Dornbirn is a poviat town on the Austrian-Swiss-German border. It is picturesquely located in the mountain valley, and its advantage is the proximity of Lake Constance.
Due to the fact that the city developed only in the 19th century as a local industrial center, there is no historic building here. The oldest houses are around 150 years old, but the buildings in the center are stylistically consistent and create a pleasant environment for the pedestrian zone and the main square. There are many restaurants and cafes nearby.
Thanks to its location, Dornbirn is a good starting point to explore not only Bregenz lying on Lake Constance, but also the border areas of Germany and Switzerland, where there is, among others famous abbey of St. Gallen. Liechtenstein is also nearby.
The area around Dornbirn is conducive to active tourism. The popular Staufen hiking destinations are the Staufen summit (1,465 m) and the Rappenlochschlucht and Alplochschlucht gorges. The Karren Mountain, 4 km away from the city, can be reached by a cable car. At the top there is a restaurant with a terrace offering a beautiful view of the valley.
In winter, there are several ski stations around Dornbirn. The most famous is Bödele-Schwarzenberg, where 25 km of ski slopes are available with varying degrees of difficulty.