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Feldkirch
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Coat of arms Location
Coat of arms of Feldkirch
Feldkirch, Vorarlberg is located in Austria
Administration
Country  Austria
State Vorarlberg
District Feldkirch
Mayor Wilfried Berchtold (ÖVP)
Basic statistics
Area 34.35 km2 (13.3 sq mi)
Elevation 458 m  (1503 ft)
Population 32,808  (31 January 2010)
 - Density 955 /km² (2,474 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate FK
Postal code 6800
Area code 05522
Website www.feldkirch.at

Coordinates: 47°14′17″N 09°35′54″E / 47.23806°N 9.59833°E / 47.23806; 9.59833

Feldkirch is a medieval city in the western Austrian state of Vorarlberg, at 47°15′N 9°35′E / 47.25°N 9.583°E / 47.25; 9.583, on the border with Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It has a population of 32,193 (2007), and is the administrative center of the district Feldkirch. After Dornbirn, it is the second largest town in Vorarlberg in terms of population, with slightly more inhabitants than the state capital Bregenz.

The beautiful medieval town, which remains well preserved to this day, was mentioned as a city for the first time in 1218, after Count Hugo von Montfort built the "Schattenburg", a castle which still is the major landmark of Feldkirch. Other landmarks of the town include the cathedral of St. Nikolaus from the late Gothic period. It was the birthplace of Rheticus. The town is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Feldkirch.

The writer James Joyce paid a visit to Feldkirch in 1932 to see his friend Eugene Jolas. He famously remarked to Jolas "Over there, on those tracks, the fate of Ulysses was decided in 1915". Joyce had travelled through Feldkirch by train in 1915, when he moved from Trieste to Zürich to avoid the complexities of living in Austria-Hungary during the first world war. The train was boarded and passengers inspected by officials; if Joyce had been arrested then, he would have been unable to write Ulysses in its present form. There is a passage in the town named after him, and a dedication to him at the train station.

In recent years Feldkirch has built a reputation of having a top ice hockey team. They won the European Cup in 1997/1998 with stars such as Gustafsson and Rundqvist.

Feldkirch is officially twinned with the Town of Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

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Town districts

  • Feldkirch (3185 inhabitants)
  • Levis (2327 inhabitants)
  • Altenstadt (4744 inhabitants)
  • Gisingen (8403 inhabitants)
  • Nofels (3771 inhabitants)
  • Tosters (5365 inhabitants)
  • Tisis (5013 inhabitants)

Economy and infrastructure

Feldkirch marktplatz.JPG

Transport

Feldkirch has had its own local bus network since 1993, which currently consists of 8 lines including buses to the north of neighbouring Liechtenstein. The bus system works together with Vorarlberg's bus system which provides several supra-regional lines starting and ending in Feldkirch. There's an additional line called "nightline" which connects different bars and discos all around Feldkirch. The nightline plies till 2 o'clock am on weekends.

Feldkirch lies on the main railway line through the Vorarlberg.

Companies

As of the 15h May 2001, 13,146 employees were employed by 1,464 companies in Feldkirch, including 5 large companies each employing more than 200 people.

The following companies are based in Feldkirch:

  • Bachmann Electronic
  • Vorarlberg Milch
  • Lingenhöle Technologie
  • Stadtwerke Feldkirch
  • KSW Tankstellen- und Industrieanlagenbau
  • Gebäudereinigung Bauer
  • Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch
  • xactdata software gmbh
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Schools

  • Bundesgymnasium und Bundesrealgymnasium Feldkirch (founded in 1649)
  • Bundeshandelsakademie und Bundeshandelsschule Feldkirch
  • Bundesoberstufenrealgymnasium und Bundesrealgymnasium Schillerstrasse (GYS)
  • Bundeshandelsakademie und Handelsschule Feldkirch
  • Institut St. Josef
  • Musikschule der Stadt Feldkirch
  • Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium
  • Pädagogische Hochschule des Bundes in Vorarlberg

Famous sons and daughters of the town

See also the related Category:People from Feldkirch, Vorarlberg.

Feldkirch Festival

Feldkirch is the home of an annual Summer Festival, founded in 2002 by Thomas Hengelbrock and directed since 2007 by Philippe Artaud.[1]

Sport clubs

References

  1. ^ Geschichte Feldkirch Festival History of the Felkirch Festival (in German)

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