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Coat of arms of Lustenau
Coat of arms
Lustenau is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°25′47″N 09°39′35″E / 47.42972°N 9.65972°E / 47.42972; 9.65972Coordinates: 47°25′47″N 09°39′35″E / 47.42972°N 9.65972°E / 47.42972; 9.65972
Country Austria
State Vorarlberg
District Dornbirn
 • Mayor Mag. Dr. Kurt Fischer (ÖVP)
 • Total 22.55 km2 (8.71 sq mi)
Elevation 404 m (1,325 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 22,214
 • Density 990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 6890, 6893
Area code 05577
Vehicle registration DO

Lustenau ([ˈluːstənaʊ]; Alemannic: Luschnou) is a town in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg in the district of Dornbirn. It lies on the River Rhine, which forms the border with Switzerland. Lustenau is Vorarlberg's fourth largest town.


Until 1830, Lustenau was an independent county reigned by the counts of Waldburg-Zeil-Lustenau-Hohenems. After 1830 it became part of Austria. The name Lustenau derives from a document signed by the Carolingian king Charles the Fat with the title "Lustenauua curti regali", meaning "Royal Court of Lustenau"


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 3,903 —    
1880 4,164 +6.7%
1890 5,054 +21.4%
1900 5,221 +3.3%
1910 6,221 +19.2%
1923 8,383 +34.8%
1934 8,365 −0.2%
1939 8,733 +4.4%
1951 10,292 +17.9%
1961 12,582 +22.3%
1971 15,451 +22.8%
1981 18,484 +19.6%
1991 19,709 +6.6%
2001 19,709 +0.0%
2011 21,184 +7.5%


Lustenau is served by a railway station, on the Vorarlberg Railway which runs between St. Margrethen in Switzerland and Bregenz. It is also the headquarters of the International Rhine Regulation Railway, a preserved industrial railway that was formerly used in the management of the River Rhine.


Lustenau has a long and successful history in sports. The town's two football teams, SC Austria Lustenau and FC Lustenau, play in major Austrian football leagues. The well-known and successful skier, Marc Girardelli, was born in Lustenau, and the Lustenau ice-hockey team, EHC Lustenau, is part of the Austrian National League. The town used to be a major centre of the embroidery industry in the past and is now a centre for the new technologies industry.

FC Lustenau 07 and SC Austria Lustenau played in the Austrian Football First League in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

There are also two very good athletics and gymnastic clubs in Lustenau, the TS (Turnerschaft) Lustenau and the TS (Turnerschaft) Jahn Lustenau. Both have achieved top results nationally and internationally. They also have survived the domination of the football clubs, which led to a total demolition of the athletic track in the Reichshofstadion in 1998. Sadly, the rebuilding project by the county, in progress since 1999, has not been completed, although it should have been finished in 2005.

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