Western Lake Constance

Constance-Bodensee-Hegau
Bodensee

Scattered with historical, cultural and scenic gems, the western region of Lake Constance stretches from the Hegau area across the Untersee to the best-known city on Lake Constance: Konstanz. The region is characterised by volcanic rock, unspoilt landscapes, prehistoric settlements and medieval churches, palaces and castles. For water sports enthusiasts as well as nature and culture lovers, there are numerous leisure activities on offer. The fascinating landscape with reed-covered shores, breathtaking views, orchards and vegetable gardens, gently rolling hills and colourful woods is ideal for hiking and cycling. There is also plenty for culture lovers to enjoy in the lovingly restored old towns, the numerous castles, palaces and churches and the rich museum and artistic landscape. Modern spa and sauna facilities as well as the outstanding, fresh cuisine typical to Lake Constance make for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

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Must-dos at Western Lake Constance:

  • travel by boat to the Flower Island Mainau
  • hike along the premium hiking trails (“SeeGang” and “Hegauer Kegelspiel”)
  • taste fresh fish during the whitefish weeks on the Untersee
  • stroll through medieval Stein am Rhein
  • cycle around Reichenau island
  • climb to the top of Konstanz cathedral and visit  Konstanz old town
  • buy vegetables, herbs and fruit direct from farm and go on a picnic
  • marvel at the studios of Hermann Hesse and Otto Dix in Gaienhofen on the Höri Peninsula
  • visit a private garden as part of the Garten-Rendezvous
  • hire a canoe and observe the local bird life
  • enjoy the view from the Arenenberg park and Palace

The right place at the right time of year:

  • Spring tip:
    marvel at the tulips on Mainau Island and draw inspiration along the Untersee artists’ road where Otto Dix, Erich Heckel and many others once set up their easels.

  • Summer tip:
    take a dip at one of the refreshing lidos and glide silently over the Untersee in the futuristic solar ferry HELIO.

  • Autumn tip:
    hike along one of the premium hiking trails and dine on delicious fish during the whitefish weeks by Lake Constance.

  • Winter tip:
    feel the magic of the Konstanz Christmas market right beside the lake and observe the bird life on the Untersee.

Selected experiences at Western Lake Constance

Freibad Orsingen am Bodensee

Orsingen open-air pool

The heated open-air pool is a popular meeting point for bathing beauties and sports swimmers. The outstanding reputation of the large, heated open-air pool at the Orsingen camp-site and holiday park...

Lake Constance thermal spa in Konstanz

The thermal spa Bodensee-Therme Kosntanz is located right on the shore of Lake Constance. While guests enjoy the warm thermal water, they have a spectacular, panoramic view of the Alps. After...

Fortress ruins, Hohentwiel at Lake Constance

Fortress ruins, Hohentwiel

The Hohentwiel fortress ruins, which covers an impressive nine hectares, is one of the largest and oldest ruined fortresses in Germany. Its defensive walls and casemates, its strong ruined towers and...

Selected events at Western Lake Constance

Top event

International Lake Constance Week

23. May until 26. May

For four days, the historic old town harbour in Konstanz provides the perfect backdrop for one of the oldest and most important water sports events from Kiel to Genoa. In the more than 100-year-old...

Top event

German-Swiss Octoberfest

14. September until 03. October

The largest party on Lake Constance is hosted again by the Paulaner party hall and the Fürstenberg beer tent in 2018. The festival is well-established in the heart of the region with up to 100,00...

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 9, 2018 to February...

Selected tours at Western Lake Constance

Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, UNESCO World Heritage Site close to Lake Constance

UNESCO World Heritage on Lake Constance

3-4 days
Stand up paddling on Lake Constance

The lake for active holidaymakers

4 days
Überlingen at Lake Constance with view of the Alps

Lake Constance Highlights

6-7 days

Selected holiday offers at Western Lake Constance

Gaienhofen: hiking & biking days by Lake Constance

7 nights from €729.00 per person
Arenenberg close to Lake Constance

Castles & Gardens of Lake Constance with Inghams (UK)

7 nights
Lake Constance circular hiking trail

Lake Constance circular hiking trail

6 days 5 nights from €479.00 per person

Contact address

REGIO Konstanz-Bodensee-Hegau e. V., Obere Laube 71, 78462 Constance, Germany