Christmas at Lake Constance

Four Countries, One Lake, Endless Christmas

Lake Constance is a Christmas paradise, with traditions, customs and culinary delights from Germany, Austria, Switzerland—and the Principality of Liechtenstein! Festively decorated cities in all four countries illuminate the shores. The many Christmas markets lure visitors lakeside, to our beloved islands, between snowy mountain peaks and in baroque castles.  The lake that carries the sugary scents of waffles and cinnamon is the same on which white passenger ships sail back and forth connecting visitors to different Christmas markets around the Bodensee. Regional hotels offer Christmas specials, fulfilling your winter holiday wishes in the four-country region.

Christmas is a special time for enjoyment ...

… on that we can all agree. As spiced mulled wine fills the crisp air, the village people are busy cooking and baking your favorite holiday treats. And despite the close proximity of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein to each other, each country is proud of their own traditional Christmas specialties, so it’s a good idea to visit as many holiday markets and festivities as you can!

Kässpätzle, Kässpatzn, Käsknöpfle, Chäschnöpfli ...
they all mean the same thing … more Cheese Dumplings, please! The delicious dish made from flour, fresh eggs, herbs and cheese has a different name on almost every Christmas market on Lake Constance.

Why is that? Well, Cheese Spaetzle is not just cheese spaetzle! In each country, this typical dish is prepared a bit differently: In Liechtenstein, the Käsknöpfle are served with fresh applesauce. In Switzerland and Austria, a blend of three or four mountain cheeses plays an important role in this recipe topped with crispy onions. And the German side is particularly proud of their Swabian spaetzle. Order up and dig in!


Specialities Everyone Must Try!

  • Germany: Schupfnudeln (finger-shaped potato dumplings, a hearty dish that sticks to winter ribs), Dinnele/Dinnete/Dünnele (thin-crust flatbreads with different savory toppings) and Winzerglühwein (hot mulled wine from the winemaker sweetened with sugar and aromatic spices)
  • Austria: Heiße Maroni (hot, roasted chestnuts served streetside in a paper cone), Käseknödel (a soft cheese dumpling that feeds the dark winter soul), Glühmost (a delicious hot apple cider drink) and Riebel (this dish is comfort food to the core, served as a savory or sweet polenta dish that’s also vegetarian)
  • Switzerland: Biber from St. Gallen (gingerbread treats made from honey and filled with marzipan), Raclette and Fondue, Nusstorte Nut cake (looks more like a pie with a dense nutty filling and a buttery, flaky crust) and Glühbier „Heißer Schütz“  (from St. Gallen is—you guessed it—hot spiced beer)
  • The Principality of Liechtenstein: Käsknöpfle mit Apfelmus (cheese dumplings with apple sauce), Ribel (a warm polenta dish with milk, cream, sugar or also made with sour cheese) and Tatsch mit Kompott (mini pancakes served with warm fruit preserves)

Suggested Christmas markets

Christmas Market Feldkirch © Photo: Magdalena Türtscher | © Photo: Magdalena Türtscher

Christmas Markets in Vorarlberg

16. November until 24. December

Vorarlberg has a multitude of Christmas markets. Culinary delights and craftsmanship await visitors in Bregenz, Dornbirn and Feldkirch.

Constance Christmas market by the lake

29. November until 22. December

With the Christmas ship and its 360° panorama bar, a special Christmas tree inn, the breathtaking views over the lake and mountains and many other highlights, the Constance Christmas market is truly...

St. Gallen is the “Star City”

22. November until 22. December

Enjoy all the regional crafts and local delicacies in the World Heritage City of St.Gallen.

Weihnachtsmarkt Friedrichshafen

Christmas Market in Friedrichshafen

30. November until 21. December

The cozy hut village of Friedrichshafen's Christmas market comes to life in a festive and seasonal atmosphere, located next to the Zeppelin Museum. Over 60 lovingly decorated stalls, a life-sized...

Lindau Harbor Christmas Market

22. November until 16. December

There are many Christmas markets, but only one Harbor Christmas market in Lindau. Relaxed. Romantic. Atmospheric. With dramatic alpine scenery as your backdrop directly on the lakeside promenade.

