Lake Constance near Meersburg

Discover Lake Constance: cultural and natural treasures from Constance to Meersburg


I recently visited the Lake Constance region near Constance: Dettingen, nearby Dingelsdorfer Ried, the Birnau pilgrimage church and Meersburg. Fascinating places that impress with their natural beauty as well as their cultural and historical heritage. Each of these places offers unique experiences and perspectives that make a trip to this region unforgettable. The combination of nature, history and culture makes the Lake Constance region an exceptional destination that attracts visitors from all over the world.


Dettingen, a district of the city of Constance, is idyllically situated on the Bodanrück, the mountain ridge between the two arms of Lake Constance, surrounded by picturesque vineyards and orchards. This charming village is not only a paradise for nature lovers, but also a testament to the rich history and culture of the Lake Constance region. Dettingen is known for its tranquil atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for travellers looking to relax while enjoying the beauty of the southern German countryside.

Dingelsdofer Ried

A special natural highlight near Dettingen is the Dingelsdorfer Ried. This nature reserve offers unique flora and fauna, making it a must for every nature lover. The reedbed is a wetland that plays an important role in the ecological balance of the region. It serves as a habitat for a variety of bird species, amphibians and rare plant species. Hiking trails through the Ried allow visitors to experience the unspoilt nature up close and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this special place.

Lake Constance

Lake Constance, one of the largest lakes in Central Europe, borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is not only an important habitat for numerous animal and plant species, but also a popular holiday destination. The Lake offers a variety of leisure activities, including sailing, swimming and cycling along its shores. The surrounding towns and villages, including Dettingen, benefit from the picturesque backdrop and high quality of life that Lake Constance offers. In addition, the lake is a historic place that tells stories from different eras, from the Stone Age to modern times.

Birnau pilgrimage church

The monastery and the Birnau pilgrimage church are among the most important examples of Baroque architecture on Lake Constance. Built in the middle of the 18th century on a hill with a picturesque view over the lake, they served as a spiritual centre for the Cistercian monks who came here from Switzerland. The church, dedicated to St Mary, was designed by the famous master builder Peter Thumb and is characterised by its exceptional architectural beauty and art-historical significance.

The interior is richly decorated with stucco work by Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer and frescoes by Gottfried Bernhard Göz depicting heavenly scenes and biblical stories. These works of art lend the church a heavenly atmosphere and make it a place of deep spiritual experience. Particularly noteworthy is the statue of the "Beautiful Madonna", a Gothic masterpiece (made between 1410 and 1430), which attracts numerous pilgrims and art lovers.

The Birnau pilgrimage church not only serves as a place of faith and contemplation, but also as a cultural heritage that attracts visitors from all over the world. It stands for the deep religiousness of the region and its history of hospitality towards pilgrims and travellers. Today, the church is not only a testimony to Baroque art and architecture, but also a lively community centre that hosts church services, concerts and other cultural events.


Meersburg, a town that breathes history, is picturesquely situated on the northern shore of Lake Constance. The town is famous for its medieval castle, the oldest inhabited castle in Germany. Meersburg's historic old town, with its narrow streets and traditional half-timbered houses, transports visitors back in time. In addition to its rich history, Meersburg offers a lively cultural scene, excellent wines and regional culinary specialities. The town is a perfect starting point for exploring the beauty of Lake Constance and the surrounding region.

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