The Best Things to See and Do Around Lake Constance

The Imperia sculpture by controversial local sculptor Peter Lenk
The Imperia sculpture by controversial local sculptor Peter Lenk | © Varus111 / WikiCommons
Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

Lake Constance is much more than the famous lake that spans three countries. Its historic churches, museums, medieval towns, islands and castles nestled into the beautiful natural landscape make Lake Constance one of Europe’s most unique destinations. Make sure to visit these tourist favourites and breathtaking sights while you’re there.

Münster of Konstanz

Due to its renovation, the Münster of Konstanz (also known as the Münster Unserer Lieben Frau) is even more beautiful as it proudly represents more than 1,000 years of history. An amalgamation of Baroque, Renaissance, Romanesque and Gothic styles, it used to be the church of the diocese of Konstanz until 1821.

Münster of Konstanz, Münsterpl. 1, Konstanz

The towering beauty of the Münster of Konstanz


One of Lake Constance’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the historic abodes of the Pfahlbaumuseum were carefully reconstructed to allow visitors to go back in time and experience life during the Stone and Bronze Ages. The stilt dwellings are a unique experience divulging the details of the lives of local farmers, fishermen and craftsmen from that era.

Pfahlbaumuseum, Strandpromenade 6, Uhldingen-Mühlhofen

Going back in time at the Pfahlbaumuseum

Zeppelin Museum

You’ll often see a Zeppelin floating over Lake Constance (you can even book a tour flight) and the Zeppelin Museum is the place to revel in the historic significance of this unique aircraft. Housed in the former main train station at the Friedrichshafen lakefront promenade, the Zeppelin Museum’s most impressive display is a full-scale mock-up of the Hindenburg, famous for being the largest airship to have ever been built.

Zeppelin Museum, Seestraße 22, Friedrichshafen

The Bauhaus style Zeppelin Museum by the lakeside


You can spend a whole day on the islet of Reichenau, another UNESCO World Heritage Site once famous for producing some of Europe’s most beautiful illuminated manuscripts and frescoes. Nowadays, three gorgeous historic churches from Reichenau’s heyday as well as orchards and wineries have made the islet a definite must-see.

Reichenau Island, Lake Constance

One of the historic churches from the islet of Reichenau


Another one of Lake Constance’s major sights is the island of Mainau, which is also known as the island of flowers. Its 45-hectares are a lush dream of parks and gardens, an arboretum created by the late Frederick I, the Grand Duke of Baden, who purchased the island in 1853 and used the beautiful island palace as his summer retreat.

Mainau, Insel Mainau, Lake Constance

The blooming flowers on the island of Mainau

Schloss Salem

What was once a Cistercian monastery in 1134 became one of the richest and largest castles in Southern Germany. Nowadays, the grand estate’s west wing serves as an elite boarding school, which Prince Philip briefly attended, and the rest is open to perusing – hedge mazes, gardens and rococo style apartments included.

Schloss Salem, Schlossbezirk 1, Salem

The grand Salem Castle and its lovely garden

Imperia Konstanz

You can’t visit Bodensee without becoming familiar with local sculptor Peter Lenk, whose work is scattered all around the Bodensee districts. Even though one of his most controversial works is Ludwigs Erbe (a mural where, among other things, Germany’s politicians are grabbing each other’s genitals in glee), Imperia, the nine-metre-high sculpture at the end of Konstanz’s pier, is his most well-known work. The sculpture depicts a prostitute from a novel by Balzar who lived during the days of the Council of Constance. If you look closely, you’ll see naked sculptures of Pope Martin V and Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund hanging in her grasp.

Imperia, Hafenstraße, Konstanz

The rather buxom sculpture Imperia in Konstanz by Peter Lenk
culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.