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 the lake: a cruise with the White Fleet means taking a time out. Or how about a refined gala dinner, dancing throughout the night, and a firework display? The fleet of the Vereinigten Schifffahrtsunternehmen für den Bodensee und Rhein (VSU) offers numerous opportunities to get away from the daily Routine for a while. The VSU is a consortium of Swiss, Austrian and German shipping companies. With a total of 31 motor-powered vessels, they take their passengers to the most attractive locations on Lake Constance.
Throughout the entire summer, a comprehensive program of cruises and excursions offers a range of experiences as diverse as the region itself. From any one of the major cities around Lake Constance, the region and its numerous attractions can be explored at will. Naturally, the daily cruises on Lake Constance and along the Rhine offer you the chance to get away from your daily routine on a mere whim.
Bikes may go aboard Lake Constance and Rhine ships and require a separate ticket. Daily, annual and multi-trip tickets are also available.
On the Untersee and Rhine routes between Reichenau Island and Schaffhausen, there is limited bike access due to smaller ship size.
Tip: On Mondays, bicycles can be taken on the Obersee and the Überlinger See free of charge (except 20 June - 8 September 2019 and on public holidays).
Every season has its highlight – or several as is the case with the VSU shipping. Outstanding events are organised all year round, some of which boast a long-standing tradition. These include the international “Flottensternfahrt” which opens the season, during which boats from all the participating shipping companies come together at a specific location that changes every year. The cruises to the Bregenzer Festspiele are also legendary. With the VUS offers, guests are taken directly to the lake stage on several dates in July and August. An on-board menu is in perfect harmony with the evening. Another crowd-puller is the Seenachtfest in Constance and Kreuzlingen with its colourful firework display. And the very best views of the magical fireworks is from the boat.
Even when it’s a little colder outside, the boat trips don’t come to a complete standstill. In the period leading up to Christmas, Advent cruises are organised with Santa even making an appearance. And for anyone wanting to give the New Year a special welcome, what could be better than a New Year’s Eve cruise.
Ship season: 14th April 2019 - 20th October 2019
The fares depend on the route.
Free travel on two or four days with the Bodensee Card PLUS Summer
With the 3-day-Bodensee Card PLUS Summer you can use the ships on 2 days.
With the 7-day-Bodensee Card PLUS Summer you can use the ships on 4 days.
Not included lines
Point of sale for the Bodensee Card PLUS
Disabled and mobility-impaired passengers travel free of charge if they are carrying a valid token. Further information is available in the flyer entitled “Information for our disabled and mobility-impaired passengers” provided by the Vereinigten Schifffahrtsunternehmen für den Bodensee und Rhein.