Dornbirn in Austria
The towns in the Lake Constance area of Vorarlberg are full of interesting things to see and do.
On holiday in Vorarlberg you are spoilt for choice
A vast selection of museums such as the embroidery museum in Lustenau, the toy museum in Wolfurt or the "Immenhof" bee-keeping museum in Nenzing provide a fascinating insight into the local history of the area. An extensive network of walking tracks and footpaths introduce visitors to the spectacular Rhine Delta Nature Reserve beside Lake Constance; to wildlife-rich wetlands and reedbeds; give access to dramatic vistas in the high mountains.
If you prefer a less strenuous approach, why not take the cable car? More adventurous visitors can head for the via ferrata or the aerial rope course at Ebnit. Impressive modern architecture can be seen everywhere - in the countryside as well as in the towns. No other part of Austria boasts so many well-structured contemporary houses in such a small area as are to be found in Vorarlberg.
The city centre alone offers some 220 different shops and eating places, with a further 65 retail outlets available in the Exhibition Park shopping centre right beside the motorway. With the WIFI college of further education and the technical high school, Dornbirn is the region's principal centre of education.
The city is home to a dynamic and imaginative cultural scene, with popular venues being the Market Place, the House of Culture, the Conrad Sohm Centre and the Spielboden theatre.
The Karren, Dornbirn's local mountain
The cable car runs till 23.00, if not right round the clock! From the top station the fabulous view extends over Lake Constance, across the Rhine Valley as far as the mountains of Switzerland. At the top, perched on an overhanging rock cliff wall, is the modern glass panoramic restaurant. From here a network of walking tracks head off to the mountain village of Ebnit (approx. 3 hours) or to the Rappenloch and Alploch gorges.