How does the saying go? A seafaring, that’s fun, a seafaring, that’s nice … Yes, on Lake Constance a boat or boat trip is absolutely necessary – no matter whether you pedal in the pedalboat yourself, prefer to enjoy the view on an excursion boat or simply use the ship as a means of transport. From the Gästehaus Centro you are within 5 minutes at the port of Constance and the Kreuzlinger harbor is about 15 minutes’ away. Today I will introduce you to a few of the many possibilities and show you where to find out more.
Excursions – round trips or by boat to the destination
There are many beautiful tours on Lake Constance, where you can just relax a bit and enjoy the view. For example, this works well with the „Möwe” from Constance or with the „MS Delphin” from Kreuzlingen. With the „Möwe” you can also experience a romantic evening cruise in the sunset. There are many culinary journeys from the Bodensee-ship operations from the port of Constance: Here you can choose between pasta chat, barbecue exit, wine tasting on board, fondue, brunch and many more. Even if you visit Constance in winter, there are some nice offers such as the advent cruises – just inform yourself here. But not only tours are interesting – from Constance and Kreuzlingen you can get to almost every city on Lake Constance by boat. Whether you want to see Bregenz, experience the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen or stroll in Friedrichshafen, the journey by boat is usually more relaxed and above all more beautiful than by car. If you need it, you can even take it on the car ferry between Constance and Meersburg on the other side of the lake. The different lines and the timetable can be found here and the catamaran between Constance and Friedrichshafen here. The Bregenz Festival even has its own cruise, where you get a 3‑course menu and on the way back a „midnight soup” – so the whole evening including the journey is a great experience. Information about the festival cruise or the simple festival shuttle is available here.
Special ships on Lake Constance
An ordinary excursion boat is too boring for you? Or you just want to experience something different? Then, maybe one of these ships is right for you: With the Lädine with large square sail you go where the wind blows you. The historic glider, which was only used on Lake Constance from the 14th to the 20th century, will take you on a tour of Constance or Immenstaad. Here’s more info.
Among the historic ships on Lake Constance is also the restored paddle steamer „Hohentwiel”. Launched in 1913, she is a real peculiarity – the only steamship and the oldest passenger ship on Lake Constance. It also offers special rides – for example jazz music. It’s worthwhile to inform yourself.
At least as special and almost as old is the 1928 built Historic Ferry „Konstanz”. It was the first car ferry in the whole Europe and has been sailing on Lake Constance since 2012 or is often in the harbour of Constance with entertainment during the summer. Take a look here!
But even in modern times there are special ships – such as the solar ferry. Only with the power of the sun, you drive almost noiselessly over the lake. So you can enjoy nature in peace and thereby support the environment. Of particular interest to you are probably the small ferry „Sole Mio” and the larger „Helio”.
Privately on the way on Lake Constance
You have a Bodenseeschifferpatent (captain’s license for Lake Constance)? Then you can charter sailing or motor boats at several places on Lake Constance, sometimes even overnight. For example, at the Wild Flotte in Constance-Wallhausen. You have no Bodenseeschifferpatent? No problem. In the gondola harbour in Constance, you can rent a paddleboat or a small motorboat and spend a few hours on the lake. Also, the water sportspeople among us get their money’s worth: At La Canoa you can lend in some places around Lake Constance canoes / kayaks and stand-up paddleboards or even participate in a course! It should be something bigger, maybe for a wedding or another celebration? Many of the ships mentioned above can also be chartered with skipper. Just take a look at the websites and ask the operators!
So and now … Always fair winds and following seas! See you soon at Lake Constance. 😉