Once a year, the harbour of Constance transforms into a meeting place for sailors, rowers and water sports enthusiasts from all over Europe. Because the annual International Lake Constance Week is an event with a long tradition, where the visit is always worth a trip to the lake. Already in 1909, the Bodenseewoche was launched and not only developed into one of the most important European water sports events, but also quickly to a social event. Until 1972, the event remained an important meeting for friends of water sports across national borders, but was then discontinued.
The 100th anniversary of the Lake Constance Week in 2009 highlighted the meaning and importance of the event for water sports. German and Swiss yacht clubs launched a new edition together with the Konstanzer Stadtmarketing after 37 years. With over 80 000 visitors, the restart proved to be a complete success. Since then, this extraordinary event takes place every year in the bay of Lake Constance, in front of the twin cities of Constance and Kreuzlingen, and inspires visitors and contributors again and again. This year, the International Bodenseewoche takes place from June 8 to June 11, 2017 and offers a diverse program on the subject of water sports. Not only enthusiastic water sports fans get their money’s worth, as the program offers attractions for the whole family.
Sailing regattas of the extra class
The highlight of the four-day event are, this year as well, the sailing regattas, which are very well attended by the spectators. More than 160 sailboats compete on three regatta courses over three days with the beautiful scenery of Lake Constance. Unlike other competitions, here classic and modern yachts compete against each other and around 1000 participants go to the start. Traditional classes such as “Lacustre”, “Drachen” or “Meterklasse” can be admired as well as the modern ORC 1 – 4.
This year, for the first time, the three-man keelboat Trias can be admired at the International Bodenseewoche. Incidentally, some of the participating sailboats could have already participated in the year of foundation in 1909 and are real historical treasures. Spectators can follow the competitions on a big screen at the harbour square. If you prefer to be up close, you can cheer on the participants directly on the water. But you should secure yourself a place on one of the spectator ships in time. A real tip is the evening arrival of the yachts in the harbour, where visitors marvel at the lovingly maintained watercraft at close range and can get into conversation with the participants.
Audience’s favourite rowing competitions
Every year, the rowing regattas inspire visitors to the event. This year’s highlight in the category „rowing” is certainly the rowing sprint regatta „Imperiasprint” taking place on Friday evening. Nocturnal illuminated rowing quads deliver an exciting race from the city garden to the harbour of Constance, past the famous local landmark „Imperia”. But also the Saturday rowing regatta „Kreuzlinger Prolog” and the rowing regatta „3 Miles of Constance” are real crowd pullers and program points, which one should not miss as a water sports enthusiast.
Spectacular water skiing acrobatics
Even the newer types of water sports are offered a platform at the International Bodenseewoche. Impressive water ski shows attract visitors of all ages this year as well. The show group of the German-Swiss Motorboat Club, known all over Europe, presents spectacular stunts and tricks on the water and wakeboard twice.
You shouldn’t miss The Night Show on Friday evening, right on the artfully illuminated Konstanzer Ufer. But also the performance on Sunday morning promises to inspire with energetic acrobatics and is a successful start to the last day of Bodenseewoche.
Maritime flair around the harbour
The traditional International Bodenseewoche offers a varied program not only for the diehard fans of water sports. Get a taste of sea air on the maritime market on the harbour promenade, which invites you to stroll and linger until the evening hours. In addition to yacht accessories, matching sailing and leisure clothing and maritime wellness products, there are also culinary specialties from around the world to discover.
In addition, over a dozen historic steamboats can be admired in the harbor basin. Including many steamers who have been on the waters of the world since the founding year of the event. A Ferris wheel with wonderful views over the lake, carousel, bungee trampoline and puppet theatre transform the Internationale Bodenseewoche into an exuberant folk festival. Concerts, dance performances, art exhibitions and the water sports and boat show make sure that no visitor gets bored. Incidentally, access to the harbour mile is free.
Entertainment for the little ones
The International Bodenseewoche also offers a varied program for the little visitors to amaze and get involved. The daily children’s boat rides in the model boat basin on the harbour promenade certainly ensure bright children’s eyes and great enthusiasm among the little ones.
What’s more, the presentations of the fire-fighting boat of the Constance fire brigade or the police boat of the water police excite the youngest visitors and are exciting program points for the whole family.
An unforgettable weekend by the lake
The International Bodenseewoche brings maritime flair to the lake and guarantees an eventful summer weekend for the whole family. The right accommodation for this special event is quickly found. Book directly at the Gästehaus Centro. Centrally located at the railway station of Constance, the harbour basin can be reached within a few minutes on foot and our guesthouse is thus the perfect starting point for an all-round successful weekend. Our team will be happy to help you with any questions and has a few insider tips for historical Constance in stock.
Photo credits: ” Impressionen Internationale Bodenseewoche” – von Anett.graefe – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link