Theme trails

Nature, art & history - across the landscape on original paths to selected topics

The "Lake Constance Trail" (Bodenseepfad) provides holiday guests and local people alike with a varied mix of excursions. You can get to know the flora and fauna of the countryside around Lake Constance by perusing the attractive information boards. Depictions of habitat and landscape guide you through the diversity of the region. Additional information regarding interesting sights complements the nature information.

In Friedrichshafen, the starting points of the track are to be found at the Strandbad, the Hafenbahnhof and the Jugendherberge on the banks of the river Rotach. In Eriskirch, the starting point is at the conservation centre, "Naturschutzzentrum Eriskirch", which is located in the former railway station building - on the edge of the largest conservation area on the northerly shores of Lake Constance.

The Naturschutzzentrum Eriskirch has exhibitions about nature in the countryside around Lake Constance and organises guided nature tours on Eriskircher Ried free of charge. Specially organised tours for groups of 10 or more persons are available on demand.

The centre presents an attractive permanent exhibition "Natural Paradise Eriskirch Reed", which is interesting for children and grown ups alike. A multimedia show with wonderful photos is also on display. Free entry!

Opening hours exhibition:
April to September: Tuesday - Sunday and bank holidays 2-5pm Friday additional 9-12am
Oktober to March: Tuesday - Thursday 2-4pm Friday 9-12am Sunday and bank holidays 2-5pm

Naturschutzzentrum Eriskirch
Bahnhofstr. 24
88097 Eriskirch
Tel. +49 7541 81888
Fax +49 7541 81899

Starting from the townhall in Ailingen via Unterlottenweiler towards Horach, the highest point of Friedrichshafen with a beautiful panoramic view over the lake and the alps. Past the Höhlerösch, a protected fruit meadow, you come to the Haldenbergkapelle (chapel), which is situated on top of the Haldenberg with probably the best view in the whole of Friedrichshafen. From the chapel you walk past idyllic meadows down to the Fasanenweg, then onto the Haldenweg and the Gartenstraße, which leads you straight to the small park at the townhall. This route as well as further hiking routes around Ailingen can be found in the Ailingen hiking map obtainable from the Tourist Information office at Ailingen.

Tourist-Information Ailingen
Tel. +49 7541 507222

As a result of the swift development of the town since the 19th century and due to the destruction during the 2nd World War, many interesting buildings and places in Friedrichshafen have been lost for ever. The "Historic Trail" (Geschichtspfad), with over 50 illustrated information boards, takes you on a historical tour of the town and portrays the historically interesting buildings and places of the town of the Zeppelin. The 3 km. long route begins at the Hafenbahnhof and follows the shoreline promenade to the Schlosskirche, then past the old cemetery and on to the Stadtbahnhof. Cast a glance 'behind the facades' of a former imperial city, royal residence and industrial town. Learn more about historical backgrounds and developments of our town on the shores of Lake Constance.

Since 1996, local townspeople have been organising a documentation of historically interesting buildings and places in Friedrichshafen, with the aim of elucidating them, one after another, with information boards at their original sites.

The Maybach Trail takes up the most important stages in the life of Karl Maybach. It presents a dignified memory of one of the most capable engine and automobile manufacturers and his impressive career with numerous world records, patents and technical masterpieces.

The "Kluftern Round Trail" (Ortsrundweg Kluftern) is a varied art, nature and historic trail in the shape of a large eight. It leads back to the history of the village through the Middle Ages to the Stone Age - past legendary sites, old buildings and meadow orchards, large sculptures of well-known local artists as well as newly created biotopes. Benches and a new barbecue area invite you to pause. Experience a journey of discovery through the village of Kluftern.

Kluftern Round Trail
Tel. +49 7544 740537