A lot of nature, wonderful cycle and hiking paths and many attractions are offered by the family-friendly holiday region of northern Lake Constance - a merger of the communities Illmensee, Ostrach, Pfullendorf, Wald and Wilhelmsdorf. Perfectly located in a beautiful landscape, around 20 kilometres away from Lake Constance, the holiday region extends between Lake Constance in the south and the Danube Valley in the north.
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The historic half-timbered town of Pfullendorf is particularly worth seeing. Beautiful half-timbered houses bear witness to the historic past of the former imperial town of Pfullendorf and invite you to stroll through the old town with its medieval flair. You are also welcome to discover Pfullendorf on a guided tour. Pfullendorf's location on the Upper Swabian Baroque Road, the German Half-timbered House Road and the Way of St. James shows just how steeped in history the town is and even in bad weather Pfullendorf offers great opportunities for groups. Visit the two museums: the Bindhaus (museum of local history and handicrafts) or the Old House (museum of the town history). Another highlight is the unique Seepark where a swimming area, a few playgrounds, an adventure park, a Wakeboard park, a diving centre and football- and adventure golf guarantees fun and action for young and old. In the winter an ice tent is available in the Seepark which offers a lot of fun on the ice.
From May to October, the Räuberbahn brings an usually closed railway line to life on Saturdays and every Sunday and holiday. The special train rides connect Pfullendorf, Burgweiler, Ostrach, Hoßkirch, Altshausen and Aulendorf by rail and provide the perfect start to great hiking and cycling tours. Events, attractive gastronomy and excursion tips are of course available along the route.
Unique nature can be found in Wilhelmsdorf and Ostrach in the Pfrunger-Burgweiler Ried - a nature reserve with many rare species of flora and fauna. You can explore south-west Germany's second largest contiguous moorland area there and the primeval forest of tomorrow with all your senses in the new interactive nature conservation centre, during a guided theme-specific tour, individually on foot or by bike. From the Bannwald Tower, from a height of 38.8 metres, you can enjoy the breathtaking view over the reed.
Illmensee entices with an idyllic bathing lake and unspoilt nature. The large lake swimming area is well equipped with beach volleyball, mini golf, a water slide, a jumping tower, a swimming area for children, a playground and a boat rental. The Illmensee and Ruschweiler See with its idyllic location is a true paradise for fishers. Enjoy a wonderful panorama of Lake Constance and the Alps from the highest point of the holiday region, the Höchsten. A short walk on the adjacent Swabian-Alemannic dialect path with Promipfad is also possible.
Lovers of art and culture will also enjoy their visit: There's plenty to discover in the three-country community of Ostrach. Visit the Boundary Stone Museum, which symbolises the borders of the former Kingdom of Württemberg, Grand Duchy of Baden and Principality of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Also worth a visit is the local folk and local history museum with its Schwarz-Vere exhibition and the Ostrach song manuscript. Wilhelmsdorf also has a museum of rural crafts and culture.
In the idyllic community of Wald, the baroque church of St. Bernhard can be admired. With its impressive works of art and paintings and the original Aichgasser organ, it is one of the outstanding works of art in the Upper Swabian Baroque Road.