Family holiday at lake Constance
Time for the family, a playground by the lake, pleasure at the bathing beach, boat excursions, cycling along the Argen, a journey of discovery in the Tettnang Forest, – families enjoy their dream holidays in Langenargen. Without hubbub, stress and toil of everyday life.
And the Langenargen children's holiday programme provides fun, games and excitement for young and old during the holiday season.
Highlights in Langenargen
Insider tips for your family holiday in Langenargen
Hits for kids in Langenargen
Langenargen has lots to offer for families with children. Here are our tips for relaxed and happy holidays.
Out on the lake!
No matter whether you take a trip on a large steam boat or a small paddle boat: Your kids will love to be out on the lake.
The excursion steam boats of the White Fleet set off hourly from the Langenargen pier, heading off to the most popular excursion destinations at Lake Constance. Children under 6 years of age travel for free, children from 6-15 years of age in the company of an adult and in possession of the Bodensee-Kinderkarte (Lake Constance Children's Card) pay 4,70 € per day (for any number of boat rides).
For all those who prefer to be the captains of their own small boats, the new paddle boat rental service in Langenargen's Gondola Harbour id the right address: Here you can rent paddle boats in Ferrari design or with on-board slides to make a big splash. You don't fancy pedalling? Then you can rent a licence-free motor boat to rule the waves on Lake Constance.
Montfort Castle tower climb
We can't influence whether or not you bump into a ghost at Montfort Castle, but we do, however, highly recommend that you should climb the tower. Climbing up the narrow spiral staircase of the castle tower is a great experience for children. And, when you reach the top, the breathtaking view of the lake and the Swiss and Austrian Alps on the opposite side is an amazing reward. Further information on Tower Climb.
Lido (Strandbad) Langenargen
Would you like to build sand castles? Or speed down a water chute? Or eat ice cream by the lake? Then the Strandbad bathing facility is the place to be. There you will find a 25m swimming pool, a fun pool with a water mushroom, a water play area, a sandpit area, a kiosk with sun terrace… and, of course, Lake Constance. A beach volleyball field and football pitch are also provided for sport enthusiasts.
Natural lakeside beaches Malerecke and DLRG
The freely accessible lakeside sections of the Malerecke (Painter's Corner) and the DLRG Centre are popular venues for young and old. The Malerecke offers an incomparable panorama, which has inspired many an artist to capture the beautiful, natural backdrop with the aid of brush and paint. Kite surfers love to visit the DLRG Centre during good winds, where they can be seen flying across the water with colourful sails billowing above them.
Your children play at one of the most beautiful playgrounds directly by the lakeside of Lake Constance, you sit nearby on a bench, from which you can enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset over the lake. A wonderful thought. You will love it - and so will your children. The other playgrounds in Langenargen are also quite attractive, for example the Adventure Playground at the pick-up car park or the new playground in the district village of Bierkeller-Waldeck.
Here you will find the children's playgrounds:
Lakeside promenade, close to Hotel Seeterrasse: NEW 2015 - Wonderfully situated, directly be the lake, beautiful panorama, amazing sunsets
Adventure Playground at the pick-up car park in the Friedrichshafener Strasse: Also suitable for older children
Am Rosenstock / Eckenerstrasse
Andreas-Brugger-Strasse / Steigweg
Untere Seestrasse, near the Fischereiforschungsstelle (Fishery Research Centre): Wonderfully situated
District village of Oberdorf, Sägestrasse
Bierkeller-Waldeck: 2006 newly built playground in the new housing estate
For sport enthusiasts, a small football field and beach vollyball field are located across from the Strandbad bathing facility in the Unteren Seestrasse.