The island of Mainau in winter

Christmas Enchantment on Mainau Island

22. October 2018 until 21. March 2019

Enjoy the wintry landscape on Mainau Island on a leisurely walk. After exploring the island, two places invite you to linger: the Butterfly House and the Palm House. From November 8, 2018 to February...

Ravensburg Christmas Market

30. November until 22. December

2 Markets – One great Experience! In the historic ambiance of the old town, Ravensburg invites you to our atmospheric “Christkindlesmarkt”. The market is located in two places. Around the City...

Hüttenzauber Singen

Enchanted Christmas Cabins

30. November until 23. December

The charming Christmas Village in Singen enchants guests with seasonal decorations throughout the entire illuminated marketplace. You’ll find the Erdinger Wheat Beer Mountain Hut at the heart of...

Tettnang Christmas Market

Tettnang Castle Christmas

30. November until 09. December

Experience the unique ambience and charming Christmas market in the New Castle Tettnang that invites the whole family to stay and enjoy the holiday spirit like the royalty of yesteryear.

Isny Castle Christmas

05. December until 09. December

A very special part of our market includes a nightly visit from an angel who descends from the abbey to earth. The Castle Christmas in the courtyard of the former Benedictine monastery is a feast for...

Christmas Market and Skating Rink Überlingen

16. November 2018 until 06. January 2019

In the heart of the old town, craftsmen and traders from Überlingen and the Lake Constance region present their lovingly designed creations at festively decorated stands. A visit to the Christmas...

© Patrick Spycher

Weihnachtsmarkt Frauenfeld

14. December until 16. December

Thurgau’s capital city Frauenfeld transforms itself into a romantic Christmas village with 170 stands and stalls. Visitors and guests find themselves in the middle of this magical Christmas story...

Christmas Market Vaduz with a Castle View

08. December until 09. December

Visit this enchanting Christmas wonderland amidst a beautiful landscape between imposing mountains with white peaks.

Christmas in Castle Meßkirch

01. December until 02. December

Framed by the imposing Messkirch Castle, the Christmas stands are festively decorated and arranged in a cozy atmosphere with artists, craftspeople and dealers who proudly present their art creations,...

Advent in Radolfzell

22. November until 09. December

Everything revolves around chocolate at the Radolfzell Chocolate market located on Seetorplatz at the train station. The Christmas market boasts over 80 stalls and a fine selection of local crafts.

Suggested Christmas ships

Winter Culinary Cruises of Schweizerische Bodensee Schifffahrt

09. November 2018 until 23. February 2019

Join us onboard for a winter’s dream cruise. We offer unique evening trips on the lake with typical Swiss culinary delights to enjoy with family, friends and colleagues.

Advent Cruises on Lake Constance Ships

24. November until 16. December

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

Austria Christmas Ship © Photo: Curt Huber | © Photo: Curt Huber

Vorarlberg Lines Christmas Ship

30. November until 16. December

The Christmas ship connects the Christmas markets in Bregenz and Lindau. On board you will find a lovingly decorated ship with a model train, nativity scene and fairytale forest.

Christmas Cruise on the Bodensee Catamaran

29. November 2018 until 06. January 2019

Get easy and direct access to two superb Christmas markets in Friedrichshafen and Constance. Both catamaran moorings are within walking distance of the winter magic and festive Christmas village...

