Bregenz, the regional capital of the Voralberg, is famed for its annual festival. But its renowned floating stage is just one of its attractions.
Neighbouring town Bregenz
Many tourists have still not discovered its upper town, which was built by the Counts of Montfort in the 13th century and expanded three hundred years later. The imposing Martinsturm tower was built on the foundations of a former medieval castle in 1599 and is a symbol of the city. Other impressive buildings include the 17th-century Deuring Castle, the Cistercian Monastery and the Parish Church of St Gallus. The upper town also has another strange claim to fame: if you walk along Kirchstrasse you will come upon the narrowest house in Europe! The facade of this 200-year-old building is only 57 centimetres wide.
Old Town Bregenz
The steep Stadtsteig path links the medieval old town with the hustle and bustle of modern life below – once you pass through the city gate you are back in the lower town. Here, there is something for shopaholics and culture vultures alike. The city art gallery displays works by contemporary artists while the Vorarlberg Museum provides fascinating insights into the history of the Vorarlberg region. The Theater am Kornplatz, housed in the old Corn Exchange, puts on many highly-respected performances and is also of great architectural interest.
Only a few minutes’ walk and you will find yourself back at the lake on the city’s wide lakeside promenade. This is where people go to see and be seen, especially in the summer months when guests are dressed to the nines as they head towards the Festival and Congress Hall. The unique atmosphere on the world’s biggest floating stage also attracts around 200,000 visitors every year.
Getting from Lindau to Bregenz
During the holiday season, the fastest and easiest way to get to Bregenz is by train or by bike. From April to mid-October there is also a scheduled boat service from Lindau to the harbour at the foot of the Pfänder. If you take one of the White Fleet boats you can also enjoy a unique view of the three countries that border the lake. From the harbour it’s only a few minutes’ walk to the centre of Bregenz.
Tip: if you decide to travel by train, buy your ticket at the ÖBB counter in Lindau’s station, as it’s cheaper than buying it from Deutsche Bahn.