Bregenz Off The Beaten Path

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    Castle Mayrhofen
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    Castle Mayrhofen
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    CASTLE MAYRHOFEN / SCHLOSS HOFEN

    by balhannah Updated Jan 30, 2015

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    I am really not sure which name it comes under, but I can tell you it isn't open to the public as it now belongs to the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, but your allowed to visit the exterior, well worth it!

    This isn't the original Castle, that was destroyed by invading troops of the Swabian, the ruins are nearby.

    The new Castle was completed in 1616, then until the 20th century, the castle changed hands quite frequently and was used for lots of different things, not just as a Castle where an aristocrat family lived.

    The first that I know of was when part of it was used as a Brewery, then during WWI, as a convalescent home for soldiers. It was 1908, when The Order of St. Vincent de Paul in Zams bought the castle and put it to use as a home for mentally handicapped children. The State of Vorarlberg took over ownership in 1929, they established a girls' reformatory run by the Sisters of Mercy, this operated until the the girls were moved elsewhere in 1936, the Sisters left the castle in 1940. WWII came, and once again the Castle was used as a military hospital. The Castle changed hands again in 1951, when it was sold by the state to the Chamber of Trade and Industry, and used as a vocational school for the hospitality industry, using part of it as boarding facilities. One more change took place, and that is what it is today, used by the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences,
    Phew! This Castle would have many tales to tell!

    Painted in quite a bright colour, with the Coat of Arms Stein is Raitenauer - 1585 at the entrance, this is a Castle that I found very attractive!

    LOCATION - Strasse 26 Bregenz, just 5 kms from the main part of Bregenz in Lochau.

    Address for gps is: SchlossHofen, Hoferstrasse 26, 6911 Lochau, Austria
    OR
    FROM BREGENZ take the highway A14 through the “Pfändertunnel” and exit at Lochau-Hörbranz. Take a left into Lochau. After 700 meters turn left again at the OMV gas station. You will arrive at Castle Hofen on your right after 550 meters.

    FROM GERMANY - Take highway E43 and exit after the former customs office “Hörbranz Zollamt”.

    BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT - Lochau is not serviced by train or bus, so you need to come by TAXI if you haven't your own car.

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    Theater am Kornmarkt

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 1, 2013

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    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.

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    Carl Nielsen

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 1, 2013

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    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.

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    Nepomuk Chapel

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 1, 2013

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    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.

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    Stage entrance

    by Nemorino Written Sep 4, 2005

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    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.

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    Hike Up the Hill

    by Krumlovgirl Written Dec 4, 2002

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    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.

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    THE BAKERY

    by Onedragon Updated Oct 24, 2008

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    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!!!!!

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    Dominikanerrinen Kloster Thalbach

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jan 5, 2008

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    This ex monastery of the Dominican nuns was built among 1609 and 1677, today is turned into a school.

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    Marktplatz

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jan 5, 2008

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    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.

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    Take the lift from outside the...

    by iavormar Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Walking in the morning on the...

    by gema Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Walking in the morning on the Pfänder; it seems to mean a typical thing there for the natives... ;-)

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