Welcome to Lake Constance

Discover a world of possibilities

Situated at the heart of Europe, Lake Constance is a unique area blessed with beautiful landscapes, unspoilt nature, a rich cultural history and culinary treasures. With a highly developed infrastructure and a wide range of tourist attractions, this region leaves nothing to be desired, yet a lot to explore.

One of the largest inland waters on the European continent, Lake Constance, or the “Swabian Sea”, combines maritime flair with the breathtaking panorama of the Alps on the border between three countries: Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

This gigantic freshwater reservoir with a 273 km long shoreline is fed by the river Rhine, which enters the lake at the Eastern end and leaves at Stein am Rhein before cascading down the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen (Switzerland), one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Europe. Lake Constance – or Bodensee in German – is surrounded by incredibly varied scenery: waterfronts lined with palm trees, gentle slopes with orchards, plantations and vineyards, enchanted fortresses on top of long extinct volcanoes, and mediaeval villages with charming alleys.

EnglishCarA cultural heritage to love and cherish

Today, the region of Lake Constance boasts a thriving economy as well as prestigious universities, and is easily accessible via international airports like Zurich or Munich or the two local airports in Friedrichshafen and Altenrhein. However, more than the sophistication which allows the area to prosper, it is the sense of a rich history and culture that mesmerizes visitors. For thousands of years, this place has been a melting pot for various cultures and a crossing point for trade across the Alps. Celts, Romans and Alemanni have left their traces, and the Council of Constance (1414-1418) made religious history by ending the Three-Popes Controversy. Cities like Konstanz, Überlingen, Lindau or St Gallen with their charming historic centres can be found alongside picturesque old towns such as Meersburg, Stein am Rhein or Wasserburg. The region boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites including the monastic Island of Reichenau, the prehistoric pile dwellings in Unteruhldingen or the abbey of St Gall with its remarkable architecture. Ancient churches and monasteries invite you to pause for a moment, while gorgeous castles surrounded by lush gardens like the renowned flower island of Mainau enchant you with their beauty.

Be inspired
For centuries, this stunning scenery has inspired writers like Hermann Hesse and Rainer Maria Rilke, artists like Otto Dix, statesmen like Napoleon III (emperor of the Second French Empire) and inventors like the aeronautical pioneers Count Zeppelin or Claude Dornier. And it continues to inspire by providing the perfect backdrop for a lively cultural scene. Culture enthusiasts can enjoy countless concerts, festivals, theatre productions and exhibitions at extraordinary venues the whole year round. Visitors can discover contemporary art at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, technological progress at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, modern architecture by Hundertwasser or the diversity of music – from a classical concert with the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra to “Rock am See”, a popular music festival in Konstanz. A particular highlight is the famous opera at the Summer Festival in Bregenz, spectacularly set on a floating stage during the mild midsummer nights.

Activities for everyone
There are numerous ways to explore Lake Constance – by land, water or air. Discover the wide choice of hiking paths, some of which are part of the Way of St James, one of the most important – and still most travelled – pilgrimage routes, or practice on one of the world-class golf courses. To get about, take a bicycle – the cycle tour around the lake is much-loved by all age groups. Of course, this extraordinary lake is a paradise for activities on and in the water. A visit to one of the countless lidos and pools is a must during the summer months.

Alternatively, you can spend time on the water on a sailing boat, a canoe or one of the many passenger ships. Those who have set their sights higher can climb to one of the mountain peaks and enjoy the spectacular views from the Pfänder or Säntis – both are also accessible by cablecar. And don’t miss the chance to take a trip on a Zeppelin, the world’s largest airship – a unique experience! The best thing about this large variety of pastimes is that they are suitable both for dedicated sportspeople and those who want to take things slower. What’s more, many of them are well-suited to families with children. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy Lake Constance!

Relax and enjoy
Here on Lake Constance, hospitality is defined by a combination of high standards, long experience and the aim to fulfil guests’ special wishes. Visitors will find plenty of opportunities to unwind and de-stress: prestigious health clinics and luxurious resorts offer a wide range of tried and tested therapies and treatments. Relax in the warm water at one of the many thermal baths around the lake or treat yourself to a massage in a spa while enjoying the spectacular views of the lake. It’s an ideal way to calm and refresh your body and mind. Enjoy the lake with all your senses – including taste. Explore local delicacies like freshly caught fish, delicious fruits and vegetables, tasty milk and cheese or first-class wines and spirits. In response to the growing interest in a sustainable lifestyle, more and more of these products are organic. To find the best seasonal produce, visit one of the many food markets or annual weeks celebrating specific products like wine, apples or fish. Take a break in a beer garden, enjoy a glass of wine in one of the inns, or discover how these refined products are transformed into culinary delights in an award-winning restaurant.

Explore the lake
The all-inclusive card BodenseeErlebniskarte gives easy access to over 170 attractions in four countries around Lake Constance. With just one ticket, you can visit most of the destinations and attractions either for free or at a reduced price. Three versions of the ‘Bodensee Erlebniskarte’ are available to suit our visitors’ individual needs – depending on whether they want to discover the lake on board one of the White Fleet’s passenger boats or remain on land. From April to October, each of the cards is available for 3, 7 or 14 days, enabling you to choose the perfect match for your holiday. More information can be found on our website or at the various sales agencies (i.e. all tourist offices around the lake as well as the ticket offices of the White Fleet).

More Information:
Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH
Hafenstraße 6
D-78462 Konstanz
Tel. +49 (0)7531-909490, Fax: +49 (0)7531-909494



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