Bregenz

The old town, named Oberstadt (Upper Town) due to its location, was planned and built in 1212.

The lower courtyard contains a fountain dedicated to Hugo von Montfort, which was given a fresh lick of paint to commemorate the poet’s 600th anniversary. The Pfänder mountain affords the most beautiful panoramic views in the region. Visitors can reach the summit by cable car in just a few minutes.

Bregenz - home to festivals and conferences on Lake Constance. Wonderful lakeside promenade with an impressive lake stage. The Bregenzer Festspiele festival, which has been held since 1946, is one of the most famous music festivals in the world. The social centre of the city shifted to the area outside the city walls as increasing numbers of craftsmen moved to the suburbs from the 15th century onwards. There are still a few old houses in the upper town, including the Kraulandhaus, which once belonged to the Deuring family, and the Blumenegg residence, which was owned by the Schmid family from Wellenstein.

Bregenz is one of the most attractive cities in Austria and is unique in that in encompasses three countries in one city. The Swiss peaks and gentle hilly landscape of southern Germany surround the city.