Überlingen at Lake Constance with view of the Alps

Lake Constance Highlights

With this tour, you enjoy the highlights of Lake Constance with the Early Medieval Romanesque churches on Reichenau Island and the sumptuous blossom on the Mainau Island as well as the Lake Dwelling Museum in Unteruhldingen, the oldest open-air stone-age museum in Europe. It also includes the old castle in Meersburg and a guided tour in which you discover the historic island city of Lindau and its sights. From the top of the Pfänder in Bregenz or from Säntis over the Schwägalp Pass, you can see between four and six countries. Close to Bregenz you can experience a fascinating historical cruising tour that starts at the small city of Hard before you visit the impressive Treasure Chamber of the Principality of Liechtenstein, a unique experience in the Alps. To round off the tour, you visit one of the largest and oldest abbey libraries in the world, the abbey library of St.Gallen, and marvel at the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, Europe’s largest waterfall.

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Your Lake Constance experience for 6-7 days

1. Monastic Island of Reichenau - UNESCO World Heritage | Germany
The three Romanesque churches on the island are a perfect example of Early Medieval architecture in Central Europe. The meticulously restored murals emphasise Reichenau’s role as an “artistic centre of considerable significance for European art history of the 10th and 11th centuries”.

Experience time: 2 - 4 hours

2. Mainau Island | Germany
Sumptuous blossom, a park with a stand of trees over 150 years old, the baroque splendour of churches and palace complexes, one of the largest butterfly houses in Germany, the Mainau-Kinderland children’s play area and noble and cultural festivals – that is the island of Mainau.

Experience time: 2 - 4 hours

3. Lake Dwelling Museum Unteruhldingen | Germany
The oldest open-air stone-age museum in Europe. In the reconstructed pile dwellings, the early history of Lake Constance is brought to life. You will be enthralled by the 23 reconstructed houses from the Stone Age and Bronze Age (approx. 4000-850 B.C.).

Experience time: 1 - 2 hours

4. Old Castle in Meersburg | Germany
The walls of Meersburg, the oldest inhabited castle in Germany, have so much to tell, not only of peaceful, courtly times but also of sieges and military confrontations. Visitors can explore these times in a clearly explained visit through more than 30 furnished rooms of the castle museum.

Experience time: 2 hours

5. Discover the island of Lindau | Germany
The best way to explore the historic island city is with a guided tour. The knowledgeable guides take you on an interesting and humorous journey through the history of Lindau. Visit the winding streets and admire the splendid
mansions with their frescos.

Experience time: 2 hours

6. Pfänder Bregenz | Austria
With its unique panorama over the entire lake, the Pfänder (1,064m) is the most famous vantage point in the region.

Experience time: 3 - 6 hours

7. Historic Cruising Experience | Austria
The “Art Deco” motor ship Austria and the “Art Nouveau” paddle steamer Hohentwiel are two historic passenger vessels that carry on the tradition of navigation on Lake Constance from the Belle Époque to the Golden Twenties. This is a special cruising adventure for all ages.

Experience time: 2 - 4 hours

8. Treasure Chamber of the Principality of Liechtenstein | Principality of Liechtenstein
The Treasure Chamber of the Principality of Liechtenstein in Vaduz, the only museum of its kind in the Alps, focues primarily on exhibits belonging to the Princes of Liechtenstein and other private collectors.

Experience time: 1 hour

9. Säntis Schwägalp | Switzerland
The view from the summit of Säntis stretches over six countries. There are no bounds to what you can do on Säntis and the Schwägalp Pass: two panoramic restaurants, viewing halls, sun terraces, the Appenzeller events hall, the Schwägalp/Säntis nature adventure park and much more besides.

Experience time: 3 - 4 hours

10. St. Gallen abbey library - UNESCO World Heritage | Switzerland
Built in 1755, the abbey library is one of the largest and oldest abbey libraries in the world. With its rich mouldings and the soft curves of the wooden balconies, the staggering rococo hall is home to some 150,000 tomes.

Experience time: 2 hours

11. Rhine Falls Schaffhausen | Switzerland                                                                                       

The largest waterfall in Europe offers an amazing spectacle. Up to 700,000 litres of roaring water tumble over a ledge some 23 metres high and 150 m wide.

Experience time: 1 - 2 hours

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Overnight stays: 5-6 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
Hafenstraße 6
78462 Constance
Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 7531 9094 30
www.bodensee.eu
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St. Peter und Paul church on the Reichenau Island at Lake Constance

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