Bregenz Travel Guide

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Bregenz Things to Do

  • SACRED HEART PARISH CHURCH

    The Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Parish Church, was one with really lovely stained glass windows, so bright and colourful! These were only added in 1958, and look quite modern!The Church was built in 1908 in the Gothic style, through the generosity of the citizens of Bregenz.It's different to the other Churches in Bregenz, as it's built out of red...

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  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE & TOURIST...

    The Bregenz Information centre was where we made our next stop as we wanted to buy the Landratten tourist card to save some money. We had tried to buy it in Lichtenstein, didn't succeed because of a rude and unhelpful tourist info lady.Here in Bregenz was a different story.. The lady was friendly and helpful and could speak English. She got our...

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  • LAKE CHAPEL

    The chapel of St. George was later renamed Seekapelle, which means Lake Chapel. I noticed that it is not on the Lake, so wondered why the name? Evidently, a long time ago, the lake used to come quite close to the Chapel. This is not the original Chapel that was built to commemorate the victory over the peasants in the Appenzell War in 1408, it is...

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Bregenz Hotels

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  • Sonne Lifestyle Resort

    Mellau, Bregenz, A-6881, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Germania

    Am Steinenbach 9, Bregenz, Vorarlberg, 6900, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Schwaerzler

    "Excellent" for Service, Facilities, staff friendliness .... As a vegetarian, I was particularly...

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Bregenz Restaurants

  • Be there - B3!

    The restaurant buehnedrei is directly located IN the Bregenzer Festspielhaus (Congress and Festival House Bregenz). Inside it provides capacity for around 80 people, whereas the terrace in summer is huge - also with lounge area. It is a non-smoking restaurant (which, so far is not usual in Austria). It is opend all year round, but keep in mind that...

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  • Asia meets Austria - Part 2

    I am really fond of asian food - or food in general haha - and if you ever wanna enjoy a really nice dinner, in a noble setting, with good service and a nice view - got to Chen's Dining!! It is located right above the Restaurant Manga - they two belong together. Its selection of dishes is very wide. As i heard are the chefs in the kitchen from 7...

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  • Asia meets Austria

    Manga is the ideal place for people who like fresh asian food - sushi, maki, fried rice/noodles, duck .... It offers by far the best quality for not much money and the dishes are sufficient, not too big, not too small - so still space for a dessert :-) Its interior is minimalistic in white and orange and some Manga designs on the wall. In summer...

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Bregenz Nightlife

  • Cocktail Time!

    If you like really good cocktails you definitely have to visit Paschanga Bar!! It is one of the most famous bars in Bregenz. The average age of the guests is between 20 to 35 but everyone is welcome! Although the bar is not big - the cocktails are! For around 7 Euros you get half a liter of cocktail (and some free fitness training as the glass can...

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  • Cocktailbar

    Well, as i am really from Bregenz, i am looking forward every year to the opening of the Beachbar at the lake. It is opened during summer till end of september and the perfect place to hang out - day and night :-) The music and cocktails are excellent and they also provide some snacks (which is really nice when you spent a whole sunday afternoon...

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  • Festival

    There is a huge summer festival in Bregenz, in July-August, there are wonderful events, shows etc., check it out, if we couldn't :))

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Bregenz Transportation

  • By train to Bregenz

    Very frequent trains from Lindau, Dornbirn, Feldkirch and Bludenz to Bregenz. Frequent trains to Vienna, Zürich and Munich."Euregio" train ticket from 18 Euro (1 zone), 24 Euro (2 zones) and 31 Euro (3 zones), 1 day travelpas in the Bodensee area (Feldkirch, Bregenz, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, Konstance, Friedrichshafen, Ravensburg...) by train and...

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  • By ship to the opera

    An option for those who have found accommodation in other cities on Lake Constance is to travel to Bregenz on a special ship that is timed to arrive shortly before the performance, and leave shortly afterwards. There is a ship to and from Lindau, Germany, for every performance, and usually other ships to Konstanz and other cities. I have seen up to...

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  • Scheduled ships

    In addition to the cruise boats, there are ships that crisscross Lake Constance on a regular schedule. These scheduled ships leave several times daily from Bregenz harbor for Lindau, Friedrichshafen, Meersburg and Konstanz, among other places.Travelling on these ships can be very pleasant -- a good way to get around and see various towns on the...

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Bregenz Shopping

  • Cheeky, Colorful & FUN - Concept Shop in...

    This is a typical concept store you would see in London or New York. It specialises mostly in European brands, whether it be the Fashion + Accessories, Homewares or Gifts. It has a good mix of commercial Brands and a few insider tips! The people that work there were extremely friendly. They were able to give me a few tips and hints on what to do....

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  • Shopping in Bregenz

    The best shopping area is in the Bahnhofstrasse, the Kaiserstrasse, and Leutbhuel, with some good looking clothes shops, although as I wasn't in the market for fancy duds I can't comment on their prices - they looked expensive! I found just one souvenir shop, in Kaiserstrasse (the pedestrian precinct), which sold everything from cheap tat to decent...

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  • A Little Bit of Everything

    Probably the best shopping is along the main street. There is at least one souvenir place and a couple of little clothing and trinket shops. Even better, there is an excellent bakery. After 2:00 everything gets marked down half-off. I used to frequent them everyday where I would get a chocolate covered donut. I would get some Bregenz inspired...

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Bregenz Local Customs

  • Ordering drinks

    I'm not sure if this tip applies in the whole Austria. I will just share my experience here in Bregenz. We were at the Pfaenderspitze restaurant. I ordered Panache and the nice Lady just stared at me seriously showing her face with a big question mark! Errrrrrr, yes i like panache with a smile on my face.....then i told her a mixture of lemonade...