All Christmas Adventures at a glance

22.10. - 21.03. Winterzauber, Insel Mainau (D)
16.11. - 24.12. Weihnachtsmärkte in Vorarlberg (AT)
22.11. - 16.12. Hafenweihnacht, Lindau (D)
22.11. - 22.12. Sternenstadt, St.Gallen (CH)
28.11. – 02.12. Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss, Großlaupheim (D)
29.11. – 02.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Leutkirch (D)
29.11. – 02.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Ochsenhausen (D)
29.11. - 22.12. Weihnachtsmarkt am See, Konstanz (D)
30.11. Adventsmarkt, Oberteuringen (D)
30.11. – 01.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Kressbronn (D)
30.11. – 01.12. Weihnachtsmarkt rund um die Martinskirche, Mengen (D)
30.11. – 01.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Meersburg (D)
30.11. – 02.12. 25. Weihnachts-und Kunsthandwerksmarkt, Kißlegg (D)
30.11. – 02.12. Pferde- und Krämermarkt mit Weihnachtsdorf, Bad Schussenried (D)
30.11. - 02.12. & 07.12. - 09.12. Weihnachten im Schloss, Tettnang (D)
30.11. - 21.12. Bodensee-Weihnacht, Friedrichshafen (D)
30.11. - 22.12. Christkindlesmarkt, Ravensburg (D)
30.11. - 23.12. Hüttenzauber, Singen (D)
01.12. Christkindlimarkt, Arbon (CH)
01.12. Advents-Stadlmarkt, Bodolz (D)
01.12. Nikolausmarkt, Bad Saulgau (D)
01.12. Weihnachtsmarkt im Klosterhof, Insel Reichenau (D)
01.12. Adventsmarkt, Wasserburg (D)
01.12. 37. Weihnachtsmarkt, Wilhelmsdorf (D)
01.12. - 02.12. Schlossweihnacht, Meßkirch (D)
01.12. – 02.12. Weihnachtsmarkt im Schloss Salem, Salem (D)
01.12. – 02.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Bad Wurzach (D)
01.12. – 02.12. Nikolausmarkt, Deggenhausertal (D)
01.12. – 02.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Engen (D)
01.12. – 02.12. Christkindlesmarkt, Altshausen (D)
01.12. – 16.12. 20. Christkindlesmarkt, Biberach (D)
01.12. – 22.12., nur Sa. Weihnachtsmarkt in der Altstadt, Wangen (D)

01.12. – 23.12. Advent auf dem Lindenplatz, Rorschach (CH)
01.12. – 02.12 Christkindlimarkt, Herisau (CH)
02.12. Bummelsunntig, Rorschach (CH)
02.12. Klosemarkt, Aach (D)
02.12. Adventsmarkt, Hagnau (D)
02.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Romanshorn (D)
03.12. – 16.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Ermatingen (CH)
04.12. - 08.12. Schlossweihnacht, Isny (D)
05.12. Chlausmarkt, Appenzell (CH)
05.12. – 31.12. Märlistadt, Stein am Rhein (kein klassischer Weihnachtsmarkt) (CH)
06.12. - 09.12. Christkindlemarkt, Radolfzell (D)
06.12. – 09.12 Nikolausmarkt, Weingarten (D)
06.12. - 16.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Überlingen (D)
07.12. – 08.12 Weihnachtsmärktle am Kapellenplatz, Nonnenhorn (D)
07.12. – 09.12. Märchenhafter Weihnachtsmarkt, Markdorf (D)
07.12. – 09.12 Adventszauber, Pfullendorf (D)
08.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Gaienhofen (D)
08.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Schloss Herdern (CH)
08.12. Christkindlesmarkt, Riedlingen (D)
08.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Steißlingen (D)
08.12. - 09.12. Weihnachtsmarkt mit Blick aufs Schloss, Vaduz (FL)
09.12. Christkindlimarkt, Appenzell (CH)
09.12. 30. Weihnachtliche Kunsthandwerkermarkt, Bermatingen (D)
09.12. Advents- und Weihnachtsmarkt, Heiligenberg (D)
13.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Rielasingen (D)
14.12. - 16.12. 20 Jahre Weihnachtsmarkt, Frauenfeld (CH)
14.12. – 16.12. 16. Weihnachtsmarkt, Bad Buchau (D)
14.12. – 16.12. Winterzauber-Adventsmarkt im Bauernhaus-Museum, Wolfegg (D)
15.12. – 16.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Immenstaad (D)
15.12. – 16.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Kreuzlingen Allerheiligen Schaffhausen (CH)
16.12. Christkindlesmarkt der Sternchen Kinderhilfe e. V., Bermatingen (D)
22.12. – 23.12. Weihnachtsmarkt, Eriskirch (D)

Suitable offers

Langenargen: Christmas markets and winter harbour festival

2 nights from €199.00 per person

Winter magic at Hotel City Krone

2 nights from €119.00 per person

Wintertime at the Krone

2 nights from €212.00 per person

Winter-Special at Hotel Knoblauch

From 1 night from €84.00 per person

Constance winter special

2 nights from €99.00 per person

Christmas offers of the Bodenseehotels