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Lake Constance

This beautiful part of Southern Germany has so much to offer student groups. Constance itself is little more than hour from the Black Forest, but offers so many opportunities to explore European culture. It is possible to walk into Switzerland from Constance, but at the eastern end of the lake you can visit Austria and Lichtenstein just as easily. In brief, the whole area gives you and your students the unique chance to experience four cultures in the same trip. This variety of experience has made Constance a very popular destination for youth groups.

Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Germany allowing about 12 hours from Calais to Constance.

Day 2

Explore Constance and the northern shore of the lake.

Day 3

Venture into Switzerland and learn about the culture on the southern shore of the lake.

Day 4

Take a cruise on the lake and sail into Austria where your coach can take you on to Lichtenstein.

Day 5

Travel home with a stop at Aachen.

Visits And Excursions

Each group will have its own special interests and curricular needs. That’s why every visit can be completely tailored around you. This itinerary is a broad brush approach to learn about the area in the minimum of time. You can choose from a number of activities to fill days 2, 3 and 4 depending on your needs.

You’ll find some suggestions below, but you can always call us to discuss more options.

Rondo Recommends:

A - Art & Architecture | C - Culture | G - Geography | H - History | L - Leisure | P - Performing Arts | Sc - Science, Tech & Engineering | G - General Tourist Attraction

Constance

Constance

A C G H L G

If this city of 82,000 people is not your chosen accommodation site, then a visit to the largest town on the lake is a must. Experience its medieval splendour and its unique customs post on the lake shore.

Mainau

Mainau

A C G H Sc G

The garden island of Mainau, with its world renowned collection of orchids and Swedish royal palaces, will delight your students both visually and scientifically.

Reichenau

Reichenau

A C G H G

This spectacular island at the western end of Lake Constance offers history and natural beauty in equal measure. The original abbey here was the cradle of Christianity in this part of the world.

Friedrichshafen - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History Leisure Activity Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

Midway along the German shore of the lake lies Friedrichshafen, which is always worth a visit, especially to go to the Zeppelin Museum, where you can experience a life size replica of an airship.

Lindau - (Click for more information)

Culture Geography History Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

At the eastern end of the lake on an island linked only by a causeway lies Lindau. The fascinating harbour of this delightful town is the gateway to Austria, with regular ferry services to Bregenz.

Meersburg - (Click for more information)

Culture History Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

Just across the lake from Constance the ferry takes you to Meersburg, which has the most amazing examples of baroque decoration in its church. There is also an outdoor water park close to the ferry landing stage.

Alpine Road - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History General Tourist Attraction

Going east from Lindau the ‘Alpine Road’ leads to Oberammergau, Garmisch and finally to Schönau. This 175 mile journey takes in the stunning Alpine landscape of southern Germany.

Oberammergau

Art and Architecture Culture History Performing Arts General Tourist Attraction

Known throughout the world for its passion play that involves the whole village. Every ten years as an act of thanksgiving for deliverance from the plague, this beautiful town tells the story of the Passion of Christ and is a sight not to be missed.

Garmisch Partenkirchen - (Click for more information)

Culture Geography History Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

Once the chosen location for the winter Olympics, the charming town of Garmisch Partenkirchen is worth a visit and gives access to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, with access by mountain railway and cable car.

Neuschwanstein - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History General Tourist Attraction

The ‘Fairy tale castle’ built by ‘mad’ King Ludwig is one of Germany’s most visited attractions. With its ornate design and precarious cliff top location this is a must visit.

We would suggest that Neuschwanstein, Garmisch and Oberammergau form part of the same day out. The furthest point of Oberammergau is a maximum of two hours from Lindau and takes in the Alpine Road.

Stuttgart - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture Geography History Leisure Activity Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

Only an hour and a half from Lake Constance is Stuttgart; a fascinating city surrounded by vineyards. Top attractions include the State Art Gallery expanded by a James Stirling design in 1984 and the motoring heritage of Mercedes and Porsche, which both have museums and factories to visit in the area.

Lake Cruise

Geography Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

An enjoyable way to appreciate any lake landscape is to take a cruise across the water and relax as you take in the scenery. As Germany’s largest lake, Constance (or the ‘Bodensee’) offers many opportunities to visit three of the countries surrounding the lake. Tour time and durations will be available to suit your travel plans from many places around the lake but this website will give you a taste of what is available.

Stein am Rhein - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture History General Tourist Attraction

The historic town of Stein is an attractive medieval town with a traffic free centre. It is also home to one of our preferred youth accommodations in the area.

Schaffhausen - (Click for more information)

Culture Geography Science, Technology and Engineering General Tourist Attraction

Not far from Stein are the famous Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen. These spectacular waterfalls serve as the source of the Rhine.

Arenenberg Castle - (Click for more information)

Art and Architecture Culture History General Tourist Attraction

This palace and estate on the southern shore of the lake came into the family of Napoleon in 1817 and this corner of Switzerland had a strong French influence.

Bregenz - (Click for more information)

Culture Geography History Leisure Activity General Tourist Attraction

Given the geography of Lake Constance, Austria only has a small share at the eastern end of the lake. The easiest way to experience Austria is to visit Bregenz with all its sporting and cultural activities.

With an area as widespread as Lake Constance, we can only give a selection of the possible accommodations available. Here are some of the most popular, which give access to locations around the lake.

Stein am Rhein - (Click for more information)

This youth Hostel was refurbished in 2014 and has a lovely location by the river. There are extensive grounds for games and relaxation.

Ravensburg - (Click for more information)

This youth hostel is set in its own grounds in a former castle above Ravensburg on the north shore of the lake. All rooms have private facilities.

Friedrichshafen - (Click for more information)

This large hostel in the central part of the north shore offers lots of amenities in a central location, allowing equal access to attractions to the east and the west. It also has the advantage of being just 50m from the lake itself.

The Otto-Moericke-Turm in Constance - (Click for more information)

The town that gives the lake its English name has much to interest school groups, and the hostel itself is built in an historic tower, only 200m from the lake. All rooms have private facilities.

The Gasthof Lamm in Bregenz - (Click for more information)

The Gasthof Lamm is a family run establishment of good quality and good reputation. The annex (a short distance from the main building) allows groups to be self-contained but still have access to the main hotel and restaurant.