Lake Constance – Germany

Lake Constance tours are usually included when visiting the Black Forest area in Germany. The third largest lake in Central Europe, it is also one of the most picturesque.


The lake is at the Rhine River path. It is between Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany, Vorarlberg of Austria and the cantons of St. Gallen and Thurgau in Switzerland. The airports of Innsbruck, Basel and Zurich are a couple of hours away. Most of the major cities in the countr

y will stop near it.

What to See

Many tourists who go on Lake Constance tours often visit the Bodensee and the shores. The view is very tranquil and quiet. Nearby is the city of Konstanz. It is a lovely city known for its cathedrals, stores and old houses. The Mediterranean-like atmosphere in the city has helped make it popular. You can also visit the beaches nearby. The lake also has a cycle route for cyclists.

The lake is also a popular fishing destination. Over 1,000 tons of fish are caught here yearly. Preservation efforts are underway however, to keep the rare fish species from becoming extinct.


The earliest mention of the lake came from the Roman geographer Pomponius Mela c. 43 AD. The lake is 395 m (1,296 ft) above sea level. At the widest point it is 14 km (8.7 mi). At the longest it is 63 km (39 mi). The lake covers an over of about 571 km2 (220 sq mi).

The deepest point is 252 meters (827 ft). The lake was created around the last Ice Age. There is evidence the lake was frozen partially in 1077, 1326 and also sometime during the 1400s. The last partial freezing took place in 1880 and 1963. There is no indication it was ever completely frozen.


Costs of crossing the Bodensee depend on the size of your vehicle (the boats here are large enough to accommodate vehicles). A small car will cost 11 USD. There are several crossings available, so make sure to check their timetables first.

Other Info

The area around the lake is also famous for its sailboats. The beaches nearby are very popular with tourists, so you can spend a lot of time mingling with them.

If you plan on going on Lake Constance tours, make sure to compare the different travel packages. Aside from the lake, it will include visits to nearby attractions as well. The amenities will have an effect on the price.