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Bregenz is located on Lake Constance or Bodensee. It's first settlements date from 1500 BC. In the 5th century BC, the Celts settled at Brigantion, which was one of their most heavily fortified locations. After battles in 15 BC, the Romans conquered Brigantion and the city became a Roman camp. It was conferred the status of a municipality (Brigantium) around AD 50 and was the seat of the Roman admiralty for Lake Constance.

Landmarks buildings of Bregenz include Martins Tower and St. Gallus Church. The Martinsturm is considered the landmark of Bregenz (late Roman core, chapel with frescos from 1362, from 1599 to 1601 a story was added. It is has the largest Baroque bulb-shaped steeple in Central Europe. It houses the Museum of Military History. A second important landmark is the ); Gothic parish church of St. Gall (the Roman-Romanesque foundations date from before 1380.

Bregenz is a small city on the lake, and a place I have spent approximately two or three weeks on at least eight different occasions. It is the capital of the Austrian Province of Voralberg and it is less than eight kilometers from both Switzerland and Germany., in fact Lindau, Bavaria is only about 15 minutes by car from Bregenz.

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