Must-see attractions in Vorarlberg

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    Angelika Kauffmann Museum

    This ultramodern museum houses rotating exhibitions in summer of Swiss-Austrian neoclassical painter Angelika Kauffmann’s works. The artist had strong…

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    Designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, this giant glass and steel cube is said to resemble a lamp, reflecting the changing light of the sky and lake…

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    Vorarlberg Museum

    One of Bregenz' most striking landmarks is this white cuboid emblazoned with what appears to be 16,656 flowers (actually PET bottle bases imprinted in…

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    This 13th-century hilltop castle is storybook stuff with its red turrets and creeping vines. It’s a steep climb up to the ramparts, which command far…

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    Pfänder Cable Car

    A cable car whizzes to the 1064m peak of the Pfänder, a wooded mountain rearing above Bregenz and affording a breathtaking panorama of the Bodensee and…

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    Domkirche St Nikolaus

    Identified by a slender spire, Feldkirch’s cathedral has a large, forbidding interior complemented by late-Gothic features and dazzling stained glass. The…

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    Silvretta Stausee

    Glittering at a giddy 2030m above sea level, this startlingly aquamarine reservoir mirrors the snowcapped diamond of 3312m Piz Buin on bright mornings…

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    The brainchild of much-lauded Pritzker Prize–winning architect Peter Zumthor, the slickly minimalist Werkraum, with its low-rise, timber-and-concrete,…

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    Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse

    The 23km-long Silvretta High Alpine Rd twists and turns beneath peaks rising to well over 2500m before climbing over the 2036m Bielerhöhe Pass via 34…

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    Easily explored on foot or by bike, this nature reserve sits 5km south of Bregenz, where the River Rhine flows into the Bodensee. The mossy marshes, reeds…

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    Jüdisches Museum Hohenems

    Housed in the Rosenthal villa in Hohenems, 6km south of Dornbirn, this museum zooms in on Hohenems’ long-defunct Jewish community with photos, documents…

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    Käse-Molke Metzler

    This architecturally innovative dairy churns out fresh Wälderkäsle ('forest cheese') among others, arranges farm tours and tastings (adult/child €19.50/10…

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    Rolls-Royce Museum

    Situated at the bottom of Rappenlochschlucht and ensconced in a 19th-century cotton mill, this museum harbours the world’s largest collection of Rolls…

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    Dornbirn’s compact old town centres on the Marktplatz¸ where your gaze is drawn to the crooked, 17th-century Rotes Haus, which owes its intense red hue to…

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    Facing the castle across the town is Ardetzenberg (631m), a heavily forested hill. At its northern end is this wildlife park, with a woodland trail, an…

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    Even if you can’t bag tickets for the Bregenzer Festspiele, the Festival Hall is a must-see. All tinted glass, smooth concrete and sharp angles, this is…

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    Not far past Martinstor is this baroque tower, topped by the largest onion dome in Central Europe. It’s worth seeing the 14th-century Gothic frescoes in…

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    Dornbirn’s biggest draw is this hands-on museum. It’s a wonderland for kids who can pet (stuffed) foxes and handle (real) spiders, whip up tornadoes,…

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    Käsekeller Lingenau

    Step into the foyer of this modern cheese-maturation cellar to glimpse robots attending to wagon wheel–sized cheeses through a glass wall. It's famous for…

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    Slung high above the lake is the Oberstadt, Bregenz’ tiny old town of winding streets, candy-coloured houses and flowery gardens. It’s still enclosed by…