Bregenz Festival – Austria

A Floating Arts Festival and Royal Hilltop Lodging

If music be the food of love,” wrote Shakespeare, “play on.” The plays of Shakespeare and the music of Beethoven and Schubert are but a sampling of the dramatic and orchestral works that may be performed during the spectacular Bregenz Festival (Bregenzer Festspiele). The vast floating stage on the edge of Lake Constance (the Bodensee) is magical among the symphony of hills and starry nights.

For those who miss the one-month outdoor festival, the picturesque Lake Constance, which crosses the borders of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, is the centerpiece of a resort area highly popular for fishing, boating, and hiking. The place to stay is the antique-filled 17th-century Hotel Deuring Schlossle, which sits high on a hill over­looking the lake and the charming city of Bregenz.

The ivy-covered Baroque chateau in a park full of flowers offers just thirteen sump­tuous rooms; the most requested is the octagonal tower suite with working fireplace. The hotel’s restaurant has ranked among the country’s top ten for years.

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