Bodensee, also known as Lake Constance, flows from the river Rhine and is shared by three neighbouring countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A fantastic summer or winter destination, its serene shores offer something for everyone, from sailing, windsurfing and swimming to cycling along the 273 km-long Bodensee-Radweg cycle path or simply strolling through the lively university town of Constance. The town, which has remained relatively unchanged since the Middle Ages, is also perfectly placed as a base for further exploration of the surrounding regions, including Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein.
If you are visiting in the run up to Christmas, you will be delighted by the large Christmas market which takes place in the historic city centre. Over 130 artisans, traders and food vendors trade their wares here and the market also boasts the unique Christmas Ship, moored in the harbour.
The German-Swiss Oktoberfest on Lake Constance offers young and old a varied programme including fun and thrills from the amusement park with its Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, bumper cars, fairytale railway and more.
The second Saturday in August plays host to the highlight of the summer - the Seenachtfest. This is a festival and spectacular firework show, combined with a children's theatre, a puppet stage, creative corner, fairytale tent, nature workshop, artisan market and lots more.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Lake Constance is home to many cultural highlights including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the island of Reichenau and the Convent of St. Gall are perceived as the cradles of European civilisation. In 2011 the Stone Age pile dwellings around the Alps were added.
There are around twelve routes around Lake Constance and selected city trips within Germany to offer you a whole new outlook.
Old Castle in Meersburg
The castle looks back on more than one thousand years of European history and can trace its origins to the 7th century and the Merovingian Dynasty under King Dagobert I.