Relax and enjoy Christmas in Lindau. Even cold, foggy December days are wonderful in Lindau and help you get in the mood for the Christmas festivities.

The snow falls silently and the lake takes on a mysterious air. The moon rises over the mountains, the stars twinkle above the streets and houses and the scent of Christmas treats fills the air – at Christmas time Lindau transforms itself into a magical, festive island.

Christmas Market in Lindau

A very special highlight is the island’s famous Harbour Christmas Market. In a unique lakeside setting on the promenade with the Mangturm tower at its heart, this romantic Christmas Market is the perfect place to enjoy hot mulled wine, aromatic Christmas cookies and shop for Christmas gifts and decorations. It also features a huge programme of activities for young and old, including a magical enchanted forest for the children and guided tours of the town with Fridolin, the night watchman. The Lindau Harbour Christmas Market on the harbour promenade runs from Friday to Sunday from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm each week between 28 November and 21 December.

After a visit to the Christmas market, the beautifully decorated and atmospheric old town awaits with its fabulous selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Relax and do your Christmas shopping in the island’s many narrow streets, along Maximilianstrasse or at the Lindaupark shopping centre on the mainland.
The Lindau Stadttheater also stages a special programme in the run-up to Christmas. Whether you go to see a comedy, drama or the dancing puppets of the Lindau Marionette Opera, a visit to the theatre is always worthwhile.

It is also wonderful to take a stroll along the lakeshore when the lake is shrouded in mist. Try walking all the way round the island or along the mainland shore in the direction of Lindenhofpark. Afterwards you can warm up with a hot cup of tea in one of Lindau’s many cosy cafés.

Another way to warm up is to pay a visit to the spa and wellness facilities at the Bayerischer Hof, the Hotel Bad Schachen or the Hotel Helvetia. Treat yourself to a massage or hot sauna and simply…. relax.

Winter sports on Lake Constance

If the kids need to let off steam, head for the indoor pool at the Limare spa and leisure complex. You could also play tennis on the indoor courts or try your hand at skittles. The region is also a magnet for fans of winter sports. Whatever your favourite winter pastime – skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, skating, tobogganing or snowshoeing, the region has something for everyone!