Seasons & Weather
The region around the Western Lake Constance is impressive at any time of the year and in any weather. In spring, the bird songs, the spring blossoms and the meadow orchards with their diverse flower dress are significant. In summer, the lake invites you to swim or go boating, and the well-signposted biking and hiking trails invite you to extended excursions into nature. In autumn the fruits of the region take center stage and in winter countless water birds, which are winter guests here, can be observed.
Especially impressive are the sunsets, which show the whole color palette from delicate yellow to deep red and purple - sometimes romantic, sometimes almost kitschy or sometimes rough and stormy. Especially beautiful to experience from the ship, but also impressive on land.
Many people also associate Lake Constance with mist in autumn and winter. This natural spectacle offers a very special, in places almost mystical natural experience. Especially when the sun shines on the hills of the Bodanrück, e.g. near Liggeringen, Güttingen and Schloss Freudental, the Schienerberg or the Hegau volcanoes in the autumn days, the view over the foggy landscape can be enjoyed.
Sometimes the lake freezes over completely in winter, so that you can walk across the ice. If the entire Lake Constance freezes over, it is called "Seegfrörne" - the last time this special event took place was in 1963. Since the Untersee is shallower and smaller, the lake freezes over more easily here, which is then called little "Seegfrörne". In cold winters the Gnadensee and the Markelfinger Winkel are the first to freeze. Then you can walk across the ice from Markelfingen to the Mettnau peninsula, from Allensbach to Reichenau and, if it stays particularly cold for a long time, even from Gaienhofen to Steckborn.