Constance turns into a heavenly Christmas town by the Lake Constance during the Advent season. Several hundred thousand visitors experience from the 29th of November till two days before Christmas Eve unforgettable, inspiring moments at the largest and the most beautiful Christmas market in the Lake Constance region. The numerous wooden huts and stalls adorned with white lights and fir branches curl from the Marktstätte, in the middle of the historic Old Town, to the lakeside and, since 1995, to the Constant Harbour. Located only 150 Metres from the Christmas Market, the Gästehaus Centro is one of the first addresses in the pre-Christmas period – simply because of its close location to the market.
Arts & crafts and treats
The Christmas market by the lake in Constance has been a meeting place for locals and visitors since 1989. Glassblowers, glass cutters, artist blacksmiths and potters show their handicraft skills. Visitors are pleased to find pieces of Christmas jewellery such as stars in all sizes and variations, angels, puttos and unique, beautifully decorated Christmas baubles. Every year the local press detect where to find the best Glühwein (mulled wine) to fill the Christmas market cups.The Christmas market by the lake in Constance has also a lot to offer when it comes to the culinary art. Not only the smell of Bratwurst and hot chestnuts blow through the market streets. In the Christmas Wonderland by the lake, the visitors pamper their palate also with the cheese fondue, Mediterranean, North-African and regional specialties such as shredded ox – and the hungry ones can order even snake.
Christmas on the lake
The festively lit Christmas ship of the White Fleet at the harbour is definitely an attraction. Visitors of the Christmas market like to make a side trip on board to warm up after a stroll around the stalls. The mulled wine tower in the urban park is popular amongst anyone who likes to stay outdoors even at wintry temperatures. On the platform, there is an unobstructed view of the quiet and still lake below under the sparkling stars or of the many flashing lights of the Christmas market at the harbour and on the market site. More information can be found here.
Very Merry Christmas
The White Fleet offers tours along with festive music and a Christmas coffee or – dinner on the wintry Lake Constance in the pre-Christmas period. During the Advent season, the guided tours offer walks through the festively decorated Old Town. The tour guides show the way to the most beautiful „Christmas pictures und cots in Constance” or to „chapels and churches of the Old Town”. A journey through time is provided by the guided tours with the night watchmen, a lansquenet or with a noble knight.
Christmas market by the lake in Constance from the 29th of November till the 22nd of December 2018, daily from 11:00 till 20:00 (food- and Glühwein stalls are open till 21:30), Fridays and Saturdays till 21:30. From Gästehaus Centro, you will be in the heart of the event within 2 walking minutes. Other image sources: Ramessos (Own Work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons