Lake Constance

In summer the harbourside promenade has a happy-go-lucky air, with its palms, bobbing boats and folk sunning themselves in pavement cafes.

Out at the harbour gates, looking across to the Alps, is Lindau’s signature 36m-high Neuer Leuchtturm and, just in case you forget which state you’re in, a statue of the Bavarian lion. The square, tile-roofed 13th-century Mangturm (Old Lighthouse) guards the northern edge of the sheltered port.

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1. Neuer Leuchtturm

0.11 MILES

Climb 139 steps to the top of this 36m-high lighthouse for cracking views out over Lindau and Lake Constance, especially on clear days when the Alps are…

2. Altes Rathaus

0.11 MILES

Lindau’s biggest architectural stunner is the step-gabled Altes Rathaus, built in 1422 in flamboyant Gothic style. Decorated many centuries later in 1930,…

3. Peterskirche

0.17 MILES

Looking back on a 1000-year history, this enigmatic church is now a war memorial, hiding exquisite time-faded frescoes of the Passion of Christ by Hans…

4. Stadtmuseum

0.24 MILES

Lions and voluptuous dames dance across the trompe l’oeil facade of the flamboyantly baroque Haus zum Cavazzen, which contains this museum, showcasing a…

5. Festspielhaus

3.72 MILES

Even if you can’t bag tickets for the Bregenzer Festspiele, the Festival Hall is a must-see. All tinted glass, smooth concrete and sharp angles, this is…

6. Vorarlberg Museum

4.05 MILES

One of Bregenz' most striking landmarks is this white cuboid emblazoned with what appears to be 16,656 flowers (actually PET bottle bases imprinted in…

7. Kunsthaus

4.06 MILES

Designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, this giant glass and steel cube is said to resemble a lamp, reflecting the changing light of the sky and lake…

8. Rheindelta

4.25 MILES

Easily explored on foot or by bike, this nature reserve sits 5km south of Bregenz, where the River Rhine flows into the Bodensee. The mossy marshes, reeds…