Germany Trip Plan:
City Tour around Lake Constance

Germany trip plan: City Tour around Lake Constance
Friedrichshafen, GNU- Corradox
[ source: Wikipedia]

Lake Constance, at the northern foothills of the Alps, is a most popular holiday region in Germany. Not only water sport attracts many visitors but also beautiful towns along the lake, holding the typical charm of colorful maritime resorts.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Lake Constance, at the northern foothills of the Alps, is a most popular holiday region in southern Germany. Not only water sport attracts many visitors but also beautiful towns along the lake, holding the typical charm of colorful maritime resorts.

The whole region is and always has been culturally influenced by its close neighboring countries Austria and Switzerland. Lake Constance itself is also shared by all three countries with part of their borders running right through the lake. Traveling back and forth is so easy nowadays; just embark on a boat trip and visit a town on the opposite lake shore and find yourself in Switzerland. The people of this region are welcoming and proud to feature regional specialties such as food and wines. The rich cultural history can still be seen in the cities and towns where architectural pearls are well preserved and perfectly integrated in modern day life\\\'s requirements.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $578 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $250 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $350 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1598 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $1968 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Castle-Church, landmark of Friedrichshafen
[ source: www.friedrichshafen.info/]

Your new vacation apartment is ideally located with scenic views of the majestic Alps behind, and beautiful Lake Constance in front of you. Make yourself home and look around before you really get started the next day. We recommend you to purchase a Bodensee-Erlebnis-Karte which offers free, or heavily discounted prices to ferries, museums, parks and many more attractions around Lake Constance.


Day 2: Friedrichshafen

Day 2: Friedrichshafen
City-Boardwalk
[ source: www.friedrichshafen.info/]

Friedrichshafen is the second largest city on Lake Constance. The two 55 meter high onion domes of the Castle Church are the landmark of the city. The church is located on the peninsular at the west end of the Friedrichshafen Bay. Next to the church are the castle and a huge park, which unfortunately can not be visited since it is the private residence of the Duke of Württemberg. The boardwalk in Friedrichshafen is one of the most beautiful and longest on Lake Constance. You can walk from the castle on one end all the way to the Rotachmündung, Rottach-river-mouth, offering magnificent panoramic views of the lake and the Alps. The extensive port facilities on the lake and waterfront enhance the maritime atmosphere with many street cafes inviting you to linger. A must see for all visitors of Friedrichshafen is the Zeppelin Museum with its world's largest collection on the history of ballooning. The museum also houses regional paintings from the Middle Ages to the present. Absolutely worth climbing up is the 22 meter high observation tower on the pier. Here you also find the repair yard for vessels, the sound ship, and the gondola- and marina yacht clubs of the state Württemberg.


Day 3: Meersburg and boat trip to Constance

Day 3: Meersburg and boat trip to Constance
Meersburg, view from the lake, PD-Optic
[ source: Wikipedia]

Romantic Meersburg invites you to walk around care free with most areas being off limits to cars. It is one of the most beautiful towns on Lake Constance. Winding alleyways and squares give the town its medieval charm. The old and the new castle are outstanding documents of their times and nine museums and many other attractions offer visitors much more then an interesting stay. From here take a ferry which brings you to the south shore of Lake Constance to the largest city on the lake, Constance. The old town lies south of the River Rhine and here you can also find great shopping opportunities. The River Rhine winds slowly through the University City and further on forms the border between Germany and Switzerland. Constance has a rich history which becomes obvious with the many magnificent houses and other constructions from various epochs.


Day 4: Ravensburg in Upper Swabia

Day 4: Ravensburg in Upper Swabia
View on Ravensburg from Veitsburg, PD- AndreasPraefcke
[ source: Wikipedia]

To get a better idea of the surrounding landscape of Lake Constance drive to the nearby former Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire, Ravensburg. Famous for it medieval towers and gates as part of the cities fortification, today Ravensburg presents itself as a thriving shopping city in the wealthy region of Upper Swabia. Start your walk on the Marienplatz in the heart of Ravensburg. All around you can see magnificent historical buildings. On every Saturday, farmers and gardeners from the region come to the market and offer their fresh products. The market takes place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Marktstrasse. Ravensburg is also famous for games, puzzles and children's books produced by the company of the same name. The original company building lies in the heart of the old part of the town and is now the domicile of the games museum. There you will find everything about the company's history and you can see old books, puzzles and games since the start of the production in 1883. If you like to listen to live music, many pubs and cafes in the old town center feature various groups and styles. If you prefer traditional theater have a look at the program of the concert hall and the Theater Ravensburg.


Day 5: Romanshorn in Switzerland

Day 5: Romanshorn in Switzerland
Harbor Romanshorn, GNU-Roland Zumbühl
[ source: Wikipedia]

This morning take a ferry from Friedrichshafen and enjoy crossing Lake Constance into Switzerland. Depending on the time breakfast or lunch is served on board and you just need to sit back and enjoy. Later you arrive in the town on the water, Romanshorn, on the south shore of the lake. It has one of the largest harbors on Lake Constance and the maritime atmosphere is a great experience. Romanshorn has a lot of leisure activities to offer, both on land and water. For many visitors it is the starting point for walking- or cycling tours to the beautiful surrounding countryside. If you are looking for a good dinner after returning to Friedrichshafen you have many choices. There are plenty of restaurants serving delicious local food and wines for any budget.


Day 6: Island Lindau

Day 6: Island Lindau
Lindau aerial view, CC-Edda Praefcke
[ source: Wikipedia]

A very relaxing drive with beautiful views, towns and landmarks awaits you heading south to the famous island town Lindau. On your way make scenic stops in Kressbronn, Nonnenhorn and Wasserburg. Island Lindau is as close as you can get to both neighboring countries, Austria and Switzerland. The most romantic harbor is still regarded as the most attractive anywhere on Lake Constance. The well preserved towers such as the Mangturm and the Diebsturm date back to the 13th century and the special flair of the Middle Ages lies in every alleyway and around every sharp corner. The Lindau Town Museum is located on the market square and houses besides various exponents a large collection of mechanical instruments. In the evening thousands of lights illuminate the harbor and the old town, adding to its romantic flair.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Boardwalk by night
[ source: www.friedrichshafen.info/]

A week has gone by fast and it is time for you to return home. Lake Constance has so many attractions and places to discover. A number of activities revolve around water sports; but did you know that Lake Constance cycle paths are the most popular in Europe? Another favorite sport along the lake shore is Nordic Walking. And in winter when the lake is partly frozen, skating and afternoon walks on the ice are favorite leisure time activities not only for locals.


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Friedrichshafen
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Lindau

Lindau
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