Monday, April 30, 2012

From Place To Space: Bregenz, Austria


Are you ready for a new Monday adventure? Buckle up, I am taking you somewhere special - to the city where I was born: the small west Austrian city of Bregenz. Bregenz is located at the shores of Lake Constance in the bordering area of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. I was born here and spent my whole childhood and school time here before moving away for studies. My family, however, still lives here and due to the proximity to Munich I keep on coming back to see them and enjoy some family time.


That's exactly what I did this weekend and I couldn't help but share these Instagram snapshots with you. The weather was fabulous, almost like summer, and it was the opening weekend of my beloved 'Beach Bar'. Moreover, I was stunned over again by the spectacular stage design of the world's biggest floating stage on a lake! Bregenz is very famous for its grand summer festival 'Bregenzer Festspiele' with a biannual schedule. This summer, Umberto Giordano's 'André Chénier' will be played. And from next year, Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' will be reinterpreted on this spectacular stage. The little bonus: shows start around sunset hour so the audience enjoys two spectacular scenes. 

I admit, this week's 'From Place To Space' post neglects the 'Space' aspect a bit. But the weather was just too good to spend it indoors. Nevertheless, the western part of Austria is known for very modern and edgy architecture and interior design. A great focus is put on sustainable architecture, the use of local materials (lots of wood combined with concrete and glass) and a salient embedding in the vast nature. Thus, quite often you can spot very modern, cubic houses in a 'Sound of Music' kind of ambiance. In Bregenz itself I love the contrast between old and modern architecture. The 19th century main post office is adjacent to the glass cube of the modern art museum KUB, the medieval upper town bursts with historical houses and its landmark, the Martin's Tower, whereas the town's port has recently been renovated and combines modern and traditional aspects. 

So, today I've taken you on a little trip to my 'home' - a city that might not be on anyone's agenda at all, but hey, isn't it cool to discover new places with me here? Have a great week!

Photography: Top pic via Railtour; all other photography by Igor Josifovic

10 comments :

  1. What a fabulous looking place Igor! Do you have any idea how freezing and wet it is in the UK?! Thanks for the rays of sunshine! Will be back to you very soon with my information for you!
    :-)

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    1. Thanks Caroline, can't wait to see it:-)

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  2. Not on my agenda? Are you kidding?! Your shots practically have me booking a ticket! So fun to hear more about your hometown (and ogle over those by-the-water places). FAB!

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  3. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing a special part of you, your home town ;)
    It's a really lovely place!

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  4. Igor, it's beautiful there! And I love hearing about people's hometowns. :-)

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  5. Wow, Igor! Your home city may be small but it is perfectly formed. No wonder you now have a great eye for detail!

    I'm with Will - Bregenz is now firmly on travel wishlist!! :D
    Thanks for sharing this hidden gem. :)

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  6. Ah ja und ich darf das jeden Tag sehen und mich entzücken lassen. Wie wäre es, wenn wir uns mal an der Beach Bar auf einen Drink treffen würden, Igor? Das ist meiner Meinung nach längst fällig :)

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    1. Absolut Carola! Lass uns das diesen Sommer machen!!

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    2. Ja bitte, unbedingt! Ich freu mich!!

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