Historic Area sights in Austria
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A classic saunter leads along gingerbready Römerhofgasse, a reconstructed medieval lane that looks fresh-minted for a Disney film set with its overhanging arches, lanterns and frescoed facades. Even the crowds and souvenir kitsch – marmot ointment, Dirndls, strapping Lederhosen, you name it – detract little from its appeal.
Slung high above the lake is the Oberstadt, Bregenz’ tiny old town of winding streets, candy-coloured houses and flowery gardens. It’s still enclosed by defensive walls and the sturdy Martinstor (St Martin’s Gate), guarded by a grotesque mummified shark.