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Gardens around Lake Constance
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Magnificent garden landscapes at Lake Constance

Lake Constance is known for its excellent gastronomy, great wines, exciting excursion destinations and leisure activities as well as a wonderful landscape. One more reason why the Lake Constance region adorns itself with the slogan: "Work where others go on holiday". Directly at the Alps and in the midst of magnificent orchards, you will also find wonderful gardens which invite you to linger, discover and relax. From rainforest to farmer's garden - everything is possible here at the lake!

The history

Gardening and landscaping have a long tradition at Lake Constance. Gardens have been laid out and fields cultivated since the Stone Age, Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Numerous museums offer insights into the past. Our tip: The lake dwellings Unteruhldingen, the castle Arenenberg, the Karthause Ittingen and Campus Galli in Messkirch take you on an exciting journey through time.

The numerous, partly private farm gardens in many villages around the lake are pretty to look at. Directly in front of the house, you will find small gardens which have been cultivated for generations and which will give you inspiration for your own garden at home. We recommend that you visit smaller communities around Lake Constance. A bicycle tour to the neighbouring village is always worthwhile. You will be surprised by the beauty and variety of traditional half-timbered villages and cosy restaurants.

On Lake Constance, you will also find numerous facilities that guarantee you deceleration, relaxation and well-being. Directly on the shores of Lake Constance, there are retreats where you can take a deep breath and escape the stress of everyday life. Strolling through rose gardens, picnicking, yoga or simply reading a book on a park bench - what could be more relaxing?

Famous Gardens

The most famous garden is probably on our flower island, the island Mainau. You don't need many words, a visit to the flower island Mainau is a MUST for every holidaymaker on Lake Constance. The locals also enjoy the peace and beauty of the spacious gardens, where you can also find exotic butterflies and a palm house.

No less worth seeing is the famous Salem Castle with its spacious parks. In addition to an interesting museum, there is also the residence of the Margrave of Baden - known for his fine wines.

The castle Messkirch and the new castle Meersburg enchant with their architecture, exciting exhibitions and beautiful castle gardens.

You will find a list of all the gardens on Lake Constance here.


In addition to the "Long Night of the Gardens" with its many programme highlights, the Bodensee Gardens offer you varied guided tours. From wine tasting to guided tours of medicinal plants to tips from professionals, you will find everything to do with gardens at Lake Constance. Discover all events.

Further information

Would you like to find out in advance about unique gardens in your own garden? Then we recommend the Garten Tour 2018 magazine. 96 pages of this travel magazine, Gartenfreuden, will provide you with great articles for reading and browsing.

Verein Bodenseegärten, Schloss Arenenberg
8268 Salenstein
Phone +41 (0) 79 430 45 18

Opening hours vary from garden to garden. Please refer to the homepage of the respective garden for the current opening hours.

Prices vary from garden to garden. Please take the current prices from the homepage of the respective garden.