Western Lake Constance

Constance-Bodensee-Hegau
Bodensee

Scattered with historical, cultural and scenic gems, the western region of Lake Constance stretches from the Hegau area across the Untersee to the best-known city on Lake Constance: Konstanz. The region is characterised by volcanic rock, unspoilt landscapes, prehistoric settlements and medieval churches, palaces and castles. For water sports enthusiasts as well as nature and culture lovers, there are numerous leisure activities on offer. The fascinating landscape with reed-covered shores, breathtaking views, orchards and vegetable gardens, gently rolling hills and colourful woods is ideal for hiking and cycling. There is also plenty for culture lovers to enjoy in the lovingly restored old towns, the numerous castles, palaces and churches and the rich museum and artistic landscape. Modern spa and sauna facilities as well as the outstanding, fresh cuisine typical to Lake Constance make for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

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Current weather Western Lake Constance

today
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17°
sunny
amount of rainfall
0 l/m²
hours of sunshine
12h 42min
tomorrow
28°
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16°
the day after tomorrow
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Must-dos at Western Lake Constance:

  • travel by boat to the Flower Island Mainau
  • hike along the premium hiking trails (“SeeGang” and “Hegauer Kegelspiel”)
  • taste fresh fish during the whitefish weeks on the Untersee
  • stroll through medieval Stein am Rhein
  • cycle around Reichenau island
  • climb to the top of Konstanz cathedral and visit  Konstanz old town
  • buy vegetables, herbs and fruit direct from farm and go on a picnic
  • marvel at the studios of Hermann Hesse and Otto Dix in Gaienhofen on the Höri Peninsula
  • visit a private garden as part of the Garten-Rendezvous
  • hire a canoe and observe the local bird life
  • enjoy the view from the Arenenberg park and Palace

The right place at the right time of year:

  • Spring tip:
    marvel at the tulips on Mainau Island and draw inspiration along the Untersee artists’ road where Otto Dix, Erich Heckel and many others once set up their easels.

  • Summer tip:
    take a dip at one of the refreshing lidos and glide silently over the Untersee in the futuristic solar ferry HELIO.

  • Autumn tip:
    hike along one of the premium hiking trails and dine on delicious fish during the whitefish weeks by Lake Constance.

  • Winter tip:
    feel the magic of the Konstanz Christmas market right beside the lake and observe the bird life on the Untersee.

Selected experiences at Western Lake Constance

Bodensee-Schifffahrt

Passenger ships

A short break on-board. A light breeze that strokes your face. The unmistakable smell of the fresh Lake Constance air. A glass of wine by the ship’s rail as you look out across the great expanse of...

Untersee round trip with the solar-powered boat “HELIO” on Lake Constance

Untersee round trip with the solar-powered boat “HELIO”

Glide silently over the water on the solar-powered catamaran. The “HELIO” is the largest solar-powered boat on the lake, delighting numerous visitors every year. Enjoy this experience with a...

Rosgartenmuseum Konstanz

Rosgartenmuseum

The Rosgartenmuseum has a long tradition being the region’s most important museum of culture, art and history. It was founded in 1870. Since that time, a rich collection of items illustrating...

Selected events at Western Lake Constance

Top event

Cross-border flea market in Constance (D) / Kreuzlingen (CH)

09. June until 10. June

24 hours, 9 kilometres, 2 countries, 1 flea market: with over 1,000 stands, the cross-border flea market in Constance (D) / Kreuzlingen (CH) is the largest and most attractive flea market in southern...

Top event

German-Swiss Octoberfest

14. September until 03. October

The largest party on Lake Constance is hosted again by the Paulaner party hall and the Fürstenberg beer tent in 2018. The festival is well-established in the heart of the region with up to 100,00...

Christmas Cruise on the Bodensee Catamaran

29. November until 22. December

Get easy and direct access to two superb Christmas markets in Friedrichshafen and Constance. Both catamaran moorings are within walking distance of the winter magic and festive Christmas village...

Selected tours at Western Lake Constance

Stand up paddling on Lake Constance

The lake for active holidaymakers

4 days
Lake Constance in winter

Culture, nature and pure relaxation in winter

6-7 days
Das "Eriskircher Ried", Eriskirch | © Gerhard Kersting

Birdwatching-Tour

6 days

Selected holiday offers at Western Lake Constance

Arenenberg close to Lake Constance

Castles & Gardens of Lake Constance with Inghams (UK)

7 nights
Premium Lake Shore hiking trail at Lake Constance

Premium Lake Shore hiking trail from Constance to Überlingen

5 days 4 nights from €399.00 per person

Constance winter special

2 nights from €99.00 per person

Contact address

REGIO Konstanz-Bodensee-Hegau e. V., Im Kohlgarten 2, 78343 Gaienhofen, Germany