Most people cannot imagine their summer holidays without the sea. We were one of them as well until our recent roadtrip around Bavaria, Germany, where we spent three days in Lindau, at the Lake Constance.
I know, three days is hardly a real summer break, but it was more than enough to realize, you can have a great time along the lake as well. Lake Constance, with its 538 square kilometers, is huge, so there’s plenty of things and places, which will make you occupied for days.
Best things to do in Lindau
The Lake Constance is a great place for walks, including for everyone visiting the place with a baby stroller. We even found a café on a bike, which served us one of the best coffees we had during the whole Germany roadtrip.
If you will not be visiting the Lake Constance with your bikes, we definitely recommend you to rent one there. There are numerous beautiful biking paths – one also encircles the whole lake measuring around 260 kilometers, passing all together three countries – Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Everyone who likes to have peace and quiet should spend their time at the Lindenhof Park – beautiful oasis, full of old trees. The park is great for recreation, relaxation and swimming at its beach.
Just 20 minutes’ drive by car from Lindau, is a theme park for kids – Ravensburger Spieleland. If you are traveling to Lake Constance with kids, they will sure enjoy a visit to the Ravensburger Spieleland as a day trip from Lake Constance.
The Lindau Island is small, but we easily spent one complete day there. Walking around its narrow cobbled streets, admiring it historical buildings, spending time in a café or two… Don’t be in a hurry, when exploring the Lindau Island.
Exploring different places along the lake
If you are a curious holiday maker, you will have lots to do when spending your time at the Lake Constance. You can embark on a ship and visit towns in Austria and Switzerland, which also lies along the lake Constance.
The Lake Constance is known as the German sea, so there are plenty of areas, which are good for swimming.
If you are looking for different water activities than swimming, you can also rent a boat or maybe even do a tour with kayak/canoe. It is definitely nice to see the towns from another perspective.
The Lake Constance is also full of sailing boats and if there is good wind, also wind-surfers will not be missing.
Views over the Lake Constance
Nothing can bit a view down the huge Lake Constance. Take a boat ride to Bregenz in Austria from Lindau and go up to the Pfänder hill with the cable-car.
You can also reach the Pfänder by car or if you enjoy hiking / cycling and are in good shape, a hike up to 1064 meters above the sea level will for sure be a nice adventure as well. There are lots of farms, who serves food and beverages – go for the home-made cheeses.
Another amazing and unforgettable, but unfortunately also a bit pricy option to enjoy amazing views down the lake Constance, is a ride with the modern Zeppelin. There are different routes available, which last from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
As already mentioned, the surroundings of the Lake Constance offers lots of hiking trails. One of the nicest areas for hiking is around the Scheidegg town.
- Sky Walk Allgäu
Not far from the Scheidegg town lies the Sky Walk Allgäu. This amazing experience will take you 40 meters above the ground, offering you great views over tree tops. The Sky Walk Allgäu is a great stop for kids too, as the area has many activities and play-ground for children.
Accommodations in Lindau
We stayed at the beautiful boutique hostel Das Mietwerk. Set in an old, but renovated villa, 20 minutes by foot from the Lindau Island and steps away from the bus station. If traveling to Lindau by car, you can park your car at the nearby parking place for 5 EUR/day.
We also had breakfast at the hostel, which is completely made out of local and BIO ingredients. It was very tasty and diverse. The staff at the hostel was also very kind and helpful. You will also get a confirmation from them about your stay, with which you can use the public transportation for free.
You can get more reviews, photos and information about the Das Mietwerk hostel here.
Food in Lindau
Lindau Island is a very popular place for tourists and that is also why it is a bit difficult to find cheap bites. But nevertheless, if you are traveling on a budget, there are lots of different grocery shops / bakeries to grab a quick snack.
A great budget option for lunch can also be found in a Lindaupark shopping mall. The top floor offers good Vietnamese restaurant, where mains starts from 5€ up. There’s also a nice self-service restaurant, which offers more local German dishes – the daily menus start from 9,20 EUR up.
Like all summer destinations, also the Lake Constance offers lots of different reasons, why spending your summer break there will not leave you disappointed. So next time, when you are looking for a nice place for a summer break, think of the beautiful Lindau at the Lake Constance.