Perched on the eastern shores of Lake Constance, Bregenz is sure situated at a picturesque and scenic location. The capital of Voralberg, the westernmost federal state of Austria, is renowned for hosting many festivals and being home to several cultural institutions. Its not a wonder why Bregenz is a popular tourist attraction for it houses numerous world-class museums and art galleries that offers a little glimpse of its rich history.
The gorgeous Lake Constance ought to be in the 'number 1' list of any tourist itinerary. It is one of Europe's most beautiful lakes and is the continent's third largest. Bregenz is a good place to start exploring the lake and its scenic surroundings. The town lies on a plateau at the base of the Pfander Mountain, which offers pretty views over the lake. Off shore, one will find the town's 'floating' Lake Stage designed over the water. It is used for the premises of many concerts, theatrical and productions and festivals such as the popular Bregenz Festival (Bregenzer Festspiele) held each July and August.
The 1,064-meter-tall Pfander proves to be a gorgeous backdrop for Bregenz. Take a Pfanderbahn cable car or a two-hour trek by foot to reach the summit where one can enjoy breathtaking views over Lake Constance, the German town of Bodensee and also Switzerland. Another must-see is the Alpine Wildlife Park where visitors can go on a quiet stroll with herds of alpine mountain goats. In winter, folks into winter sports enjoy heading out to the Pfander to ski in its many spectacular slopes.
Drop by at Bregenz's Lower Town. Some of the features include the former Kornmarkthaus erected in 1838 (now home to a theater); St. Nepomuk Chapel, an 18th-century Rococo Church renowned for its rounded shape; and the Kornmesser Inn erected in 1720. It is also home to the New Town Hall (Rathaus) built in 1636 and the adjacent Lake Chapel of St. George (Seekapelle). Spend some time at the old Bregnenz Upper Town. Explore by foot and discover the old-world charm of the locality. Some of the highlights are the Old Town Hall (Alte Rathaus), the Deuringschlosschen, the walled Capuchin Monastery and Church from 1636 with the Chapel of St. Joseph (added in the 18th century) and the spectacular Parish Church of St. Gallus.
Stop over at the Voralberg Museum - founded in 1857 - to retain the state's rich cultural heritage. It is home to an exemplary collection of historical, cultural, and artistic interest ranging from prehistoric times to the present day. If you wish to catch a glimpse of contemporary architecture, then do pay a visit to the magnificent Kunsthaus Bregnenz - a sleek steel and glass structure. It is popular for hosting a wide array of rotating exhibits of international contemporary art.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for traditional alpine clothing as souvenirs. As for Austrian cuisine,they enjoy a plethora of local delicacies in any of the restaurants dotted in the city. Bregenz is home to abundant stay options catering to those who can afford to splurge on an extravagant holiday with the best luxury hotels as well as offers plenty of budget and cheap options to those who are light on the pocket.
Bregenz experiences cool and temperate climate. The best time to visit would be from June to September when the temperatures are warm and pleasant.