Bregenz, the state capital by Lake Constance, offers a range of tourist attractions. Historic buildings, traditional landmarks and modern architecture show Bregenz in all its facets.
Bregenz by Lake Constance
The beauty of Lake Constance is the jewel of the city of Bregenz, with urban being combined with natural. This gives rise to a varied living environment around its bank, with the lake, the third-largest inland lake in Central Europe, forming the gleaming centre of the three countries of Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
In its diversity, Lake Constance creates a place in which man and animal find security and joie de vivre in many various facets of their existence. Known as the city by the lake, Bregenz interprets the qualities of Lake Constance and takes advantage of its countless possibilities. Allure and charm characterise the idyll of its waters.8 articles
The culture experience at Lake Constance
Each summer, in the middle of an enchanting landscape in the westernmost Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg, the Bregenz Festival presents high-calibre opera al fresco with the theatre on the lake. In addition, the festival attracts approximately 200,000 visitors to the border triangle between the Alps and Lake Constance with unforgettable debut opera performances and concertante treasures in the Festival House, unheard material as part of “Kunst aus der Zeit” at the studio theatre, as well as touching gems of operatic literature at the Theater am Kornmarkt in the months of July and August, with more than 80 performances in total.
You creepy, homey little town, you
Bregenz’s Old Town: Of coats of arms, legends and dungeons
Whether it be a shark from Lake Constance, a not so ancient watchman from St. Martin, a war-deciding amazon, a gallows bell or a prison, Bregenz’s Upper Town fascinates us thanks to its mediaeval buildings, most of which have far more than just one story to tell.
Around the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, Bregenz was still a pronounced baroque city. Today, numerous baroque echoes can still be found in the cityscape. It is primarily church buildings on which the build and design-happy construction style of the 17th and 18th centuries made its mark
The unique panoramic view of all of Lake Constance
240 alpine peaks of Austria, Germany and Switzerland make the Pfänder by Bregenz, Vorarlberg, one of the region’s most famous viewpoints.
The Pfänder, the local mountain of the people of Bregenz, offers a variety of opportunities for both locals and guests to enjoy memorable outdoor experiences. One of the major advantages is that getting there is extremely convenient. The port as well as the port train station are only seven minutes away on foot.
The landmark of the city
Visit the exhibitions in St. Martin’s Tower and enjoy a picturesque, beautiful panorama over Bregenz and the Upper Town, the Pfänder, Bregenz’s local hill, the Swiss mountains and of course Lake Constance from the window gallery. Bregenz’s landmark is in truth unique. A warehouse from the time of the city’s foundation c. 1250 originally stood there, which was barely higher than the city wall.
When the hecticness of the everyday routine gains the upper hand again, the residents of Bregenz have a miracle cure – their 1,064-metre-high local mountain. With this view from the summit onto Lake Constance, the city and the Alps, one’s thoughts are calmed and the stress is put into perspective. Each of the two cabins comfortably offers space for 80 people. Silently and in an environmentally friendly manner, you glide towards the mountain.
Discover history in an exciting environment and in an innovative manner!
Located between the lake and the city centre, in direct proximity to the Art House and the State Theatre, the architectural masterpiece of the new vorarlberg museum forms the end of the culture boulevard. The main point of attraction is the more than 150,000 artefacts from art, history, folklore and archaeology that deal with the history and present of Austria’s westernmost federal state from a wide range of perspectives.
Vorarlberg, with its capital Bregenz, has become an internationally sought-after mecca for people interested in architecture.
Renowned architects such as Hans Hollein, Jean Nouvel, Peter Zumthor, Baumschlager / Eberle and last but not least the group of “Vorarlberg construction artists” have determined the contemporary architecture – and have left their mark on Bregenz.
This striking building from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy is one of the few examples for ring road architecture outside the city of Vienna. A twin building of the post office is found in the imperial spa town of Bad Ischl. Today, the post office includes an exhibition by star Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.Dieser markante Bau aus der K. u. K.-Zeit ist eines der wenigen Beispiele für Ringstraßen-Architektur außerhalb der Stadt Wien. Ein Zwillingsbau des Postamtes befindet sich im kaiserlichen Kurort Bad Ischl. Heute befindet sich im Postamt unter anderem eine Ausstellung des Schweizer Stararchitekten Peter Zumthor.
An outstanding conference and event centre
Tailored solutions for up to 4,500 guests
With its event building, the Bregenz Festival House, Kongresskultur Bregenz is an international conference and event centre in Austria, located right by Lake Constance, with approximately 400,000 visitors each year. The company has established a reputation for itself far beyond the region as an attractive host for events of all different kinds.
Since 2010, the gateway to the state capital has shined with a new splendour.
The Bregenz littoral was mentioned for the first time in 1294. The first testimonies of a landing also date from this time. Since its origins in the Middle Ages, the landing has become a modern port, which now accommodates the increasing visitor frequency on land and by sea thanks to an extensive redesign. The new port is inviting and offers some design and architectural delights.
Bregenz has squares, sculptures and nooks that look back at a partly curious history. Here, a search can lead to finding out some exciting details as well as historical facts from the city’s development.
The Vorarlberg State Library is located in a former abbey, the Gallusstift, at the foot of the Gebhardsberg. The former baroque church was meticulously converted and the imposing reading hall in particular lures visitors into an impressive literary world.
The Art House stands in the light of Lake Constance. Its structure is built from glass plates, steel and a stone mass of cast concrete that forms structure and space in the interior of the building. Viewed from outside, the building gives the impression of an illuminant.
Special insights into Vorarlberg’s state capital
Get to know the history of the city of culture by the lake through selected buildings, stories and anecdotes. Come with us on a foray through Bregenz! For all who would like to know more about the gem between the mountains and the lake. There is much about Bregenz that surprises.