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"Hi, I'm considering a job offer in Dornbirn and wanted to know more about the lifestyle in the place. What do people usually do during their weekends? Is it a safe place? Are there any malls or is Dornbirn a countryside town? Is public transportation good, so that I do not need to drive to work? Which area in Dornbirn do you recommend for me to look for apartments?" (posted 05/15/2014)

Dornbirn is a beautiful city in Austria, surrounded by mountains and beautiful landscapes. You can live here very well. The road network is very well developed and you can go anywhere with the S-Bahn, bus, and train. (the same goes for other nearby cities). The people of Austria are very very friendly and open to new people. In your freetime, you move a lot in Austria. In winter, you can try all winter sports (all in close proximity) and in the summer there is hiking and biking. Even normal things like relaxing, shopping, going on tours (good options for nightlife!) are very possible. From Dornbirn it takes about 30 minutes to get to Lake Constance. Dornbirn is a very safe city. There is generally little crime here, as we are very satisfied people here where it usually goes well, and we know that we actually have it pretty good! I hope this helps you further. Many greetings from Lindau ...
Answer provided by Katharina Schmid on 05/16/2014
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Hello! Dornbirn is a safe place for biking and hiking. Shopping is also available. The public transportation and the Bus-Bahn can take you anywhere. Dornbirn is a nice place to live. Sincerely, Ritter
Answer provided by Martinn Ritter on 05/15/2014
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I do not know what people usually do in Dornbirn. Probably a lot of shopping (there is a shopping center and an exhibition park), sailing, or going to the mountains. Dornbirn is - as the entire Lake Constance region - relatively safe. There are beautiful cities in nearby Lindau (historical island!) And Feldkirch. Public transport is good, Apartments in the area are sought after and not cheap.
Answer provided by Winfried Hamann on 05/15/2014
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Donbirn (www.dornbirn.at) - is the second largest city in Vorarlberg (a province of Austria). It is a city with a lot of industry, but is also comfortable. A large portion of the city lies in the Rhine Valley and is flat. City buses are good for short-term travel, as are the trains. Mountains for hiking are very close. There are big shopping centers. You can live well in this area.
Answer provided by Wilfriede Lienhardt on 05/15/2014
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Dornbirn is a town in Vorarlberg, Austria. It is the administrative centre for the district (Bezirk) Dornbirn, which also includes the town of Hohenems, and the market town Lustenau.

Dornbirn is a town in Vorarlberg, Austria. It is the administrative centre for the district (Bezirk) Dornbirn, which also includes the town of Hohenems, and the market town Lustenau.

The largest town in Vorarlberg and the tenth largest in all of Austria, Dornbirn is an important commercial and shopping centre.

Dornbirn is located in western Vorarlberg at 437 metres above sea level in the Rhine Valley, at the foot of the Karren mountain, part of the Bregenz Forest Mountain chain at the edge of the Eastern Alps. It is near the borders to Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein. The Dornbirner Ach river flows through the town and later into Lake Constance.

Neighbouring municipalities

The Town of Dornbirn constitutes almost 70% of the surface of the district Dornbirn and has numerous borders to other municipalities. As well as bordering on the two other municipalities in the Dornbirn district (Hohenems and Lustenau), the town shares borders with 15 municipalities of the Bregenz District: (Lauterach, Wolfurt, Schwarzach, Bildstein, Alberschwende, Schwarzenberg, Reuthe, Mellau, Damüls) and four with the Feldkirch District: (Laterns, Zwischenwasser, Viktorsberg, Fraxern).

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More about the History of Dornbirn

The earliest evidence of human presence in the Dornbirn area can be dated from the Mesolithic era. The name "Dornbirn" derives from 'torrin puirron', meaning the 'Settlement of Torro' (the name of an Alemannic farmer living there) and thus has nothing to do with "pears" (German "Birnen"), although this fruit is prominently portrayed on the town emblem. This name is mentioned for the first time in 895, in a document from St. Gallen (Switzerland).

Dornbirn became part of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1380. In 1793 it was elevated to a market community. It was not given municipal status until 1901. In 1932 the mountain village of Ebnit was annexed. In 1969 Dornbirn became the seat of the new Dornbirn district administrative authority.

[ source: wikipedia ]

Dornbirn is a town in Vorarlberg, Austria. It is the administrative centre for the district (Bezirk) Dornbirn, which also includes the town of Hohenems, and the market town Lustenau.

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