Churches & Abbeys

at Lake Constance

A journey into the past

Castles, palaces, monasteries and churches: steeped in history, all of them can be found in the Lake Constance region. The former Cistercian abbey of Salem Monastery and Castle and the Hohentwiel fortress ruins are some of the most impressive. Abbeys and churches have characterised the land- scape around Lake Constance since the early Middle Ages. This has not only created a unique cultural landscape but has been the impetus for nu- merous innovations.

Selected sights

Cathusian Monastery close to Lake Constance

Carthusian Monastery Ittingen

Kartause Ittingen is not only an atmospheric location; it is also one of the region’s cultural highlights. The former monastery houses two museums featuring regional artists, world-class exhibits,...

Bad Schussenried

Visitors are often amazed by the diversity of cultural and natural activities they find in central upper Swabia. This is a place some have called a 7th heaven along the Baroque Route. We are located...

Salem Monastery and Palace at Lake Constance

Salem Monastery and Palace

The former Cistercian abbey and present-day Salem Palace is located in the midst of extensive parks and gardens. It came into the possession of the margraves of Baden in 1802 and has belonged to the...

Birnau abbey church

Nestling among the picturesque vineyards high above the lake rises the slender pinky-white tower of the magnificent baroque church of Birnau. Walking through the gates of this place of worship,...

Upper Swabian Baroque Road

For almost fifty years, the Upper Swabian Baroque Road has paved the way to the lovingly renovated vestiges of the past. Four roads wind their way through the region, connecting more than one hundred...

Abbey library in St.Gallen close to Lake Constance

Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, the abbey library and the surrounding monastery buildings - in short the St. Gallen Abbey District - was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. This...

Upper Swabian Baroque Road: Basilica in Weingarten close to Lake Constance

Weingarten Basilica - Baroque & Nature in Harmony

Weingarten is a sparkling gem on the upper Swabian Baroque Route where the largest baroque basilica north of the Alps attracts admirers from every corner of the globe. The city’s landmark is a...

Roggenburg Monastery

For more than 800 years, the Premonstratensian religious order has lived and worked in Roggenburg where the monastery complex and gardens shimmer in newly renovated splendor. Take time to linger in...