Christmas at Lake Constance

Four Countries, One Lake, Endless Christmas

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, a hearty dish that sticks to winter ribs), Dinnele/Dinnete/Dünnele (thin-crust flatbreads with different savory toppings) and Winzerglühwein (hot mulled wine from the winemaker sweetened with sugar and aromatic spices)
  • Austria: Heiße Maroni (hot, roasted chestnuts served streetside in a paper cone), Käseknödel (a soft cheese dumpling that feeds the dark winter soul), 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 (looks more like a pie with a dense nutty filling and a buttery, flaky crust) and Glühbier „Heißer Schütz“  (from St. Gallen is—you guessed it—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 preserves)

Suggested Christmas markets

With 273 kilometers of shoreline and four countries, Lake Constance offers more than enough opportunities for Christmas, Advent and Christ-Child markets.

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Christmas Market Feldkirch © Photo: Magdalena Türtscher | © Photo: Magdalena Türtscher

Christmas Markets in Vorarlberg

16. November until 24. December

Vorarlberg has a multitude of Christmas markets. Culinary delights and craftsmanship await visitors in Bregenz, Dornbirn and Feldkirch.

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...

St. Gallen is the “Star City”

29. November until 24. December

Every year, the cultural capital of St.Gallen transforms into the City of 700 Stars in the month before Christmas. For four weeks starlight illuminates the old town of St.Gallen, creating a mystical...

Weihnachtsmarkt Friedrichshafen

Christmas Market in Friedrichshafen

30. November until 21. December

The cozy hut village of Friedrichshafen's Christmas market comes to life in a festive and seasonal atmosphere, located next to the Zeppelin Museum. Over 60 lovingly decorated stalls, a life-sized...

© Kulturamt Lindau | Photo: Wolfgang Schneider

Lindau Harbor Christmas Market

22. November until 16. December

There are many Christmas markets, but only one Harbor Christmas market in Lindau. Relaxed. Romantic. Atmospheric. With dramatic alpine scenery as your backdrop directly on the lakeside promenade.

The island of Mainau in winter

Christmas Enchantment on Mainau Island

22. October 2018 until 21. March 2019

Enjoy the wintry landscape on Mainau Island on a leisurely walk. After exploring the island, two places invite you to linger: the Butterfly House and the Palm House. From November 9, 2018 to February...

Ravensburg Christmas Market

30. November until 22. December

2 Markets – One great Experience! The traditional „Christkindlesmarkt“ and the Reischmann Christmas Market invite you to stroll, enjoy and shop in a special atmosphere.

Hüttenzauber Singen

Enchanted Christmas Cabins

30. November until 23. December

The charming Christmas Village in Singen enchants guests with seasonal decorations throughout the entire illuminated marketplace. You’ll find the Erdinger Wheat Beer Mountain Hut (Erdinger Urweisse...

Tettnang Christmas Market

Tettnang Castle Christmas

30. November until 09. December

Experience the unique ambience and charming Christmas market in the New Castle Tettnang that invites the whole family to stay and enjoy the holiday spirit like the royalty of yesteryear.

Isny Castle Christmas

05. December until 09. December

A very special part of our market includes a nightly visit from an angel who descends from the abbey to earth. The Castle Christmas in the courtyard of the former Benedictine monastery is a feast for...

Christmas Market and Skating Rink Überlingen

16. November 2018 until 06. January 2019

In the heart of the old town, craftsmen and traders from Überlingen and the Lake Constance region present their lovingly designed creations at festively decorated stands. A visit to the Christmas...

© Patrick Spycher

Frauenfeld Christmas Market

14. December until 16. December

Thurgau’s capital city Frauenfeld transforms itself into a romantic Christmas village with 170 stands and stalls. Visitors and guests find themselves in the middle of this magical Christmas story...

Christmas Market Vaduz with a Castle View

08. December until 09. December

Visit this enchanting Christmas wonderland amidst a beautiful landscape between imposing mountains with white peaks.

Christmas in Castle Meßkirch

01. December until 02. December

Framed by the imposing Messkirch Castle, the Christmas stands are festively decorated and arranged in a cozy atmosphere with artists, craftspeople and dealers who proudly present their art creations,...

Christkindlemarkt Radolfzell © Tourismus- und Stadtmarketing Radolfzell GmbH

Advent in Radolfzell

22. November until 22. December

Everything revolves around chocolate at the Radolfzell Chocolate market located on Seetorplatz at the train station. The Christmas market boasts over 80 stalls and a fine selection of local crafts....

Forest Christmas in the skywalk allgäu

Forest Christmas in the skywalk allgäu

15. December until 16. December

The trees and bushes are lit up for Christmas and angels roam the park. The smell of mulled wine and hot fragrant punch lingers on the air. Homemade handicrafts are for sale at beautifully decorated...

Suggested Christmas ships

Special holiday ships cross Lake Constance and connect Christmas markets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Winter Culinary Cruises of Schweizerische Bodensee Schifffahrt

09. November 2018 until 23. February 2019

Join us onboard for a winter’s dream cruise. We offer unique evening trips on the lake with typical Swiss culinary delights to enjoy with family, friends and colleagues.

Advent Cruises on Lake Constance Ships

24. November until 16. December

Enjoy a festive, two-hour cruise accompanied by holiday music, Santa Claus, and a cup of coffee and cake.

Austria Christmas Ship © Photo: Curt Huber | © Photo: Curt Huber

Vorarlberg Lines Christmas Ship

30. November until 16. December

The Christmas ship connects the Christmas markets in Bregenz and Lindau. On board you will find a lovingly decorated ship with a model train, nativity scene and fairytale forest.

