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Bregenz

Vorarlberg’s capital is beautifully located at Lake Constance, Central Europe’s third largest lake. It offers a dense cultural program coupled with a wide range of outdoor activities.

Festival House Bregenz © Bregenzer Festspiel- und Kongresshaus
Festival House Bregenz © Bregenzer Festspiel- und Kongresshaus
 © S.F.H Archiv Vorarlberg Tourismus
© S.F.H Archiv Vorarlberg Tourismus
 © Kunsthaus Bregenz
© Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lakeside Stage Audience © Bregenzer Festspiele
Lakeside Stage Audience © Bregenzer Festspiele
 © Gruppe S.F.
© Gruppe S.F.
 © Bodensee Vorarlberg
© Bodensee Vorarlberg

The centerpiece of the 2000 year old city at the eastern shores of Lake Constance is the bulbous, Baroque Martinsturm (St. Martin’s Tower) located in the medieval center of town. In recent years, exceptional architects like Hans Hollein, Jean Nouvel and Peter Zumthor as well as the "Vorarlberger Baukünstler" group have played an important role in shaping the city’s appearance. The Kunsthaus Bregenz is an architectural gem located opposite the marina from where boat trips leave to the island village of Lindau and the flower island of Mainau.

Lake Constance also provides the setting for the annual Bregenzer Festspiele, a renowned summer music festival that features a different opera every second year. The concerts are performed by the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra on the vast, open-air floating stage at the edge of the lake. The stage for the production of Tosca was used in James Bond's "Quantum of Solace". Other highlights include the "Bregenzer Frühling", a dance festival of international reputation, as well as hundreds of exhibitions, concerts etc.

The region also offers a variety of outdoor sports including cycling, mountain biking, walking, trekking, and of course fantastic slopes for skiing and snowbarding in winter.

A panorama gondola takes you up to the "Pfänder" mountain from where you enjoy fantastic views of the Alps, Lake Constance, the Allgau Alpen range, the peaks of the Bregenzerwald and all the way to Widderstein at the border to Tirol.

We have sent a video team to Bregenz to capture the best sites to visit . Watch the video on the right side of the screen and get an overview of Bregenz.

The 3-countries-marathon, which starts on the Island of Lindau, takes you through three countries (Austria, Switzerland and Germany) befor you reach the finish line in Bregenz.

For an excurion outside the city of Bregenz explore the Bregenzerwald Cheese Road, and see for yourself how cheese is made the oldfashioned way.

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