Once you’ve fallen for Lake Constance’s charms, you won’t want to leave. That’s exactly what happened to many of Messe Friedrichshafen’s employees who have fallen in love with the region – either recently or some years ago already.
Hardly surprising given that when the weather is warm there are countless ways on land and on water of savouring the time after work until sunset. Whether swimming, sailing, stand-up paddling, cycling, hiking, golf or simply sitting around on the lakeshore and doing nothing – summer at Lake Constance is incomparable. But the region also attracts plenty of visitors in winter thanks to its proximity to the most beautiful ski resorts in Switzerland and Austria, its magical Christmas markets, and the Swabian version of Carnival, Fasnet.
Every year more than four million holidaymakers flock to Lake Constance, taking advantage of the good infrastructure and large selection of hotels – both of which are also of benefit to Messe Friedrichshafen’s clients and guests. The Messe’s business partners equally appreciate the many options that Lake Constance offers them once the exhibition is over for the day. Because no matter whether it’s a business dinner overlooking the lake or an unforgettable client incentive trip on board a ship, against this breathtaking backdrop every side event is transformed into a truly special experience.
Lake Constance is rightly considered to be one of Europe’s cultural gems. Centuries-old, perfectly preserved towns offer fascinating tours of discovery. The three islands of Mainau, Reichenau and Lindau also have a lot to offer: the Lindau harbour entrance, adorned with the Bavarian lion, is worldfamous. The entire Altstadt (old town), which accounts for almost 80 per cent of the island, is listed, so visitors have the chance to see a magnificent medieval town. The ”flower island” of Mainau, on the other hand, offers a unique landscape of parks and flowers. The island is ornamented with around 30,000 rose bushes which bear over 1,200 species of rose, as well as exotic pot plants and the popular Butterfly House. Reichenau, the largest of the three islands, is famous throughout Germany for the vegetables grown there. Whether tomatoes, cucumbers or salad – Lake Constance is on everybody’s lips.
Friedrichshafen is the ideal base from which to explore Lake Constance. A modern catamaran links the trade fair and Zeppelin city with Konstanz; a car ferry connects with Romanshorn in Switzerland, while a rail service provides quick links with other places around the lake. The attractiveness of this innovative and forward-looking city is further enhanced thanks to the easy access provided by Bodensee Airport. There is also another side to Lake Constance: the region is famed not only for tourism but also for high-tech and innovative business. Worldclass companies and numerous hidden champions are equally at home here and that is another boost for Lake Constance’s appeal: in addition to the region’s wealth of recreational and natural charms, it also offers attractive jobs.