The City of Hohenems

Hohenems was not declared a city until 1983 – and yet it can look back on a history that stretches far beyond national borders and centuries.

The knights and counts of Ems had ties all throughout Europe and thus managed to gain considerable influence: The fruits of their success are still visible today: The ruin of Alt-Ems prominently towers on the Schlossberg at the city’s centre; it was once the largest castle complex in Central Europe.

The magnificent Burg Neu-Ems is a renaissance palace where the A and C manuscripts of the Nibelungen Saga were found. Furthermore, a Jewish community settled here with its own cemetery and synagogue:

An act that set an impulse and encouraged living side by side, as the street names “Christengasse” and “Judengasse” remind us.The internationally renowned Jewish Museum Hohenems presents this local history while also asking how we can all live together peacefully and beyond borders.

In recent years, the city of Hohenems, located at the Rhine and Swiss border, has grown to over 17,000 citizens. Urban living and nature flow into each other. Locals and visitors alike enjoy this atmosphere, where an abundant history is just as tangible as modern change. 

Large festivals and museums in Hohenems are known internationally. There is a highly active scene of artists, associations and institutions who all enrich life in the city on a daily basis, giving it the quality of a tiny cosmopolitan city: open-minded, inspiring and inspired.