Art & Culture
the Cultural Town
the Creative Town
Bregenz, built right next to the water, nestled against the ridge of the Pfänder,
Textiles, design and creativity have always played a central part in Dornbirn.
the expansive sky as its roof. This town has its very own character, and is more
Once upon a time, it was the “textile barons” who were the driving force.
diverse than any other in the Bodensee-Vorarlberg region. In “Quantum of
These days, with around 45,500 inhabitants, Dornbirn is the largest town in
Solace”, James Bond graced the town hosting the largest floating stage in the
Vorarlberg. It is home to the Vorarlberg Institute of Architecture, a university
world with his presence. Over 75 million cinema-goers have already seen the
of applied sciences known for miles around, and is a trade fair town and events
latest 007 film, featuring the legendary Tosca eye.
location. In 2007, Dornbirn hosted the World Gymnaestrada, with over 20,000 participants from all over the world.
Bregenz is the capital of Vorarlberg, and the cultural capital of the region around Lake Constance. The internationally renowned Bregenz Festival, Kunst-
Dornbirn is the major shopping town in Vorarlberg. The town center and the
haus Bregenz, theaters, concerts, dance, and conventions – there are varied
Messepark shopping center have over 200 shops, plus many fine restaurants,
programs of events that are offered throughout the year. Art galleries in the
trendy bars and cafés. The juxtaposition of old and new is thrilling to observe:
middle of town invite you, literally, to a “cultour”. Many little boutiques and
numerous buildings in the modern Vorarlberg architectural style harmoniously
shops line the streets of the lively town center. The old town – also known as
blend in with the townscape shaped by gardens and parks. As soon as you
the Oberstadt or upper town – is magical! The town is surrounded by Mother
leave the town center, you are surrounded by natural beauty. A cable car takes
Nature. It has numerous hiking- and cycling paths, and a cable car floats up to
you up Dornbirn’s local mountain, the Karren. One of the most popular hikes
the Pfänder panoramic mountain. Boats depart from the harbour to take trips
takes you through the impressive Rappenloch gorge.
around Lake Constance.
In Short In Short
The most important sights in Dornbirn are:
The most important sights in Bregenz are: ■■ the market square with its classicist parish church and houses from ■■ the Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) house of contemporary art
■■ the Festival House with its floating stage and the new James Bond showroom
■■ the interactive nature museum inatura with its Science Center
■■ the parish church of St. Gallus, a lovely example of Lake Constance baroque
■■ the Rolls-Royce Museum, the largest of its kind in the world
■■ the upper town with its Martinsturm
■■ the Rappenloch gorge
■■ the Pfänder panoramic mountain
■■ Karren, the town’s local mountain, with the panoramic restaurant