Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Friedrichshafen

Zeppelin Museum

Near the eastern end of Friedrichshafen’s lakefront promenade is the Zeppelin Museum, housed in the Bauhaus-style former Hafenbahnhof, built in 1932. The centrepiece is a full-scale mock-up of a 33m section of the H…
Top Choice Cathedral in Konstanz

Münster

Crowned by a filigreed spire and looking proudly back on 1000 years of history, the sandstone Münster was the church of the diocese of Konstanz until 1821. Its interior is an architectural potpourri of Romanesque, G…
Island in Reichenau Island

Reichenau

In AD 724 a missionary named Pirmin founded a Benedictine monastery on Reichenau, a 4.5km-by-1.5km island (Lake Constance’s largest) about 11km west of Konstanz. During its heyday, from 820 to 1050, the so-called Re…
Gardens in Lake Constance

Mainau

Jutting out over the lake and bursting with flowers, the lusciously green islet of Mainau is a 45-hectare Mediterranean garden dreamed up by the Bernadotte family, relatives of the royal house of Sweden.Around two m…
Zoo in Lake Constance

Affenberg Salem

No zoo-like cages, no circus antics, just happy Barbary macaques free to roam in a near-to-natural habitat: that's the concept behind conservation-oriented Affenberg Salem. Trails interweave the 20-hectare woodlands…
Archaeological Site in Meersburg

Pfahlbauten

Awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2011, the Pfahlbauten represent one of 11 prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps. Based on the findings of local excavations, the carefully reconstructed dwellings catapul…
Palace in Lake Constance

Schloss Salem

Founded as a Cistercian monastery in 1134, the immense estate known as Schloss Salem was once the largest and richest of its kind in southern Germany. The Grand Duchy of Baden sold out to the state recently, but you…
Historic Building in Meersburg

Wallfahrtskirche Birnau

The exuberant, powder-pink Birnau pilgrimage church is one of Lake Constance's architectural highlights. It was built by the rococo master Peter Thumb of Vorarlberg in 1746. The decor is so intricate and profuse you…
Castle in Meersburg

Altes Schloss

Looking across Lake Constance from its lofty perch, the Altes Schloss is an archetypal medieval stronghold, complete with keep, drawbridge, knights’ hall and dungeons. Founded by Merovingian king Dagobert I in the 7…
Castle in Meersburg

Neues Schloss

In 1710 Prince-Bishop Johann Franz Schenk von Stauffenberg, perhaps tired of the dinginess and rising damp, swapped the Altes Schloss for the dusky-pink, lavishly baroque Neues Schloss. A visit to the now state-owne…