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Driving the Switzerland-Austria Border

Cows fill the main square of Schwarzenberg, Austria.

Photo: Matthew Hranek

Next stop? Lunch at the 250-year-old Hotel Hirschen (14 Hof, Schwarzenberg; 43-5512/2944; lunch for two $113), in the main village square of Schwarzenberg. Across the street, Textil Hirschbühl (2 Hof, Schwarzenberg; 43-5512/2994) sells everything from knitted children’s clothing to Austrian glass schnapps sets, all sourced by owner Theresia Hirschbühl. Travel 32 miles south on the A14 to the town of Feldkirch, where you’ll stay at the centrally located Great Value Hotel Alpenrose (4-6 Rosengasse, Feldkirch; 43-5522/72175; hotel-alpenrose.net; doubles from $155), a short walk from the medieval Schattenburg Castle (1 Burggasse, Feldkirch; 43-5522/71982; dinner for two $64). Every night, locals fill the castle’s grand dining room to sample (what are said to be) Austria’s largest schnitzels.

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