Posted in:

Bregenz – Seaside fun in the Alps

© by Arnold Weisz

Seaside fun is the essence of a visit to Bregenz – idyllically located on the shore of Lake Constance. We enjoyed strolling around the historic quarter, watching the sunset from the pier, and a boat trip – just to mention some.

Situated on the banks of Lake Constance, the town of 29.000 inhabitants is a world away from Vienna at the other end of the country. The westernmost state capital of Austria – Bregenz is best known for the annual theatre festival. However, the city also offers its visitors seaside escapes, mountain hiking, and innovative architecture. Nonetheless, there is a sophisticated international flair to the port city of Bregenz, which is connected by ship to Germany or Switzerland.

The Promenade

One of the main highlights of Bregenz is the promenade along lovely Lake Constance. It’s a great place for seaside fun, such as basking in the sun, romantic evening strolls, or simply sitting down and contemplating life. We had the joy of experiencing what seemed as a favorite pastime for many Bregenzians, watching the sunset from the Pir (Molo). Along the promenade, you find eateries and cafés, perfect for a rendezvous with friends. There is a small but very well-tended park, great for chilling out and wind down after a busy day. West of the festival area, there is a public seaside waterpark, that is perfect for a day out with the kids. Although you’re far from the ocean, Bregenz is the place for having seaside fun in the Alps.

Lake views and hiking

Even though Bregenz definitely has a real seaside feel to it, it still embodies a distinct Austrian sensation. The eastern end of the lake is almost embedded in the Alps, and very near the mountains. You can take the cable car from the city center to the summit of Pfänder at 1,064 meters (3590 ft), the nearest mountain to Bregenz. Within a few minutes, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Lake Constance to the west or the Alps to the east. From Pfänder, there are ample opportunities for hiking, either on the mountain, heading inland, or back down to Bregenz. For the kids, there is a small zoo at the summit with local animals and a playground. Moreover, you find a few choices for food and beverages on the mountain as well.

< Click on the images to enlarge >

Seaside fun

There are of course ample opportunities, for swimming and sunbathing along Lake Constance. Bregenz has 5 public beaches and pools; Strandbad Lochau with a pebble beach, “Mili” (former army wooden swimming house on the lake), Strandbad Bregenz (also with swimming pools), Wocherhafen and Strandbad Hard.

On the water

A cruise on Lake Constance is a must when visiting Bregenz. You can do short excursions along the shores off Bregenz, with a pedal or electric boat, or take a longer cruise on a ship. Furthermore, if you are staying for a few days, we recommend doing a day trip to the historical town of Lindau in Germany, which is just 30 minutes across the lake by ship. During the summer, the commercial shipping lines connect Bregenz with a number of ports around Lake Constance.

Bregenz Festival

Every summer, an outdoor theatre stage, spectacularly set directly on the Lake Constance, attracts 200.000 spectators to opera performances. The 2019 Bregenzer Festspiele presented Rigoletto by Guiseppe Verdi on the Seebühne (stage on the lake). Notwithstanding, this is not the only cultural spectacle going on in Bregenz during the summer months. Different venues stage almost 100 performances around town during July and August.

For all ages and any interests

We have just scratched the surface of what is on offer in the seaside capital of Vorarlberg, the westernmost state of Austria. You can easily spend a week here without getting bored and enjoying a wide range of activities, catering to most tastes and ages. Bregenz, despite its small size, is one of Austria’s most delightful and diverse holiday destination. Bregenz is all about having seaside fun in the Alps!

Advertisement
Booking.com
  • Salzkammergut, Austria

    Posted in:

    Salzkammergut – Austria in miniature

    The contrasts in the Salzkammergut region are large. Not only because the landscape alternates between massive mountain ranges, glaciers, lush valleys and a plethora of lakes. But also, because the region offers a rich cultural landscape that has been characterized by more than 5,000 years of human activity. The Salzkammergut holiday region covers 58 municipalities […]

    Read more

  • Murauen, Styria, Austria

    Posted in:

    Hiking in the Murauen along the banks of the Mur

    We are not in the tropics but in southern Austria where the river Mur forms part of the border with Slovenia. This landscape, a combination of floodplains and forest is very unlike what we expect from mostly alpine Austria. Nonetheless, we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. Austria’s second largest river landscape The river Mur […]

    Read more

  • Painting: Ludwig Johann Passini, Pumpkin grocer, 1876

    Posted in:

    Viva Venezia! – Featuring Venice at Belvedere, Vienna

    From the first half of the 19th century until 1866, Venice and Veneto were part of the Habsburg Monarchy. Austrians had long been captivated by the city on the lagoon to their south. The coastal landscape there promised a light-hearted, simple life and a break from the bourgeois confines of their native land. In three thematic […]

    Read more

  • Mostveiertel, Lower Austria, Austria

    Posted in:

    Springtime on the Mostviertel Panorama Road

    The Mostviertel region in the south-eastern part of Lower Austria, offers a wide range of activities and is an all-year travel destination. Notwithstanding, I especially love travelling in the region early springtime. Mostviertel is a great place to hike, but if you are visiting only for a few days I recommend driving. Pear tree blossom […]

    Read more

  • Zillertal, Tirol, Austria

    Posted in:

    Snow much fun in Zillertal

    The first stop on my winter tour through Austria by train was Zillertal, Tyrol. After a few days in wonderful Vienna I was looking forward to hitting the slopes. Late February the winter had taken a firm hold on the Austrian Alps and there was snow in abundance. Chilly but great fun The skiing conditions […]

    Read more

  • COVID-19 in Austria

    Posted in:

    COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR AUSTRIA

    COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR AUSTRIA Check out these links the latest travel advice for Austria. Remember that COVID-19 regulations and restrictions change frequently, and you should therefore check different sites for updated information. Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs Austrian National Tourist Office Vienna Airport As Austria is a federal republic, local COVID-19 regulations and […]

    Read more

Advertisement

Share, , Google Plus, Pinterest,

Written by Arnold Weisz

Globetrotting multilingual communications specialist born in Vienna, Austria – with passion for scuba diving, golf and culinary delights! 15 years of experience as a scuba- and travel reporter for among others: X-Ray Dive Magazine and Dykking.