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Discover charming Feldkirch

© by Tourismus Feldkirch / Photo: Nic Skorpic

The charming medieval town of 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 Vorarlberg 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 centre

Its historical centre 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 parts of the fortifications 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

Twice a week, there is a market day in Feldkirch. Marktgasse (Market Street) fills up with shoppers and sales booths every Tuesday and Saturday, just as in the Middle Ages. The small streets and alleys offer an intimate atmosphere. Furthermore, on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of 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 coffee and people-watching.

Montforthaus

Feldkirch is not only about historic buildings but also about modern architecture. The Montforthaus stands out in the southeastern corner below the castle as an architectural masterpiece. This is the town’s cultural centre and stages various 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 centre and Schattenburg Castle. Finally, 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. It 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. Therefore, Schattenburg has an interesting museum devoted to life in the castle over the centuries. Moreover, a great deal of the interior is still original. Get more info and see more images in our article about the castle.

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Written by Ana Lucia Marcos

Ana Lucia has traveled the world, but fell completely in love with Austria. She loves the dramatic mountain landscape, the phototastiske lakes and the captivating castles. Moreover, a real Wienerschnitzel is always on the menu when she explores the alpine country.