Living in the Lake Constance/Upper Swabia region
An attractive location:
- A dynamic international economic centre: internationally renowned high-technology companies - Traditional companies - 'Hidden champions'
- A centre for research and education: Schloss Salem boarding school, higher education network - Nobel Prize winners
- International quality of life: a region with 3.8 million inhabitants
- A unique natural landscape: the World Heritage Site of Reichenau Island - hiking trails - Ski areas
- A wide range of leisure activities: public bathing beaches and thermal spas - sailing, surfing, canoeing, rafting or diving - the most popular cycle path in Europe
- Diverse cultural activities: Open air concerts - jazz festivals - the Bregenz Festival
- Within easy reach of cities & an international airport: Munich, Zurich, Stuttgart and Ulm - Friedrichshafen airport
A world of vibrant colours and variety awaits you outside work as well - in one of the most attractive regions of Germany and Switzerland. The Lake Constance region is one of the few areas to combine a strong international economic centre with international quality of life, outstanding natural landscapes including a lake, mountains, the Rhine valley and Allgäu, as well as a vibrant cultural scene.
The Lake Constance region extends into Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein - four countries, different cantons, districts and states. The region's economic activities revolve around internationally renowned high-technology companies such as EADS, ZF and Tognum, as well as many successful small and medium-sized companies. Many of them are traditional companies that have, over the generations, grown to become global market leaders in their field and "hidden champions" in international markets.
It's not just its economy that has earned the Lake Constance region a reputation as a high-performance and innovative European hot spot. The Lake Constance region is also making great strides as a research and education centre, with the Schloss Salem boarding school and 30 higher education establishments alone in the International Lake Constance University network (Internationale Bodensee-Hochschule). This is also reflected in the selection, since 1951, of Lindau as the setting for the annual Nobel Laureate meetings, at which former winners gather to discuss the latest scientific issues.
More than 3.8 million people live and work in the Lake Constance area. With an unemployment rate of around 3% combined with outstanding quality of life, this economic centre is attracting more and more people to the region.
Quality of life also means life outside work. Attractions including a lake, mountains, many small villages and medium-sized towns open up a wide spectrum of leisure activities right on the doorstep, the variety of which may come as a surprise:
Or perhaps you already knew that, with a shoreline of 273 km, Lake Constance has more than 50 bathing beaches and thermal spas for after-work relaxation? The lake is of course also ideal for activities including sailing, surfing, kiting, canoeing, rafting and diving. Lake Constance is also the venue for various spectator events, including the annual "Rund um" race featuring a line-up of some 400 sailing boats - an unforgettable sight.
Did you know that the Lake Constance cycle path is the most popular cycle route in Europe? Cycle or skate over its 216 km on an exploration of the neighbouring countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
If your idea of after-work relaxation is walking, you can explore the 260 km circular hiking trail around Lake Constance or admire mountain views from one of the many nearby hiking trails or ski areas.
Culture lovers are ideally catered for too, with a wide range of top-class attractions including the World Heritage Site of Reichenau Island, the baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the old town of Stein am Rhein. Open air concerts and jazz festivals attract high numbers of visitors to the region and over 100 museums are waiting for your visit. The Bregenz Festival, taking place on one of the world's most beautiful open-air stages, appeals to more than just opera lovers, while the region's culinary attractions offer something to suit every taste - from country inns to starred kitchens.
If you ever feel the need for city life, Munich, Zurich, Stuttgart and Ulm are all within easy reach.
The next question is how can you get to this unique region with its own special flair?
The exhibition town of Friedrichshafen has an international airport, serving major cities in Germany and Europe within a maximum flight time of 90 minutes. For more information, visit: www.bodensee-airport.eu
We hope you enjoy your stay. We are sure that these colourful sights will create a lasting impression.