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Get away from it all with the Karren cable-car

Superb hiking trails, fantastic view of the Rhine Valley – in the evening too, when down below it sparkles like a sea of lights.

The Karren is a popular meeting place in the region and starting point for some marvelous hiking trails and of course the Panorama Restaurant at 976 meters is really worth a visit. Whether you would like to go and eat something or just enjoy the fresh mountain air – it only takes five minutes for the cable-car to take you high above the city rooftops where a wonderful panorama awaits you: the magnificent view of three countries during the daytime, a sea of lights by night.

For more information: Dornbirn Tourist Office, Rathausplatz 1, 
Tel. 0043 5572 22188 http://www.dornbirn.info/

The bus schedules are coordinated with the arrival and departure times of the regional trains at the Dornbirn main train station. Get the current bus time-table at www.vmobil.at or +43 5522 83577

From Dornbirn train station by city bus line 5, every half hour daily, direction Karren. Then minibus line 47 every hour to Ebnit.

Exit Dornbirn Süd – direction “Zentrum” (city center) – underpass after about 700 m  – follow the direction signs “Karrenseilbahn” for a further 2.5 km.

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The Panorama Restaurant – Good food with a view

The Panorama Restaurant – Good food with a view
Experience excellent cuisine and a warm and friendly welcome at 976 meters above sea-level. Whether with a superb multi-course menu in the glass restaurant, or with hearty Kässpätzle at the inn, the evening high above the city rooftops is sure to be remembered. It will certainly not only please the culinary night owl but also the hungry hiker and will be ideal for family parties and corporate groups alike.

The Panorama Restaurant in figures:
Glass restaurant: 102 seats
Room with a fresco by Leopold Fetz: 40 seats
Upper room: 40 seats, also for groups
Terrace: 200 seats (same-day reservations only)


(Mon-Fri from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm, closed on public holidays)
Relax and enjoy – a delicious meal and a fantastic panorama of the Swiss mountains, the Rhine Valley and Lake Constance.

Menu (cable-car round trip included)


set menu

EUR 13,-

vegarian menu

EUR 13,-

fitness lunch

EUR 16,-

business lunch (tripple-thread)

EUR 25,-

Rappenloch and Alplochgorge

The Rappenloch Gorge to become accessible for walkers again

A new tunnel and other improvements are being planned 

In May, 2011 a massive rockfall buried a section of the Rappenloch Gorge. Since then the Gorge has been closed to the public. Preparations are underway to re-open the paths and footbridges for strollers and hikers.The planned improvements will make the Rappenloch even safer and more attractive than before.

A new footpath tunnel will be cut as a detour around the rockfall area. Branching off from this tunnel a subterranean gallery will lead directly to a protected platform, where visitors can enjoy a spectacular, unforgettable view over the Gorge. There will be information stations which provide insights into the natural history and geology of this natural wonder, as well as background material about the rockfall.

Construction work is scheduled to begin soon, and will be completed this year. The tunneling will be carried out using classical mining technologies and without large construction equipment, which would entail considerable outlays in expenses and time. In 2013 the imposing Rappenloch will be open to the public as a newly designed, fully walk-through excursion destination - one of Dornbirn's truly unique attractions!

A visit to the Gorge is possible in spite of the temporary closure

This local recreation area between Gütle, Rappenloch, Alploch and the Karren Cable Car can also be visited while construction activities are in progress. There is a short detour around the slide area - with dramatic, interesting views of this epochal natural event. At the upper end of the Rappenloch the walking path continues on around the small Lake Staufen. Via footbridges and paths, the walker then enters into the next natural phenomenon, the Alploch Gorge - a favourite among experts in the field.

The Dornbirn Tourist and City Marketing Office offers guided tours on a regular basis up to the rockfall area, as well as to Lake Staufen and the Alploch Gorge.

There is regular bus service, on the Dornbirn-Ebnit line, between Gütle and the entrance to the Alploch Gorge. The bus ticket is also included in the new "Alploch Ticket" on offer at the office of the Karren Cable Car.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Dornbirn Tourismus, Tel. +43 5572 22188, Mail: tourismus@dornbirn.at

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Alploch Gorge

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contact us:

Dornbirner Seilbahn GmbH
Gütlestraße 6
6850 Dornbirn
Tel. 0043 (0) 5572 - 22140
Fax 0043 (0) 5572 - 22140-4
E-Mail: karren@dornbirn.at

contact Panoramarestaurant:

Panoramarestaurant
Karren, Bergstation
6850 Dornbirn

Tel. 0043 (0) 5572 - 54711
Fax. 0043 (0) 5572 - 54711-4
E-Mail: panorama@karren.at