Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, UNESCO World Heritage Site close to Lake Constance

Treasures of the Past at Lake Constance

Cultural highlights are no rarity around Lake Constance. Start your tour by exploring the Monastic Island of Reichenau, which is one of the sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Continue your journey with a close look at the Council of Constance, where the only pope election north of the Alps took place. Then take a ferry to Meersburg, where you can visit the Burg Meersburg. Continue your tour and discover the New Palace in Tettnang which is the perfect place to linger a while over coffee and cake. After that pay a visit to Vaduz where you can watch a film about the history of the Principality of Liechtenstein in the new build Princely Theatre. After a one hour drive you arrive at St. Gallen where you can marvel at the abbey district and library. Then discover the Munot fortress, a veritable enblem of the city Schaffhausen. End the tour visiting the Fortress ruins of Hohentwiel above the city Singen.

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Your Lake Constance experience for 5 days

1. Monastic Island of Reichenau | 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. Council of Constance | Germany 
It was the first and only pope election north of the Alps that took place between 1414 and 1418 in Constance.  Revive the time of the Konstanzer Konzil together with a guided city tour or a dinner at the Council. 

Experience time: 1-2 hours 

3. 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

4. New Palace, Tettnang | Germany
With the “Kaffeekränzle im Schloss”, visitors begin to discover the counts’ private apartments. The stunning highlight of the visit is the “Kaffeekränzle” (coffee table) in the baroque “Bacchus Saal” (Bacchus hall). Visitors can then enjoy cakes from the historic recipe book of the Counts of Montfort.

Experience time: 3 hours

5. Princely Theatre | Principality of Liechtenstein
Experience a cinematic insight into Vaduz Castle and life behind the castle walls up close in a virtual tour.

Experience time: 1 hour

6. St.Gallen abbey district/abbey library | Switzerland
Built in 1755, the abbey library is one of the largest and oldest abbey libraries in the world. Some 150,000 tomes are kept in the stunning rococo hall with its gently curving wooden galleries and rich moulding, including the world famous monastery plan drawn up on Reichenau Island.

Experience time: 2 hours

7. Fortress of Munot, Schaffhausen | Switzerland
The Munot is the undisputed emblem of the City of Schaffhausen. No other city in the Confederation could afford such a monumental structure in the 16th century. There is a wide range of traditional and modern activities to be discovered around the emblematic fortress.

Experience time: 1 - 1.5 hours

8. Fortress ruins Hohentwiel Singen | Germany
The fortress ruins sitting on top of the mountain above Singen cover an impressive nine hectares. The ruins are the largest in Germany: the defensive walls, mighty tower ruins and the large house ruins still give visitors a good idea of what this bastion would have looked like in the 18th century.

Experience time: 2 hours

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Tip:
With the Bodensee Card PLUS you get one time free entrance at the Old Castle Meersburg, New Castle Tettnang, Abbey Library St. Gallen and the Fortress Ruin Hohentwiel in Singen.

Information

Overnight stays: 4

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
Germany

Tel.: +49 7531 909490
office@bodensee.eu
www.bodensee.eu
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Attractions

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.

Abbey library in St.Gallen close to Lake Constance

Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Abbey Cathedral of St.Gall, the abbey library and the surrounding monastery buildings - in short the St.Gallen Abbey District - was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. This magnificent...

Meersburg New Palace

The New Palace crowns the city silhouette of Meersburg high above Lake Constance. The representative residence of the Prince-Bishops began to be built in 1710 and since then has lost none of its...

Burg Meersburg mit Blick auf dem Bodensee

Old Castle in Meersburg

Cross the heavy drawbridge and walk through the wooden doors to enter the Middle Ages. Allegedly Germany’s oldest and continuously (inhabited) castle, the original fortress in Meersburg traces its...

Tettnang New Palace

The former residence of the Counts of Montfort is one of the most attractive palaces in Upper Swabia. The rich fittings were created by leading stucco plasterers and craftsmen from the Lake Constance...

Hohentwiel Fortress ruins

Hohentwiel is one of Germany ́s largest fortress ruins and is a place of enchanted grandeur. The fortress imposing ramparts and casemates, its fallen towers and defiant ruins, still evoke the...

Turmbesteigung Schloss Montfort Langenargen

Montfort Castle – ascent of the tower

The tower of Langenargen’s landmark affords a fascinating view of the lake, Alps and historic town with its picturesque harbour. Linger awhile on the sun terrace of the palace’s café and...