Bregenz is an awsome city. I studied abroad at a program site in Bregenz and love the pace of the city, the friendly people, and lovely location. Situated between the foothills of the alps and the Bodensee (lake), you can't get a more beautiful location. There is much to see and it is easy to "slow down" and relax here, hiking, skiiing, zoo, boating, art museum, and other ....there is enough to stay busy. It is also a nice central location for other travels elsewhere in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland (being nestled between all three). I highly recommend a visit, especially if you need some time to slow down the pace.
Bregenz is a nice town, maybe a little more "Swiss" than people might be used to seeing in other parts of Austria. In other words: a nice place to live, a mediocre place to visit. While I did actually enjoy the city, it had more of a "modern metropolis" feel than a European feel. There are many great resturaunts and bars in the city though. The Mexican resturaunt called "Viva" is good, but a little expensive at about 20E a plate, and 7E for cocktails. The beachfront on Lake Constance is nice though, although you do have to pay for access to the "nice beaches". Otherwise you only get a dock to swim from.
Bregenz is the capital of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, located on the eastern shores of Lake Constance (Bodensee), under the Pfänder Mountain, between Switzerland and Germany. This small city, with less than thirty thousand inhabitants, works as a junction of the arterial roads and is especially known for its annual world-famous festival Bregenzer Festspiele.
Even though the best time to experience Bregenz is probably during the summer (late July to late August) when the mentioned festival takes place, there are a couple of nice landmarks you can visit at any time of the year. Perhaps the most popular one is the Pfänder Mountain, which can be reached either on foot or by a cable car (Pfänderbahn). From the top of the mountain, visitors can enjoy a beautiful view over the city and the lake.
Other popular tourists spots include St. Martin's Tower, a medieval castle ruin on the Gebhardsberg, the Church of St. Gallus and the Church of the Sacred heart, The House of Art, the Festival House Bregenz, and the Vorarlberg Museum. If you're looking to stay for a longer period and plan on visiting more than just a few of the biggest attractions, buying a V-Card might be a good investment. It is a little more expensive than your ordinary tourist discount card, but is valid from May to October.
As the city is small and relatively out of the way for most of the visitors of Austria, there are not exactly tons of budget accommodations and hostels in Bregenz. However, close to the lake you are still able to find a nice place to sleep.
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