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DS Hohentwiel und MS OESTERREICH auf dem Bodensee (c) Historische Schifffahrt Bodensee Ges.m.b.H.
An extra special experience

Historical cruises on Lake Constance

Side by side, two historical ships have ushered in a new era for cruises on Lake Constance...

The DS Hohentwiel: Embrace a sense of adventure during memorable moments in an elegant atmosphere. A historical cruise on Lake Constance is a special experience no matter the weather.

Her legendary reputation precedes her: The deep tones from Captain Adi Konstatzky’s horn are audible from clear across the lake.  As this elegant, nostalgic steamship straight out of a fairytale comes into view, one is reminded of times long since past.

There is no more stylish way to experience the sunset on Lake Constance: Gourmet cruises and other events are offered on the lavishly renovated paddle steamship. Chef Heino Huber then serves a 5-course menu on board.

When the Hohentwiel made its official maiden voyage on 21 April 1913, it was indeed just one of many steamships. Even then, however, the "Seeblatt" newspaper reported that the interior of the Hohentwiel was especially luxurious in comparison to other ships.

MS OESTERREICH: Like a phoenix from the ashes: For those who love historical cruises on faithfully restored ships, a new era will begin in spring of 2019. The maiden voyage of the MS OESTERREICH will be an extra special occasion. After all, the DS Hohentwiel was the final steamboat on waters of Lake Constance, while the MS OESTERREICH was the last powered vessel. This year, after 33 exciting months of restoration in the Fussach shipyard, the “Oesterreich” has emerged from the ashes like a phoenix to head for its future berth at the side of the “Hohentwiel” in the Hard harbour. The similar histories of these two ships is being consciously emphasised in order to offer guests and locals alike a unique experience on Lake Constance.

Motorschiff Oesterreich, Historische Schifffahrt, Bodensee (c) Michael Haefner
Dampfschiff Hohentwiel, Bodensee(c) CS / Vorarlberg Tourismus

Hard near Bregenz is the homeport of these two historical ships and the embarking and disembarking point for gourmet cruises. Visit the Hohentwiel website to find out more about themed cruises with moorings in Bregenz and other ports of call.

Information / contact:

  • Contact:
    Historische Schifffahrt Bodensee GmbH
    (Historical cruises on Lake Constance)
    Port: Hafenstraße 15
    A-6971 Hard
    T +43 (0) 5574 / 635 60
    F +43 (0) 5574 / 635 60 33

    DS Hohentwiel and MS Oesterreich

  • Tickets:
    Office: Kirchstraße 16
    A-6971 Hard
    T +43 (0)5574 63560

  • Arrive free of charge:
    When departing from ports in Vorarlberg (Hard, Bregenz or Lochau) and Lindau, 2022 guests of the Hohentwiel or Oesterreich are permitted to travel to all theme cruises free of charge by public transport. A valid ticket for the booked cruise is required!