Bregenz (map) sits at the northern edge of the Alps, between Lake Constance (the Bodensee). To the south lie the mountains of Switzerland and southern Vorarlberg. To the north, overlooking Lake Constance, are the hills of the Allgäu of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria in Germany. The city was founded by the Romans in 15 BC. Bregenz is the capital of Austria’s most modern province of Vorarlberg.
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The annual summer music festival Bregenzer Festspiele is world-famous, taking place in July and August each year on and around a stage (map) on Lake Constance.
The Lake Promenade (Strandweg) is a very popular place for residents to stroll and spend the evening. There are shaded paths and outdoor restaurants. The sunsets in Bregenz are beautiful from any place at the lake.
The tourist office offers a map of hiking paths in Bregenz and the immediate vicinity, as well as a map of trails in the nearby Bregenz Woods (Bregenzwald, map).
The city wall from the 13th to 16th centuries surrounding the upper part of town (Oberstadt, map) has been largely preserved.
Kaiserstraße (map) is the main pedestrian shopping street, and was renovated in 2006.
Martinsturm (Martin’s Tower, map). Bregenz’s most famous landmark, the tower features the largest onion cupola in Europe. The foundations of the building date to the late Roman period. St. Martin’s Chapel (on the ground floor) can be visited for free and has medieval frescoes.
Wettingen-Mehrerau Abbey (map). About 2km from the main train station. The monastery has a museum with exhibits illustrating monastic life.
Gebhardsberg (Gebhard’s Mountain, map). Gebhardsberg is 598 m above sea level and it offers a splendid view on the Rhine Valley (Rheintal) and Lake Constance (Bodensee). It is popular among the local population for walks. On it you can find the ruins of Burg Hohenbregenz (map), which was built at the end of 11th century.