The Bodensee Region of Germany in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, consists of the coastline of Lake Constance, known as Bodensee in German, and Upper Swabia (Oberschwaben) immediately to its north. Lake Constance itself is within Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
- 1 Konstanz - a beautiful port city picturesquely located at the western tip of the Lake, where the river Rhine flows out of it
- 2 Friedrichshafen - known for the longest lakeshore promenade and prominent contributions to the history of aviation
- 3 Meersburg - a town on the shore of Lake Constance, with two castles - a medieval and a baroque one
- 4 Pfullendorf - with the Hohenzollern Castle
- 5 Radolfzell - beautifully located further west from Konstanz, with mementoes to long and rich history
- 6 Ravensburg - the medieval inland city which is just as nice as the famous jigsaw puzzles made there
- 7 Rot an der Rot - a small town around a large baroque abbey
- 8 Sigmaringen - one of Germany's most beautiful castles on a tall rock over the river Danube
- 9 Tettnang - the local capital of beer for the hops grown there
- 10 Überlingen - the second-largest city in Bodenseekreis, with both architectural and natural wonders
- 11 Wangen im Allgäu - an important centre for local trade and industry in the Middle Ages
Only two Landkreise in the Bodensee Region actually have access to the Bodensee - the aptly-named Bodensee-Kreis around Friedrichshafen, and Landkreis Konstanz, centred around the namesake city. The other three Landkreise in the Region - Biberach, Ravensburg and Sigmaringen - are at the core of Upper Swabia, with a gently hilly landscape and a number of medieval and baroque castles and quaint little towns and villages. Although not immediately adjacent to the lake, they share a cultural and geographic continuum with the lakeside areas and, due to the small distance, are most often visited together.
The only airport in the region with scheduled passenger service is that of Friedrichshafen. Konstanz is one hour by train from Zurich Airport. Ravensburg, Sigmaringen and Friederichshafen can also be reached by direct train from Stuttgart. Changing at Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof allows a connection to Stuttgart Airport.
- See also: Intercity buses in Germany
Public transport in Germany and the neighbouring states is generally very good. Information on train connections can be found on the site of the German railway (https://www.bahn.de/p/view/index.shtml) or Swiss federal railway (https://www.sbb.ch/). There is also a very well developed cycle path around Lake Constance. The best way to get there and to travel around is by bike, anyway. Of course, you can also reach many parts of the lake by boat.
If you are at Lake Constance, the variety of possibilities make choosing difficult. The website of the tourist information office in Konstanz (http://www.konstanz.de/) offers a good overview of the local possibilities. You can also find travel information and recommendations for your stay at the regional travel information page Bodensee Germany.
Besides a multitude of different attractions, the region with its three neighbouring countries offers above all many possibilities for those interested in outdoor activities. Hiking, mountain biking, speed boating, rafting, everything is possible. In addition, culture and art lovers will find a rich offering here. The cities on Lake Constance are characterized by cultural and historical diversity.
The local cuisine is characterized by the three countries and the influence of southern countries. No matter if typical Austrian Kaiserschmarrn, Swiss Cordombleu or German Butterspätzle, the gourmet gets his money's worth here. One of the countless restaurants by or near the lake is the Karrenrestaurant in Dornbirn, Austria. Here you can combine a beautiful view with great food.
The German region has some very good wine varieties. Also the Swiss area offers local specialities. Müller Thurgau comes from the Swiss region of Thurgau, which borders the lake. Local beers are also recommended.
The region is generally very safe. Special precautions do not have to be taken.