Located in the heart of Europe on the bank of Lake Constance and surrounded by an impressive mountain landscape, Bregenz and the Bregenz Festival offer a unique combination of nature and culture, of entertainment and recreation. By the way, the Bregenz lake stage is the biggest of its type worldwide.
Summer landmarks: the spectacular stage designs of the theatre on the lake
Mostly they are also adapted to the landscape environment and here, of course, above all to the lake, and characterise the impression of the bank far beyond one’s imagination. It is no wonder, then, that a few of them have already become temporary secondary Bregenz landmarks. The stage structures for Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman with the high tower (1989/90) or for Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca with the giant eye (2007/08), among others, sometimes became serious competition for the official landmark of the city: the early baroque St. Martin’s Tower in the Upper Town, which possesses the largest onion dome in Central Europe.
With the Bregenz Festival, superlatives are found at every turn. This begins with the globally unique size of the lake stage with its approximately 7,000 seats and certainly does not stop with the ever arising, possibly record-breaking figures related to the stage technology. This summer, 185,000 tickets await visitors, 162,000 of these for the theatre on the lake alone. The list could go on. However, in Bregenz, it is about far more than just a spectacular open-air experience, although, of course, the latter also follows the highest artistic standards.