Highlights of Lake Constance and Upper Swabia.
The boat ride itself is like a mini-break: You can watch the peaks of the Austrian and Swiss Alps pass by, while gentle hills rise up on the German side. The boats take you to wonderful towns around the lake, such as Constance with its historic old town, Meersburg with its fortress, Überlingen, picturesque Stein am Rhein or Bregenz, the festival town in Vorarlberg.
Package deals A trip on a passenger boat is a convenient way to visit many destinations around the lake and will make the journey an experience to remember. Simply book the boat ride and the entrance fee together in a BSB combined ticket. In this way, you not only benefit from the wonderful lake breeze, but save on costs too. Choose between Mainau Island, the Sea Life Centre in Constance, the Lake Dwellings in Unteruhldingen, Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen and many more.
Round trips Make the most of a boat ride on Lake Constance on a round trip. Relax and soak in the wonderful views on deck, while a light breeze provides refreshment on hot sunny days. With a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, you can simply leave your worries behind. Round trips in the evening are particularly romantic, for example from Lindau to the Bay of Bregenz, where you can watch the sun setting from the deck with a glass of wine in your hand.
Historic ships You can also take a boat trip on a cultural monument with BSB: The “Baden” and “Schwaben” motorboats date back to the era of great motor ships in the 1930s. Both are used for scheduled trips by the Lake Constance Shipping Company.
Culinary crossings Treat your palate on a glorious evening round trip including a fantastic sunset. Whether you prefer pasta, barbecued specialties or tapas and wine, there is something for every taste. Alternatively, you can take an afternoon crossing and enjoy a cup of coffee on board. Summer festivals around the lake are also a special experience: The White Fleet takes you to impressive firework displays, while you dine on board accompanied by live music. Every year, BSB offers boat trips to the Lake Festival in Constance, where you can watch the firework displays put on by the towns of Constance and Kreuzlingen. The best views of this colourful spectacle can be enjoyed from the water.
Cruises across Lake Constance
Catamaran between Constance and Friedrichshafen Since January 2007, three high-speed catamarans have operated an hourly service between Constance and Friedrichshafen. Travelling at a maximum speed of 40 km/h, they take passengers from one town to the other in around 45 minutes, all year round. The landing stages are close to the town centres and tourist attractions such as the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen or the Sea Life Centre in Constance. The catamaran offers ideal connections to other means of public transport. www.der-katamaran.de
Swimming bridges – Car ferries The ferry crossing linking Constance and Meersburg was launched in 1928. Today, up to six car ferries offer a continuous service between the two towns. It takes 15 minutes to cross the lake, giving drivers a chance to save time and energy and have a rest at the same time. The ferry is also an attractive means of transport for cyclists, pedestrians and bus passengers. Every quarter of an hour, bus service no. 1 brings passengers from the centre of Constance to the ferry harbour in the suburb of Staad. The ferry between Constance and Meersburg crosses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is also a ferry connection between Friedrichshafen and Romanshorn bridging the widest part of the lake (14 km). The crossing takes approx. 45 minutes. The ferries run once an hour all year round (from approx. 6 am to 9 pm). Constance-Meersburg: www.sw.konstanz.de Romanshorn-Friedrichshafen: www.sbsag.ch
MS Sonnenkönigin – Queen of the lake In autumn 2008, Lake Constance acquired a new attraction: the luxury liner MS Sonnenkönigin. This futuristic looking ship is a true sensation. It was built using 500 tons of steel and seats 1,000 passengers. At almost 70 meters in length and with a 1,200 hp engine, it beats all records. The MS Sonnenkönigin is a dreamboat with a freefloating stage, two sun decks and 1,000 square metres of glass windows offering views onto the lake. It can be hired for theatre productions, concerts, congresses, fashion shows or exclusive corporate events. Technological highlights include an extending stage and a gallery on the main deck. The rooms on this event ship are spread over four decks; several bars and a lounge as well as a sophisticated lighting system provide for an exclusive ambience. www.sonnenkoenigin.com