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Super cute. Sitting in the westernmost corner of Austria, Feldkirch borders on both Switzerland and Liechtenstein, but it’s well worth a visit in itself because of its impressive medieval center (first mentioned in writing in 1218). The mountains rising up around it compound the effect. 


We stayed at the **Hotel Garni Bären. Bahnhofstraße 1, just on the outskirts of the old town. It’s a good location with easy parking, rather run down (and very cheap – 64 Euros!). Don’t miss the cave bar downstairs. Gutwinski Hotel looked liked a higher-end option.


Lunch was at **Dogana (cozy, good food, Austrian and Italy standards). **Basilico Pizzeria Trattoria was an especially cute dinner spot (Mühletorpl. 2). Food was average, but the lovely family running the place and the warm atmosphere made up the difference.

A short jog to the north, you’ll find the **Rappenlochschlucht in Dornbirn. We ate at **Gasthof Guetle (traditional food, nice setting).

The narrow Rappenlochschlucht was gouged out by the thundering Dornbirner Ache. A 10-minute walk leads up to a good viewpoint and a 30-minute trail to the Staufensee, a turquoise lake ringed by forest.  It’s a really random place – a fancy restaurant, a waterfall, a Rolls Royce Museum (didn’t do), and a Creche Museum (nativity sets, which we did do, rather random). None of this qualifies as a must-do, but it’s interesting in its randomness.

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