Joe and Muriel Hobbart. Yorkshire
I had always wanted to visit the area of Lake Constance. With its many beautiful lake towns and villages and the roaming fields that fall out from it towards the mountains of Austria Germany and Switzerland, it had always been a dream. However last summer, the Mrs and I, plucked up the courage, and with the Caravan attached to our little motor we headed off. We had an idea of the places we wanted to stay at, Lindau, Bregenz to name a few, however the town of Dornbirn, roughly ten KM from the lake would be were we set up our caravan and would be our base. As we approached the town, the first things we noticed were the mountains that surrounded the town, and on the tips of the highest, snow still popped its head. We were staying at the town campsite, which was perfectly placed for mountain walks, the town museums as well as the local outdoor baths, which for the younger hearted includes a kiddies slide, larger slide as well as diving boards, football pitches plus much more for the sporty enthusiastic type, however for the rest of us, it also has a bar and restaurant, now that’s my kind of entertainment.
The campsite was a nice size, and had a reception which served both drinks and basic food. The amenities were very good, as it houses washing machines and dryers, hot powerful showers as well as very clean WC facilities. Also available is a large indoor room, which allows you to make fires, and eat in if you are in a tent, as well as play games, and just mingle with others. For the kids there are climbing frames and swings. Over all very nice.
One of our first trips was to take the cable car to the top of the local mountain “Karen”. To our amazement we found a restaurant that overhung the mountain cliff, not for the faint hearted, however the view from the top is amazing, and it is easily possible to look out over the three countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland as well as the Lake, truly spectacular.
There are many walks down, that take different amounts of time, however we did the lazy way and took the cable car, however if…no, when i visit again, I will certainly be bringing my walking boots. I was told that some of the trails include houses that serve fresh milk, cheese and meat platters to the walkers, for a fee of course. Still can’t believe I missed this.
Dornbirn is also home to a number of museums, the Rolls Royce Museum, The Crib Museum, Art Museums, however the one I was interested in was the local beer museum, the Mohrenbrau Museum, (Mohrenbrau is the name of the local beer). Well worth a visit. The town centre itself is dominated by the huge church, St Martin, that sits in its heart, surrounded by classy cafes and bars. There are a number of shops for clothes and supermarkets are plenty. The main supermarket is Interspar, which sits just outside the town centre, by the entrance to the motorway. It has alot of different shops under its huge roof, and just behind is the site which holds the famous Mustermesse. I believe it used to be once a year, but due to its popularity and growth, it is now held twice a year. Unfortunately, it was not on when I was there, should have planned it better, I heard they have beer in steins by the case load!!
The people I found to be extremely friendly, and a bar/restaurant I would certainly recommend is called “Bethlehem”. It is famous for its Schnitzels, and unaware I ordered the large, however after I had finished, I was still able to take half home for my lunch the next day, very delicious.
To summarize, it is certainly a place for food lovers, drink lovers as well as outdoor enthusiasts and I would certainly recommend it. Something for all.
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