A short break on-board. A light breeze that strokes your face. The unmistakable smell of the fresh Lake Constance air. A glass of wine by the ship’s rail as you look out across the great expanse of the lake: a cruise with the White Fleet means taking a time out. Or how about a refined gala dinner, dancing throughout the night, and a firework display? The fleet of the Vereinigten Schifffahrtsunternehmen für den Bodensee und Rhein (VSU) offers numerous opportunities to get away from the daily Routine for a while. The VSU is a consortium of Swiss, Austrian and German shipping companies. With a total of 31 motor-powered vessels, they take their passengers to the most attractive locations on Lake Constance.
Throughout the entire summer, a comprehensive program of cruises and excursions offers a range of experiences as diverse as the region itself. From any one of the major cities around Lake Constance, the region and its numerous attractions can be explored at will. Naturally, the daily cruises on Lake Constance and along the Rhine offer you the chance to get away from your daily routine on a mere whim.
Every season has its highlight – or several as is the case with the VSU shipping. Outstanding events are organised all year round, some of which boast a long-standing tradition. These include the international “Flottensternfahrt” which opens the season, during which boats from all the participating shipping companies come together at a specific location that changes every year. There, they form a star – an impressive manoeuvre that you won’t get to see every day. There is also a varied entertainment programme on the boats themselves and in the harbour.
The cruises to the Bregenzer Festspiele are also legendary, with the 2019 edition including performances of the opera “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. With the VUS offers, guests are taken directly to the lake stage on several dates in July and August. An on-board menu is in perfect harmony with the evening. Another crowd-puller is the Seenachtfest in Constance and Kreuzlingen with its colourful firework display. On 11 August 2019, youcan once again enjoy this experience at first hand. And the very best views of the magical fireworks is from the boat.
Even when it’s a little colder outside, the boat trips don’t come to a complete standstill. In the period leading up to Christmas, Advent cruises are organised with Santa even making an appearance. And for anyone wanting to give the New Year a special welcome, what could be better than a New Year’s Eve cruise.
»The transport of bicycles is not included in the Bodensee Card PLUS. On Mondays, bicycles can be taken on the Obersee and the Überlinger See free of charge (except 20 June - 8 September 2019 and on public holidays).
» The Friedrichshafen – Romanshorn car ferry service is included in the Bodensee Card PLUS. Pedestrians travel for free while motorists pay the cheapest price (up to 3 m).
»The Bodensee Card PLUS does not include the Constance – Meersburg car ferry, the Constance – Friedrichshafen catamaran and the Bodman – Überlingen line.
» Disabled and mobility-impaired passengers travel free of charge if they are carrying a valid token. Further information is available in the flyer entitled “Information for our disabled and mobility-impaired passengers” provided by the Vereinigten Schifffahrtsunternehmen für den Bodensee und Rhein.
Ship season: 14th April 2017 - 20th October 2019
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excluding bicycle transport
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