Bregenz Austria – the capital at lake constance

bregenz austriaBregenz Austria  at the Lake Constance is famous primarily for its festival on the huge lake stage. But the Vorarlberg state capital and its local mountain Pfänder are also worth visiting outside the festival season. Nowhere else on Lake Constance does history and modernity meet so harmoniously as in Bregenz.

Bregenz Austria Opera

The lake stage is today the largest in the world with a grandstand that seats almost 7,000 people. Around 170,000 guests from all over the world watch one of the performances during the month-long summer season. The adjoining Festspielhaus still offers a good 1700 seats. By the way, did you know that the James bond film Quantum of Solace was partly shot on the lake stage?

The city offers many sights: Impressive is the Martinsturm in Bregenz from the year 1601, which once functioned as a storehouse and today bears the largest baroque onion tower in Central Europe. Also visible from afar is the former St. Gallusstift with its verdigris-covered cupola of the abbey church. The regional library is housed here.

Since its opening in 1997, the Kunsthaus Bregenz – built by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor – has been one of the most important museums of modern art in the German-speaking world.

The upper town in Bregenz is particularly recommendable.

Gebhartsberg Bregenz

GebhartsbergA side trip is also worthwhile to the Gebhartsberg. not quite as high as the pfänder, the small hill nevertheless offers a beautiful view over the Rhine valley. Both on foot and by car, the Gebhartsberg is also quickly reached.

If you are a little more fit, you can also integrate the Gebhartsberg into a small trail where you start in the oberstadt and arrive back in Bregenz via the Ffänder and the cable car. however, you should plan 3-4 hours for this. the gradient is not low and good footwear is also recommended.


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