The largest town on Lake Constance brings together culture, nature, business and science.
Constance combines an urban feel with proximity to nature in a way that few other places can match, which was celebrated throughout 2019, the Year of Nature. The town boasts numerous parks and verdant roof terraces, has extensive lakeside beaches for swimming and offers all manner of water-based experiences. You are never far from nature here. Water is in the town’s DNA – it provides inspiration, exudes calm and is part of the special quality of life here.
Experience & enjoy nature at its best
The largest town on Lake Constance is surrounded by water. It serves as a transport route, a place of recreation and a source of high-quality drinking water. For centuries, conserving and protecting nature have been an important part of life here. And that is still the case today – there are huge trees, many green spaces and plenty of innovative ideas.
Top attractions such as Constance’s numerous walking and cycling trails, many of which run along the water’s edge, offer nature lovers a wide range of exciting leisure activities complete with stunning views. Some of these trails, including the SeeGang, have been awarded the German Institute of Hiking’s seal of quality for premium walking trails, thanks to their excellent signposting and the amazing views they afford of the lake and the Alps and across the undulating hinterland to the orchards and vineyards. The sensational SeeGang trail connects Constance and Überlingen. Enjoy a memorable experience of local nature and culture as you make your way past orchards, dramatic ruins, gorges, forest paths, historical towns and much more besides.
The picturesque landscapes in and around Constance offer walkers exciting routes along the water’s edge, through the forests and past flowering meadows. Keen cyclists and inline skaters are also catered for on the well-maintained and signposted cycle routes by the lake, in the old quarter and in the countryside. Along the way, there are many opportunities to have a break and enjoy the regional cuisine – often right by the lake. From cosy restaurants and cafés to traditional wine taverns and award-winning cuisine, there is something here for everyone.
Shapes, colors, inspiration
The rousing scenery of western Lake Constance is full of pretty islands, unspoilt shores, hidden bays and bizarre volcanic formations. Its mix of leafy natural oases, cultural treasures, water-based activities and culinary experiences is unforgettable and inspiring.
The region and its islands, small harbours and picturesque villages and gardens can be discovered on a leisurely tour by canoe, solar ferry or pleasure boat. Keen cyclists and walkers are rewarded with memorable experiences, such as enjoying the stunning views of the lake and the Alps, climbing up the Hegau volcanoes or birdwatching in the conservation areas around Lake Constance. Simply arrive, take a deep breath and draw energy from nature – a day out island and volcano hopping will give you a whole new perspective of the region.
Sensational experiences all year round
Constance offers a whole host of leisure activities for families, art lovers, shopaholics and anyone interested in sport, health and fitness. There are the museums, the theatre and the philharmonic orchestra, as well as informative guided tours that take you on a journey through the town’s eventful past. You will discover history at every turn here.
And there’s plenty more to discover – produce from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Reichenau Island, for example, and food menus featuring local blossoms on Mainau Island. Or unusual accommodation, like the barrel huts at Klausenhorn campsite. And not to forget the swimming beaches in Litzelstetten, Dingelsdorf and Wallhausen, all featuring inviting sunbathing lawns, play areas, restaurants and direct access to the lake. Throughout the year, Constance and the surrounding region offer experiences in nature that will engage all your senses.
The freshness in spring, the warmth in summer, the colours of autumn and the tranquillity in winter – Lake Constance and its largest town offer something new with every season. Simply arrive, take a deep breath and draw energy from nature…