If you do not know the prehistory of the Vorarlberg region, a Jewish museum is probably the last institution, which one would surely assume, in a small, idyllic town. Hohenems is an exception here. The Jewish Museum Hohenems in the Villa Heimann-Rosenthal, once built in 1864, describes the eventful past of the Jews in Vorarlberg, especially in Hohenems, but also in neighbouring cities such as Bregenz or Dornbirn. In the city of currently around 16,700 inhabitants there is still the Jewish quarter, including the Jewish cemetery and former synagogue, not just for visiting, but still active in (if partly different) use. Visitors to the museum, which is open six days a week, can read everything for themselves on several floors, or visit one of the many offered public guided tours. For groups of ten or more, you can even book your own guided tour. I can recommend, for example, the guided tour including a Bagel afterwards the museum café, for € 18 per person. Everything else, as well as the current opening times, prices, exhibitions and more can be found on the museum’s website, linked below. You can read deeper about Jewish life in Hohenems at Wikipedia, for example.
Address Jewish Museum Hohenems – Villa Heimann-Rosenthal: Schweizer Str. 5, 6845 Hohenems, Austria
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Mondays
Admission prices: € 8 for adults, € 5 for schoolchildren, apprentices, students, senior citizens, people with disabilities, free admission for children and young adults up to 19 years of age