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Lake Constance Gardens

A journey through time

On this international garden tour by Lake Constance, you gain an insight into the cradle of European gardening with the “Hortulus” (the first gardening guide in Europe) on Reichenau Island, the preserved landscape park of the Napoleon Museum in Thurgau and the new medieval garden in Arenenberg. The tour continues to the world-famous flower island Mainau as well as the gardens of the baroque Salem Monastery and Palace and the New Castle in Meersburg. One look from the terrace in Meersburg is enough to make you feel like a genuine prince or princess of Lake Constance.

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Your Lake Constance experience for 3 days

1. Reichenau Island with the “Hortulus“ herb garden, Germany
Almost 1,200 years ago the monk Walahfrid Strabo, who lived on Reichenau, wrote Europe’s first gardening guide with the poem “Hortulus”. In the former monastery garden, a herb garden laid out according to the old model presents the plants from the Hortulus.

Experience time: 2 hours

2. Castle and Park Arenenberg, Salenstein, Switzerland
In 1816, Queen Hortense planted the very first landscape park by the lake. Since then, the grotto surrounded by water, Jacob’s ladder, the wood and the breathtaking visual axes have delighted visitors from near and far.

Experience time: 2 hours

3. Mainau Island, Germany
The flower island is a festival for garden lovers: in addition to an incredible abundance of flowers as the seasons come and go, visitors can also marvel at a butterfly house, a glass palm house and one of Europe’s most important orchid collections.

Experience time: 2 hours

4. Meersburg New Palace, Germany
The garden of the New Castle boasts an impressive panoramic view over Lake Constance. The strictly through composed green areas with their low hedges are typical of the baroque period.

Experience time: 1 hour

5. Salem Monastery and Palace, Germany
Representative designed gardens along the French model meet a lovingly-tended show vineyard. Guests can also marvel at the baroque courtyard garden with its maze and geometric flowerbeds as well as extensive parkland.

Experience time: 2 hours


Overnight stays: 2 nights

Travel information: The transfer between the different stages can be undertaken with your own car/coach or by public transport (rail,bus and in places boat).

Contact address

Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH
Hafenstr. 6
78462 Constance

Tel.: +49 7531 909490
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St. Peter und Paul church on the Reichenau Island at Lake Constance

Reichenau Island, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, Reichenau Island in Lake Constance bears outstanding testimony to the religious and cultural role of a great Benedictine monastery of the Middle Ages.

Meersburg New Palace

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Salem Monastery and Palace

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Mainau Island at Lake Constance

Mainau Island

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