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The wonders of the Bodensee (Lake Constance)

Situated in a very special spot, the triple border between Germany, Austria and Switzerland, cut by the powerful Rhine river, lake Bodensee (in German), also known as Lake Constance, is one of the wonders worth a visit for the traveler. With more than 536 km2 of area, this giant that occupies the post of largest lake in Germany and in some points reaches 252 m in depth.

Sunset in Friedrichshafen, on the shores of Lake Constance – perfect setting for an evening with one of Germany’s most beautiful sunsets

At Bodensee, the traveler has a unique view, of the combination of the clear blue of the lake and the Alps.

A curious frontier

Interestingly, the Principality of Liechtenstein is also part of this unmarked border which is the Bodensee. The boundaries around Lake Constance are marked, but not in the territory of the lake. This is because each country has a different view on the issue and, in the end, the Bodensee area is a kind of shared condominium of these four countries.

The colorful flowers on the island Mainau, in Konstanz – Here, the traveler is welcomed with stunning gardens and sculptures made with flowers, like these friendly ducklings.

What to visit at the Bodensee

And it is not just its numbers that impress, besides being one of the most beautiful landscapes in Germany, this lake has charming hideaways and options for all traveler profiles. In Konstanz, the most popular city on the lake, we find a beautiful boardwalk with options for shops, bars and restaurants and independent musicians in presentations that will make you pause your tour to enjoy a pleasant moment.

Entrance to the port of the city of Konstanz on Lake Constance

Arriving in Meersburg, travelers will discover a very different city, with a relief that provides us with a fantastic panoramic view of Lake Constance. In addition to other interesting historical points to be visited, the Meersburg castle stands out, considered the oldest inhabited castle in Germany, with the central tower dating from the 7th century. On our guided tours, we recommend lunch at one of the restaurants with a privileged view, and a ferry ride in the late afternoon, admiring the sunset in this magnificent setting full of vineyards, will be rewarding.

The city of Meersburg on Lake Constance

If you want to visit a beautiful city, with striking monuments, then Lindau will be worth your visit. At the entrance to its beautiful harbor, protected by the New Lighthouse and magnificent Bavarian Lion, the Bodensee’s clear waters again surprise visitors. When entering the city, its architecture preserved in several facades, the linden trees along the streets, among other highlights, will take the traveler on a wonderful walk. Maximilianstrasse, named after King Maximilian I of Bavaria, is the main street in the historic center of Lindau, on which the traveler will delight in cafes, ice cream parlors and stroll around the surrounding alleys.

Lindau: the lighthouse and the Bavarian Lion mark the entrance to the city.

For those visiting the Bodensee, Mainau is an amazing discovery. Known as “Flower Island”, Mainau is a large flower garden, with its roses, orchids, giant sequoias, butterflies, just to name a few attractions, in addition to the light trails and landscapes to be explored and discovered by travelers on a beautiful walk. A day that can be shared from children to the elderly, in different settings.

Mainau Island, Flores Island, with its gardens open to visitors throughout the year. Photo: Majestic Germany

In addition to the cities mentioned that are touched by the Bodensee, the lake itself is the best of all attractions, without forgetting that being close to Austria and Switzerland, provides the possibility to visit these two countries on a day trip.

Picnic on the banks of the Bodensee, prepared by us for a very special family of travelers. Photo: Majestic Germany

In its clear waters, a boat trip, with the Alps in the background is sensational! For a beautiful panoramic guided tour, the cable car ride over Lake Constance is a must, with an unparalleled view!

For those who want more exclusive experiences, we offer, among other options, that of taking a private airship tour, after all, nothing more appropriate than admiring this beautiful lake in an airship, since Ferdinand Von Zeppelin, father of this means of transport, was born in Konstanz.

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