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Feldkirch, Vorarlberg

Feldkirch
Coat of arms of Feldkirch
Coat of arms
Feldkirch is located in Austria
Feldkirch
Location within Austria
Coordinates:
Country Austria
State Vorarlberg
District Feldkirch
Government
 • Mayor Wilfried Berchtold (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 34.35 km2 (13.26 sq mi)
Elevation 458 m (1,503 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 31,428
 • Density 910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 6800
Area code 05522
Vehicle registration FK
Website www.feldkirch.at

Feldkirch (German pronunciation: ) is a medieval city in the western Austrian state of Vorarlberg on the border with Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It 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 westernmost point in Austria lies in Feldkirch on the River Rhine, at the tripoint border of Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Town subdivisions 2
  • Population 3
  • Economy and infrastructure 4
    • Transport 4.1
    • Companies 4.2
  • Climate 5
  • Schools 6
  • Notable people 7
  • Feldkirch Festival 8
  • Sport clubs 9
  • Twin towns 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

History

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 sights in the town include the cathedral of St. Nikolaus from the late Gothic period. Feldkirch was the birthplace of Rheticus, and is currently the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Feldkirch. From 1651–1773 and from 1856–1979, Feldkirch was the home of the Jesuit school Stella Matutina.

March 1799 saw two clashes between the forces of the First French Republic and Habsburg Austria. On the 7th, Nicolas Oudinot with 9,000 French soldiers defeated Friedrich Freiherr von Hotze with 6,000 Austrians. The Battle of Feldkirch occurred on 23 March when André Masséna and 12,000 Frenchmen were beaten by Franz Jellacic and 5,500 Austrians.[2]

Town subdivisions

Population

Economy and infrastructure

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 about 4 o'clock am on weekends.

Feldkirch railway station lies on the main railway line through the Vorarlberg.

Companies

As of 15 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
Feldkirch, Vorarlberg
Climate chart ()
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: ZAMG

Climate

Climate data for Feldkirch
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2
(36)
4
(39)
9
(49)
14
(58)
18
(65)
22
(72)
24
(75)
23
(73)
19
(66)
13
(56)
7
(45)
2
(36)
13.1
(55.8)
Average low °C (°F) −4
(24)
−4
(25)
0
(32)
4
(39)
8
(46)
11
(52)
13
(55)
13
(55)
10
(50)
5
(41)
1
(34)
−3
(26)
4.5
(39.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 69
(2.7)
53
(2.1)
66
(2.6)
84
(3.3)
109
(4.3)
137
(5.4)
163
(6.4)
155
(6.1)
112
(4.4)
81
(3.2)
71
(2.8)
69
(2.7)
1,169
(46)
Source: Weatherbase [3]

Schools

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

Notable people

Feldkirch Festival

Feldkirch is the home of an annual Summer Festival, founded in 2002 by Thomas Hengelbrock and directed since 2007 by Philippe Arlaud.[4]

Sport clubs

  • VEU Feldkirch
  • TC-ESV Feldkirch
  • Tennisclub Swietelsky Blau-Weiss Feldkirch
  • TSV Altenstadt
  • SC Tisis
  • FC Blau-Weiß Feldkirch
  • Baseball- and Softballclub Feldkirch Cardinals
  • Metafund Baskets Feldkirch (Basketball)
  • HC Blau-Weiß Feldkirch
  • Sportbillardclub Feldkirch
  • Schiverein Tisis
  • Volleyballclub SSK Feldkirch

Twin towns

References

  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahres- und Quartalsanfang, 2014-01-01.
  2. ^  
  3. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Feldkirch, Austria". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  4. ^ Geschichte Feldkirch Festival History of the Felkirch Festival (in German)

External links

  • Official website
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