Großer Saal

Festspielhaus Bregenz Bühnenturm Ausschnitt mit Himmel © Dominic Kummer

Alazie and velvet

Extraordinary conference room with several flexibly usable stages

Let yourself be enchanted by the dark acacia wood and red upholstered chairs. Listen carefully and you will hear a unique sound: the auditorium’s diaphanous ceiling uses the entire stage tower as a resonance chamber. Bregenz Festival House has one of the largest revolving stages in Europe and all the equipment needed to stage plays, concerts and operas.

Every summer in the Großer Saal (Great Hall), the Bregenz Festival delights audiences from around the world with extraordinary operatic productions and orchestral concerts. Outside of the festival season, it is where various musicals, ballets, shows, as well as conferences and congresses, are turned into special events. The annual highlights include the Bregenzer Fruehling dance festival, Bregenzer Meisterkonzerte and concerts by the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, as well as conferences and meetings.

Technical Specifications

Großer Saal  
Theatre style 990-1.656
Classroom style 478


Length x width 22 x 25m
Total area 550m²
Exhibition space 309m²
Room height to fly grid 25m
Theatre style 560
Classroom style 288
Banquet 396
Standing room 1.000


Length x width 7 x 17m
Total area 126m²
  6 lowerable stage lifts


Length x width 15 x 17m
Total area 255m²
Room height 9m
Theatre style 240
Classroom style 105
Banquet 150
Standing room 350


Seitenbühne I  
Length x width 16 x 16m
Total area 272m²
Room height 9m
Theatre style 240
Classroom style 105
Banquet 180
Standing room 400


technical sound and lighting equipment

The Großer Saal uses the conference centre’s own modern standard technical sound and lighting equipment: there are two lighting bridges on the ceiling for installing the front lights. In the apron stage area, the Großer Saal provides the opportunity for hanging speaker systems, such as PA, Line Array, etc., together with a front truss. Up to twelve mobile interpreting booths allow simultaneous interpretation in several languages, meaning it is also possible to hold international conferences at Bregenz Festival House. Visitors with impaired hearing are well catered for, thanks to the wireless audio system.

A sophisticated ventilation system ensures an ideal room temperature. Air outlets are located under every seat. The controlled humidity creates the perfect conditions for singers, actors and speakers.


With a maximum capacity of 1,656 guests in theatre-style seating, the Großer Saal is also suitable for large conferences and meetings. It can accommodate up to 478 guests in conference-style seating. The apron stage can be lowered, making it possible to increase spaces for wheelchairs in the Großer Saal from six to up to 26.

Impaired hearing

Wireless transmission for visitors with impaired hearing
Visitors can choose between three types of hearing assistance.

Mobility difficulties and wheelchair

All of the Festival House function rooms are easily accessible to people with mobility difficulties and wheelchair users via our lifts. The Großer Saal has space for six wheelchairs.

Visually impaired

Visitor guidance system for the visually impaired. Throughout the entire visitor area, lettering suitable for the visually impaired is located on the handrails and on and in the lifts. Guidance grooves on the floor guide visitors safely through the Festival House.

Several flexible stages

Several additional playable stages are grouped around the main stage: the apron stage (7 x 17 m) is equipped with six retractable raised podiums. The rear stage (15 x 17 m) can accommodate up to 350 people and side stage I (16 x 16 m) up to 400.

Numerous rooms in the backstage area form the infrastructure essential for large productions: make-up rooms with mobile vanity units, warm-up room, dressing rooms with lockers and facilities for making quick changes, together with offices for production, tour and technical managers.

Peter Spritzendorfer © Anja Koehler // Kongresskultur Bregenz
Your contact person
Peter Spritzendorfer


Connections for TV and radio broadcasts

Premieres and star-studded opening ceremonies for meetings and cultural events, such as the Bregenz Festival, often take place in the Großer Saal. We have therefore created the technical conditions to broadcast events direct and live from the Großer Saal using TV-Triax wiring.

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