Lake Constance inspires guests from all over the world, because the list of destinations and tourist attractions is long. Whether a stroll through historic Lindau, a visit to the Zeppelin Museum or a journey through time in the Pfahlbaumuseum, variety is guaranteed on a holiday on the “Swabian Sea”.
What are the most popular destinations on Lake Constance?
Be it Lindau, Constance, Bregenz or Meersburg, the region offers a wide range of excursion destinations and sights around the lake. The Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen is famous far beyond national borders. Here visitors can learn about the world cultural heritage of stilt houses, cross the lake on footbridges and be fascinated by ancient stone age techniques. In Unteruhldingen, 23 stilt houses have been rebuilt in a promising location, and interesting everyday objects from the Stone Age and Bronze Age are found in the oldest open-air archaeological museum in Germany. Current presentation topics are the ancient history of the lake, the world heritage of stilt houses around the Alps and Ötzi and its contemporaries.
Another destination is Salem Castle, which is surrounded by large parks and gardens. The magnificent 12th century Cistercian monastic complex came into the possession of the Margraves of Baden in 1802 and has been part of the “Baden-Württemberg State Palaces and Gardens” since 2009. Hikers can take the almost seven-kilometer long Prälatenweg (Prelates’ Path) directly to Salem Castle, which leads to the Birnau sanctuary, which is worth seeing. The former service route of the monastery was also used as a procession route when the church was built. Tourists shouldn’t miss Meersburg Castle. The oldest inhabited German castle is one of the most famous attractions of Lake Constance and the landmark of Meersburg. According to ancient traditions, the foundation of the imposing fortifications dates back to the 7th century by the Merovingians under King Dagobert I. Today, the Meersburg Castle Museum with medieval accommodation, dungeon with torture chamber and knight’s room is located here. In the historic walls of Meersburg Castle you can experience the Middle Ages and retrace the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff.
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In the city of Friedrichshafen, on the other hand, you can aim high. A nice destination for the whole family is the Dornier Museum on Claude-Dornier-Platz in Friedrichshafen. At the largest museum of technology in the region, visitors embark on a journey through 100 years of aerospace history. Huge seaplanes, nostalgic passenger planes and thrilling space travel exhibits ensure unique experiences. In addition to around 400 exhibits, numerous original aircraft and space travel exhibits revive the pioneering spirit of the last century, while virtual flights in the flight simulator bring thrills. If you are interested in the Zeppelin cult object, visit the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen. With over 1,500 original artifacts and historical recordings of sound, film and images, the collection tells the story of airship travel in a vibrant and multimedia way. The highlight of the exhibition is the partial reconstruction of the LZ 129 Hindenburg. During a tour of the Zeppelin shipyard in Friedrichshafen, visitors can experience the unique technology up close. A Zeppelin flight is an unforgettable experience. The Zeppelin NT hovers over the lake at a height of 300 meters and offers a panoramic view of the islands, the greenery of the Allgäu and the Prealps.
The capital of the Austrian region of Vorarlberg is an interesting destination for culture enthusiasts. International contemporary art is shown in temporary exhibitions at the Kunsthaus in Bregenz and the festival’s famous pieces are performed on the floating stage in front of a unique backdrop. In bad weather, however, the Sea Life Konstanz invites you to visit, while wellness lovers can relax in the thermal baths of Überlingen or Meersburg.
What are the attractions for families with children on Lake Constance?
Lake Constance is the perfect vacation spot for the whole family to experience exciting and varied days together. The range of leisure activities and destinations ranges from pirate trips on a historic sailing ship, discovery tours in a corn maze, pony rides or a visit to the petting zoo to lovely bathing areas or a round of golf on the course from minigolf.
Affenberg Salem is one of the most popular attractions. The zoo is the largest monkey enclosure in Germany, where around 200 Barbary monkeys are hopping around. The endangered animals live in a 20-hectare forest and can be closely observed by visitors. But there is even more to discover on the Affenberg Salem. The stork pond with its huge carp is a paradise for waterfowl and here you can also see the largest colony of free-flying storks in southern Germany.
A good address for families is the town of Langenargen. When you swim in the lido, go on a boat or play in the new playground on the lake, boredom is guaranteed. During the summer holidays, the historic sailing ship “Lädine” sets off with the little pirates for an adventurous tour of the lake. Lädinen are historic merchant ships that regularly sailed on Lake Constance and sailed close to shore laden with salt, sandstone or other goods. On board, stories of pirates and anecdotes from the times of navigation are told and crafts are made together. Even in Immenstaad, children can go on a long journey to a historic shop, set sail, scrub the bridge and solve puzzles. Excitement is also guaranteed by research trips, during which interesting experiments are carried out on the natural elements of water and wind on the lake.
Which places are located directly on Lake Constance?
Be it Konstanz, Meersburg or Lindau, the most famous cities of the region are located directly on the water and attract with numerous sights. With its historic center, the Municipality of Constance and its small and refined museums, Constance has a history that can be experienced in a unique way. The largest city on Lake Constance combines urbanity and nature with numerous parks, large beaches and water experiences such as stand up paddle or canoe trips. Numerous hiking and cycling trails also allow nature lovers to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities from Constanta.
Located on the eastern shore of the “Swabian Sea”, the island and garden city of Lindau is a destination worth visiting. With its winding streets and medieval buildings, the old town has a very special, almost Mediterranean charm. The Bavarian lion and the southernmost lighthouse in Germany have been welcoming visitors at the entrance to Lindau harbor since the 19th century. A little further on is the Mangturm in Lindau, which was originally part of the city’s medieval fortifications. Also worth seeing are the old town hall of Lindau, the Lindavia fountain and the tower of thieves. Those interested in culture visit the museums of Lindau or the famous Lindau Marionette Opera.
Lush blooms, a park with trees over 150 years old, the baroque splendor of the castle and church complex and a Mediterranean character – this is the flower island of Mainau. The destination is north of Konstanz and can be reached via a bridge. Bulbous flowers such as crocuses or tulips open the colorful season, followed by around 12,000 rose plants. In autumn, as many dahlias in about 250 varieties adorn the southern side of the island of Mainau. An aromatic herb garden conveys knowledge about the region’s medicinal plants, and the island of Mainau has several children’s playgrounds and a zoo.
Is school leave possible on Lake Constance?
Several recognized further training providers allow you to take a school leave on Lake Constance. Whether it is management coaching, stress management or nature conservation issues, hands-on seminars and mostly part-time training courses are offered in almost every professional field. In Baden-Württemberg, the Bildungszeitgesetz provides a legal entitlement to five days of school leave per year, which must be requested from the employer in compliance with certain rules.
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About the Author: Brigitte Bonder has been a freelance journalist for large newspapers and special interest magazines for over ten years. Since then, she has focused on scientific topics such as medicine, technology and natural sciences. Under normal circumstances, she travels to her readers every month for the Travel department and is mainly looking for natural and sustainable experiences in Germany.