DORNBIRN, AUSTRIA FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS

GUESTPOST BY TANJA FROM A STUDENT’S CLOSET
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have you ever been to a city where you can reach three different countries in just half an hour each?

if not, you definitely have to visit dornbirn!

dornbirn may not be vorarlberg’s capital city, but it is the biggest city of vorarlberg. and by big, i mean big for a small federal state like vorarlberg. we are literally talking about 45.000 inhabitants. however, i feel very lucky to have been growing up in a beautiful small village in the countryside with dornbirn just ten minutes away by car. also switzerland, liechtenstein and germany can be rached from dornbin easily within 30 minutes by car.

for me, this city has always been vorarlberg’s “true capital” and I will now let you know why.


LOCAL FOOD

there are quite a few really good restaurants in bornbirn, but one definitely stands out to me. not because of the delicious food, but because of the incredible view you have while enjoying your meal. The PANORAMARESTAURANT KARREN is situated 976m / 3,202ft above the city. it is accessible by cable cars or – for those of you who enjoy doing some exercise – by foot. when reaching the top, you will have to stop for a minute and just take in what lies at your feet. on clear days you can even see the swiss mountains! i would recommend booking a table beforehand, especially on weekends.

 

 


COFFEE & SWEET TREATS

starbucks & co haven’t reach Vorarlberg yet, but that doesn’t bother anyone. if you want to enjoy a delicious chai latte or coffee with a yummy cake during a shopping break, you should check out CAFESITO – a small café in the center of dornbirn, where old and young meet. besides that, you should drink an aperol spritz in the famous CAFÉ STEINHAUSER on a warm saturday. steinhauser is located directly at dornbirn’s market place and this is probably the most beautiful place in the city.

 

 


MUST-DOS

when visiting dornbirn i would recommend going for a walk in the beautiful area called RIED. you will find a lot of wildlife there and on sunny weekends lots of people are going for walks with their dogs there. it is a place where you can really calm down after a stressful week. if you are someone who likes to get pampered, definitely visit the PANORAMAHAUS opposite vorarlberg’s biggest shopping center. it is a beautiful modern hotel, but you can also just enjoy one day at the spa there. besides that, dornbirn has to offer some cool museums like the ROLLS-ROYCE MUSEUM or the INATURA where you can experience nature up close.


THINGS TO DO FOR FREE

for all of those adventurous people out there – go hiking through the RAPPENLOCHSCHLUCHT. nature unfolds its true beauty here and you don’t even have to spend money here! you walk right through the canyon for about two hours and will see some fascinating waterfalls and dripstones. but don’t forget so pack some good shoes and prepare yourself for some muscle aching on the next day!

 

 


I hope to see you in dornbirn soon!

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THIS POST IS PART OF MY “AUSTRIA FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS” SERIES AND WAS WRITTEN BY MY WONDERFUL COLLEGE FRIEND AND VORARLBERG NATIVE TANJA FROM A STUDENT’S CLOSET. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE GREAT POST!
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18 thoughts on “DORNBIRN, AUSTRIA FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS

  1. Nicole Hunter says:

    The fact that so many European countries are only minutes from another European country with dramatically different languages, food, culture and history is what makes me love Europe as much as I do. This town looks lovely.

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  2. travelsewhere says:

    While I’ve spent a lot of time in Vienna and places like Switzerland, I’ve yet to really see any of Vorarlberg or Tirol much to my disappointment. I have to admit I didn’t even know of Dornbirn, only other places like Bregenz but the food scene that sounds pretty great. Can’t wait to visit one day! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  3. Clare Thomson says:

    What an amazing place to grow up! I think it’s wonderful to be able to visit so many different countries so easily. Thanks for sharing this beautiful place on #FarawayFiles

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  4. Marcelle Simone Heller says:

    Hi Tanja, I’ve actually been in a town bordering 3 countries: Basel in Switzerland. It’s at the Rhine which you can cross to Germany and you can walk over the border to France, too. Austria is one of my favorite European countries. I’ll have to visit Dornbirn next time.

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  5. Sharon says:

    Dornbirn is new to me — but what a picturesque place to live! We went to Austria for the first time last year, to Innsbruck, and fell in love with the countryside and the colorful historic buildings. We are planning to visit Vienna this year. You are in such a beautiful country!

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  6. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid says:

    What a wonderful place to visit. You had me at Aperol Spritz! I love that Dornbirn is so close to other countries and that there’s lots of free stuff to enjoy.

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  7. Sarah says:

    I’ve never heard of Dornbirn before – but how cool you can access three countries so easily from it! I would definitely do the hike to Rappenlochschlucht…looks beautiful. And that is a great photo at the hike!

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  8. katherinefenech2017 says:

    My brother and his girlfriend are headed to Austria later this year. I think they’re spending Christmas there. I’m totally going to send them your post as research! Dornbirn looks like a cosy little place :)

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