Travel Guide Europe Austria Vorarlberg Bregenz

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Introduction

Bregenz is the capital of Vorarlberg in Austria at the Lake Constance. Bregenz has about 28,000 inhabitants and has roots back to Roman times. The city was originally founded by the Romans in 15 BC, when it was known as Brigantium.

Bregenz is located at the northern edge of the Alps, between Lake Constance (the Bodensee) and the Pfänder (1064m). To the west lies the Rhine delta, a huge valley dividing Switzerland and Austria. 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.

Bregenz is the capital of Austria's most modern province. The shore of Lake Constance, one of the biggest lakes in Europe, meets with Downtown! It is highly advisable to go down to the lake in the evening and check out the beautiful sunset. Inhabitants of Vorarlberg are said to be much more friendly and open than the rest of Austria.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Bregenz-Stadt
  • Vorkloster
  • Schendlingen
  • Rieden
  • Weidach
  • Fluh

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Sights and Activities

  • Altes Rathaus
  • Martinsturm
  • Kunsthaus Bregenz
  • Vorarlberger Landesmuseum

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Events and Festivals

Bregenzer Festspiele

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.

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Weather

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.

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Getting There

By Plane

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).

By Train

OeBB has Railjet (fast) trains to Vienna (via Innsbruck and Salzburg), to Zürich a few direct trains, otherwise via Feldkich, to Munich you have to change at the moment in Augsburg (construction work until December 2020), to Stuttgart with a change in Lindau.

By Car

From direction Vienna: On the A1 via Salzburg via Germany. In Rosenheim (Germany), you have to decide if you drive via Munich (heavy traffic) or via Innsbruck (Arlberg Tunnel €13).

From Chur/Zürich: about 10 km to the Swiss motorway.

Austria requires autobahn drivers to pay a fee and purchase a Vignette (Austrian: Pickerl), a sticker which must be affixed to the windshield. Vignettes are available for €8.30 (10 days), €24.20 (2 months), and €80.60 (1 year); prices for motocycles are approximately 55% less. The fine for not having a vignette is €120, payable on the spot. The well-known tactic of affixing vignettes with Vaseline (so that they can be easily removed and re-used) earns a fine of €240. The vignette must be pasted on the windshield; they are considered invalid if kept in the glovebox, which also earns a fine. The vignettes are available for sale at every ADAC petrol station (ADAC membership is not required), as well as at almost all petrol stations before the Austrian border. The more affordable so-called Korridorvignette for the 23 km-long stretch of the A14 between the German border and Hohenems is no longer available.

Drivers from Germany should take Exit 2 (Lindau) before reaching the border, as the A14 then enters a tunnel and only emerges south of Bregenz. Likewise when driving toward Germany drivers should head north on 190 and cross the border before driving onto the autobahn.

By Bus

Flixbus has buses to Munich and several other German towns, Lyon, Zürich and other Swiss towns, Milan and other Italian towns,

By Boat

Vorarlberg Lines with direct connections to Lindau, Friedrichshafen, Meersburg, and Konstanz, running from end of March until mid October.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Stadtbus Bregenz (City bus), Rathausstraße 4, ☎ +43 5574 410-1833, fax: +43 5574 410-581, e-mail: stadtbus@stadtwerke-bregenz.at. Office: M-Th 08:00-12:00, 12:30-16:45; F 08:00-12:30. 5 routes provide good coverage for most of the city. Schedules for all route can be downloaded here (in German); a route map is available here. Single trip: €1.40 (adults), €.70 (children); day ticket: €2.60; week ticket: €10; month ticket: €20.

By Foot

Many sights in the centre toward the lakefront are easily accessible by foot.

By Bike

In summer, bicycles are perhaps the best way to get around, as Bregenz is quite small.