Cycling along the Argen
The Argen is the second largest tributory of Lake Constance. It originates in Allgäu and, before it flows into Lake Constance at the Malerecke, forms the border between Langenargen and the neighbouring village of Kressbronn. Shady cycle routes on both sides of the Argen provide easy-going cycle tours for families. Along the route are a number of places to stop for a rest and cool the feet in the river. However, please be careful of the water level, which can rise quickly after heavy rainfall in Allgäu, causing strong currents. And, if you get hungry after a cycle tour, there are a number of beautifully situated BBQ spots along the river, where you can grill a family picnic.
Further cycle tours for families.
In the Tettnang Forest
If you cycle through Langenargen's district village of Bierkeller toward the north, you will reach Tettnang Forest. A dense forest area, in which the Counts of Montfort used to go hunting. Even today, one can often see deer or larger animals in the forest, although one needs a little patience and luck, because the animals are very timid. In summer, when it's really hot, the cool forest is a great alternative to the lakeside.
Excursion tips for families
The most beautiful family excursions at the Lake of Constance
The Lake Constance region has lots to offer for families. Find out more here about the attractive excursion destination in the region.
The amusement park at Lake Constance provides fun and games for the whole family, in which they can compete in milking the cow, speed around the Fix & Foxi Raketenblitz (Rocket Blitz) track and prospect for gold. The 400 metre long white water, alpine rafting course is a totally thrilling experience. Some of the famous Ravensburger board games are built up in extra large versions, such as The aMAZEing LABYRINTH. Within a beautiful landscape and not far from Lake Constance, 50 attractions wait to be discovered on 25 hectares of land. Where else can one play memory® from a helicopter? Compete in puzzles or make a big splash with the hippo in the bathtub? This is unforgettable fun for the whole family. Smaller children can have a great time at the MINI Children's Driving School, where they can take a test for a children's driving licence. The whole family can compete in the fire fighter game, in which they have to quickly extinguish the fire in a smoking house.
Ravensburger Spieleland has been voted the most 'child-friendly amusement park' in Germany. Over 40,000 readers voted in the national competition for the Parkscout Award.
Opening hours: Daily from 10.00 a.m. except on our days of rest
Ravensburger Spieleland, 88074 Meckenbeuren
hone +(49) 7542/4000, Fax +(49) 7542/4001-01
A place with a long aristocratic tradition and an incomparable ambience. The majestic castle ensemble stands in perfectioned harmony with one of the most beautiful parks in Europe. From spring to autumn, Mainau presents a magnificent image of a living ocean of blossoms. The beginning of the season is formed by the grand orchid show in the Palm House, as well as millions of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils in the park. The rhododendrons are followed by the highlight, the summery rose blossom in the 'Italian Rose Garden' and on the 'Promenade of Wild Roses and Bush Roses'.
The grand finale of the season is provided by the colourful dahlia show in Autumn. The Palm House not only offers hibernation protection for the valuable selection of palms in winter, but is also an exciting room of experience for young and old, with large-scale plant shows and various events and exhibitions. You can have an up close experience with the beautifully coloured butterflies in Germany's largest butterfly house. Mainau Island is also a treat for the kids, providing lots of nature experiences, fun and diversity. A whole "Kinderland" full of attractions: The new World of Water, flower displays shaped as animals, farm, petting zoo, pony hippodrome, a Lehmann, large-scale garden railway covering an area of 200 square metres and a large playground, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful at Lake Constance. Since the year 2002, a "Zwergendorf" (Midget's Village) has been opened, especially for children under 4 years of age, offering the little ones lots of attractive fun and games.
By the way, Mainau Island is also a very educational place to be:
The green school offers nature studies for children, school classes and other interested groups. Both in theory and hands-on practice, of course. The island of flowers is a wonderful, rambling park with healthy air, its very own Kinderland and child-friendly restaurants, which have a selection of children's menus on the card.
