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Discover charming Feldkirch

© by Tourismus Feldkirch / Photo: Nic Skorpic

The charming medieval town Feldkirch offers a perfect holiday for the entire family. There are plenty of activities in and around town.

Feldkirch is a historic small town located in the far west of Austria, very close to the border of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The beautiful medieval town, which remains well preserved to this day, was mentioned as a town for the first time in 1218.

Historic center

Its historic center is small, only about 250 x 250 meters, but interesting. A stroll around the lovely old town takes you through narrow alleys, small squares, and past fascinating facades of medieval houses. Parts of the medieval fortification wall from the 16th century are still visible, even though large chunks were torn down over the centuries to facilitate local infrastructure. Entrance to the town was only allowed through 4 gates; Bregenzertor, Bludenzertor, Milltor, and Churertor.

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Market days

Feldkirch historic center is often bustling with shoppers. Twice a week, there is a market day in Feldkirch. Every Tuesday and Saturday, Marktgasse (Market Street) fills up with shoppers and sales booths, just as in the Middle Ages. Furthermore, the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month, there is a farmers market as well. Even if you are not here for shopping, the market days are brilliant for simply enjoying a cup of coffee and people watching.

Montforthaus

Feldkirch is not only about historic buildings, but also about modern architecture. In the southeastern corner, below the castle, the architectural masterpiece Montforthaus stands out. The Montforthaus is the town’s cultural center and stages a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Furthermore, you can also enjoy culinary delights in the top floor restaurant. It also has an airy terrace, with a lovely view of the town center and Schattenburg Castle. You can join a guided tour of the building that unveils some of its secrets.

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Schattenburg Castle

Schattenburg, a medieval castle and the major landmark of Feldkirch, was built by Count Hugo von Montfort. Schattenburg is one of Austria’s best-preserved medieval castles. In the 15th century, the castle was involved in several wars. Moreover, it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. Schattenburg has an interesting museum devoted to life at the castle over the centuries. Moreover, a great deal of the interior is still original.

Himalayan serenity

On the hill, just above the town, you find the Tashi Rabten Buddhist Monastery. Those looking for Himalayan serenity, can experience a Buddhist philosophy and meditation. The link between Buddhism and beautiful mountain scenery is, after all, not completely unfamiliar. Around the stupa, colorful prayer flags waving in the wind towards the backdrop of the mountains. If you call ahead a day or two before, you can take a guided tour and attend a meal at the temple.

Wildlife park

On a hill just outside town, there is a lovely wildlife park. Several family-friendly forest trails wind their way through the wildlife park. You can encounter over 140 animals in natural surroundings and large enclosures. This gives you a great opportunity to observe the 21 species of animals that live in the park. Moreover, the park has free entry.

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Written by Arnold Weisz

Arnold Weisz

Globetrotting multilingual communications specialist born in Vienna, Austria – with passion for scuba diving, golf and culinary delights! 15 years of experience as a scuba- and travel reporter for among others: X-Ray Dive Magazine and Dykking.