Birnau abbey church at Lake Constance

A journey back in time to the Baroque era

Churches, monasteries and treasures –the region of Lake Constance is a genuine treasure trove of baroque attractions. Visit the first baroque building by Lake Constance, the Tower of St. Martin in Bregenz. Marvel at the famous baroque hall of the abbey library in St.Gallen before taking a stroll through the city’s winding streets with a guided tour. The New Palace in Meersburg is still impressive today with its monumental staircase and stunning panoramic views over Lake Constance. The church of pilgrimage in Birnau is yet another baroque gem by Lake Constance. Close by is Salem monastery, one of the most attractive cultural monuments on Lake Constance. Travel on to Weingarten and learn more about the town’s history and monastic heritage with the “Swabian St. Peter’s” – Germany’s largest baroque basilica. Moreover, you can discover what is probably the most attractive village church in the world – the church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Steinhausen. Finally, marvel at Bad Schussenried Abbey with one of the most beautiful baroque library halls in southern Germany.

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Your Lake Constance experience for 4 days

1. Tower of St. Martin, Bregenz, Austria
The Tower of St. Martin with St. Martin’s chapel was the first baroque building around Lake Constance and, from a historical perspective, is linked to the founding of the medieval city which dates back to the Counts of Montfort in the mid-13th century.

Experience time: 1 hour

2. St.Gallen abbey district, Switzerland
The baroque cathedral with its double-tower façade is the emblem of the city of St. Gallen and one of the last monumental abbeys of the baroque period. The heart of the abbey district is the abbey library. The rich rococo decoration of the library’s baroque hall is most impressive.

Experience time: 3-4 hours

3. “Narrow streets – magnificent bay windows”, guided tour of St.Gallen, Switzerland
Following the winding alleys of the charming old town, you gain an insight into the daily life of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day. You discover why there are no longer any city gates and why we can still see 111 bay windows in the old town.

Experience time: 2 hours

4. Meersburg New Palace, Germany
The baroque palace complex offers a magnificent view over Lake Constance and encourages visitors to take a fascinating journey of discovery through the splendid staircase by Balthasar Neumann, the majestic hall of mirrors and the palace museum on the Beletage.

Experience time: 1-2 hour

5. Birnau basilica, Germany
Known as the “Birnau basilica”, St. Marien’s church towers over the northern shore of Lake Constance. The church of pilgrimage is a baroque gem standing on the western Upper Swabian Baroque Road. It boasts a rich baroque décor with impressive frescoes, stucco work, altars and sculptures.

Experience time: 1 hour

6. Salem Monastery and Palace, Germany
Salem monastery is one of the most attractive cultural monuments around Lake Constance. The once powerful Cistercian abbey blends Gothic grandeur with baroque splendour. During the 19th century, the margraves of Baden made the huge monastery complex their palace.

Experience time: 2 hours

7. Historical guided tour including visit to the baroque basilica of Weingarten, Germany
When you stroll through the history of the town and monastery in Weingarten, you naturally also visit the “Swabian St. Peter” - Germany’s largest baroque basilica. The monumental façade was designed by the Italian architect Donato Frisoni.

Experience time: 2-3 hours

8. Visit of the Steinhausen church of pilgrimage, Germany
It has been said that the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul is the most beautiful village church in the world. It rises - majestic and almost unreal - over the little village of Steinhausen. Flooded with light, the interior is overwhelming with its artistic decorations, stucco work and frescoed ceiling.

Experience time: 1 hour

9. Bad Schussenried Abbey, Germany
Schussenried Abbey delights visitors with one of the most attractive baroque library halls in southern Germany. The former Premonstratension abbey lying at the heart of Upper Swabia boasts a new illustrative abbey museum and an attractive exhibition programme.

Experience time: 2 hours

Tip, Baroque pleasure, Germany
Opulent meals like at the royal court? Yes and no! In some Upper Swabian inns, you can still enjoy a meal like those served in the time of King Ludwig XIV. The delicacies are prepared according to original recipes, naturally adapted to suit modern taste buds.


Overnight stays: 3 nights

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

Contact address

Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH
Hafenstr. 6
78462 Constance

Tel.: +49 7531 909430
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Abbey library in St.Gallen close to Lake Constance

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