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St. Anton, Bludenz, or Feldkirch?

In September my adult daughter and I will be traveling from Vienna to Zurich (having "done" Germany for the previous 2 weeks). We plan to travel by train, leave in the morning, stay overnight along the way, and catch an international flight out of Zurich mid-afternoon the next day. I know you'll say we should just fly, but my daughter hates flying, and wants to see the Alps. So we've been looking at St. Anton, Bludenz, or Feldkirch as our stopover. We don't want to go all the way to Zurich in one day, but want to find a town to stay in that is nice to spend an few hours walking around in the late afternoon/evening... or maybe has a cable car ride up a mountain. Any recommendations as to the best place for our overnight stop?

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St Anton would be a nice stop. Leave at 8:52 am and be at Zurich airport by 11:46 am. The lifts will be open until Sept 28, so if the weather is nice, you can take the 3 stage ride to the Vallugagipfel. 25.50 euro per person up and back.
edit- If that sounds like something you'd like to do, you will need to get an early start. The 7:30 Railjet from Vienna will get you there by 12:54. Since the last descent from the Vallugagipfel is at 4 pm. You need to head up by 2 pm. That gives just enough time to check in to a hotel, stash your bags, and head to the Galzigbahn to get started.

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Feldkirch's a nice town, but it isn't in the Alps. It sits in the relatively flat valley where Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland come together. The mountains in the area are barely foothills compared to the much higher peaks just a short drive away.

Also consider nearby Lech am Arlberg. That town most definately IS in the Alps. There's at least one ski gondola that runs in the summer months (perhaps more). However, it isn't convenient to reach by public transportation.