Page 14

Lake & Boats

Water as Far as the Eye can See Lake-Inspired Emotions: summer life on Lake Constance takes on a Mediterranean feeling of lightness. People meet up for walks, to go for a swim, cycle a while, rest on a bench to enjoy the view, or discover the lake by boat. There is less going on on the shores in the winter. The mighty chestnut trees have shed their leaves. A stiff breeze blows from time to time. Expect really dramatic scenes and atmospheres now. Find your Sea Legs: a trip on board a Lake Constance boat is a must. Setting off from the harbour in Bregenz, the boats travel to the picturesque island town of Lindau, to the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen or the flower island of Mainau. Sit on the sundeck and watch the scenery pass by. The boats operate between April and October. In the run-up to Christmas, Santa Claus trips are on offer. The great gala cruise is held on New Year’s Eve. The “MS Sonnenkönigin” event boat is home to concerts, public events and a huge ball. The modern boat can also be rented for exclusive events. Take a trip on the Hohentwiel paddle steamer for a touch of nostalgia. The stylish boat cruises the lake from May to October, taking guests on outings, gourmet and festival trips. The Hohentwiel can also be chartered for weddings, and other special personal events. Views of the Lake: every day, every hour, Lake Constance stages a new spectacle. Sleepily subdued, then merrily rippled, even surging. The lake bestows lovers of colorful sunsets a year-round wealth of highlights. The lake is also beautiful when seen from above – from Bregenz’s Pfänder panoramic mountain, for example, from the Gebhardsberg in Bregenz, from the Haggen above Lochau, from Eichenberg or Möggers. Further excellent look-out points are Bildstein, a place of pilgrimage, with its twin-towered, baroque church visible for miles, and the Karren, in Dornbirn, whose cable car operates until late at night.

Sailing boat on Lake Constance Photo: BVT