Dornbirn

Austria

Dornbirn is the largest town in the Rheintal valley and a popular shopping destination. The interactive inatura nature exhibition is an attraction well worth visiting. Venues such as the “Spielboden” stage music, cabaret and dance throughout the year.

Dornbirn is a city in the westernmost Austrian state of Vorarlberg. It is the administrative centre for the district of Dornbirn, which also includes the town of Hohenems, and the market town Lustenau.

Dornbirn is the largest city in Vorarlberg and the tenth largest city in Austria. It is an important commercial and shopping centre.

Dornbirn is located at 437 metres above sea level in the Alpine Rhine Valley, at the foot of the Karren mountain, part of the Bregenz Forest Mountain chain at the edge of the Eastern Alps. It is near the borders to Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein. The Dornbirner Ach river flows through the town and later into Lake Constance.

Main sights

Dornbirn is the largest city in the state of Vorarlberg in Western Austria and is an important commercial centre for the region. Dornbirn attracts adventure lovers and people who love the outdoors – This is due to the stunning landscapes that surround the town such as the Karren Mountain, Lake Constance and Hoher Ifen.

Karren Dornbirn Mountain

This epic mountain lies right in the midst of the town of Dornbirn and serves as a focal point for the area.

A wonderful cable car takes you to the top of the mountain in just 5 minutes and you can hitch a ride to the top from the station on Gutlestrabe.

If you are feeling adventurous however and fancy a hike, the summit can be reached in around 40 minutes but there are plenty of trails in the immediate area to make a full days work of.

At the top you are greeted with stunning views of the Austrian countryside and also across to Germany and Switzerland via Lake Constance.

There is also a restaurant at the top where you can enjoy some find food or a refreshing beverage.

Inatura Natural History Museum

This exciting museum is probably the most well known in Dornbirn and predominantly features exhibits of Natural History.

The grounds of Inatura are located centrally in Dornbirn just across from the river.

This interactive museum includes a host of hands-on exhibitions such as an avalanche simulator, and earthquake station, various displays of insects and an outdoor water garden.

This is a fun place especially for children, but adults will appreciate the fun-factor and the interactivity too.

Rappenlochschlucht

This amazing spot of natural beauty is one of the highlights of the countryside surrounding Dornbirn.

This series of trailers and waterfalls is only 10 a 10 minutes drive from the southern end of Dornbirn and can easily be reached.

Immerse yourself in some truly spectacular scenery that follows the course of a river and cascades over several breath taking waterfalls.

Throughout the trail, you can walk long specially constructed wooden boardwalks that wind their way through the rocky gorge and provide great views to the water below.

Rolls Royce Museum

This is reportedly the largest museum of its kind in the world and is not far from the natural wonder of the Rappenlochschlucht.

Rolls Royce is considered one of the fines makes of car ever to be made and the Rolls Royce museum does this justice.

With over 1000 exhibits and a reconstructed Rolls-Royce manufacturing factory, this museum is a true testament to the company.

The cars included in the displays contain a royal Safari-touring model, a Rolls Royce Limousine belonging to King Edward VII and even the parade car of the Spanish dictator Franco.

If you are a Rolls Royce fan, or a automobile buff, or just love historical exhibitions, this museum will be your paradise.

Culture

Museums

The City Museum Dornbirn is Dornbirn’s local museum, specialized in the city’s history, early photography, traditional crafts, agriculture and the formerly flourishing textile industry.

Inatura is an interactive natural history museum. The museum includes a documentation center about nature in Vorarlberg, along with an interactive exhibition.

The Mohren Biererlebniswelt is a beer museum of Vorarlberg’s oldest brewery Mohrenbrauerei. It shows traditional brewery equipment and gives insights in the history of beer brewing. Additionally, it hosts workshops on beer.

The Rolls-Royce Museum is a privately-owned automobile museum. It is said to have the world’s largest collection of Rolls-Royce cars.

ART BODENSEE is an annual meeting point for artists, art collectors, and connoisseurs. Since 2001, it has included exhibits of works by international artists.

The FLATZ Museum sees itself as a forum concerned with artistic impulses and contemporary cultural positions. It shows changing exhibitions designed by international guest curators, with a focus on photographic art; it organises readings, lecture series, discussions and performances.

Architecture

Dornbirn’s Messestadion is an indoor sporting arena, and home to the local ice hockey team.

An example of modern Vorarlberg architecture is the LifeCycle-Tower ONE (LCT ONE), an innovative architectural project concerned with environmental and energy efficiency. With its eight floors, it is the first modular wooden hybrid complex; it was built in 2012.

Contact

Die Stadt Dornbirn
email
stadt​@dornbirn.at
address
6850 Dornbirn, Rathausplatz 2
phone
+43 5572 306 0