Überlingen at Lake Constance with view of the Alps

Lake Constance Highlights

With this tour, you enjoy the highlights of Lake Constance with the sumptuous blossom on the island of Mainau, the Early Medieval Romanesque churches on Reichenau Island and the Lake Dwelling Museum in Unteruhldingen, the oldest open-air stone-age museum in Europe. It also includes the impressive baroque complex of Salem Monastery and Palace, the oldest inhabited castle in Germany, the old castle in Meersburg, and the fascinating Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen. From the top of the Pfänder in Bregenz or from Säntis over the Schwägalp Pass, you can see between four and six countries. To round off the tour, you will 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. Salem Monastery and Palace | Germany
The magnificent baroque complex of Salem Palace, the former Cistercian monastery, a clear picture of the wealth of the former abbey. Boasting 700 years of cultural history and an excellent wine making culture, the palace is well worth a visit.

Experience time: 3 hours

5. 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

6. Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen | Germany
With the world’s largest collection dedicated to the history and technology of Zeppelin airship travel as well as an art collection, the celestial artworks of famous engineers and artists from around Lake Constance are brought together in a building covering some 4,000 square metres.

Experience time: 2 hours

7. 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

8. 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 - 8 hours

9. 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

10. Rhine Falls Schaffhausen | Switzerland
The largest waterfall in Europe offers you 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


Overnight stays: 5-6

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).


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.

Aerial photograph of the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen at Lake Constance

Rhine Falls

Every year, more than two million visitors make the pilgrimage to Schaffhausen to see the roaring waters of the Rhine. That is why Schaffhausen is sometimes called the “City of the Rhine Falls”....

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...

Mainau Island at Lake Constance

Mainau Island

The year-round beauty of Flower Island Mainau can be explored on 45 hectare of impressive gardens. The second largest butterfly house in Germany invites everybody to its tropical world with...

Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen

Lake Dwelling Museum Unteruhldingen

In the mood for a museum? Then head for the Lake Dwelling Museum on Lake Constance. It is only a five-minute walk from the Unteruhldingen landing jetty – Welcome to the Stone Age! The lake...

Old Castle in Meersburg at Lake Constance

Old Castle in Meersburg

Anyone who crosses the drawbridge and walks through the heavy entrance door to Meersburg Castle finds themselves plunged into the fascinating world of bygone times. The castle looks back on more than...

Salem Monastery and Palace

Surrounded by extensive parks and gardens stands the former Cistercians monastery and modern-day Salem palace. It came into the possession of the Margraves of Baden in 1802 and has belonged to the...

Säntis cableway during winter close to Lake Constance

Säntis cableway

Mount Säntis – 2,502 metres of pure fascination. On Säntis and Schwägalp we lay the clouds at your feet – and much more too. Here, surrounded by storybook mountain landscapes amidst some of...

The Pfänderbahn cable car in Bregenz

With its unique views over Lake Constance, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and 240 Alpine peaks, the Pfänder (1,064m) is the most famous vantage point in the area. Whether you are exploring the Alpine...

Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen

Interested to know how Count Zeppelin had his airships built? About his greatest achievements and how the terrible tragedies could have happened? Discover the unique approach to multimedia technology...