We had an amazing holiday in Germany in summer 2017 and I’d like to share why I think you should go to Lake Constance. We travelled by car from the UK to Düsseldorf, continued to the Black Forest and then to Lake Constance with our 7 year old son. We stayed in Lindau for one week and discovered Lake Constance and the surrounding area from there
1. Amazing size!!!
Lake Constance is HUGE! It’s the largest lake in Europe measuring a whopping 64km in length and 14km across at its widest point – making it feel like you are by the sea!
2. Breath-taking scenery!!!
Having the Alps as a backdrop is impressive and due to the sheer size of the lake it doesn’t feel too claustrophobic, which is how I sometimes feel about Lake Garda. (Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big fan of Lake Garda too!)
3. Three thrilling countries in one holiday!!!
Lake Constance spreads across three countries – Germany (65%), Switzerland (25%) and Austria (10%) – making it the ideal way to discover three countries in one holiday!
Tip: Don’t forget your passport if you want to cycle or take a cruise across to one of the stunning neighbouring countries.
4. Opera and art at its best!!!
The stage of an internationally well-known culture and art open-air event is built right beside the lake, in the Austrian city of Bregenz. Held every year in July and August, the Bregenz Festival of opera and art has been attracting visitors from all over the world since 1946. I’ve never been to an event but I have visited the location and saw the huge stage for Georges Bizet’s performance of Carmen. Even seeing the creative stage design during the day was fabulous but it must have been even more impressive in the evening with the magnificent lake as a backdrop.
5. Spectacular cycling paths with remarkable views!!!
The 250km cycle path winds its way through some truly magnificent scenery along the shores of Lake Constance. We cycled with our 7-year-old son for about 35km along the western shore from Lindau, in Germany as far as Rorschach, in Switzerland.
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6. Refreshing to have a swim!!!
Dive in! A swim in the beautiful crystal water of Lake Constance is the perfect way to cool down. In summer, there are several public lidos dotted along the shore or you can just jump in the water in certain places without paying an entrance fee. We went to Strandbad Eichwald lido in Lindau. Sadly, it’s closing down soon and a wellness and day spa will be built in its place. Mind you, I am a bit of a fan of day spas, so I’d love to try it out once it’s opened!
7. Remarkably clean!!!
Believe it or not, the water in the lake is almost too clean! It’s true! In fact, it has the quality of drinking water and the reduced levels of phosphate could become a threat to lake’s fish. I certainly enjoyed eating a local fish known as Bodenseefelchen, which is sourced from the lake.
8. Amazing for water sports!!!
A paradise for water sports’ fans! If you love canoeing, sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, diving or even fishing, then you’ll love Lake Constance. You’ll find an abundance of sailing schools and places offering various water sport activities. Here you’ll find some links if this is something you are interested in.
As a family, we’re not huge fans of water sports but we did enjoy swimming in the lake and we’ve got some fantastic memories of when we rented a private motor boat with a skipper.
If you’re interested in knowing more about our amazing boat trip, you’ll read more about it in one of my upcoming blogs.
9. Perfect for foodies!!!
A great choice of good-quality places to eat and drink – perfect if you are a foodie like me! The surrounding villages are full of great restaurants, bars and cafés serving local, regional or international cuisine – whatever your budget. Don’t forget that Lake Constance is also a fantastic wine-growing region due to its mild climate. Famous wines include Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder), Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) and Müller Thurgau.
The local campsites are in great locations and the hotels and B&Bs are ideally located around the lake. You’ll also find plenty of supermarkets and shops close to the campsites to stock up. We particularly liked the quality of the food at the Helvetia Boutique Resort Hotel (I loved the Schnitzel!) as well as the Alte Post Hotel with its typical, regional dishes.
Our first stop after leaving the Black Forest was the historic city of Meersburg with a historic castle. We fell in love with the picturesque city centre. We then continued our journey to the island of Lindau, south of the lake. This region is part of Germany, in the federal state of Bavaria and is well worth a visit. We were lucky that we had lovely weather when we were there, enabling us to sit outside in the evening for dinner.
10. Fun for the whole family!!!
Lake Constance is a great destination for a family holiday. There’s an endless choice of fun, outdoor activities to do as well as plenty of museums to entertain the little ones on those rainy days.
The Allgäu region with its quaint towns and villages like Immenstadt, Wangen im Allgäu, Oberstaufen and Kempten are very close to Lindau and have a lot of things to do with children. We went to the Käseschule Thalkirchdorf Dairy and learnt how to make cheese – as well as discovering some interesting facts about the Allgäu region. If you’d like to know more about our trip to the dairy, click here.
We went along to Ravensburger Spieleland Entertainment Park while we were there – which our son absolutely loved. On our list of things to do, we also had the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, the Car & Tractor Museum in Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, the stilt houses built on the lake and the famous Rhine Fall in the Swiss Canton of Schaffhausen.
There’s so much more to do with the kids around Lake Constance. For inspiration, take a look at this website: http://www.bodensee.eu/en
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Try something different – swap your hotel room for a stay on a boat