Feldkirch, Vorarlberg

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Feldkirch
Feldkirch3.jpg
Coat of arms of Feldkirch
Coat of arms
Feldkirch is located in Austria
Feldkirch
Feldkirch
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°14′17″N 09°35′54″E / 47.23806°N 9.59833°E / 47.23806; 9.59833Coordinates: 47°14′17″N 09°35′54″E / 47.23806°N 9.59833°E / 47.23806; 9.59833
CountryAustria
StateVorarlberg
DistrictFeldkirch
Government
 • MayorWilfried Berchtold (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total34.35 km2 (13.26 sq mi)
Elevation458 m (1,503 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total31,428
 • Density910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code6800
Area code05522
Vehicle registrationFK
Websitewww.feldkirch.at
 
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Feldkirch
Feldkirch3.jpg
Coat of arms of Feldkirch
Coat of arms
Feldkirch is located in Austria
Feldkirch
Feldkirch
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°14′17″N 09°35′54″E / 47.23806°N 9.59833°E / 47.23806; 9.59833Coordinates: 47°14′17″N 09°35′54″E / 47.23806°N 9.59833°E / 47.23806; 9.59833
CountryAustria
StateVorarlberg
DistrictFeldkirch
Government
 • MayorWilfried Berchtold (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total34.35 km2 (13.26 sq mi)
Elevation458 m (1,503 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total31,428
 • Density910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code6800
Area code05522
Vehicle registrationFK
Websitewww.feldkirch.at

Feldkirch 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.

History[edit]

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.

Town subdivisions[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
18696,186—    
18807,322+18.4%
18908,039+9.8%
19009,755+21.3%
191011,830+21.3%
192311,896+0.6%
193412,909+8.5%
193913,067+1.2%
195115,115+15.7%
196117,343+14.7%
197121,751+25.4%
198123,745+9.2%
199126,730+12.6%
200128,607+7.0%
201130,975+8.3%
201431,428+1.5%

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Feldkirch marktplatz.JPG

Transport[edit]

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[edit]

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:

Feldkirch, Vorarlberg
Climate chart (explanation)
JFMAMJJASOND
 
 
68
 
3
−3
 
 
65
 
5
−2
 
 
73
 
10
1
 
 
87
 
14
4
 
 
107
 
19
8
 
 
151
 
22
11
 
 
165
 
24
14
 
 
152
 
24
13
 
 
113
 
20
10
 
 
78
 
14
6
 
 
92
 
8
1
 
 
80
 
4
−2
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: ZAMG

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Feldkirch
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
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)
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 [2]

Schools[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Feldkirch Festival[edit]

Feldkirch is the home of an annual Summer Festival, founded in 2002 by Thomas Hengelbrock and directed since 2007 by Philippe Arlaud.[3]

Sport clubs[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]