The Best Hotels to Book in Bregenz, Austria

Lake Constance draws visitors to Bregenz throughout the year
Lake Constance draws visitors to Bregenz throughout the year | © Tommy_Rau / Pixabay
Gabi Ancarola

Laid-back Bregenz is a winter wonderland of Alpine après-ski parties and operatic outbursts. The Austrian city hugs the eastern end of Lake Constance, where the floating stage of Bregenz Festival hosts music artists each summer. Back on dry land, modernist marvels like the Vorarlberg cultural museum wrestle for attention with the medieval Schattenburg Castle – all of which can be admired from the top of the 14th-century St Martin’s Tower. Stay at our pick of the best hotels in Bregenz and nearby Lochou to experience it all for yourself, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Grand Hotel Bregenz, for a boutique blowout by the lake


Striking double room with geometric wall patterns at Grand Hotel Bregenz
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Batting for the modern architecture team, this boutique hotel stands its ground on the shore of Lake Constance. Enter through the swooping metallic porch into a world of patterned wallpaper and velvet armchairs, with a compact swimming pool and a restaurant serving fine French cuisine. Tear yourself away to explore nearby attractions, such as Casino Bregenz, the lake and the Island of Flowers, otherwise known as Mainau.

2. Mental Spa Fritsch am Berg, for holistic, adults-only wellness


Dining room with glass walls and forest views at Fritsch am Berg
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This elegant, adults-only stay sits perched on a green hillside with soaring views of Lake Constance, just perfect for escaping the chaos of home life. Equidistant from central Bregenz and neighbouring Lochau, the hotel is well-positioned for exploring the area – though first, you’ll need to tear yourself away from the enormous spa with its indoor pool, steam bath, sauna, gym and massage rooms. Blending physical and mental wellness, Fritsch am Berg offers classic health treatments as well as psychosocial advice, nutrition and exercise training.

3. Hotel Messmer, for an historic stay by the water


Hotel Messmer facade in traditional Austrian style
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Being so close to the lake promenade, this is one of the best hotels in Bregenz if you’re in town for the magical Bregenz Music Festival. A 400-year history that secures it the title of the oldest inn in Bregenz and traditional wooden-shuttered windows belie the modern rooms and amenities within, which include a wellness area with a sauna and sanarium. Only minutes from Fort Heldsberg and the 14th-century St Gallus Church, the family-run Hotel Messmer is also ideally located for exploring the historic city.

4. Seehotel Am Kaiserstrand, for lakeside spa time in nearby Lochau

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A warmly decorated room with a view at Seehotel Am Kaiserstrand
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Struggling to find accommodation in the small town of Bregenz? Worry not! Staying in nearby Lochau offers an equally rewarding experience. As proof, this lakeside hotel is housed in a beautiful historical building with a stunning spa and bathing house directly on the lake, all just under ten minutes from Bregenz. Once you’ve maxed out the spa, snuggle up with a book in the cozy fireside lounge and library or relax on the gorgeous garden terrace.

5. Hotel Schwärzler, for a literary escape


Light and minimal room with glass walls and views at Hotel Schwärzler
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Bookworms will love this stay, where each room and suite comes with a curated selection of books and the spa features a snug reading corner. Keep an eye out for the hotel’s literary weekends and festivals, when guests gather to listen to speakers and discuss their latest reads. Set 2km (1.2mi) back from the lake, between the Gebhardsberg mountain and the Bregenzer Ache River, this photogenic, leaf-covered hotel is also an ideal base for exploring both the city and its stunning natural surroundings.

6. Hotel Weisses Kreuz, for a warm welcome in the heart of town


Traditional dining room with wood-panelled walls at Hotel Weisses Kreuz
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Expect a warm welcome at this traditional, family-owned hotel. For a true taste of Austrian hospitality, head to the property’s 14th-century tavern and bar, where you’ll be plied with home-style cooking, like apricot dumplings, and an ample selection of local beer and wine. Smack-bang in the middle of town, this stay is within easy reach of shops, restaurants and local attractions, such as St Martin’s Tower and the Capuchin Monastery.

7. Ibis Bregenz, for a simple, budget getaway


Minimal room with wood floors and wall art at Hotel Ibis Bregenz
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If all you’re after is a comfortable and affordable place to rest after a day trekking through town, this simple, budget stay is for you. Besides the pocket-friendly price, its location is a huge selling point: Bregenz train station is nearby, while Lake Constance is just a short walk away. As well as serving a hearty breakfast, this classic, three-star Ibis features a round-the-clock bar for drinks, paninis and Sky Sports.

8. Johann Hotel und Gasthaus, for a medley of old and new in Lauterach


Light wood room with flowers and photography at JOHANN
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Located in the centre of Lauterach, within minutes of Bregenz, this imposing modern hotel honours the past with black-and-white photos of the locale and a menu packed with grandma’s recipes – including home-baked cakes with seasonal fruits. Enjoy a slice in the quaint garden courtyard before grabbing a shuttle to the station to explore the area. Young parents will love the family rooms, equipped with cots, changing mats and baby monitors on request.

9. Hotel Am See, for a sophisticated stay in Hard


Simple room with wall art and desk at Hotel am See
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Holidaymakers and business travellers mingle at this gold-clad hotel. Located in the town of Hard, just across the river from Bregenz, the modern property boasts a tantalising spa with sauna and steam bath – but we recommend taking a dip in the lake instead, just a few minutes’ walk away. The feast-like breakfast of sausages, eggs, cold cuts and cheese will leave you full until evening when you can pop down the road for wiener schnitzel and spätzle at lauded local restaurant, Gasthaus Käth’r.

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