Opening hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
Mainau Island, 78465 Insel Mainau
phone +(49) 7531/303-0, Fax +(49) 7531/303-248
Affenberg (Ape Mountain) Salem
More than 200 Barbary Macaque apes look forward to meeting each visitor. Why? Because each visitor receives popcorn at the entrance, and can feed this to the apes. That's a pretty exciting experience, but even more exciting is to be able to observe the interesting social life of these lively creatures. This, as well as the picturesque pond, the attractive fallow deer park and the free-flying storks, are just some of the features that make a visit to Affenberg a unique experience.
Germany's largest outdoor ape enclosure invites you to a fascinating experience. Visitors walk along a pathway through the 20 hectare large habitat of over 200 amicable Barbary Macaques, where they are even allowed to feed the lively animals popcorn that is distributed at the entrance - an exciting, up close animal experience! The large pond is the harbours a large number of carp, which visitors can also feed, as well as various species of water birds.
Further attractions: An impressive colony of free-flying storks, an interesting information room, a unique "Gallery" with images of apes from all around the world, a souvenir shop, a self-service restaurant with beer garden and a children's playground.
Opening hours: Daily 9.00 a.m. – 18.00 p.m.
Affenberg, 88682 Salem
phone +(49) 7553/381, Fax +(49) 7553/6454
Pfänder cable car Bregenz
The unique view of Lake Constance, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the 240 Alpine peaks make the Pfänder (1,064m) the most famous viewing point of the region. Whether you go there to hike, to explore the Alpine wildlife park, visit the bird of prey flight show or simply to enjoy the breathtaking view from the restaurant terrace - your day on the Pfänder will become an unforgettable experience.
Alpine wildlife park: While walking around the circuit of the wildlife park (approx. 30 min), you can observe the most magnificent representatives of our regional fauna, such as deer, mountain ibex, moufflons and marmots.
Eagle sanctuary on the Pfänder: In a 35 minute bird of prey flight show, you will experience free-flying eagles, vultures, red kites a owls gliding on the thermal upwinds of the Pfänder slopes. After fascinating flights, the birds return to their falconer. A well signposted network of hiking trails on the Pfänder invite visitors to take easy-going walks - and ambitious hikers will also find pleasure on the more challenging trails.
Trails through the beautiful landscape are a delight for bikers. A bike tour guide for 10 different tours is provided at the point of sale.
Opening hours: Daily from 8.00 a.m. - 19.00 p.m., bikes are transported free of charge from 8.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. and 18.00 p.m. - 19.00 p.m..
Pfänderbahn, Steinbruchgasse 4, A-6900 Bregenz
phone +(43) 5574/421600, Fax +(43) 5574/421604
Sea Life Constance
Sea Life in Constance presents a fascinating underwater world in over 40 freshwater and saltwater tanks with a total of 660,000 litres of water. Along the tour visitors follow the run of the Rhine, from the Alpine glaciers, down to the Rhine and Lake Constance, all the way to the medieval harbour of Rotterdam, where the Rhine finally flows into the North Sea. The highlight of the exhibition is the 8 m long acrylic tunnel that goes right through the middle of the 320,000 litre Mediterranean tank. Impressive stingrays, graceful blacktip reef sharks and eerie moray eels swim above the heads of visitors. Annually changing special exhibitions.
From November to April: Weekdays 10 a.m. till 17 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. till 18 p.m., during the school holidays in Baden-Württemberg: Daily 10 a.m. till 18 p.m., from May: Daily 10 a.m. till 18 p.m., from July till the beginning of September: Daily 10 a.m. till 19 p.m., till October: Daily 10 a.m. till 18 p.m.
Last admission respectively one hour before the centre closes.
Sea Life Constance, Hafenstrasse 9, 78462 Konstanz
phone +49 (0)7531/128270, Fax +49 (0)7531/1282727
Gut Hügle Manor Farm Ravensburg
Gut Hügle lies amidst a picturesque landscape with a fresh and healthy climate, between Ravensburg and Lake Constance.
Fun & games for the little ones and relaxation for the bigger ones! With its easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, our adventure farm is the ideal place for kids to romp, play, have great fun and enjoy the sunshine.