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...

All Christmas Adventures at a glance

Christmas Markets

22.10. - 21.03. Christmas Enchantment, Mainau Island (DE)
16.11. - 24.12. Advent Markets in Vorarlberg (AT) 
22.11. - 16.12. Harbor Christmas Market, Lindau (DE)
22.11. - 22.12. The City of Stars, St.Gallen (CH)
22.11. - 24.11. Advent in Radolfzell – Chocolate Market (DE)
28.11. Advent Stall Market, Bodolz (DE)
28.11. - 02.12. Castle Christmas Market, Schloss Großlaupheim (DE)
29.11. - 02.12. Christmas Market, Leutkirch (DE)
29.11. - 02.12. Christmas Market, Ochsenhausen (DE)
29.11. - 22.12. Christmas by the Lake, Konstanz (DE)
30.11. Advent Market, Oberteuringen (DE)
30.11. - 01.12. Christmas Market, Kressbronn (DE)
30.11. - 01.12. Christmas Market arround Martin Church, Mengen (DE)
30.11. - 01.12. Christmas Market, Meersburg (DE)
30.11. - 02.12. 25th Annual Christmas and Crafts Market, Kißlegg (DE)
30.11. - 02.12. Horse and Peddler’s Market with Christmas Village, Bad Schussenried (DE)
30.11. - 02.12. Christmas at the Palace, Tettnang (DE)
30.11. - 21.12. Lake Constance Christmas, Friedrichshafen (DE)
30.11. - 22.12. Christkindlesmarkt, Ravensburg (DE)
30.11. - 23.12. Enchanted Christmas Cabins, Singen (DE) 
01.12. Christmas Market, Arbon (CH)
01.12. St. Nikolaus Market, Bad Saulgau (DE)
01.12. Monastery Christmas Market, Reichenau Island (DE)
01.12. Advent Market, Wasserburg (DE)
01.12. 37th Annual Christmas Market, Wilhelmsdorf (DE)
01.12. - 02.12. Palace Christmas, Meßkirch (DE)
01.12. - 02.12. Christmas Market in Schloss Salem (DE)
01.12. - 02.12. Christmas Market, Bad Wurzach (DE)
01.12. - 02.12. St. Nikolaus Market, Deggenhausertal (DE)
01.12. - 02.12. Christmas Market, Engen (DE)
01.12. - 02.12. Christmas Market, Altshausen (DE)
01.12. - 16.12. 20th Annual Christmas Market, Biberach (DE)
01.12. - 22.12.* Christmas Market in the Old Quarter, Wangen (DE) (*nur Sa)
01.12. - 23.12. Advent on the Linden Square, Rorschach (CH)
01.12. - 02.12 Christmas Market, Herisau (CH)

02.12. Sunday Shop and Stroll, Rorschach (CH)
02.12. Holiday Market, Aach (DE)
02.12. Advent Market, Hagnau (DE)
02.12. Christmas Market, Romanshorn (CH)
03.12. - 16.12. Christmas Market, Ermatingen (CH)
05.12. St. Nikolaus Market, Appenzell (CH)
05.12. - 09.12. Castle Christmas, Isny (DE)
05.12. - 31.12. “Fairytale City”, Stein am Rhein (CH) – no average Christmas Market
06.12. - 09.12. Advent in Radolfzell – Christmas Market (DE)
06.12. - 09.12 St. Nikolaus Market, Weingarten (DE)
06.12. - 16.12 Christmas Market, Überlingen (DE)
07.12. - 08.12 Little Christmas Market at Kapellenplatz, Nonnenhorn (DE)
07.12. - 09.12. Christmas at the Palace, Tettnang (DE) 
07.12. - 09.12. Fairytale Christmas Market, Markdorf (DE)
07.12. - 09.12. Advent Wonder, Pfullendorf (DE)
08.12. Christmas Market, Gaienhofen (DE)
08.12. Christmas Market, Schloss Herdern (DE)
08.12. Christmas Market, Riedlingen (DE)
08.12. Christmas Market, Steißlingen (DE)
08.12. - 09.12. Christmas Market with a Castle View, Vaduz (LI)
09.12. Christmas Market, Appenzell (CH)
09.12. 30th Annual Christmas Crafts Market, Bermatingen (DE)
09.12. Advent and Christmas Market, Heiligenberg (DE)
13.12. Christmas Market, Rielasingen (DE)
14.12. - 16.12. Christmas Market celebrates 20 years, Frauenfeld (CH)
14.12. - 16.12. 16th Annual Christmas Market, Bad Buchau (DE)
14.12. - 16.12. Winter Wonderland Advent Market on the Farm, Wolfegg (DE)
15.12. - 16.12. Christmas Market, Immenstaad (DE)
15.12. - 16.12. Christmas Market, Kreuzgang Allerheiligen Schaffhausen (CH)
16.12. “Sternchen” Children’s Aid Christmas Market, Bermatingen (DE)
19.12. - 23.12. Christmas Village, Bad Saulgau
22.12. - 23.12. Christmas Market, Eriskirch (DE)

Christmas Ships

24.11. - 16.12. Advent Cruises on Lake Constance Ships (DE)
29.11. - 22.12.  Christmas Cruises on the Bodensee Catamaran (DE)
30.11. - 16.12. Christmas Ship of the Vorarlberg Lines (AT)
Nov. - Feb. Theme Ships of the Schweiz. Bodensee Schifffahrt (CH)

Suitable offers

Regional hotels offer Christmas specials, fulfilling your winter holiday wishes in the four-country region.

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