The Aeschacher Bad protrudes out of Lake Constance like a little island, a few meters away from the shore. Built on stilts in 1911, the lime green wooden building is in close proximity to the railway embankment which connects Lindau Island with the mainland. As with the well-known bathhouses on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, visitors access the listed bathhouse via a jetty In the summer months, an atmosphere of nostalgia can be enjoyed here between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm when swimming and sunbathing.
At the start of the 20th century, women and men usually bathed separately. In Aeschach, both sexes were allowed to use the bathing island. However, there was a partition wall from the room into the water, dividing the pool into an area for men and an area for women.
In order to also shield the bathing guests from curious looks from outside, the construction on stilts was concealed by a casing in those days. Guests bathed in a pool that was completely surrounded by the four-wing construction. The bottom of the pool was raised or lowered using a rope winch. This allowed the depth of the water to be individually tailored to the body size and the ability of the swimmers. Today, the pool is covered by a wooden floor. Like the sun terrace at the top, this area now invites guests to relax after bathing.
Today, swimmers do their laps in Lake Constance itself. On both sides of the construction, there are steps leading into the water. Depending on the water level, the rear bathing jetty is used as a diving platform by brave souls.
The Aeschacher Bad is something very special, as only three of these bathhouses on stilts are still preserved on Lake Constance. One each on the German, Austrian and Swiss side.
You can find further listed Bavarian bathing facilities in “Genuss mit Geschichte.“ ”Baden in bayerischen Denkmälern”. The publication was composed by Eva Maier and Katrin Vogt, in collaboration with the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments. The book is published by Volk Verlag and available in book shops.