Thanks to its unique location – against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and directly on the waterfront – the Lindau Harbour Christmas is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the country.
This year, Lindauer Hafenweihnacht will take place from 24. November to 18. December 2022, always Thursday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
Cabins, glittering lights and the smell of mulled wine
Snow-covered Alpine peaks in the background, the lake in front of it, in which sparkling lights are reflected, a fairytale forest with legendary figures and real animals along the promenade: The Lindau Harbour Christmas is special in many ways.
At the market stalls – as in many of the island’s boutiques – the motto “class not mass” applies: Fair trade goods and regional products make buying presents a lasting pleasure.
Every Advent day, different artists perform on the stage at the harbour, putting you in a festive mood with music and dance. Of course you can also treat yourself to seasonal culinary delights.
The festively decorated old town of the Lindau island with its numerous alleys and shops also invites you to a pre-Christmas shopping tour.
Highlights of the Christmas Island
The pre-Christmas programme is diverse and varied: it ranges from a varied musical programme at the harbour to special boat tours. Here you will find a small selection of the activities and offers:
- Christmas arsenal market in the Zeughaus
- Christmas cot in the church of St. Stephan, open daily
- Model railway exhibition at Lindau railway station
- Curling and giant pick-ups at the Eil.Gut.Halle
- Organ music on Advent saturdays in the Cathedral of “Unserer Lieben Frau” church and
- in the church of St. Stephen
Let yourself be inspired and fascinated on the days of Advent – and above all: take your time. Because that is exactly what these weeks are all about: Enjoying the special moments to the full – whether with family, friends or even on your own. For your very personal moments of contemplation you are very welcome in Lindau.
Lake Constance boat tours in Advent
If you let your gaze wander from the lake to the Christmassy illuminated shore over a hot tea, you are guaranteed to get into a festive mood.
Lake Constance Navigation offers two-hour winter round trips from 25. November to 16. Dezember 2022.
- Friday till Sunday
- 2:00 pm
- Duration 2 hours
- 24,00 € per person (round trip including 1 cup of coffee and 1 piece of cake)
- Tickets at the Tourist Information at Alfred-Nobel-Platz 1, directly on board or book online here
In addition, from 25. November to 19. Dezember 2022 , the ships will set off on one-hour winter round trips.
- Friday till Sunday
- 05:30 pm
- 12,50 € per person (children up to 15 years travel free of charge when accompanied by their grandparents/parents)
- Tickets at the Tourist Information Office at Alfred-Nobel-Platz 1 or directly on board
Christmas market hopping to Bregenz
Those who can’t get enough of Christmas markets will love this offer: The Christmas ship MS Austria of Vorarlberg Lines commutes during Advent between Bregenz and Lindau, where you can visit a total of three different markets. Thanks to the ship, you can travel comfortably and without having to look for a parking space.
Already on the ship you can discover and marvel at a nativity scene exhibition, a winter forest and a 10 m long model railway. In Bregenz you can then stroll through the Christmas market in the upper town of Bregenz, which is considered an insider tip by the locals. Afterwards you can do your Christmas shopping in the lower town.
From Lindau, Bregenz will be served by the Christmas boat from 15. November to 24. Dezember 2022.
- fridays, saturdays and sundays
- 13:20, 15:00, 16:40 and 18:20 Departure in Lindau
- 12:30, 14:10, 15:50 and 17:30 Departure in Bregenz
- 14,80 € per person, 6,90 € for children
- Ticket sales directly on board
Arrive at the harbor Christmas
In order to reach the Lindauer Hafenweihnacht in a carefree and stress-free way, we kindly ask you to arrive by public transport such as train, bus or ship. The Christmas market takes place at the harbour of the Lindau island – and is therefore absolutely central and conveniently located.
If you arrive by train, you get off the train right in front of the entrance to the Christmas market: The Lindau Island train station is only a few metres away. The Lindau city bus stops right next to the station and is therefore also only about one minute away from the harbour Christmas.
The ships also moor directly at the entrance to the harbour Christmas. Vorarlberg Lines offers a Christmas shuttle between Lindau and Bregenz; the Swiss Lake Constance shipping company commutes from Rorschach to Lindau on three weekends.
If travelling by car is unavoidable, the P1 and P2 car parks on the mainland, which are subject to charges, are available.