Bregenz (brāˈgĕnts) [key], city (1991 pop. 26,775), capital of Vorarlberg province, extreme W Austria, on Lake Constance (Bodensee). It is a lake port with winter and summer sports facilities and is the site of a well-known summer arts festival. Bregenz has industries that manufacture textiles, electrical goods, and machinery. There is a large hydroelectric plant nearby. Located on a site settled in the Bronze Age, Bregenz was chartered c.1200 and in 1726 became the administrative center of Vorarlberg. Nearby is the Bregenz Forest, a densely wooded highland noted for its scenic beauty.
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