In the middle of the Vorarlberg Rhein Valley
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Welcome to Hohenems, in the middle of the Vorarlberg Rhine Valley. The small town with great charm welcomes you with a treasure chest full of stories about knights and counts, about the ruins of Alt Ems, the stately palace and the fairytale Schlossberg. In every corner of the old town, you will find unbelievable things: the first coffee house, the first bank and the country's first printing press in the Jewish Quarter, a colourful variety of small shops in Marktstraße and a chocolate factory on Schlossplatz.
Hohenems is on the move. Something is happening and a lot is changing. An inspiring development has been emerging in the small town for several years. The inhabitants and visitors appreciate a lively cultural and cabaret scene, bathing landscapes on the Old Rhine, a mountain world with a magnificent panorama and a multitude of pretty restaurants and cafes with sunny guest gardens.
Hiking and bathing summer
Numerous cycling and hiking trails in the surrounding mountains invite you to take part in sporting activities. The reward is a magnificent view of the Rhine Valley and beyond Lake Constance. When you return to the valley, cosy cafés, restaurants and guest gardens tempt you to enjoy and relax. From vegan to good bourgeois and to gourmet gastronomy, everything is on offer to make the culinary heart beat faster. In the largest open-air swimming pool in the country, the Rheinauen recreation centre, water rats will find a large number of swimming pools and natural pools, an 80-metre slide and the most courageous will try their hand at blobbing.
Culture and leisure summer
In addition to the concerts of the Schubertiade in July and October, a number of events and museums invite you to visit them. Every Saturday the Bio-Gassenmarkt and the Schlossplatz are particularly popular. Under the motto "ma trifft sich" (ma meets) there is everything from the suitcase flea market to street music to the Caribbean Night that is fun.
The year reaches its sporting climax with the cycling criteria on 12 August and the cycling marathon on 13 August. 187 km and 4,040 metres of altitude difference in the sun, in the rain and possibly also in the snow. Ingredients that make the Highlander Cycling Marathon what it is. A personal challenge for every participant. After the early start in Hohenems, the route leads over the Bödele into the Bregenzerwald up to the Hochtannberg, further to the highest point,
the Flexen Pass on the Arlberg. After a rapid descent, the route leads via Bludenz to the Faschina and Furkajoch and finally back to Hohenems on the home straight. In the variant around Vorarlberg, there are 160 km and about 2,400 metres of altitude to overcome.