Sailing and Boating on Bodensee/Lake Constance
Lake Constance is one the biggest lakes in Central Europe and it is loved by sailors for its varied landscapes, great wind conditions and the famous regattas.
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About Lake Constance / Bodensee
This lake lies at the border of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It is the third largest lake in Central Europe after Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva. It is about 69 km long and the River Rhone flows through it. Its islands are Mainau at Lake Überlinger, which is the northwestern part of Lake Constance; Reichenau, and three small islands where Lindau was built. The most important cities near the lake are Bregenz in Austria, Friedrichshafen, Lindau and Konstanz in Germany, Arbon and Romanshorn in Switzerland.
Sailing weather and regattas on Lake Constance / Bodensee
The lake is suitable for sailing for beginners with its light winds, but also for experienced sailors with some strong winds and favourable termic winds during the night. The long-distance race, Rund Um – which is one of the oldest and most well-known regattas in Europe – is also held on Lake Constance. Last year the 65th race took place with 330 teams who competed in various classes. It is a race worth experiencing for every dedicated sailor.
Major Ports of Lake Constance / Bodensee
Here are some of the biggest ports of the region we recommend visiting.
The huge Marina Gohren is located at the delta of the Argen, next to a camp, and 25-30 min by walk along the shore from the city center of Kressbronn. Three restaurants are placed in the marina. The neighbouring city, Langenargen, is the host city of Match Race Germany part of the World Match Racing Tour but both cities are also known as a much enjoyed outdoor holiday resorts.
Alter Hafen und Schlosshafen Arbon
A large harbour in the centre of the lovely town of Arbon where every shop and service to satisfy your needs can be found.
This big marina lies at the east end of the municipality Sipplingen, Germany, next to the long lido to the east. The town is home to one or more prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Restaurants are only couple of minutes walking distance to the west along the shore.
Gemeindehafen und Inselihafen Romanshorn
A fairly large port with good infrastructure. The exclusive shops, fine restaurants are just within your reach.
Überlingen / Sportboothafen
The Überlingen Sportboothafenn is located next to a lido (Strandbad Ost) and from 25 min walking distance of the city center and restaurants of Überlingen to the east. Überlingen is the second largest city in the Bodensee district. The town is best known of the Münster St. Nikolaus, of the largest late Gothic building in the region, as well as an emblem of Überlingen.
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