Dornbirn as the city of trade fairs with a stormy past

The city of Dornbirn

The city of Dornbirn ©adactio/Flick

Dornbirn offers attractive opportunities for relaxation and recreation in summer and winter as well.

The magnificent natural surroundings, the comfortable hotels and restaurants will surely impress you.

Complemented by a vibrant culture Dornbirn has become one of the most attractive cities in the region.

We would like to present you Dornbirn as the city of trade fairs with a stormy past.


Dornbirn is the largest city in the Austrian region of Vorarlberg. It is located in the Rhine Valley, in the eastern Alps at the foot of the Bregenzerwald at 437 meters above sea level. The administrative area of city also includes ??the 2062 m high Sünser Spitze as well. The river of the city is the Dornbirner Ach. The mean temperature of Dornbirn in January is 0.6 ° C and in July is 16 ° C.

Ancient artifacts and old documents of the city of Dornbirn

According to the archaeological records, the Rhine Valley has been inhabited for a long time. There have been found artifacts from New Stone Age and Bronze Age. The settlement that was on the place of the city of Dornbirn is mentioned for the first time in 865 as Torrinpuirron in a document from St. Gallen. Until the end of the 15th the surrounding villages are gradually populated as well.

Five diversified centuries in Dornbirn

Dornbirn has been at the end of the 14th century under Habsburg rule, and then at the beginning of the 15th century the inhabitants of the city fought against the nobility Appenzell War together with the Swiss. Then the plague killed one-third of the population of the town. The city of Dornbirg also was under the jurisdiction of the Swedish, the Bavarians, which only ended in 1814.

The diverse city of Dornbirn

The diverse city of Dornbirn ©adactio/Flick

The quick development of the city of Dornbirn

In the peaceful years of the 19th century the city had a significant development, which is influenced by the construction of the railway. On November 21, 1901 Dornbirn officially becomes a town.

The city of Dornbirn takes part in the First and the Second World War as well, in the latter being one of the Nazi centers in Vorarlberg.

The war is followed by a quick development in the economic and cultural life as well: the city of Dornbirn held the first fair, then becomes autonomous regional administrative headquarter, the population reaches 40 000 and the city opens the first university-level school of the province in 1994, known as Fachhochschule Vorarlberg.

Universitatea Fachhochschule Vorarlberg in Dornbirn ©l-i-n-k/Flick

Universitatea Fachhochschule Vorarlberg in Dornbirn

Dornbirn as the city of trade fairs and congresses

Even if the city is has beautiful architectural buildings and a long history, the main source of income is not tourism. There are nearly 2,100 small and large companies and businesses operating in the city and surrounding area, especially in handicrafts industry and commerce, that has around 20,000 employees. After the Second World War the town of Dornbirn gradually became a congress and trade fair city. The name of Messe Dornbirn today means 8 different events.

Fair in Dornbirn

Show at the fair in Dornbirn ©Kecko/Flick

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