The town Dornbirn, known by its inhabitants as 'Dorrabirra‘, is located in the East Austrian Alps, near the border to Germany, Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein.

The river Dornbirner Ach flows through the city and later into the Lake of Constance (Bodensee). With approximately 46,000 inhabitants, it is the biggest city in the region of Vorarlberg and the economic center, but still was able to preserve its charm and an impressive mixture of rural- & urban architecture. One of the most enjoyable places in Vorarlberg is the Dornbirn Market square. Emphasizing three centuries of varied building styles, it has become a vibrant stage and meeting place for local public life. Cityplan



In the welcoming and bustling pedestrian precinct in the middle of the town there are lots of stores and shops that invite to stroll around. Usually, they are opened Monday to Friday from 9:00 til 18:00 and on Saturdays from 9:00 til 12:00. Large Supermarkets open on weekdays from 8.30 til 19:30 and on Saturdays from 8:30 til 17:00. On Sundays all the shops are closed except the bakeries in the main railway stations and some petrol station self-service shops. Vorarlberg’s biggest shopping center Messepark is also located in Dornbirn. Opening time: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 til19:00, Friday: 9:00 til 21:00, Saturday: 8.30 til 17:00. Dornbirn is not just a town for shopping but also for large exhibitions throughout the year: Fairground

Public Transport

Thanks to the moderate size of Dornbirn, practically everything can be reached on foot or by bike. In addition you have excellent bus connections (red buses) to all parts of the town. You can explore surrounding towns and places by taking the regional buses (yellow buses).
Bus timetable


Sport- & Leisure Activities

With its young, colorful and very active cultural scene, the town has a lot to offer for young people in particular, and sports enthusiasts enjoy the numerous sports activities available in Dornbirn and surrounding.


Further Information:

For further advice on tourism- and leisure activities in Dornbirn and Surrounding, you may contact the following local tourism institution:

Dornbirn Tourismus
Rathausplatz 1, A-6850 Dornbirn
T  +43 (0) 5572 221 88


Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus
Postfach 16

6901 Bregenz
T +43 (0) 5574  434 43 0

Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH

Poststraße 11

6850 Dornbirn

T +43 (0) 5572 377 033 0

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Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences

Campus V

Hochschulstraße 1
6850 Dornbirn

T +43 5572 792 0
F +43 5572 792 9500