The rousing scenery of western Lake Constance is full of pretty islands and peninsulas, unspoilt shores, hidden bays and bizarre volcanic formations.
Island & volcano hopping
Its mix of leafy natural oases, cultural treasures and culinary experiences is unforgettable and inspiring – simply arrive, take a deep breath and replenish your energy levels…
A paradise for explorers, the islands, peninsulas, small harbours and picturesque villages can be discovered on an invigorating tour by canoe, solar ferry or pleasure boat. Keen cyclists and walkers can look forward to a special experience – once the peaks of the volcanoes have been conquered, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the lake and the majestic Alps beyond. A totally different way of seeing the lake and the islands…
Nature, art & culture, culinary highlights, premium hiking trails, mountain bike highlights, city hopping, guest card and much more: Western Lake Constance offers holidays for body and soul.
The region is defined by water, so why not dive in, have fun and relax? You can go for a swim at one of the many beaches, unwind in the Bodensee-Therme spa, or try your hand at standup paddle boarding, canoeing or kayaking. Tip: enjoy the spectacular sunsets from the shore or on the islands – even better with a picnic…
When spring arrives, the region explodes in a kaleidoscope of colours, and many people open their gardens to visitors. The ‘Grenzenlose Garten-Rendezvous’ event provides access to dozens of inspiring variations – from unspoilt farm gardens, fragrant herb gardens, and welcoming family gardens to imaginative artist’s refuges and landscaped parks. Every garden has its own story to tell – why not come and have a look?
The Flower Island of Mainau, meanwhile, indulges the senses throughout the year with a programme that includes exhibitions, exotic flora and fauna, and food menus featuring local blossoms. Equally amazing is Reichenau – the island with its famous abbey is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Lakeside concerts, such as the jazz festival in Allensbach, and open-air concerts featuring internationally acclaimed musicians in the atmospheric Hohentwiel castle ruins, will delight any music lover. The spectacular fireworks that round off the Lake Night Festival are guaranteed to be unforgettable.
The small town of Eigeltingen in the Hegau region is famous for its Lake Constance sweets, and you can even watch them being made if you happen to visit. This is a dream destination for foodies – there are Michelin-starred establishments, slow food outlets, restaurants serving traditional German dishes and delis specialising in local produce. And for an all-round experience, why not try a cruise offering tastings of such local delights as whisky, gin, wine and cheese? Tip: the Höri-Bülle tour is dedicated to the flavoursome red onion that is typical of the region.
The SeeGang premium walking trail affords unforgettable views as it follows the shoreline of Lake Constance for 53 kilometres. Ambitious walkers can tackle the whole route from Constance to Überlingen in two to three days, but shorter sections are also possible.
The day trip guide that comes with the visitor card provides plenty of inspiration for things to do and see – more than 60 local attractions are showcased in two languages. The "Bodenseecard West" issued by accommodation providers is a valid ticket in the Constance region, including Stein am Rhein and Überlingen. It also provides a 20 per cent discount on pleasure cruises as well as money off museums and bicycle and boat hire. The prettiest spot on Lake Constance is worth a visit at any time of year!