The Top Hotels Around Lake Constance, Germany
The Pension am Bodensee in Kressbronn, Germany, sits directly on the shores of Lake Constance | Courtesy of Pension Am Bodensee / Expedia
Lake Constance – known as Bodensee in German – is the largest lake in Germany and known as one of the most spectacular bodies of water in the world. Bordering Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the 63km-long (39.1mi) lake is surrounded by resort towns popular for windsurfing, swimming and cycling. Its shores are also home to hotels for every type of holidaymaker, from romantic adults-only getaways for couples to family-friendly resorts. Here are our favourites, which you now book with Culture Trip.
Heinzler am See
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This contemporary hotel, facing the beachfront in Immenstaad am Bodensee, features rooms and suites overlooking the lake, with views all the way to the Swiss side. Book into the Panorama Restaurant, which serves dishes based around local ingredients, such as ragout of local deer, homemade spaetzle and grilled wild prawns. There are also two nearby lake houses owned by the hotel – the Rosenhof boasts three exclusive suites located in a nature reserve surrounded by vineyards, while the Seehaus has seven different types of rooms, including the spacious penthouse panorama suite.
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This traditional country inn, which has been run by the Waizenegger family for generations, has been transformed into a contemporary green hotel with a focus on organic produce and sustainability. The rooms range from cosy country house rooms, spa suites and garden apartments to rooms with views over the lake and alps. Many of the ingredients at the Naturküche restaurant come from the hotel’s own estate and local producers – think house carrot salad with baked camembert from a neighbouring farm or grilled trout with a pumpkin crust, saffron sauce and linguine. There’s also a spa with three saunas, a relaxation garden with a sun terrace, a rock shower and a large Kneipp pool.
Hotel Villa Seeschau
4/5 (2 Reviews)
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The lakeside town of Meersburg is one of the most picturesque in the region – and, located just a 5-minute walk from the town centre, Hotel Villa Seeschau is the ideal base from which to explore the Medieval Meersburg Castle and old town. Enjoy a homemade breakfast on the terrace in the summer months, or cosy up with a drink in the fireplace lounge on colder days. Elsewhere, the spa offers a variety of treatments, including relaxing full-body oil massage treatments.
Schloss Hotel Wasserburg
4.4/5 (217 Reviews)
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Ever wanted to stay in a castle? Visit the Schloss Hotel (Castle Hotel) on the shores of Lake Constance, which has been in private hands since 1812. There’s a beautiful castle garden, a private beach and a lakeside terrace, as well as the atmospheric Restaurant Portner and timber-clad Fugger Lounge. The rooms and suites are fit for royalty – think gilded chandeliers, ornate millwork, four-poster canopy beds and trompe l’œil murals. The hotel can also cater for wedding parties of up to 100 guests, either in the romantic vaulted cellar or the castle gardens, which have views over the lake and snow-capped mountains.
RIVA – Das Hotel am Bodensee
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This independent hotel, in the pretty Medieval city of Konstanz, combines sustainability and Art Nouveau-inspired design to spectacular effect. A dramatic spiral staircase winds up through six stories that feature high ceilings, expansive windows and an elegant palette of sandstone, dark teak and marble. The pick of the rooms is the RIVA Suite, a 393sqm (1,001sqft) space with a living and dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dressing room and a large balcony. But the highlight is the two Michelin-starred Ophelia restaurant, led by chef Dirk Hoberg, which offers a seven-course set menu with dishes like anglerfish with spinach, pork belly with mushrooms and venison with celery and raspberry.
Steigenberger Insel Hotel
4.5/5 (464 Reviews)
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Embrace island life at this luxury hotel, in a former Dominican monastery on a small private island in Konstanz. The 100 rooms and two suites all offer partial views of the lake and the mountains and range from cosy single rooms to 50sqm (538sqft) suites. Head to the Seerestaurant to enjoy international dishes made with regional ingredients, such as saddle of venison pickled with herbs and cherry, alongside cranberry-pumpkin compote and hazelnut brioche. There’s also a bar in the former vestry of the church, a lakeside terrace and the Rothaus Biergarten, where you can enjoy a refreshing beer overlooking the lake.
HARBR Hotel Konstanz
4.5/5 (154 Reviews)
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Immerse yourself in chic maritime-inspired surroundings at this hotel in Konstanz – think porthole mirrors, graphic screens made from old sailcloth, and black-and-white photographs that celebrate the lake. The 52sqm (560sqft) Captain’s Cabin is the largest of the rooms, featuring a kitchenette, cosy sitting corner and large bathroom, while the Rating’s Cabin is perfect for short stays and solo travellers. The communal Living Room offers a spot for drinks and casual dining, with a menu of comforting classics such as burgers, curry and salads.
MentalSpa-Resort – Fritsch am Berg
4.8/5 (44 Reviews)
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The Fritsch family has owned and run this four-star, adults-only wellness hotel since 1898, and it’s still a family affair – Thomas Fritsch runs the hotel, his wife Diana looks after the spa and the mental health centre, his sister Beate is a sommelier and in charge of the restaurant, and his brother Franz is the chef. Make the most out of the mental health centre, which offers coaching sessions around topics like change and mindfulness. These can be paired with treatments at the spa, such as the Stone Journey Hot & Ice-Cold full-body stone massage for couples.
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This small, adults-only guesthouse sits directly on the shores of Lake Constance and has been run by the same family for generations. There are just nine rooms, each furnished with antiques and boasting sunny balconies and terraces with expansive views. Enjoy the setting from two large sun terraces with private lake access, a private bathing area and a boat dock. Elsewhere, the wellness area has a panoramic beach sauna and offers indulgent treatments, such as romantic wellness baths for two and a thalasso sea-salt bath.
These recommendations were updated on April 30, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.