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Bregenz

Country
Austria
State
Vorarlberg
City
Bregenz
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Bregenz is the capital of Vorarlberg, the westernmost federal state of Austria. The city is located on the eastern shores of Lake Constance, the third-largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, between Switzerland in the west and Germany in the northwest.The city is situated on a plateau falling in a series of terraces to the lake at the foot of Pfänder mountain. It is a junction of the arterial roads from the Rhine valley to the German Alpine foothills, with cruise ship services on Lake Constance.



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How to Reach

By plane

Zurich-Kloten: quite a big airport, about 1 hour with train/car (100km). Friedrichshafen: smaller but closer, about 40 km from Bregenz. Approached by some bigger companies like Condor and Ryanair (to/from Stansted London). Munich: Biggest airport around. About 2.5 h to Bregenz. Altenrhein: Switzerland, about 20 km to Bregenz but few connections to Vienna.

By train

The Centralstation (Hauptbahnhof) is located in the north of the city, close to the lake and the city center. There are serveral daily connections from Vienna with stops in Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck, the train takes around 8 h from Vienna in general the Eurocity trains are faster than the Intercity trains there is also a highspeed train called ICE the price from Vienna to Bregenz the average price is around 60€. A few tickets for 29€ Sparschiene are available every day so check the OEBB Homepage .

By car

From direction Vienna: On the A1 via Salzburg via Germany. In Rosenheim/Ger, you have to decide if you drive via Munich (heavy traffic) or via Innsbruck (Arlberg Ttunnel 13€). From Chur/Zurich: about 10 km to the Swiss motorway.

By bus

Check out Eurolines from Vienna and Berlin.

Key places to visit
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Martinsturm, Other important buildings


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Places to Visit

Kunsthaus Bregenz

The Kunsthaus Bregenz is one of Europe’s outstanding galleries for contemporary art both architecturally and in terms of its program. The KUB Arena on the ground floor together with three upper stories offer 1,880 m² of exhibition space. The Kunsthaus exhibits works by international contemporary artists who generally create works specifically for the Kunsthaus. The KUB also has its own collection with two core areas: “Archive Art Architecture” and “Contemporary Austrian Art.” Select works of exhibiting artists have been expanding the latter part of the collection since 2009.

Martinsturm

The Martinsturm is considered the landmark of Bregenz (late Roman core, chapel with frescos from 1362, from 1599 to 1601 a storey was added, biggest Baroque bulb-shaped steeple in Central Europe, houses the Museum of Military History); Gothic parish church of St. Gall (the Roman-Romanesque foundations date from before 1380, rebuilt around 1480, from 1737 to 1938 altered by F. A. Beer in Baroque style); Herz-Jesu parish church (1905–1908).

Other important buildings

Town hall built in 1686 (façade from 1898) Gothic Seekapelle, Landhaus (built from 1973 to 1982 by W. Holzbauer), the former Kornhausmarkt (built from 1838 to 1940, altered from 1951 to 1955) now houses a theatre, Protestant church of the Sacred Cross (1862–1864), Parish church, church of St. Kolumban (1962–1966), Kunsthaus Bregenz (1991–1997), Tourismushaus tourist centre (1994–1998). District of Vorkloster: Maria Hilf parish church (1925–1931, C. Holzmeister, interior from 1980) and Cistercian monastery of Mehrerau. On the Gebhardsberg rock, remains of the fortress of Hohenbregenz (destroyed by the Swedes in 1647).
 

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