In western Austria you will find the state of Vorarlberg, and it is in this state that the city of Feldkirch-Levis sits, bordering Switzerland and Liechtenstein. This medieval city has perfectly contained its original architecture and styling, from its cobbled streets to the Gothic cathedral of St Nikolaus. It has been preserved since the twelfth century, and is an intriguing and beautiful place to visit. If you are to stay in a hostel in this city, you are sure to stay in a building that has been around for a very long time.
Feldkirch-Levis is quintessentially Austrian both in the way it looks and in its culture and history. A main attraction is the Schattenburg, which is a castle built by a count around the time when Feldkirch-Levis was first referred to as a city. The castle sits on a hill, beams benevolently over the city, and has become an iconic landmark to the Austrians. The townhouses are equally picturesque, and they are also well preserved buildings, in pretty pastel shades with towers and turrets.
The surrounding area includes tall mountain ranges, where it is great to hike - or in the winter, ski - and thick green forest, making Vorarlberg a great option if you want to enjoy the great outdoors. There is also the clear blue waters of the Ill River to explore, although if you want to have a warmer time, it is best to visit in the summer months, between May and August, when you can be sure the river will not be too icy or windswept.
In Feldkirch-Levis, it is easy to find somewhere to stay. Hostels are an excellent option if you want to experience the best of Austrian culture and cuisine, which is as rich and hearty as its history. Most hostels are near to the town centre and offer brilliant views of the castle. Because of the atmosphere, a night per person in a hostel is about the cost of a decent nice meal, or a night out in one of the numerous cafes and bars in the city. However, paying extra for a hostel in the city is sure to pay off, as they are all picture-worthy and scene setting places to stay, and provide you with a comfortable night's sleep with your friends and fellow travellers.
Hi, I'm Jakob Lombardi,
the Hostelz.com local expert for Feldkirch-Levis hostels. Welcome.