Western Lake Constance

Constance-Bodensee-Hegau
Bodensee

Scattered with historical, cultural and scenic gems, the western region of Lake Constance stretches from the Hegau area across the Untersee to the best-known city on Lake Constance: Konstanz. The region is characterised by volcanic rock, unspoilt landscapes, prehistoric settlements and medieval churches, palaces and castles. For water sports enthusiasts as well as nature and culture lovers, there are numerous leisure activities on offer. The fascinating landscape with reed-covered shores, breathtaking views, orchards and vegetable gardens, gently rolling hills and colourful woods is ideal for hiking and cycling. There is also plenty for culture lovers to enjoy in the lovingly restored old towns, the numerous castles, palaces and churches and the rich museum and artistic landscape. Modern spa and sauna facilities as well as the outstanding, fresh cuisine typical to Lake Constance make for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

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Current weather Western Lake Constance

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2.9 l/m²
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1h 42min
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Must-dos at Western Lake Constance:

  • travel by boat to the Flower Island Mainau
  • hike along the premium hiking trails (“SeeGang” and “Hegauer Kegelspiel”)
  • taste fresh fish during the whitefish weeks on the Untersee
  • stroll through medieval Stein am Rhein
  • cycle around Reichenau island
  • climb to the top of Konstanz cathedral and visit  Konstanz old town
  • buy vegetables, herbs and fruit direct from farm and go on a picnic
  • marvel at the studios of Hermann Hesse and Otto Dix in Gaienhofen on the Höri Peninsula
  • visit a private garden as part of the Garten-Rendezvous
  • hire a canoe and observe the local bird life
  • enjoy the view from the Arenenberg park and Palace

The right place at the right time of year:

  • Spring tip:
    marvel at the tulips on Mainau Island and draw inspiration along the Untersee artists’ road where Otto Dix, Erich Heckel and many others once set up their easels.

  • Summer tip:
    take a dip at one of the refreshing lidos and glide silently over the Untersee in the futuristic solar ferry HELIO.

  • Autumn tip:
    hike along one of the premium hiking trails and dine on delicious fish during the whitefish weeks by Lake Constance.

  • Winter tip:
    feel the magic of the Konstanz Christmas market right beside the lake and observe the bird life on the Untersee.

Selected experiences at Western Lake Constance

Advent cruises from Constance and Lindau

During­ the­ winter­ season,­ the­ fleet­ of­ the­ Bodensee-Schiffsbetriebe­ (BSB)­ is festively decorated and the lake is calm and silent. The BSB help their guests get into the Christmas...

UNESCO Fundstelle Konstanz Hinterhausen © Landesamt für Denkmalpflege | © Landesamt für Denkmalpflege

UNESCO Site Konstanz Hinterhausen

The extensive pile field and the spectrum of artifacts discovered point to a comprehensive settlement history on the north shore of Constance harbor, first discovered in 1859. Of particular import...

Constance Rhine lido

The Rhine lido is an ideal spot to bath, relax and sunbathe. Located directly beside the Rhine, it offers bathers a wonderful view over Constance old town. Moreover, bathing in running water is a...

Selected events at Western Lake Constance

Advent Cruises on Lake Constance Passenger Ships

23. November until 15. December

Enjoy a festive, two-hour cruise accompanied by holiday music, Santa Claus, and a cup of coffee and cake.

Top event

Cross-border flea market in Constance (D) / Kreuzlingen (CH)

20. June until 21. June

24 hours, 9 kilometres, 2 countries, 1 flea market: with over 1,000 stands, the cross-border flea market in Constance (D) / Kreuzlingen (CH) is the largest and most attractive flea market in southern...

Catamaran to Christmas Markets

Catamaran to Christmas Markets

28. November 2019 until 06. January 2020

From harbor to harbor: The catamaran commutes every hour between Friedrichshafen and Constance and "flies" passengers directly and comfortably to the Christmas market shopping on both sides of the...

Selected tours at Western Lake Constance

Christmas market Constance  | © Achim Mende

Christmas Magic at Lake Constance

6 days
Lake Constance in winter

Winter adventure time

7 days
Lake Constance Island and Volcano Hopping  | © REGIO - Konstanz, Bodensee, Hegau

Lake Constance Island and Volcano Hopping

4 days

Selected holiday offers at Western Lake Constance

Gaienhofen: hiking & biking days by Lake Constance

5 nights from 540.00 € per person

‘Relaxen statt Rödeln’ at the RADHOTEL am Gleis

2 nights from 88.00 € per person

Constance winter special

2 nights from 99.00 € per person

Contact address

REGIO Konstanz-Bodensee-Hegau e. V., Obere Laube 71, 78462 Constance, Germany