Reichenau is the largest of the Lake Constance islands. It was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000 due to its medieval churches and the valuable illuminations on display at the monastery. It’s easy to reach and travel around the island by bicycle. And while you’re there: make sure to get a fresh supply of vegetables from one of the markets or from the various street vendors. Also: Sample some of the local fish!
The idyllic flower island, a tourist highlight, is owned by the noble family Bernadotte from Sweden. The Sunset Ticket (Sonnenuntergangsticket) after 5 pm. only costs half the regular price. And those who do not have a green thumb can get tips from the Mainau garden experts by telephone.
The little Bavarian city Lindau on the Austrian border is partially located on an island. Lindau has an impressive medieval old town. And the Club Vaudeville is a genuine alternative club that is rich in tradition.
Zürich is the (small) metropolis around the corner. You can find everything here: stars and concerts, cool clubs and bars, posh restaurants, shopping streets, arts and culture, tramways, an international airport, Lake Zurich and spas. Tip: you can find the most fashionable shops in the small alleys of Niederdorf, a neighbourhood in the old part of the city. Other typical Swiss German cities like St. Gallen, Winterthur or Schaffhausen are also easy to reach, but Zurich has the broadest offerings in total.
The Art Museum (Kunsthaus) and the Bregenzer Festival (Festspiele) have shaped the reputation of the small capital of Vorarlberg, Bregenz, Austria. Students who are younger than 27 get a discount of 75% for the tickets of the Bregenzer Festival. Excellent food is also highly esteemed here, especially in the Bregenz Forest (Bregenzerwald). Besides vacationers, the city is populated by many young people.
An industrial town, Friedrichshafen (which is home to the MTU, ZF and the Dornier company) is particularly proud of its Zeppelin museum and of the working Zeppelin that you’ll be able to see on one of its leisurely cruises around the Lake Constance region on a fine day. The fastest way to get there is the non-stop Catamaran service across the lake (which isn’t exactly cheap). An equally comfortable and much cheaper option is the Städteschnellbus (express bus service). Friedrichshafen prides itself on its very own airport, with operators flying out to an ever-increasing number of destinations at affordable rates, as well as on the enormous exhibition halls.