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Eat

  • Café Restaurant Schillerpark, Belruptstraße 30 (near the cable car), ☎ +43 5574 45566. Daily 08:00-21:00.
  • Casino Restaurant Falstaff, Platz der Wiener Symphoniker 3 (in the Casino Bregenz), ☎ +43 5574 45127 12500, e-mail: restaurant.bregenz@casinos.at. Daily 18:00-24:00, closed 24 Dec. Serves international cuisine. Reservations can be made online or by telephone. €13-15 for main dishes.
  • Gasthaus Kornmesser, Kornmarktstraße 5, ☎ +43 5574 54854, e-mail: salzgeber@kornmesser.at. Tu-Su 09:30-24:00; open daily in summer and during the Bregenz Festival. €8.90 (full meal w/soup).
  • Gasthaus Maurachbund, Maurachgasse 11, ☎ +43 5574 45029, e-mail: office@maurachbund.at. Daily 11:00-23:00 (kitchen opens at 11:30). A traditional Vorarlberg establishment.
  • Ilge Ilge Tapas y Vinos, Maurachgasse 6, ☎ +43 664 6402044. Tapas and wine in a rustic setting.
  • Restaurant Guth, Wälderstraße 10 (Lauterach), ☎ +43 5574 72470, e-mail: thomas.scheucher@restaurantguth.at. M-F 11:00-15:00 18:00-24:00.
  • Restaurant Mangold, Pfänderstraße 3 (Lochau), ☎ +43 5574 42431, e-mail: office@restaurant-mangold.at. W-Su 11:30-14:00 18:00-22:00.
  • Steinenbach Kulinarium, Am Steinenbach 9 (in the Hotel Germania), ☎ +43 5574 42766 0, e-mail: office@hotel-germania.at. Restaurant: M-Sa 17:00-24:00, kitchen open 18:00-21:30; breakfast buffet: M-Sa 07:00-10:30, Su and holidays 07:30-11:00. Specialises in regional cuisine with a modern contemporary twist.
  • Wirtshaus am See, Seepromenade 2 (right on the lakeside promenade), ☎ +43 5574-4 22 10, fax: +43 5574-4 22 10-4, e-mail: info@wirtshausamsee.at. Mar-Dec daily 09:00-24:00. Highly regarded, with outdoor seating in nice weather.

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Drink

  • Heurigen Möth, Langenerstraße 5 (at the foot of Gebhardberg), ☎ +43 5574 47711, e-mail: info@moeth.at. Apr-Sep T-Su 16:00-23:00; wine tastings year-round by appt. An especially popular place serving Austrian wines, with pleasant outdoor seating.

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Sleep

From the genteel Dueringschlössle to budget-friendly guesthouses, Bregenz offers a range of accommodation for all budgets. The city becomes very busy during the Festival season that runs from mid-July to mid-August; during this time it's advisable to book accommodations ahead of time. Prices posted below are for the high-season summer months.

  • Jufa Bregenz on Lake Constance, Mehrerauerstraße 3-5, ☎ +43 5708 3540, fax: +43 5708 3541, e-mail: bregenz@jufa.eu. Close to the lake and train station. Laundry facilities, meals available, wi-fi. €37+.
  • Gasthof-Hotel Lamm, Mehrerauerstraße 51, ☎ +43 5574 71701, fax: +43 5574 717454, e-mail: office@gasthof-hotel-lamm.at. In a historic structure built in 1734. Has an onsite restaurant, half- and full-board also available. €55+ including breakfast.
  • Hotel Ibis Bregenz, Sankt Anna Straße 11 (across from the train station), ☎ +43 5574 524 500, fax: +43 5574 5245 0555, e-mail: H5210@accor.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 24-hour bar, internet, pets accepted. €97+.
  • Best Western Hotel Weisses Kreuz (Stadtgasthaus), Römerstraße 5, ☎ +43 5574 49880, fax: +43 5574 4988-67, e-mail: hotelweisseskreuz@kinz.at. Onsite restaurant and bar. €109+.
  • Hotel Messmer, Kornmarktstraße 16, ☎ +43 5574 42356, fax: +43 5574 42356-6, e-mail: office@hotel-messmer.at. Check-in: 15:00-18:00 (call for late arrivals), check-out: before 11:00. Also has holiday apartments, and a well-regarded restaurant. €88+/singles, €128+/doubles.
  • Mercure Bregenz City, Platz Der Wiener Symphoniker 2 (close to the lake), ☎ +43 5574 461000, fax: +43 5574 47412, e-mail: H0799@accor.com. Two restaurants, pets accepted. €70-137, some discounts available.
  • Hotel Schwärzler, Landstraße 9, ☎ +43 5574 4990, fax: +43 5574 47575, e-mail: schwaerzler@s-hotels.com. Check-in: after 15:00. Also has two well-regarded restaurants serving Austrian, French, and international cuisine. €117+, breakfast included.
  • Hotel Post Bezau, Brugg 35, Bezau im Bregenzerwald, ☎ +43 5514 - 22 07-0, fax: +43 5514 - 22 07 22, e-mail: office@hotelpostbezau.com. €135+.
  • Camping Mexico am Bodensee, Hechtweg 4, ☎ +43 5574 73260, fax: +43 5574 75286, e-mail: info@camping-mexico.at. Open May – September. Has spots for campervans and tents, and has an onsite bistro. Kayaks and canoes available to rent. campsites €8-16, + €7.80/person.
  • Camping Weiß, Brachsenweg 4, ☎ +43 664 1325548. Has places for campervans and tents. Also has an onsite restaurant. campsites €6-11, + €7/person.

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.

Post

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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Quick Facts

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Population
27.319
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 47.503011
  • Longitude: 9.747062

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