Uhldingen-Mühlhofen: Our tips for a short break at Lake Constance
Have you ever been to Lake Constance? We have to admit that we haven’t been to Germany’s largest lake that often. All the better that, it finally worked again this summer. We spent a couple of lovely days in Uhldingen-Mühlhofen and got to know Lake Constance from an entirely new perspective. We were not only on the water but also around in a varied environment. The following article will take you virtually on our journey and show you the most beautiful corners around Uhldingen-Mühlhofen. Are you ready? Continue reading this post on the Escort Service Website.
Starting point Uhldingen-Mühlhofen
This time we didn’t go to Lindau, Constance or Friedrichshafen but to the seaside holiday community of Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, which is located directly on the shore of Lake Constance between Meersburg and Überlingen. The Seeferiengemeinde is an amalgamation of the former independent communities of Oberuhldingen, Mühlhofen and Unteruhldingen. Since our accommodation was in Unteruhldingen, we only stayed in this part of the municipality.
We could explore the area wonderfully and head for numerous highlights. Incidentally, directly opposite is the famous island of Mainau, which can be reached by boat in less than 15 minutes. It is just 25 minutes by bike to Meersburg or Überlingen, and Konstanz, Lindau, Friedrichshafen or Bregenz are also not too far away and can be reached by bike, bus, car or boat.
Uhldingen Mühlhofen: Sights & Highlights
In the following map, we have marked our top highlights and sights in and around Uhldingen-Mühlhofen. Of course, there is much more to discover, but for a first good impression, you should be very well prepared with our overview.
1. Relaxing in Unteruhldingen
Unteruhldingen is located directly on the shore of Lake Constance and awaited us with a summery flair. Here we walked along the promenade, lay in hammocks at the marina, let our eyes wander over the lake and indulged in culinary delights in the restaurants. For us, Unteruhldingen was the perfect starting point to explore the area. Mainly because it wasn’t as crowded as it was in Meersburg. For example, we could also easily reach everything on foot on site.
2. Round trip on Lake Constance
To get an initial overview of the area, we took part in the welcome guest drive on the first day. This takes place every Monday at 5 p.m. during the season and costs just €6 with the guest card (children up to 5 skis for free). On the MS Uhldingen, we sailed past the Pile Dwelling Museum and the Birnau Basilica. The crew on board provided us with many interesting facts and information about the region during the journey.
In addition to this guest welcome trip, you can go on numerous other on-site excursions and, for example, sail to the island of Mainau, Überlingen, Constance or Meersburg. On the last day of our trip, we made a more extended round trip to Überlingen. You can decide whether you want to get off on the way or stay on the ship.
3. Visit the Birnau Basilica
A highlight of the region is the Birnau Basilica, which is picturesquely enthroned on a hill above Lake Constance. Already during the welcome guest cruise on the first day of our trip, we could catch a first glimpse of the water. It is also often referred to as a baroque jewel on Lake Constance, and rightly so. Not only is the basilica’s view stunning, but also the elaborate and unique interior design with the many statues and wall paintings.
You should not miss the Birnau Basilica and plan a visit. From Unteruhldingen, you can easily walk to the church (approximately 45 minutes) or cycle (about 10 minutes). There is a free guided tour every Thursday (mid-May to mid-September) at 3 p.m. Admission is also free. Attention: Taking photos inside the church is not permitted without permission!
4. Hiking the Prelates’ Trail
If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably know that we love hiking. And here in Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, too, we had the opportunity to do so. From Unteruhldingen, we hiked through the idyllic nature reserve Seefelder Aachmündung and then made a short detour to the beautifully landscaped Hofgut Möking with a broom and farm shop. From there, the path led for another 20 minutes to the Birnau church. As already mentioned, you should visit this church!
The so-called Prälatenweg, which leads from the Birnau pilgrimage church to Salem Castle, is 7 kilometres long and brings us to the next highlight. We hiked through the lush forest and continued on a wide dirt road to the Affenberg Salem. After we visited around 200 Barbary apes, we took the bus back to Unteruhldingen (free with the guest card). We can recommend the tour from Unteruhldingen to the basilica and on to the Affenberg! Click here for more hikes.
5. Wine tasting in Birnauer Oberhof
Directly behind the Birnau Basilica is the more than 300-year-old Birnauer Oberhof, surrounded by proud vineyards and offers a great view of the Birnau Basilica. First, we were allowed to look at the gastronomy area of the wine bar in the main building and then taste a few wines on the terrace in the most beautiful sunshine. The entire property is beautifully designed and invites you to linger. During the season, weddings are celebrated here, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Understandable with the scenery!
6. Excursion to the Affenberg in Salem
The trip to the Affenberg Salem was a real highlight for children. We also visited the Barbary apes living there. Around 200 Barbary macaques live there as if they were in the wild in a 20-hectare forest. The population worldwide is estimated at less than 8000 individuals, which is why protecting these monkeys has been prioritised. During our walk through the woods, we saw numerous monkeys, some lazily and others playing happily.
But there is still more to discover on site. Around 50 pairs of storks breed on the Affenberg Salem and can be seen in large numbers in their enormous nests on the roofs. At the end of the 1970s, there were only 15 breeding pairs in Baden-Württemberg. Today the number has increased to more than 1000 pairs due to active reintroduction and the stork station. Crazy, right? There is also a beer garden, a playground, a fallow deer enclosure, a beautiful pond and a souvenir shop on the site. Admission is €12 for adults and €8 for children between the ages of 5 and 14.