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Bregenz is the capital of Vorarlberg in Austria at the Lake Constance.
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Points of Interest in Bregenz
The city wall from the 13th to 16th centuries surrounding the upper part of town (Oberstadt) has been largely preserved. Other buildings worth seeing include the Old City Hall, built in 1662, and the Lower City Hall, built in 1686 and remodeled in 1898.
- Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB), Karl Tizian Platz, ☎ +43 5574 485 94-0, fax: +43 5574 485 94-408, e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00, Th 10:00-21:00; Aug F-W 10:00-20:00, Th 10:00-21:00. Frequently changing contemporary art exhibitions. The building was designed by Peter Zumthor. €9 (adults), €7 (concessions), free (children/youth under 19).
- Martinsturm (Martin's Tower), Martinsgasse 3b, ☎ +43 5574 46632. Easter-Oct Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Bregenz's most famous landmark, the tower features the largest onion cupola in Europe. The foundations of the building date to the late Roman period. €3.50 (adults), €2.50 (concessions), €1 (children under 15).
- vorarlberg museum (formerly the Vorarlberger Landesmuseum), Kornmarktplatz 1, ☎ +43 5574 46050, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu W 10:00-18:00, Th 10:00-21:00, F-Su 10:00-18:00. Modernerised and enlarged, the museum opened in June 2013, with exhibits documenting the history of Vorarlberg as well as other current themes. €9 (adults), €7 (concessions), free (children/youth under 19); free the first Tuesday of every month.
- Wettingen-Mehrerau Abbey (Zisterzienserabtei Wettingen-Mehrerau), Mehrerauerstr 66 (About 2km from the main train station), ☎ +43 5574 71 461, fax: +43 5574 71 461-17, e-mail: email@example.com. A bit outside of the city, but can easily be reached by walking or cycling along the lake. The monastery has a museum with exhibits illustrating monastic life.
- Vorarlberg Regional Library (Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek), Fluher Straße 4 (Stadtbus 4/5, Landbus 12c/13/25/35/37), ☎ +43 5574 511 44005, fax: +43 5574 511 44095, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sep-Jun M-F 09:00-18:30, Sa 09:00-13:00; Jul-Aug M Tu 09:00-17:00, W 09:00-18:30, Th F 09:00-18:30, Sa 09:00-13:00. Free guided tours are available upon request (Note: it is not known whether English tours are offered).
- Künstlerhaus Bregenz (Palais Thurn und Taxis), Gallusstraße 10, ☎ +43 55 74-427 51, fax: +43 5574-44029. Tu-Sa 14:00-18:00, Su and holidays 11:00-17:00. A collective Vorarlberg artists stages exhibits of members' works. Free.
- Magazin 4 (Bregenzer Kunstverein), Bergmannstraße 6, ☎ +43 5574 43971, e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su 14:00-18:00. Hosts rotating exhibits from modern contemporary artists.
- Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Anton Schneider-Straße 4a, ☎ +43 664 52 88 239, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. W-F 14:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00; by appt. Exhibits the work of local artists. Free.
Bregenz has about 28,000 inhabitants and has roots back to Roman times. The city was originally founded by the Romans in 15 BC, when it was known as Brigantium.
Bregenz is located at the northern edge of the Alps, between Lake Constance (the Bodensee) and the Pfänder (1064m). To the west lies the Rhine delta, a huge valley dividing Switzerland and Austria. To the south lie the mountains of Switzerland and southern Vorarlberg. To the north, overlooking Lake Constance, are the hills of the Allgäu of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria in Germany.
Bregenz is the capital of Austria's most modern province. The shore of Lake Constance, one of the biggest lakes in Europe, meets with Downtown! It is highly advisable to go down to the lake in the evening and check out the beautiful sunset. Inhabitants of Vorarlberg are said to be much more friendly and open than the rest of Austria.
- Bregenz Tourismus & Stadtmarketing, Rathausstraße 35a, ☎ +43 5574 49590, fax: +43 5574 495959, e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 08:30-18:00, Sa 09:00-12:00. Offers help with accommodation and has free maps, along with information on transportation and sightseeing.
