Feldkirch used to have complete city walls, all that is left are the towers, and parts of the walls that are directly attached to certain buildings. The towers each served a purpose. Some held water, some held grain and other food supplies, while others were purely watchtowers. They are scattered throughout the old town.
This is the most important church in Feldkirch, as well as Vorarlberg. It is the seat of the diocese of Vorarlberg. It was built in 1478 in the gothic style. Interestingly, the diocese wanted a much larger church, but at the time, the old town was so densley built up, there was only room for the church that we see today, with two naves.
The beautiful Landeskonservatorium fur Vorarlberg is a very picturesque building located directly on the River Ill (ill). It was built in 1900 as a boarding school by the Jesuits. I am not sure if you can go inside, as it was closed on the day I was there, however it is worth a look, if just from the outside.
The Schattenberg is the castle overlooking Feldkirch. It is accessible via the bus, or a short, but steep, walk up from the old town. It affords wonderful views of the city and environs, alone worth the hike up the hill. There is a restaurant inside as well. It is a small castle with a courtyard in the middle. It was more of a fortification, rather than a residence, so there is not too much in the way of rooms to visit or stunning design, but interesting nonetheless.
Feldkirch Festival 2006 - 18 - 28 May
When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in 1791, he had not used the name by which he is known to posterity a single time: Amadeus! An absurd and unique case in the history of music and culture, and symbolic of dealing with someone who always wanted to belong but was never allowed to. Mozart?s character was diverse - child prodigy and mature artist, a courtier who denied authority, Freemason and Catholic, lover of crude pranks and reader of philosophical books, gambler and concentrated worker, lady-killer and jealous husband. The Feldkirch Festival 2006 tries to do justice to this diversity, by various approaches to Mozart; a phenomenon that has still not been grasped completely.
B?ro des Feldkirch Festival
Opening hours: Mo-Do 8:30-12
There are in Feldkirch a very beautiful mix of architectonic styles: arcades, facades, passages, medieval buildings, austrohungarian or moderns ones are mixed but they dont make ugly the city. Enjoy it.
Markgatsse is the centre of the town. The tradition of the weekday market (every tuesday and saturday) is still accepted. Markgasse has beautiful houses and offer abundant things for sale in sotres, shops, boutiques or in the open air stands.
Mill Gate (Muhletor) or Pig Gate is another remaining gate of the medival Feldkirch. It is near the Pulverturm and in earlier days near it was held the pig market of the city because pigs could not be sold in the Marktgasse, the main selling area in the town.
The Chur Gate is near the river Ill. It was a very important place in the medieval Feldkirch because merchants, travellers, crusaders or simply every people who entered or exit to the city need pass the gate to the south. Today it is used only as a passage in the city but hasnt any important position.
Schattenburg Castle is the landmark of Feldkirch and the symbol of the town. It was probably built in 13 the century and was the heart of the fortifications of the town. It has been the family seat of the Counts of Montfort, the residence of the Austrian governors, lodging for poor people or travelling journeymen and now a museum. It is the largest and best preserved castle in the province.
The Conservatory of Fieldkich was built in 1900/01 from the convent of Jesuits, (who came to Feldkirch in the year 1543) and It was used as a school “Stella Matutina”. In it history the building was used as school, lazaretto, gymnasium and since 1977 is used for the high school for music of Vorarlberg. About 400 students study music there.
In Feldkirch every visitor goes to see the Liechtenstein Palace because here is the Tourism Office. Built after the big fire in 1697 it was used as council hall of the councellers and administrators of the Liechtenstein.
Nowadays the resort for culture and the town´s library are in the Palais Liechtenstein.
The City Hall of Fieldkirch is a remarkable and singular building with pictures painted on the front. I was built in 1490 – 93 in the center of the town as the former building in the suburbs was threatened by flood of the river and it was rebuilt in 1697 after a big fire. In the front there are pictures of Feldkirch’s history and remember of the Letter of freedom for the city in 1376.
The Arsenal (Zeughaus) is a gothic building in the old part of the city built in 1436 and used to store weapons. It was plundered by the swedes in 1647 during the 30 Year´s War, Today, the store of weapons is only history, various clubs used it as their headquarters.
In Domplatz I found a very beautiful fountain and get this picture to share with others. The water flows from the beak of the eagle and the water conduct looks like the tongue.