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  • A SIGN FOR PEOPLE TO THINK ABOUT

    HERE IS AN INTERESTING POSTER THAT I HAPPENED TO TAKE A PICTURE OF. "WE SHALL OVERCOME SOMEDAY" PROBABLY SOMETHING WE ALL HOPE FOR HUH!!!! REMINDS ME OF WORDS JOAN BAEZ AND BOB DYLAN WOULD HAVE SAID . .AND DID SAY !!!!!B

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  • Summer vs. Winter

    At first I didn't think anything could beat Bregenz in the summer. The warm breezes coming off the lake, the outside ice cream vendors, dining alfresco in the old town, sunning on the rocks like little reptiles...But then I went back in the winter and it had a completely new charm for me. The winter markets, the live nativity scene, the warm wine...

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Bregenz Warnings and Dangers

  • Getting back from the Seebuhne at night

    One of the two main pedestrian routes to and from the Festspiele complex is via the footbridge over the railway station. After "Tosca" in 2007 I waited after the show to see one of the singers, who offered to walk with me back to my hotel. As we were walking over the bridge, a couple of lads in hoodies jumped out and demanded cigarettes. If I'd...

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  • Bregenz? Warnings?

    I can honestly tell you that I have never felt danger in Bregenz. For God's sake, have some common sense, but other than that it is a very safe place. Don't wander alone at the lake late at night, and the area around the train station is a little sketchy, but other than that you should be fine. My roommate and I walked home alone through dark...

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Bregenz Tourist Traps

  • The tourist office is a new...

    The tourist office is a new piece of architecture made by a famous austrian architect and is visited by many tourists.

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  • I've never heard of 'real'...

    I've never heard of 'real' tourist traps in our country, because we really live in a very safe area. But you know - pickpocketing is possible everywhere. The prices for food and drink is comparable to US-standard, but if you pay about $ 30,- a meal (including 2 drinks - beer or wine) you really can get a very decent meal - and you don't have to...

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  • Wowie, what?!? It´s not...

    Wowie, what?!? It´s not allowed to go with your sledge down there?!? Could have been a superb way...

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Bregenz What to Pack

  • Be prepared for all weathers!

    If one can be sure of anything about the weather in this part of the Vorarlberg, it's that it won't be the same for more than a couple of days together. I arrived for my eight-day stay at the 2007 Festival in blazing sunshine. Tuesday and Wednesday the skies were cloudless and the sun was like a knife. Thursday and Friday, the clouds descended...

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  • A CAMERA READY FOR BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS

    WHEN I WAS THERE IN OCTOBER IT WAS A LITTLE COOL FOR ME BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO MISS THE LAST OF THE CHANGING COLORS ON THE TREES...SO PLEASE GET YOUR CAMERA READY WITH PLENTY OF FILM AND/OR BATTERIES AND DON'T MISS SOME OF THOSE NEW ENGLAND TEXTURES IN AUSTRIA....... BE WARM ENOUGH TO NOT BE DISTRACTED FROM TAKING A LOT OF PICTURES..... ALWAYS HAVE...

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  • Don't take the old clothes!

    Never take more than you can handle on your own. There definitely aren't any porters at the train and bus stations so you're on your own. The only time that you'll get any relief with your bags is when you're in a taxi. Also, be sure to realize that you have to go up long escalators to get to your train platform. I wouldn't recocommend the...

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Bregenz Off The Beaten Path

  • CASTLE MAYRHOFEN / SCHLOSS HOFEN

    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...

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  • Theater am Kornmarkt

    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...

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  • Carl Nielsen

    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...

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Bregenz Sports & Outdoors

  • Cycling at Lake Constance

    Cycling is a big recreational activity all around Lake Constance. Anywhere on the shore of this lake (I used to come to the German part several times a year) you see a steady stream of cyclists of all ages going by.You can cycle all around the lake, 250 kilometers, it you want to (I haven't done this yet), and since it is right on the shore it is...

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  • Rent a bicycle

    There are numerous places to rent bicycles in the Austrian, Swiss and German towns all around Lake Constance. This particular one is by the lakefront in Bregenz, at the foot of Rathausstrasse, not far from the harbor.

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  • Sailing on Lake Constance

    Sailing is another very big recreational activity on Lake Constance.I must be one of the few people who has never sailed here (well, I used to borrow a rowboat sometimes), but one of my sons has done it a lot and even has a "Bodensee Schifferpatent", which is sort of like a driver's license for sailing and boating on the lake.

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Bregenz Favorites

  • Safety precautions at the lakeside stage

    Since the stage is completely surrounded by water, there is always the possibility that one of the hundreds of people involved in the production might fall in. Of course they all have to know how to swim. I don't know if there is actually a swimming test, but in 2002 I was told that one of the singers had to take swimming lessons before she was...

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  • Troubabour Act 1 Scene 1

    In the first scene of the opera, Count Luna's military commander Ferrando tries to keep his troops awake through the night by telling them about the awful things that happened here in the castle fifteen years earlier. A gypsy women was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake. Her daughter, Azucena, took revenge by stealing a baby and throwing...

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  • Leonora and Ines

    In the second scene Leonora tells Ines that she is in love with a mysterious troubadour who comes to serenade her at night. This turns out to be Manrico, a gypsy who is one of Count Luna's enemies in the civil war.(In the photo: Tatjana Serjan as Leonora, Katharina Peetz as Ines.) Count Luna is also in love with Leonora. At the end of Act 1 he and...

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