status of town in 1983. The center is home to the Renaissance

A stroll through cobblestone lanes and protective covered walkways takes

palace, built in the 16 century by the Italian architect Martino Longo, and

you past centuries-old buildings. Guided tours of the town follow the tracks of

was once the seat of the Counts of Ems. In 1755, the original manuscripts A

famous guests such as James Joyce and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle spent

and C of the Nibelungenlied (the song of the Nibelungs) were discovered here.

a school year at the famous Feldkirch Stella Matutina Jesuit college. Today, it

The palace is privately owned and accessible during concerts and events. The

accommodates the State Music Conservatory with its lovely concert hall.


Jewish Museum, which also regularly displays special exhibitions, reflects the history of the Jewish population of Hohenems, which goes back over 300 years.

The town’s landmark, the Schattenburg, stands on a mound: it was once the seat of the Counts of Montfort and the Habsburg administrators. Feldkirch is

The Otten Kunstraum, a private museum, exhibits Russian avant-garde works.

famous for its lively town festivals. The highlights in the summer are the

“Homunculus”, a festival of puppets, puns and poetry is held in May. On certain

Feldkirch Festival and poolbar – the six-week pop culture festival. The Christmas

dates during the spring and autumn, the Schubertiade performs concerts and

market is enchanting. Carnival musicians and masked fools parade through the

song recital evenings in the Markus-Sittikus-Hall. The Rheinauen leisure center

town during the Alemannic carnival period.

is the place to meet during the summer: set in the idyllic pastures next to the Old Rhine, it has swimming pools, a natural bathing lake and sports fields. In Short The most important sights in Feldkirch are: In Short

■■ the medieval town center

The most important sights in Hohenems are: ■■ the former towers of the town’s fortifications: Katzenturm, Pulverturm, ■■ the Renaissance palace in the town center

Wasserturm and Diebsturm

■■ the Jewish Museum in Villa Heimann-Rosenthal and the Jewish quarter

■■ St. Nikolaus cathedral, the most important gothic church in Vorarlberg

■■ the Nibelungs fountain, a memorial to the discovery of the manuscripts

■■ today’s State Music Conservatory, once the seat of the famous

of the Nibelungenlied ■■ the chocolate manufacture in the Schlosscafé: Fenkart Schokoladengenuss ■■ “Stoffels Säge-Mühle”, open-air mill museum

“Stella Matutina” school ■■ the defiant Schattenburg with the Schattenburg Museum and restaurant