You can lose your way along the 2000m trail of the Maize Maze that has been cut in a maize field the size of three football fields. A practically ancient leisure activity, which can be practiced in any weather.
Our petting zoo for kids. Here you can stroke the tiny tamarin monkeys, Jakob & Lisa, or feed Charly & Hoppel the rabbits. The adventure barn is a hit in any weather.
Daily from 10.00 a.m. - 20.00 p.m., October – May only Fridays from 14.00 p.m., Saturday / Sunday from 10.00 a.m.
Gut Hügle, Bottenreute 5-7, 88212 Ravensburg
phone +(49) 751/61823, Fax +(49) 751/61819
Excursions in the Lake Constance region
You shouldn't miss these excursion destinations. Find out more here about the attractive excursion destinations in the region.
Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen
The world's largest show on the history and technology of airships is presented on a floorspace of 4,000 sqm. One of the most outstanding exhibits is the 33 metre long, true to original and accessible reconstruction of part of the LZ 129 Hindenburg. Visitors can experience a transatlantic flight from yesteryear within the airship. Within the various compartments, visitors are also provided with lots of interesting information about different models, take-off and landing procedures, aerodynamics and navigation, as well as the civil and military use of the airships. The art exhibition on the upper floor of the former harbour train station forms a wide bridge across five hundred years of art history and presents paintings and sculptures from the Lake Constance region and Upper Swabia, from the Middle Ages to the present: Views of and across Lake Constance, works by Otto Dix and Max Ackermann. Regular exhibition exchanges.
Monday closed, Tuesday-Sunday 9.00 a.m. – 17.00 p.m., November-March 10.00 a.m. - 17.00 p.m.
Pfahlbaumuseum (Museum of Stilt Houses) Unteruhldingen
Located directly at the at the edge of Lake Constance, the Museum of Stilt Houses in Unteruhldingen has been one of the cultural highlights of the region for the past 85 years. Along catwalks over Lake Constance, you are guided through the mysterious world of the stilt house builders of the Stone and Bronze ages.
23 houses have been built in the bay of Uhldingen, which lies at the edge of a nature reserve, in accordance with constructions erected by earlier settlers living on the lake. These reconstructions were based on findings discovered during archaeological excavations. During a guided tour through the villages, you will find out lots of interesting facts about day to day life on stilt houses around 3000 to 5000 years ago. How old did people become in those days, what did they eat and what kind of clothes did they wear?
A new village was recently reconstructed in the Pfahlbaumuseum. The houses of the ARD television series "Steinzeit - Das Experiment. Leben wie vor 5000 Jahren" (Stone Age - The Experiment. Life 5000 years ago). 13 people, 6 of which were children, lived in these houses for eight weeks in the same conditions as they would have thousands of years ago.
Museum visitors will find answers about life in prehistoric times in the "Haus der Fragen" (House of Questions). The 50 most important questions about life and people living in stilt houses are answered here. The permanent exhibition focuses on everything concerning the people of the Stone and Bronze Ages. There you will also find a large aquarium with fish from Lake Constance, in which a typical underwater excavation is displayed.
But that is far from all. During the holiday season, interesting archaeological films are shown in the Pfahlbau Cinema. The films reveal to visitors how stilt houses are built, how "Ötzi", the famous Iceman, lived and the archaeologists of today come to their results.
Anyone who wants to actively participate and gain some hands-on experience is welcome to do so during the Whitsun holidays and summer holidays (holiday schedules Baden-Württemberg). A colourful participatory programme focussing on the Stone and Bronze Ages is staged for visitors during those holiday periods.
An amazing experience is a visit to the two-day Museum Festival, which is held annually at the end of July.
March till September: Daily 9.00 a.m. - 19.00 p.m., October: Daily 9.00 a.m. - 17.00 p.m.
Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen, Strandpromenade 6, 88690 Uhldingen-Mühlhofen
phone +49 (0)7556/928900 , Fax +49 (0)7556/9289010
Salem Castle lies amidst one of the most beautiful landscapes around Lake Constance. The unique castle complex of the Margrave of Baden invites visitors to marvel and enjoy. The castle presents 700 years of art history, an exceptional wine culture and an amazing programme, in which many Salem treasures shine resplendently.
Guided tours are both interesting and exciting. This is because Salem Castle can only be truly enjoyed when one discovers its secrets, when one finds out about the historical background and art historical connections. Founded in 1134, Salem was counted among the most important Cistercian monasteries on German soil. It was transferred to the possession of the Margrave of Baden in 1802. It is now one of the outstanding cultural monuments of Baden-Württemberg, and a place of interest in which there is much to be discovered.
The Salem Treasures:
The high gothic cathedral, uniquely decorated with a unique neo-classical alabaster design. The rambling castle complex with a park and adventure playground, fire brigade museum, distillery museum, historical torkel (wine press), blacksmith's shop and baroque royal stables. A diverse cultural and event programme. artisan shops, wine sale, restaurants and cafeteria compliment the offer.
15th of March till the 1st of November : 9.30 a.m. - 18.00 p.m., Sundays and bank holidays from 10.30 a.m.
Schloss Salem, 88682 Salem
Phone +49 (0)7553/81437 , Fax +49 (0)7553/8519
Säntis aerial cableway
The panoramic view from the summit of the Säntis reaches across six countries. The range of possibilities offered by the Säntis and Schwägalp are equally as boundless.
Mount Säntis is rightly considered one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of Europe. You can experience the thrill at the top of the Säntis all year round and in any weather, because the aerial cableway is always in operation. At the peak you will find panorama viewing halls, sun terraces, summit trails, two panorama restaurants, the Appenzeller event hall and shops.
There is also much to be discovered on the Schwägalp: With its theme trails, the nature adventure park Schwägalp/Säntis leads to all the attractions. The Berghotel Schwägalp, Bergasthaus Passhöhe, the Geological Stone Park and a rambling network of hiking trails lie near the valley station. The Schwägalp is a Nordic Fitness Center with three local trails and connection to the Nordic Fitness Park Appenzellerland.
There is always lots happening on the Säntis and Schwägalp: On each full moon evening, romantic evening rides are provided with a delicious buffet at the summit. You can enjoy an Appenzeller brunch buffet with music every Sunday from 10 a.m. till 14 p.m. And you can experience the best of Appenzeller cuisine and folklore during four wonderful evenings at the Appezeller Spitzegnoss event.
Säntis Schwebebahn, CH 9107 Urnäsch
phone +41 713656565 , Fax +41 713656566
Old Castle of Meersburg
One immerses oneself in the age of chivalry at Meersburg Castle. According to legend and a record from the year 1548, the founding of the castle goes all the way back to the 7th century, to the era of the Merovingians under the rule of King Dagobert I.
During a museum tour through 28 furnished rooms, one can feel and experience the charm of times long gone. The rooms in which the great poetess Annette von Droste-Hülshoff resided during her visits to Lake Constance, up until she died in May 1848, are also included in this tour. Guided tours of the mighty "Dagobertsturm" (Dagobert's Tower) at the heart of Meersburg are also on offer. The view of the Old Town and lake and upon the impressive timberwork is incomparable. A prison cell from the early 19th century can be seen within the tower, as well as the Renaissance hall with the hidden treasure chamber. And a torture chamber - at the deepest part of the tower - gives an insight to the methods of jurisdiction practiced from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the Modern Age.
March till October: 9.00 a.m. - 18.30 p.m., November till February:10.00 a.m. - 18.00 p.m.
Last admission 1/2 hour before the rooms are closed
Burg Meersburg, Schlossplatz 10, 88709 Meersburg
phone +49 (0)7532/80000