Around Lake Constance there are three countries, three cantons (five if you count the sub-cantons), three federal states and God knows how many smaller administrative units. In general, they try to cooperate in the field of tourism and this cooperation has resulted in the form of guest cards of Lake Constance. But they are not always as profitable as we would like. So plan carefully if you’re on a budget.
There are many attractions around Innsbruck within an hour and a half by car. The surroundings of Innsbruck include Fernpass with its lakes and the Zugspitze, and Reutte with its bridge and fortresses, and the Ötz Valley, and much more.
The touristic region of Zugspitze Austrian side is called Zugspitze Arena. Zugspitze Arena is known as a ski region that embraces the Austrian slope of the Zugspitze and the surrounding mountains.
Looking at the photos in the first part, you may ask – where are these lakes, there is only a meadow and wooded mountains. Nevertheless, three decent-sized lakes are hidden in the forests, and in the neighboring valley towards Reutte there are two more large lakes, on which there are even pleasure boats. And there are many small mountain lakes and reservoirs, some of which are used to provide snow for trails, and in the summer they are very beautiful landscapes.
Mountain lakes were hidden under clouds, but in the forest ones we even managed to swim.
In comparison with the German coast, where everything is subordinated to tourism, the Swiss side of Lake Constance seems to know nothing about tourists and does not want to know. Therefore, you need to prepare especially carefully for a vacation there.
Does it make sense to go there at all? Consider the pros and cons below.
Lake Constance (Bodensee) is one of the most favorite places of vacation. And this is its main drawback for everyone who wants to relax. For those who are not disturbed by the crowds of walking, skating, swimming and eating, there are a lot of advantages: clean water, equipped beaches and warm pools, water sports and entertainment, numerous asphalt roads for pedestrians and cyclists along the shore and between vineyards, delicious food, fresh trout from the lake, finally enough attractions if everything else gets bored.
The Inn Valley from Innsbruck to Kufstein is not only a way to get to the Brenner Autobahn and Italian seeside, but a holiday destination in itself. In assortment: palaces, museums, mines, an open-air museum, a lake, gorges and steam locomotives. They all on the map. Most important part of this region is the side Zillertal valley, one of the most popular ski resort. We see, what you can do in Zillertal in summer (spoiler: a lot).
to the east – From Bregenz to Innsbruck. What to visit
to the northeast – What to do in Allgäu map
to the northwest – Upper Bavaria Map of attractions
to the west – around Zell am See
What to do in Zell am See in summer
Tennengau, Pongau, Dachstein attractions map
Are you making a stopover in Innsbruck? Don’t miss Ambras Palace. You can easily combine the visit with the Patscherkofel cable car. Nearby is also Olimpic Ski Jump Bergisel.
Innsbruck enjoys an advantageous location at the crossroads of ravines and roads, where it was simply impossible not to grow big and prosperous. It can be pretty boring here when the weather is bad. But when the weather is nice, you can easily spend several days and not only see a small Innsbruck old town and Ambras Castle, but also hike in the mountains. It is one of the few large cities in the immediate vicinity of mountain peaks and ski slopes. It is not surprising that the Olympic Games have been held here twice.
The most famous attraction of the Oetz Valley, with the exception of Ötzi, was popular long before he was discovered. It is Stuibenfall waterfall.
Stuibenfall – a popular name for waterfalls, from the word “to dust”. But the waterfall at Umhausen is the most famous with this name and the highest in Tyrol. However, the height in the waterfalls is not the main thing, but by this one everything is fine also with the appearance.