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

Reichenau Island, UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lake Constance

Guided tours in the Romanesque churches of Reichenau

St. Georg, former collegiate church. Built at the end of the 9th century. Murals in the nave from 1000 AD portraying eight miracles of Jesus. Cathedral of St. Maria and Markus, former monastery...

Fortress ruins, Hohentwiel at Lake Constance

Fortress ruins, Hohentwiel

The fortress ruins sitting on top of the mountain above Singen cover an impressive nine hectares. The ruins are the largest in Germany: the defensive walls, mighty tower ruins and the large house...

Reichenau Museum at Lake Constance

Reichenau Museum

Visitors to the island can obtain information in the Reichenau Museum on the outstanding significance of Reichenau’s cultural history. Together with the three romanesque churches, the four museum...

Selected events at Western Lake Constance

Christkindlemarkt Radolfzell © Tourismus- und Stadtmarketing Radolfzell GmbH

Advent in Radolfzell

22. November until 22. 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....

Top event

International Lake Constance Week

24. May until 27. 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...

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.

Selected tours at Western Lake Constance

Island hopping on Lake Constance

5-6 days
Lake Constance Gardens Mainau Island

Lake Constance Gardens

3 days
Cycling at Lake Constance

Lake Constance cycle route

4-7 days

Selected holiday offers at Western Lake Constance

Lake Constance circular hiking trail

Lake Constance circular hiking trail

6 days 5 nights from €479.00 per person

Lake Constance Bike Tour to the Rhine Falls

7 nights from €579.00 per person

Constance winter special

2 nights from €99.00 per person

Contact address

REGIO Konstanz-Bodensee-Hegau e. V., Im Kohlgarten 2, 78343 Gaienhofen, Germany