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City of Hohenems

City of Hohenems

Hohenems is a small city of around 15,000 inhabitants. The Renaissance palace in the city centre is well worth a visit.

Built by architect Martino Longo in the 16th century, this was once the residence of the Dukes of Ems. Original manuscripts of the Song of Nibelungen A and C were discovered here in 1755.

For centuries, Hohenems was home to a small Jewish community. Recently the Jewish district was carefully restored and guided tours take place on the first Sunday of every month upon request. Stations include the erstwhile synagogue, which is today a concert hall named for Salomon Sulzer, the Mikwe (ritual bathhouse) and the cemetery. Housed in the Villa Heimann-Rosenthal, the Jewish Museum Hohenems documents the history of Jews in Hohenems and includes changing and special exhibitions.

Hohenems also hosts the Schubertiade Festival along with Schwarzenberg in Bregenzerwald. Using documents, pictures, listening samples, and videos, the Franz Schubert Museum, the Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Museum, the “Dreimäderl-Haus,” the Markus-Sittikus House and the Walter Legge Music and Record Museum provide insight into the lives of significant musical figures.


  • From March to October, the Schubertiade Festival concerts takes place on specific dates.
  • In May, the international “Homunculus” puppet theatre festival takes place.
  • The Hohenems Renaissance Palace hosts concerts and exhibitions.

Worth seeing and visiting

  • The Jewish Museum Hohenems displays a variety of interesting exhibitions.
  • The small Schubertiade Festival Museums are devoted to music and interpretation.
  • Contemporary art is on display at the private Otten art museum.
  • The “Stoffels Sägemühle” open-air museum provides insight into life in former times.

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