Granted: When you hear “island city”, the first thing that comes to mind is not steep ski slopes and groomed cross-country trails. When it comes to Lindau, however, you should do just that – because friends of winter sports reach their destination here faster than many people think.
The Lindau ice sports arena offers optimal conditions for fun on skates, regardless of the weather. Beginners are just as welcome here as advanced skiers; pirouette turners as well as puck hunters. If you want to take a short break, you can have a snack at the “Eisstüble” on site or enjoy the view of water and mountains outside: The ice rink is located directly on the shore of Lake Constance. Special activities such as ice disco, play afternoons or trial training sessions are regularly on the programme. Especially on the weekends there is a lot on offer for young and old. Skates and walking aids can be rented directly on site.
In really cold winters, the “Kleine See” between the Lindauer bridge and the railway embankment also freezes over. Then you can do your rounds on the ice or go for a walk under the open sky. The whole of Lake Constance has also been completely frozen several times – the last time there was a so-called “Seegfrörne” in 1963. Back then, people walked to Austria or Switzerland on foot, and even a small plane landed on the frozen lake.
On the sledge, ready, go: great fun is guaranteed! Families with children can do a trip to the Pfänder where there is an sledging area for children. The Pfänderbahn is a convenient way to get to the top and makes it easy to bring your own sledge or bobsled. The Allgäu village of Scheidegg also offers ideal conditions for sledging with children. There are hills for sledging of different types and for all ages, both near the spa hotel and around the village.
You can take a rather leisurely sledge run on the prepared winter hiking route from Steinfluh to Schwägalp am Säntis in Switzerland: After a 20-minute hike to the alpine huts of Siebenhütten, you return by sledge. On arrival at Schwägalp, “Älplermagronen” and “Rösti” tempt you to stop for a bite to eat. Sleds can be hired from the Schwägalp shop.
Wild sledging fun and thrills also await you on the adventurous pistes in the Allgäu and Bregenzerwald. Sleds can often be hired from mountain huts, sports shops or at mountain railways – and then it’s downhill on winding and steep slopes. Adults also get their money’s worth here; some places offer night-time sledging under floodlight.
The snow crunches softly under your feet, ice crystals glitter in the sun, and you glide through an enchanting winter world on silent soles… On a snowshoe hike you can enjoy untouched nature and let your soul dangle.
Very close to Lindau you can experience snowshoe tours, for example on the Pfänder: With over 30 km of uncleared paths, the Bregenzer Berg at 1,064 metres usually offers ideal conditions for a hike. Especially when Lake Constance is covered in fog, the summit invites you to soak up the sun. Once you reach the top, you can warm up with a cosy stop at the Pfänderdohle.
A snowshoe tour through a snow-covered winter landscape is a lasting experience that you can enjoy even without expensive equipment. Rental stations for snowshoes can be found in Immenstadt (Allgäu), in the Bregenzerwald (Bezau, Mellau, Schoppernau) and of course at the Swiss Säntis. Group excursions are also offered in many places.
Enthusiastic cross-country skiers or those who want to become one will find optimal conditions around Lindau. Classics and skaters can choose from prepared cross-country trails with different levels of difficulty.
In the West Allgaeu, 200 km of cross-country trails lead through the snow-covered mountain landscape. The 50 km long, classic “Superloipe” between Waldsee and Alpsee promises a wonderful view of the Nagelfluh chain and the Bregenz Forest. It is ideal and an extraordinary experience for experienced and trained cross-country skiers.
Larger cross-country skiing areas are located 30 to 50 minutes by car from Lake Constance in Vorarlberg. The cross-country trails stretch over 300 kilometres through the glittering world of snow.
An insider tip among cross-country skiers is the 9 km panoramic trail at the cross-country skiing centre in Heiden (CH). The name says it all: an ingenious view of Lake Constance and Alpstein rewards your sporting fighting spirit. In addition to 9 km of classic cross-country skiing, 3.5 km of skating can also be practised. On the 1.65 km long night cross-country ski run you can even do your laps until 21:30.
Classic cross-country skiing trails
- Scheidegg (D): 5 cross-country skiing trails of different lengths
- Damüls (A): high-altitude cross-country ski run Furka with 16 km length
- Warth-Schröcken (A): high-altitude cross-country trail Hochtannberg with 18 km length
- Lech-Zürs (A): 27 km of varied cross-country ski trails with guaranteed snow
- Au-Schoppernau (A): cross-country skiing trail with a length of 40 km
- Hittisau to Balderschwang (A): borderland cross-country ski run with a length of over 50 km
- Sulzberg (A): cross-country ski run with 70 km length
- Montafon (A): classic cross-country skiing tracks with a total length of 83.5 km and 17 km of skating tracksHeiden (CH): two cross-country ski trails and one night trail
Please note that in some areas there are fees for the use of the cross-country trails.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Skiing at Lake Constance? This is also possible! Thanks to its location on the edge of the Alps, Lindau offers the best connections to renowned ski resorts in Austria and Switzerland. The Allgäu also attracts with downhill runs of varying degrees of difficulty. Skiers and snowboarders can expect optimal conditions on thousands of kilometres of slopes with modern lifts. If you travel by car, you can be on the slopes in about an hour’s drive.
Those who want to save themselves the hassle of looking for a parking space and fitting snow chains can take advantage of the numerous ski buses and trains, which take guests quickly and comfortably to the ski areas of the Arlberg, Montafon, Klostertal, Brandnertal and many other regions of Austria. With the ticket of the Vorarlberg transport association (VVV-Fahrschein + SkipassBonusTicket) you also receive a reduced ski pass.
So the motto is: get on at Lindau train main station, get off at the ski area, have fun! The skiing pleasure could hardly be easier.
Ski areas in the near Lindau
- T-bar lifts at Pfänder (A): distance approx. 10 km
- Alberschwende (A): Distance about 30 km
- Alpenarena Hochhäderich (A): Distance approx. 45 km
- Laterns (A): distance approx. 45 km
- Skiarena Steibis (D): Distance approx. 48 km
- Hochgratbahn (D): distance approx. 50 km
- Damüls-Mellau-Faschina (A): Distance about 50 km
- Diedamskopf (A): distance about 70 km
- Toggenburg (CH): Distance about 70 km
- Warth Schröcken (A): distance approx. 70 km
- Malbun (LIE): Distance about 78 km
- Silvretta Montafon (A): distance approx. 82 km
- Sonnenkopf (A): distance approx. 88 km
- Lech Zürs (A): distance approx. 98 km