Gardens of Lake Constance

Orchards, vineyards & panoramic slopes

Holiday Highlights

Delicious fish | Fresh from the lake, including trout, pike, perch, whitefish and more.
Mainau Island | Entry to the island’s beautiful botanical gardens is included on this holiday.
Open-air museum | A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Unteruhldingen features replica houses built on the water.
Reichenau Island | Explore an 8th-century monastery and journey through market gardens, wineries and churches.
Gardens of Lake Constance. 6 nights
Gardens of Lake Constance. 6 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday around Lake Constance

Enjoy varied routes and ever-changing views on this leisurely, self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, with luggage transported. Be sure to try the delicious local lake fish, to visit the many gardens – including those on the famous ‘flower island’ of Mainau – and to sail across Bodensee’s calm, shimmering waters.
Invisible, the borders of Germany, Austria and Switzerland converge in Central Europe’s third-largest lake. Instead, the eye beholds shimmering waters; a shoreline fringed with orchards, vineyards and well-tended gardens; and panoramas stretching towards the mountains at the very heart of Europe.

Therein lies the appeal of this holiday: the intoxicating combination of easy walking in beautiful surroundings. Not only do the views stretch for miles, but they evolve over the course of your holiday, opening out along the length of the lake – also known as Bodensee – towards the Alps, which are still cloaked in snow at the start of the season.

There’s plenty to discover too aside from gardens and viewpoints: churches and museums, plus stately towns whose prosperity reflects the importance of Lake Constance, just as its mirror-like waters reflect everything surrounding it. Linking all this is a network of boats, trains and buses, meaning you can do very little walking if you so wish, with the public transport often free of charge thanks to the guest cards provided by each welcoming hotel. The abundance of apple trees – which blossom in early May – gives rise to pop-up fruit stalls along the trails, and such is the choice of restaurants that all stays are on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Be sure to try the delicious lake fish – trout, pike, perch, whitefish and more – often accompanied by vegetables grown on the lake island of Reichenau.



The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.

Unless specified otherwise, the journeys by bus and train are free of charge thanks to the guest card you are given by each hotel. In some cases, in high season only, it is possible to take a boat instead of a bus. All boats (except the trip to Mainau) should be paid for locally.
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  • Arrival in Bodman
    Night 1: at Hotel Anker (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Free day in Bodman

    Circular lakeside route: 8km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 100m
    For an easy start to your holiday, you could explore your immediate surroundings on this gentle circular route which leads past the 18th-century Schloss Bodman and its ornate gardens (open Monday to Friday) and along the leafy shore and the village’s small pebble beach, from which you can swim in warm weather.

    Circular 'ruins' walk: 5.5km, 2hrs; ascent/descent 280m
    This second circuit rises through woodland up above the village to visit both the ruins of the 14th-century Bodman family castle and also the small monastery of Kloster Frauenberg.

    Linear walk from Ludwigshafen to Bodman: 5.5km, 2hrs; ascent/descent 130m
    A third option is to take a bus or boat to Ludwigshafen and, after a leisurely lunch in the town and a quick look at the historic Customs House, walk back to Bodman through woods and protected wetlands which are home to a variety of birdlife. This route is steep in parts, so we also provide notes for a slightly shorter, low-level version.
    Circular lakeside route: 8km
    On the lakeside route around Bodman
    Circular 'ruins' walk: 5.5km
    Linear walk from Ludwigshafen to Bodman: 5.5km
  • Bodman to Überlingen: 8km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 285m
    The day starts with a bus or boat ride to Ludwigshafen, from where a short ascent brings you above the south-facing orchards and vineyards, to a fabulous path which undulates gently through woodland, passing numerous vantage points looking right across the water towards the Alps. One even has a restaurant and leafy beer garden with panoramic views over the lake, making it an ideal lunch stop before the gentle descent into Sipplingen. From here you take the train for the six-minute journey to Überlingen, where you spend two nights at the Hotel Villa Rosengarten.
    Bodman to Überlingen: 8km
    Descending into Sipplingen on the route from Bodman to Überlingen
  • Free day in Überlingen

    Explore Überlingen and its surroundings
    You may wish to take things easy by exploring Überlingen’s cathedral, town hall and, above all, its colourful public gardens densely planted with ornamental shrubs and herbaceous plants (we provide a town trail). Other options involve taking a boat to visit either the picturesque medieval town of Meersburg, whose name means ‘castle by the sea’ and whose buildings are adorned with flowerpots, or the fascinating open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Unteruhldingen – complete with replica houses built on stilts in the water – where you can find out about life in the Bronze Age (closed in October).

