The city centre, with its shops, cafés and restaurants, is largely a pedestrian zone, making it a great place to stroll around or go for a bike ride along the shores of Lake Constance. A portion of the shoreline is a park and there is also a cable car, which is open year round and takes guests up to the Pfänder at 1,064 m where visitors can enjoy fantastic views over Lake Constance, the Swiss Alps and Bregenzerwald.
For those with a keen interest in architecture, there is plenty to discover in Bregenz. Portions of the city wall and Martinsturm tower, the city’s landmark with its Baroque onion-shaped dome, are characteristic for the city’s old town, dubbed the “Oberstadt.” There are also fantastic contemporary buildings like the Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB), the vorarlberg museum and the Festspielhaus Bregenz.
- From March to May, “Bregenzer Frühling” presents contemporary dance and theatre.
- The “Bregenz Festival,” presenting operas on the fantastic lakeside stage, is the high point of the summer. Opera performances at the Festspielhaus, orchestral concerts, and theatre complement the diverse programme.
- Concerts in various styles and theatre performances take place throughout the year.
- The Christmas market is a popular meeting point during the Advent season
Worth seeing and visiting
- The Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) shows contemporary art in various changing exhibitions.
- The vorarlberg museum displays exhibitions on the history and present of the region.
- Guided summer tours take guests behind the scenes of the lakeside stage at the Bregenz Festival and Festival Theatre.
- City tours on different topics are offered by the Bregenz tourism office.
- Numerous ships of the Lake Constance fleet depart from Bregenz to countless destination around Lake Constance, e.g. to Mainau, the island of flowers.
Tip: Bregenz is easy to reach from Bregenzerwald by bus. Guests can travel for free with the Guest Card Bregenzerwald & Großes Walsertal.