Christmas at Lake Constance 

Four Countries, One Lake, Endless Christmas

Limitless christmas at Lake Constance

Lake Constance is a Christmas paradise, with traditions, customs and culinary delights from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein! Festively decorated cities in all four countries illuminate the shores. The many Christmas markets lure visitors lakeside, to our beloved islands, between snowy mountain peaks and in baroque castles. The lake that carries the sugary scents of waffles and cinnamon is the same on which white passenger ships sail back and forth connecting visitors to different Christmas markets around the Bodensee. Regional hotels offer Christmas specials, fulfilling your winter holiday wishes in the four-country region.

Christmas is a special time for enjoyment ...

… on that we can all agree. As spiced mulled wine fills the crisp air, the village people are busy cooking and baking your favorite holiday treats.

And despite the close proximity of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein to each other, each country is proud of their own traditional Christmas specialties, so it’s a good idea to visit as many holiday markets and festivities as you can!

Kässpätzle, Kässpatzn, Käsknöpfle, Chäschnöpfli ...
they all mean the same thing … more Cheese Dumplings, please! The delicious dish made from flour, fresh eggs, herbs and cheese has a different name on almost every Christmas market on Lake Constance.

Why is that? Well, Cheese Spaetzle is not just cheese spaetzle! In each country, this typical dish is prepared a bit differently: In Liechtenstein, the Käsknöpfle are served with fresh applesauce. In Switzerland and Austria, a blend of three or four mountain cheeses plays an important role in this recipe topped with crispy onions. And the German side is particularly proud of their Swabian spaetzle. Order up and dig in!

Specialities Everyone Must Try!

  • Germany: Schupfnudeln (finger-shaped potato dumplings), Dinnele (thin-crust flatbreads with different savory toppings) and Winzerglühwein (hot mulled wine)
  • Austria: Heiße Maroni (hot, roasted chestnuts served streetside in a paper cone), Käseknödel (a soft cheese dumpling), Glühmost (a delicious hot apple cider drink) and Riebel (this dish is comfort food to the core, served as a savory or sweet polenta dish that’s also vegetarian)
  • Switzerland: Biber from St. Gallen (gingerbread treats made from honey and filled with marzipan), Raclette and Fondue, Nusstorte (nut cake, looking more like a pie with a dense nutty filling and a buttery, flaky crust) and Glühbier „Heißer Schütz“  (from St. Gallen is hot spiced beer)
  • The Principality of Liechtenstein: Käsknöpfle mit Apfelmus (cheese dumplings with apple sauce), Ribel (a warm polenta dish with milk, cream, sugar or also made with sour cheese) and Tatsch mit Kompott (mini pancakes served with warm fruit)

Christmas Markets around Lake Constance

Christmas markets & winter experiences 2024

TBA ÜB ON ICE - Ice skating rink 
Nov. 15th - Dec. 23rd Bregenz Christmas Market  (AT)
Nov. 28th - Dec. 12th Lindau Harbour Christmas (DE) 
Nov. 28th - Dec. 23rd Constance Lakeside Christmas Market (DE)
Nov. 22nd - Dec. 23rd Dornbirn Christmas Market (AT)
Nov. 23rd  Tannzapfenland Christmas Market, Oberwangen (CH)
Nov. 30th  Stettfurt Christmas Market (CH)
Nov. 29th - Dec. 22nd  Christmas at Lake Constance, Friedrichshafen (DE)
Nov. 19th - Jan. 06th 2025 Christmas Garden Mainau Island (DE)
Nov. 30th  Advent Magic in Neukirch (DE) 
Nov. 28th - Dec. 24th St.Gallen Christmas Market on the Gallussquare (CH)
Nov. 28th - Dec. 24th St. Gallen Christmas Market (CH)
Nov. 29th - Dec. 24th Feldkirch Christmas town
Nov. 29th - 30th  Meersburg Christmas Market (DE) 
TBA Ekkharthof Advent Market, Lengwil (CH)
TBA Kressbronn Christmas Market (DE) 
Nov. 29th - Dec. 01st Bischoffszell Advent Market (CH)
TBA Macardo Advent Market, Amlikon-Bissegg (CH)
Nov. 29th  - Dec. 01st 
Dec. 06th - Dec. 8th
Christmas in the castle, Tettnang (DE) 
Nov. 30 th Wasserburg Advent Magic (DE) 
Nov. 30 th Arbon Christkindlmarket (CH)
Nov. 30 th Rickenbach Christmas Market (CH)

Nov. 30th 

Dec. 07th 

Dec. 14th 

Dec. 21st 

Advent trips to the Constance Christmas Market (DE)


Nov. 30th Schaan Nicolaus Market (LI)
Nov. 30th - Dec. 1st Meßkirch Christmas Castle (DE)
Nov. 30th Hagnau Advent Market (DE)
Dec. 4th - Jan. 5th 2025 Märlistadt Stein a. Rhein (CH)
Dec. 12th - 22nd Überlingen Winter Magic (DE)
Dec. 5th - Dec. 08th Radolfzell Christmas Market (DE)
Dec. 6th - 09th Medieval Christmas Market in the castle courtyard, Markdorf (DE)


Christmas Market Kreuzlingen (CH)
TBA. Nordlicht Christmas Market, Altnau (CH)
TBA. Romanshorn Christmas Market (CH)
Dec. 8th Steckborn Christmas Market (CH)
Dec. 12th - Dec. 22nd Überlingen Christmas Market (DE)
Dec. 09th - Dec. 10th Weinfelden Advent Market (CH)
Dec. 07th - Dec. 08th Vaduz Christmas Market (LI) 
Dec. 20th - Dec. 22nd Frauenfeld Christmas Market (CH)
TBA. Christmas Market on the town hall square, Immenstaad (DE)
Dec. 21st Christmas Magic in Malbun (LI)

Christmas ships 

Nov. 30th/Dec. 7th/Dec. 14th Christmas ships of the Vorarlberg Lines (AT/DE) 

Nov. 29th - Dec. 22nd (Fri-Sun)

Winter round trips from the habours of Lindau & Constance (DE)

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