Bregenz is a city in the far west of Austria, in the region of Vorarlberg, of which it is the capital. It lies on the banks of Lake Constance (in German: Bodensee) and is Austria's most important harbour on the Lake. Apart from that it is also an important hub for the railways.
The Bregenzer Festspiele take place in July and August, on several floating stages on the lake, and others in the city. There are perfomances of Opera's, Opperetta's and other classical music. The most famous of the stages is the Seebühne, where in 2008 scenes where filmed for the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. The Seebühne can hold up to 7.000 people.
Bregenz has a moderate summer, and a moderate winter, if you compare it with the rest of the country. In winter the average temperatures drop just below 0 °C, during the night, but are still above 0 °C during the day. In summer the average temperature is around 23 °C - 24 °C. Most of the precipitation falls in the early summer (June and July), when there is around 200 mm of precipitation on average.
Bregenz itself doesn't have an airport, but the Bodensee Airport Friedrichshafen is not that far away. It lies on the German side of Lake Constance (Bodensee).
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Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.
Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Orange (former called One), Drei (3G), Telering, Tele2, Bob and Yesss. Bob and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.
For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.
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