    Linear walk from Sipplingen to Überlingen: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 300m
    However, we highly recommend returning to Sipplingen by train (pay locally) and walking back to Überlingen. Choose between a lower route through a wood with seven curious rock pillars and across an open plateau, or a higher, more strenuous route which rewards you with far-reaching views and a variety of scenery.
    Linear walk from Sipplingen to Überlingen: 9km
    UNESCO World Heritage Site in Unteruhldingen
  • Überlingen to Konstanz, via Mainau: 9.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 60m
    Leaving Überlingen, you catch the boat to the island of Mainau. It is home to one of the largest butterfly houses in Germany, but is better known for its botanical gardens – it is often referred to as the Blumeninsel (‘flower island’) and boasts hundreds of different varieties of tulip, rose, dahlia and azalea alone, not to mention other types of flower, depending on the season. We include the boat ticket to the island and entrance to the gardens.

    After strolling amid the vibrant flowerbeds and mature trees, you follow an easy path alongside the lake to eponymous Konstanz. (Alternatively, you can catch a bus from Mainau to Konstanz; pay locally.) Here, you spend a final two nights at the Hotel Barbarossa.
    Überlingen to Konstanz: 9.5km
    Near Überlingen
  • Free day in Konstanz

    Explore Konstanz
    To help you discover Konstanz, we provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of the town.

    Circular walk on Reichenau: 7.5km, 2.5hrs
    If you would like a final walk, our recommendation is to head by bus, train or boat (pay locally in all cases) to the island of Reichenau – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to its 8th-century frescoed monastery – for a gentle circuit amid market gardens, wineries and landmark churches.

    Visit Friedrichshafen
    Or, for a very different end to your holiday, take a boat to Friedrichshafen to visit its museum (closed Mondays in April) about airships in general and, more specifically, the Zeppelin, the iconic ‘flying cigar’ which often drifts languorously above the lake.       
    Visit Friedrichshafen's Zeppelin museum
    Circular walk on Reichenau: 7.5km


You stay in three hotels which, although quite different in character, all offer a warm welcome.

Please note: most beds in German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.

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Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 20 April 2024 - 10 October 2024 & 19 April 2025 - 10 October 2025

    Start any day except Wednesday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    20 Apr - 15 May 2024 £960 £140
    16 May - 24 Sep 2024 £1075 £140
    25 Sep - 4 Oct 2024 £1025 £140
    19 Apr - 15 May 2025 £1000 £150
    16 May - 24 Sep 2025 £1120 £150
    25 Sep - 4 Oct 2025 £1070 £150
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 20 April 2024 - 10 October 2024 & 19 April 2025 - 10 October 2025

    Start any day except Wednesday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    20 Apr - 15 May 2024 £1355 £140
    16 May - 24 Sep 2024 £1500 £140
    25 Sep - 4 Oct 2024 £1415 £140
    19 Apr - 15 May 2025 £1410 £150
    16 May - 24 Sep 2025 £1560 £150
    25 Sep - 4 Oct 2025 £1475 £150
    3rd & 4th person discount -£44 to -£46
    Single traveller supplement £44 to £46

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Konstanz (TGV/regional rail), approx. duration 10h plus 0h30 taxi transfer. Home, Konstanz–Paris (TGV/regional rail), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 10h plus 0h10 walk from hotel.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Anker, Bodman
    XL with balcony: 20 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £20
    XL with balcony: 19 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £21
    Hotel Villa Rosengarten, Überlingen
    Deluxe with balcony: 20 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £26
    Deluxe with balcony: 19 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £27
    Superior 'Reine Viktoria': 20 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £24
    Superior 'Reine Viktoria': 19 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £25
    Superior 'Romanze': 20 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £22
    Superior 'Romanze': 19 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £23
    Superior 'Seerose': 20 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £11
    Superior 'Seerose': 19 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £11

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Anker, Bodman (B&B) Double room Single room
    20 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £108 £165
    19 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £112 £171
    Hotel Villa Rosengarten, Überlingen (B&B) Double room Single room
    20 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £128 £159
    19 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £135 £167
    Hotel Barbarossa, Konstanz (B&B) Double room Single room
    20 Apr - 10 Oct 2024 £121 £143
    19 Apr - 10 Oct 2025 £130 £153
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
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    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
    Birmingham - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
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    Bristol - Zurich Swiss 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
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    Glasgow - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Zurich Lufthansa,  Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zürich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich Airport to Konstanz HB (1h10), taxi Konstanz HB to hotel (0h35) £90-£94 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to station (0h10), rail Konstanz HB to Zürich Airport (1h10) £37-£38 1200
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • guest cards giving free use of some buses and trains
  • boat to Mainau
  • entrance fee to Mainau’s botanical gardens

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Germany, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official language is German. The currency is the Euro. German time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
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    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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