- Boat cruises, ☎ +43 5574 42868, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. From April to October, Vorarlberg Lines offers a numer of cruises on Lake Constance, including a scenic 'three-country' cruise (daily 14:30); cruises to Friedrichshafen, home of the Zepplinmuseum (daily, various times); the "Flower Island" of Mainau (daily, various times); the city of Konstanz, home of the Sea Life Center/Aquarium (daily, various times); and a number of sunset and dinner cruises. One can also consider a short trip to the German port Lindau, which on a sunny day offers splendid views of the Swiss landscape. The town is beautiful and one can also consider shopping in the main market, a 5 minute walk from the port/train station. Cruise available quite frequently, €5 adult. The return trip can be made via cruise (another €5) or by catching a regional train (S-Bahn) from Lindau station to Bregenz station for as low as €2.4, if purchased at an ÖBB automat.
- Casino Bregenz, Platz der Wiener Symphoniker 3, ☎ +43 5574 45127. S-Th 15:00-03:00, F Sa 15:00-04:00. Men must wear a shirt and jacket, though the casino will provide jackets for the unprepared.
Festivals and cultural events
- Bregenz Festival (Bregenzer Festspiele), Platz der Wiener Symphoniker 1, ☎ +43 5574 4076, fax: +43 5574 413-413, e-mail: email@example.com. mid-July to mid-August. A famous festival attracting 200,000 visitors each year. The centerpiece of the festival is its main stage built on Lake Constance, the largest floating stage in the world. The open-air production changes every two years, with Mozart's The Magic Flute in 2013 and 2014. The setting – 7,000 seats looking out over the lake, the larger-than-life stage, night falling during the performance, and the cool breeze coming off the lake – is truly spectacular. In addition to the production on the floating stage, there is a yearly changing program including an opera in the Festival House (Festhaus), a series of orchestral concerts and other cultural events such as Kunst aus der Zeit (KAZ) and cross culture. €29-300.
- Guided tours (A look behind the scenes), ☎ +43 5574 4076. 30 May-21 Jul M W F 16:00; 23 Jul-24 Aug daily 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30. During the festival season, there are tours of the floating stage (Seebühne) and the Festival House (Festhaus). The open-air seating area can usually be accessed for free for getting a glance at the floating stage if there is no performance. The James Bond movie Quantum of Solace features some scenes from the floating stage production Tosca in 2008 and the Festival House. Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket counter. €7.
- Bregenzer Frühling, Platz der Wiener Symphoniker 1, ☎ +43 5574 4080, fax: +43 5574 4959-69, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mar-May. A modern dance festival attracting choreographers and dancers from around the world. All performances are staged in the Bregenz Festival House (Festspielhaus Bregenz). Tickets are available at the tourist information office and online.
- Vorarlberger Landestheater, Seestraße 2, ☎ +43 5574 42 870–600 (tickets), fax: +43 5574 48 366, e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 08:30-12:30; 1 hr before evening performances. Tickets for theatre performances can be ordered online here.
- Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg (Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg), Römerstraße 15, ☎ +43 5574 43447, fax: +43 5574 43448, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Orchestra concerts are performed on a regular basis.
Sport and outdoor activities
The Lake Promenade (Strandweg) is a very popular place for residents to stroll and spend the evening. There are shaded paths and outdoor restaurants. The sunsets in Bregenz are beautiful from any place at the lake.
In summer, Bregenz offers many possibilities. Bregenz is splendid for swimming in the lake (the lake's temperature reaches 26°C in the summer), hiking, cycling, and several other sports. The tourist office offers a map of hiking paths in Bregenz and the immediate vicinity, as well as a map of trails in the nearby Bregenz Woods (Bregenzwald).
- Pfänder. Don't miss the 360° view from the top: you can either walk (ca. 2-3h) or take the cable car (6 min). Hiking suggestions are listed here. You can also bike the Pfänder. A guide with suggested routes is available from the bottom cable car station; the cable car transports bikes for €3.10.
- Cable car (Pfänderbahn), Steinbruchgasse 4, ☎ +43 5574 421600, fax: +43 5574 421604, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 08:00-19:00, departures every half-hour. Signage throughout town will direct you to the cable car station. Apr-Oct return: €11.80 (adults), €10.60 (seniors), €9.40 (youth 16-19), €5.90 (children 6-15); Nov-Mar fares are reduced 15%.
- Berghaus Pfänder, ☎ +43 5574 42184, fax: +43 5574 42184. May-Sep daily 09:30-18:30. Restaurant at the top of Pfänder, serves Austrian and international dishes, as well as snacks.
- Alpine Wildlife Park (Alpenwildpark Pfänder), Pfänder 4, ☎ +43 5574 42184-0, fax: +43 5574 42184-5. Daily all year. Free.
