Museums and Art Galleries in Bregenz, Bregenz (Self Guided)

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.
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Museums and Art Galleries in Bregenz Map

Guide Name: Museums and Art Galleries in Bregenz
Guide Location: Austria » Bregenz (See other walking tours in Bregenz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: Sandra
Art House

1) Art House

The Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) is one of Europe’s grandest galleries for contemporary art - 1,880 m² of exhibition space. Commissioned by the State of Vorarlberg and designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, it was built between 1990 and 1997. Together with the Landestheater, it frames an open square between the old town and the lake. The KUB generally exhibits works of the artists who create specifically for the Kunsthaus. Its own collection comprises two core areas: “Archive Art Architecture” and “Contemporary Austrian Art.” Alongside exhibitions, the Kunsthaus runs an extensive educational program, publishes books, collections of essays, and catalogs, often in close collaboration with exhibiting artists and designers, such as Walter Nikkels or Stefan Sagmeister.
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Vorarlberg Provincial Museum

2) Vorarlberg Provincial Museum (must see)

The Vorarlberg Provincial Museum, located on the northern side of Kornmarktplatz near the Art House, was built in 1903. This museum delves into the province's history, folk art and architecture. The ground floor exhibits artifacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, and Roman objects from Brigantium (1th-4th century), a settlement to the west of the modern city center. The second floor showcases weapons, armor and ecclesiastical works of art from local churches, handicrafts, clothing and musical instruments from the Gothic and Renaissance periods. The third floor is devoted to Gothic art from the region’s religious sites.
Magazin 4

3) Magazin 4

Magazin 4, on Bergmannstrasse near the Vorarlberg Provincial Museum, exhibits the work of local, regional and European artists in a wide range of subjects. Its exhibitions include Attractive Abstraction in Art and Architecture, Networked Cultures, Gone City, Noir Complex - City, Story, Destruction and Death, and Runa Islam. Open for 19 years, it has hosted around 90 exhibitions focusing on international contemporary art. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 am.
Lisi Hämmerle Gallery

4) Lisi Hämmerle Gallery

The Lisi Hämmerle Gallery, founded in 1989, is considered Vorarlberg’s most active contemporary gallery of artists from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. It features group and solo showcases of video works, object art, installations, visual art and sculpture. Its expositions are designed to demonstrate the cooperation of media, empirical photography and traditional arts. It is open Wednesday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
K12 Gallery

5) K12 Gallery

The K12 Gallery, on Kirchstrasse in the center of Bregenz, features contemporary art, highlighting avant-garde trends in Austrian and international art. It exhibits the work of young artists, including painting, plastic, photograph, art philosophy and multimedia. The K12 Bodensee Art Club can also be found here. It is a non-profit organization devoted to the presentation and support of contemporary art, art theory, literature and philosophy.
St. Martin’s Tower

6) St. Martin’s Tower (must see)

The massive St. Martin's Tower, part of the medieval boundaries of the city, is Bregenz’s tallest landmark. This Baroque structure, used as a granary, was completed in 1602 when a story was added. The oldest part of this complex is the medieval St. Martin's Chapel from 1362. The chapel contains wonderful frescoes, the most significant being the Last Supper, which includes Mary Magdalen washing Christ's feet. The upper floor houses Vorarlberger Militarmuseum, which has fascinating Prehistoric and Roman sections, expositions of traditional clothes, and Romanesque and Gothic religious art. This Turkish style square tower features Central Europe’s largest onion dome with a beautiful view of the lake.
Palais Thurn and Taxis Art House

7) Palais Thurn and Taxis Art House

The Palais Thurn and Taxis Art House, an international contemporary art center and the site of the Vorarlberg Association of Artists, was founded in 1984. It features meaningful expositions which change each month.

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.
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
Historic Buildings in Bregenz

Historic Buildings in 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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 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

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.