Lake Constance and its Reichenau Island are considered the cradle of European horticulture. That’s also why the trip begins with the “Hortulus” of the ninth-century monk Walahfrid Strabo. Owners of private gardens as well as parks around the Lower Lake Constance invite you to a garden rendezvous, opening up their green gems once or several times a year to interested visitors. The first part of the trip leads you from Reichenau Island to Radolfzell where the second part of the trip, from Radolfzell to Öhningen, continues.
For general information and events, go to www.tourinsmus-untersee.eu or www.garten-rendezvous-bodensee.de. You can also obtain a brochure with directions and opening hours of individual gardens from Tourismus Untersee e.V., Im Kohlgarten 2, D-78343 Gaienhofen, phone +49 (0) 7735 919055.
In Allensbach, the route leads from the small harbor onto Brunnengasse, around the Nikolaus church into Kirchgasse, which ends in Höhrenbergstraße. Follow the B33, past the mountain of Riesenberg to the Fischerhaus. Take a right turn and then continue heading straight until you reach a country road, where you continue to the left until you reach the Allensbach Wildlife and Recreational Park (follow the signage after the crossroads). The diversity of plants and animals in this park is exciting for children and adults alike. Return to the crossroads. This time keep to the left. Once the forest ends, a path on the left takes you to the Mindelsee lke. This trail passes the Dürrenhof farm and runs along Dürrenhofstraße to Möggingen.
The orchard and botanical garden is situated on the outskirts of the village, near the cemetery. From Dürrenhofstraße turn left, then immediately right onto Liggeringer Straße, then left onto Schulstraße. Follow this all the way to the cemetery which lies across from the orchard. Continue west, past the Tennhof farm and make a left turn down the hill (Im Tenn, then Am Obstberg) past the Max Planck Research Institute for Ornithology. The institute’s Hennhouse is worth a visit!
Now turn left onto Schlossallee and continue along this street to Liggeringer Straße. Cross under the highway. Ride to the end of the forest and take the path along the edge of the forest going east towards Markelfingen. When you reach the first houses, take an immediate right turn, then left onto Ländlestraße. Continue along An der Kindswies all the way to the main street (Hauptstraße). Cross the main street and follow Gnadenstraße all the way to no. 35 (fourth building on the right after the street curves to the left). This is where the Blum family’s small nature garden can be visited, with its pond and Mediterranean plants.
The route then continues along the Lake Constance bike trail to Radolfzell and the town’s municipal park.
On Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays, a motor ship takes you back to Reichenau Island. During in-season months (be sure to check the schedule) it departs from the harbor of Radolfzell to the small harbor of Reichenau-Mittelzell. From there, it takes only a few minutes to return to your starting point at the Mittelzell Museum.