- Birds of Prey Show (Adlerwarte Pfänder) (next to the Alpine Wildlife Park), ☎ +43 664 9053040, fax: +43 5574 42160-4. May - beginning Oct daily 11:00, 14:30. €5.60 (adults), €2.80 (children under 15); Swiss francs accepted.
- Gebhardsberg (Gebhards Mountain). Gebhardsberg is 598m above sea level and it offers a splendid view on the Rhine Valley (Rheintal) and Lake Constance (Bodensee). It is popular among the local population for walks. On it you can find the ruins of Burg Hohenbregenz, which was built at the end of 11th century, in 1097, by the Dukes of Bregenz. It later changed ownership several times and in the 17th century it was extended into a stronghold. In 1647 it was captured by the Swedes without any resistance and they blew up the fortress in the same year. From 1670 the ruins gained importance as a place of pilgrimage of St. Gebhard and they were adapted for religious and gastronomical purposes several times. In 1723 the church, which was built within the ruins, was consecrated. In this time the "mountain" got its present name. There is a restaurant there now.
- Public Pool (Hallenbad), Strandweg 1 (Stadtbus 2/5 to 'Stadion'), ☎ +43 5574 442420, fax: +43 5574 44242-66, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. T-F 09:00-21:00, Sa 09:00-19:00, Su and holidays 10:00-19:00. The bathing complex by the lake has a large outdoor pool and an indoor pool. €5.60 (adults), €4.50 (seniors), €3.90 (youth under 19), €2.80 (children).
- Gourmethotel Deuring Schlössle, Ehregutaplatz 4, ☎ +43 5574 47800 (reservations), fax: +43 5574 47800 80, e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Sa 18:00-22:00. Operated by Austrian star chef Heino Huber, in a historic palace. The building also houses a hotel.
- Neubeck Restaurant, Anton-Schneider-Straße 5, ☎ +43 5574 43609, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Sa 11:45-14:00, 18:00-. Serves French, Mediterranean, and Asian-influences dishes. €16.50 for full lunch including soup/salad.
- Ilge Ilge Tapas y Vinos, Maurachgasse 6, ☎ +43 664 6402044. Tapas and wine in a rustic setting.
- Gasthaus Kornmesser, Kornmarktstraße 5, ☎ +43 5574 54854, e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su 09:30-24:00; open daily in summer and during the Bregenz Festival. €8.90 (full meal w/soup).
- Wirtshaus am See, Seepromenade 2 (right on the lakeside promenade), ☎ +43 5574-4 22 10, fax: +43 5574-4 22 10-4, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mar-Dec daily 09:00-24:00. Highly regarded, with outdoor seating in nice weather. Also has a BeachBar.
- Steinenbach Kulinarium, Am Steinenbach 9 (in the Hotel Germania), ☎ +43 5574 42766 0, e-mail: email@example.com. Restaurant: M-Sa 17:00-24:00, kitchen open 18:00-21:30; breakfast buffet: M-Sa 07:00-10:30, Su and holidays 07:30-11:00. Specialises in regional cuisine with a modern contemporary twist.
- Casino Restaurant Falstaff, Platz der Wiener Symphoniker 3 (in the Casino Bregenz), ☎ +43 5574 45127 12500, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 18:00-24:00, closed 24 Dec. Serves international cuisine. €13-15 for main dishes.
- Gasthaus Maurachbund, Maurachgasse 11, ☎ +43 5574 45029, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 11:00-23:00 (kitchen opens at 11:30). A traditional Vorarlberg establishment.
- Café Restaurant Schillerpark, Belruptstraße 30 (near the cable car), ☎ +43 5574 45566. Daily 08:00-21:00.
- Heurigen Möth, Langenerstraße 5 (at the foot of Gebhardberg), ☎ +43 5574 47711, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Apr-Sep T-Su 16:00-23:00; wine tastings year-round by appt. An especially popular place serving Austrian wines, with pleasant outdoor seating.
Kaiserstraße is the main pedestrian shopping street, and was renovated in 2006. The inner city in particular has many smaller shops which invite one to browse. In general, stores are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00-19:00, Saturdays from 09:00-16:00.
- Wolford, Wolfordstraße 1-2, ☎ +43 5574 690-1458, fax: +43 5574 690-1651, e-mail: email@example.com. M-Th 09:00-21:30, F 09:00-21:00, Sa 09:00-17:00. The maker of stylish hosiery and lingerie is headquartered in Bregenz. This location includes a boutique, factory outlet and restaurant.
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