Western Lake Constance


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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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

Archaeological State Museum Baden-Württemberg in Constance at Lake Constance

Archaeological State Museum Baden-Württemberg

The State Archaeological Museum in Constance displays key archaeological discoveries from Baden Württemberg from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, including the oldest copper disc from the lake...

Moos lido at Lake Constance

Moos lido

The Moos lido is located at the heart of a nature reserve. The extensive sunbathing lawn with tall, shady trees, three children’s play areas and the newly constructed beach building, kiosk, guest...

Urban Museum and Gallery, Engen close to Lake Constance

Urban Museum and Gallery, Engen

With its archaeology department, urban history, religious art and various art exhibitions, the Urban Museum and Gallery in Engen has earned itself an excellent reputation beyond the region. To...

Selected events at Western Lake Constance

Radolfzell Advent

22. November until 09. December

The first chocolate market on Lake Constance and the traditional Christmas market are interspersed with daily activities organised on the market square by schools, kindergardens and clubs – welcome...

Constance Christmas market by the lake

29. November until 22. December

With the Christmas ship and its 360° panorama bar, a special Christmas tree inn, the breathtaking views over the lake and mountains and many other highlights, the Constance Christmas market is truly...

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...

Selected tours at Western Lake Constance

Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, UNESCO World Heritage Site close to Lake Constance

UNESCO World Heritage on Lake Constance

3-4 days
Lake Constance in winter

Culture, nature and pure relaxation in winter

6-7 days
Überlingen at Lake Constance with view of the Alps

Lake Constance Highlights

6-7 days

Selected holiday offers at Western Lake Constance

Lake Constance gardens: Mainau Island

Mainau Island - "Once be Mainau gardener ...!"

1 - 3 days from €170.00 pro Person
Lake Constance circular hiking trail

Lake Constance circular hiking trail

6 days 5 nights from €479.00 pro Person

Garden bicycle tour at Lake Constance

6 days from €499.00 pro Person


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