Historic Buildings in Bregenz, Bregenz

Bregenz is home to many historic buildings, several of which were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Federal High School, the Vorarlberg Land Theater and City Hall, located near the harbor, are landmarks of the Lower Town. Take the following tour to discover Bregenz’s best historic architecture.
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Historic Buildings in Bregenz Map

Guide Name: Historic Buildings in Bregenz
Guide Location: Austria » Bregenz (See other walking tours in Bregenz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: Sandra
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Vorarlberg Land Theater

1) Vorarlberg Land Theater

The Vorarlberg Land Theater, located on a site formerly used for trading grain, was built in the 1840s. After restorations, in 1955 the Vorarlberg Theatre, founded in 1946, moved into the building. This theater has a season full of performances and also hosts events during the summer.
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City Hall

2) City Hall

City Hall, located on Rathausstrasse in the Lower Town, was built to store grain in 1686 and has been used for local government since 1810. Its facade was reconstructed in 1898, on the occasion of Franz Josef’s semi-centenary regency, in the late Renaissance style. The concrete exterior is topped with bright green copper domes.
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Deuring Castle

3) Deuring Castle (must see)

The small 16th century Deuring Castle, located in southwestern Bregenz, now serves as a hotel and gourmet restaurant. The present structure was developed based on the former medieval construction. Belonging to the von Deuring family in the late 1600s, the surviving brickwork was turned into a wonderful Baroque complex. Restored in 1989, this historic architecture preserves the local culture.
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Old Town Hall

4) Old Town Hall (must see)

The Old Town Hall, located on Eponastrasse near Deuring Castle and St. Martin’s Tower, is a rather eye-catching house to passersby. This large yellow A-frame timber house dating back to the 17th century has an impressive gable roof with red and white shutters. It now serves as a private residence.
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Thalbach Convent

5) Thalbach Convent (must see)

The first chapel of Thalbach priory dates back to 1436. In 1575 it became a monastery. Some of the monastery’s latest structures were built from 1609 to 1677 in the early Baroque style. In 1592 the precious image of the Blessed Virgin, "Sedes Sapientiae," was gifted to it. This late 13th century statue is one of the most significant works in the Bodensee area. It also has frescoes and wooden sculptures of saints. Formerly a home for Dominican nuns, today it serves as a school and hosts the Catholic Women’s Organization.
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Federal High School

6) Federal High School

Federal High School, on Gallusstrasse, is Bregenz’s linguistic high school. In 1878 the Dominican monastery founded a private convent school, predecessor to the current Bundesgymnasium. In 1935 it was the Women’s Liceum and High School and a school for boys in 1944. In 1982 it became a school for language studies. The current building, established in 1913, is an example of Schwabach Rural architecture. It also has a weather station on its roof which reports meteorological data for Vorarlberg.
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The Vorarlberg State Library

7) The Vorarlberg State Library

The Vorarlberg State Library inherited the former convent of the Benedictines at the base of Gebhardsberg Mountain. Founded in 1904 as a branch of the Vorarlberg Land Archive, in 1977 it was named the Vorarlberg Land Library, an information center providing documentation, communication and coordination for regional education. Its dome is a copy of the one at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. It possesses a well-preserved 1616 copy of "Emser Chronik," a masterpiece of printing, which is considered the most beautiful book printed in Vorarlberg.
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Evangelist Church

8) Evangelist Church

The Evangelist Church, located in the center of the city on the site of a former Roman settlement, was built in 1864. Designed by architect Carl Leins in the Neo-Gothic style, it has the nave with an integrated transept under the gabled roof and a tower on the north side. It has a wooden framework and inside you will find a monument to fallen soldiers, with a stone rood created by Albert Bechtold in 1923. Roman artifacts which became the basis of the Vorarlberg Land Museum’s collection were found here while the church's foundation was being laid.
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Mehrerau Monastery

9) Mehrerau Monastery

Located on the outskirts of Bregenz, it is believed that the first monastery erected on this site was built by St. Columbanus in the 7th century. During the 11th century it was completely rebuilt, and after the Thirty Years War as well. This Roman Catholic monastery was closed at the beginning of the 19th century and many of its buildings were sold at auction. In 1859 a Neo-Romanesque church was built. The Mehrerau Monastery is still owned by the Cistercian Order, housing a boarding school, sanatorium, farm and Klosterkeller restaurant.

Walking Tours in Bregenz, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Bregenz

Create Your Own Walk in Bregenz

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bregenz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife in Bregenz

Nightlife in Bregenz

Most of Bregenz’s hottest nightspots are located in the lower part of the city. Featuring several great dance clubs and bars, as well as a casino, the city has something for everyone. Take the following tour to enjoy the best nightlife Bregenz has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Museums and Art Galleries in Bregenz

Museums and Art Galleries in Bregenz

Bregenz, as the capital of Vorarlberg, is also the region’s cultural center. Among the significant attractions you will see the Vorarlberg Provincial Museum and the ambitious K12 Gallery. Take the following tour to visit the city’s best art galleries and museums of unique distinction.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
DEHIO Buildings in Bregenz

DEHIO Buildings in Bregenz

Georg Dehio (1850-1932) was an art historian from Germany who launched the project to register historic architecture in his Handbook of German Cultural Monuments. Today, the project is hosted by Dehio-Vereinigung, Munich. Take the following tour to discover Bregenz’s DEHIO buildings most worth seeing.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Bregenz Specialty Shops

Bregenz Specialty Shops

Bregenz is home to a number of remarkable shops, many of them located in a pedestrian area in the center of the city. It includes specialty shops that attract both locals and visitors to the city. Take the following tour to discover the best specialty shops Bregenz has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Religious Sites in Bregenz

Religious Sites in Bregenz

Bregenz is home to many churches and other religious buildings which have played a crucial role in the city’s history. Today, its historic convents and chapels form a picturesque scene along its streets. Take the following tour to discover Bregenz’s most majestic religious architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Bregenz, located where Austria meets Germany and Switzerland, contains many beautiful landmarks in both the historic and modern parts of the city. Discover Bregenz’s most popular attractions and learn about its history in the following orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bregenz for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bregenz has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bregenz, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.