Lake Constance Gardens Mainau Island

Lake Constance - A gardener´s paradise

On this international garden tour by Lake Constance, you start the tour at the Carthusian Monastery Ittingen where you visit the Ittingen Museum and retrace the past or explore the authentically preserved monastery complex. The tour continues with a visit in the preserved landscape park of the Napoleon Museum in Thurgau and the new medieval garden in Arenenberg, before you gain an insight into the cradle of European gardening with the “Hortulus” (the first gardening guide in Europe) on Reichenau Island. Your next stops are the world-famous flower island Mainau as well as the Palace and the New Palace in Meersburg. One look from the terrace in Meersburg is enough to make you feel like a genuine prince or princess of Lake Constance. Continue the tour with the Garden Culture Path in Überlingen. Under the shadowy leaves you can listen to the splashing of the fountain or gaze at the impressive cacti enclosure, surrounded by exotic plants and tall magnificent trees. Before you end the tour in Lindau, one of the most beautiful shore sections at Lake Constance, make a stop at the gardens of the baroque Salem Monastery.

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Your Lake Constance experience for 5 days

1. Carthusian Monastery Ittingen Warth | Switzerland
The former monastery complex with its wonderful gardens, two museums and an idyllic beer garden is a very special place. Be seduced by the historic medicinal herb garden, the thyme labyrinth and the largest historical collection of roses in Switzerland.

Experience time: 1.5 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. 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

4. 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

5. New Palace, Meersburg | 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

6. Überlingen Garden Culture Path | Germany
The Überlingen Garden Culture Path connects the most beautiful green sights of the spa and holiday town along approximately four kilometers. The botanical highlight of the regularly signposted path is the town garden.

Experience time: 1.5 hours

7. 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

8. Lindau´s Bavarian Riviera | Germany
With its stylish villas on the shores of Lake Constance, the Bavarian Riviera in Lindau is one of the most beautiful shores in the region. In the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the nobility and the bourgeoisie left noble and stately mansions on the six-kilometer shoreline.

Experience time: 1.5 hours


Overnight stays: 4 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 (0) 7531 909430
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