Dornbirn is the biggest city of Vorarlberg in Austria.


Get in

By air

The airport shuttle bus from Friedrichshafen stops at the Messepark on the outskirts of town.

By rail

By car

Dornbirn is just a few kilometres south of Bregenz and can be reached from the north or south via the A14 expressway.

Get around

By foot

From the main station, it is only a 5-minute walk to the city centre, which is fairly small. However, many attractions and museums are outside and you might want to take a bus.

By bus and bicycle

Dornbirn has a great public transport considering its relatively small size. Nine Stadtbus lines operate inside the city and several Landbus lines connect Dornbirn with neighbouring towns. A comprehensive route map for both services can be downloaded here.

By taxi


Church of St Martin
Rolls-Royce Museum


View from Zanzenberg
Road to Ebnit
Cable car to Karren (Karrenseilbahn)

Cultural events

During Advent a large Advent market is held in the market place and surrounding streets and squares. In the evenings the Glühwein stands stay open and the atmosphere gets quite merry and fun. Another great time of year is Fasching, the run up to Lent, when there are often parades and bands in the market place.



Most of the land comprising the Dornbirn district is mountainous. The well-developed trails offer numerous hiking opportunities, not only for short outings with children, but also for experienced mountain climbers with a head for heights. The tourist information has free hiking maps, and an interactive map is available online.


Go for a short hike and visit the Scouts' (Pfadfindergruppe)   camp site. Offers great views over the Hatlerdorf district of Dornbirn.


For an interesting trek, take Stadtbus 5 to Rappenloch stop, and then head straight into the   Rappenlochschlucht (30mins), one of the largest 'chines' (a type of gorge) in central Europe. Pass the   Staufensee, continue to   Alplochschlucht and then up to the   Kirchle, a great natural halfcave, impressive to look at. Continuing toward   Ebnit, you will see strange geologic formations on side. Two cheap restaurants or at least Reststations are on that track. Ebnit itself is a recreational area and is likewise an excellent starting point for trekking. A brochure with trail map (in English) can be downloaded here.


  Karren. is one of the mountains which has good views of Vorarlberg. In good weather the 976m mountain offers views extending to the Swiss Alps as well as to the Überlingen part of Lake Constance. The mountain top can be accessed via public transportation (Stadtbus 5, then Minibus 47 to Ebnit), as well as by   cable car (Seilbahn). The Panorama Restaurant is located at the top (see listing below). From this point a network of hiking trails can be accessed; a trail map (in German) can be downloaded here.


Fachhochschule Vorarlberg


Dornbirn has a lively city centre with a large pedestrian zone and many shops. If you can't find what you are looking for inside the city, there is also a large mall on the outskirts.


Rotes Haus


Cafés on Marktplatz

On those warm summer nights it's great to go to the Marktplatz, the centre of all activity with a number of cosy cafés and more lively venues. Especially Thursdays and Fridays can be recommended.


Go next

Routes through Dornbirn

Becomes Bregenz  N  S  Feldkirch Bludenz
Becomes Bregenz  N  S  Feldkirch Bludenz

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