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The glorious floating stage at sundown
The glorious floating stage at sundown | © The Bregenz Festival

Every Year A Spectacular Floating Stage Is Constructed In Bregenz, Austria

Picture of Kate Jackson
Updated: 16 March 2018
Bregenz, albeit beautiful, is a fairly quiet city in Austria – characterised by the Alpine scenery of pristine meadows and glittering lakes. However, if visiting during the Bregenz Festival, you will be treated to an incredible visual spectacle, as a magnificent floating stage pops up on the waters of Lake Constance, featuring some incredibly impressive theatre designs. Read on to discover more.

Early beginnings

The Bregenz Festival had its humble beginnings in 1946, one year after the end of World War II. At the time, this seemed like an unusual move for a town that had no previous notable relationship to the arts, however, the festival turned out to be a huge hit with the locals and quickly grew in popularity, later attracting visitors from all around Europe. The beautiful Lake Constance, the natural pride of the town, was chosen for the location of the festival due to its dreamy appearance and stunning mountainous backdrop. It’s true that it makes for an absolutely spellbinding and unique setting and has seen some incredible productions.

An incredible set design at sundown