This is the traditional city and regional theater in Bregenz. It was built 1838/40 as a warehouse for grain storage (hence the name Kornhaus) and war remodeled and turned into a theater from 1951 to 1955.
They have a full theater season here, from September to June, and recently the Bregenz Festival has started using this theater as an additional venue for the presentation of an operetta during the festival season.
In the summer of 2005 they did four performances of the operetta Der lustige Krieg (The Jolly War) by Johann Strauss, and they say all of these were sold out.
Every summer the Bregenz Festival also does a smaller production, in the indoor festival hall, of a new or seldom-performed opera.
This year it was Maskarade by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931). I remember when I was growing up I used to love his Symphony No. 3, "Sinfonia espansiva" (just put on the CD now, in fact), but I was not aware that he had ever written an opera.
Unfortunately I didn't see this opera production, because I was nowhere near Bregenz in June when it was presented here. And I am sure I won't be anywhere near London in September 2005 when the same production is presented at Covent Garden.
Since Nielsen is very little known in this part of the world, they had an exhibit about him set up in the newer wing of the festival building in Bregenz.
A few weeks earlier I happened, purely by chance actually, to take a photo of a statue of St. John of Nepomuk on a bridge in Würzburg. I say this was by chance because I just wanted a picture of one of these statues as an example, and I didn't really care which one.
Before then I don't think I had ever even heard of Nepomuk (I'm not much of an authority on saints, after all), but since then I keep running into Nepomuk references every few days.
Here in Bregenz it was this little chapel, right in the center of town next to the art museum.
This is the new stage entrance to the festival grounds. Upon entering, you have to take an elevator (or stairs) up to a new part of the building that juts out crosswise over the rest.
To me the arrangement looks rather impractical, but I haven't heard any opinions from people who work here.
Take a wander up the hill to the much missed old town of Bregenz. it is very peaceful and old-worldly. People still plant flowers in their window boxes and have small gardens in their front lawns. You can even see some old Roman gates.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ADDRESS WAS OF THE BAKERY BUT THAT IS A PLACE I EASILY CAN FIND AGAIN..!!!!
THE STRUBE IN THE WINDOW LOOKED LIKE IT KNEW ME!!!!!
This ex monastery of the Dominican nuns was built among 1609 and 1677, today is turned into a school.
Marktplatz is the main square of the town. Here you can find many shops and restaurants. On the west side of the square there is the church of St.Georg.
Take the lift from outside the town and go on the op of the mountain. You could see if the weather is nice a pice of each of the four countries I told you before and of course Bodensee.
Walking in the morning on the Pfänder; it seems to mean a typical thing there for the natives... ;-)