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Exploring By Rail, Air, Foot And Water

Lochau Has It All
The Lake Even More


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How about that view? The locals here on the Austrian side of Lake ­Constance will be quick to tell you that they have the loveliest of views: the ­Bodensee, Europe’s third-largest lake, spreading out like a sparkling mirror in front of you.

Behind you their impressive ‘house mountain’ the Pfänder (1,064 m) stretches out to the Alps. Look to the right and you see Germany, over to your left: Switzerland. The lake here is a combination of cultures, a celebration of life, the mountains and the water. There is so much to see and do that it’s hard to decide where to start. So we decided to go for it all in a day – barely scratching the surface of the region around Lochau by rail, air, foot and boat.

We started with a nice cup of coffee. An espresso on the waters of the lake in the architectural gem of a bath house at the SENTIDO Seehotel Am Kaiserstrand. Thus refreshed we took a leisurely 5-minute walk to the train station to catch the local train to Bregenz – just one station away.

If it’s culture you’re after, you’ll find it a few steps from the Bregenz train station. Stroll along the promenade and check out the avant-garde art architecture by the new harbour or catch an opera under the stars at the Bregenzer Festspiele – made even more famous by the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’.

Art lovers should visit the architecturally outstanding Kunsthaus Bregenz. With these views, you get to ­thinking about mountains a lot – so if you want to climb one but are a bit ­pressed for time (or fitness), then just do it the easy way: walk ten minutes from Bregenz harbour and catch the Pfänder­bahn cable car for a breath- taking bird’s eye view of the entire lake and the surrounding valleys. Once you’re up here you can choose from an excellent network of hiking trails for every level of fitness.

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Once you’re back down in town, you might want another coffee, so stop in any number of lovely cafes or do some shopping in a charming variety of individual little shops. For some sight seeing, take a peek behind the historical old city walls of the Bregenzer Oberstadt, full of half-timbered houses and medieval atmosphere.

If you’re yearning for some wide-open spaces after your jaunt through the old city, then head back to the harbour and take a boat ride to Germany or Switzerland. On your way back you can disembark at the pier in front of the SENTIDO Seehotel Am Kaiserstrand in Lochau. You can reach romantic Lindau on the German side of the lake in 30 minutes from Bregenz on one of the famous white ships of the ‘Weisse Flotte’.

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