Konstanz at the Bodensee

Konstanz at the Bodensee

Konstanz – Your perfect holiday in the city to the lake

With more than 85,000 inhabitants, Constance is the largest city on Lake Constance. Nevertheless, you are on foot, by bike or short bus routes quickly to your destination. Constance not only impresses with its breathtaking view of the Alps, a beautiful old town and many entertainment and cultural events, but also offers the perfect starting point for your Lake Constance vacation. Switzerland borders directly on the Konstanzer old part of town and by the good Schiffsanbindung the other lake side is fast attainable.

We show you what makes your holiday in Constance really perfect

Your accommodation in Konstanz

Constance is a popular destination and is also perfect for a spontaneous getaway. The offer of hotels and pensions is large and continues to grow. Most of the accommodations are just minutes from the old town. From cheap to high-priced overnight accommodations everything is there. But also in the suburbs Egg, Litzelstetten, Dettingen, Dingelsdorf and Wallhausen you will find a wide selection of great apartments, hotels and campsites. The campsites are mostly located directly on the water and many apartments have a wonderful view over the lake. The suburbs are super connected to the bus network, they are 5 to max. 10 km from the city.

Our tip: If you want to visit events like the lake night festival: search for accommodation in Konstanz in time and book directly!

Attractions – Experience Constance

Constance has a beautiful medieval old town with small winding streets, individual shops, cafes and restaurants. A few steps from the magnificent Muenster away, is the oldest district of Constance: the Niedernburg. With its quaint wine taverns, small fashion and artist studios as well as unusual craft businesses, the Niederburg is a very special charming place and always worth a visit.

Also a must-see is the imposing statue of a light girl from the time of the Council, Imperia, of the sculptor Peter Lenk. From the harbor you can also take a look at the Constance Council toss. In 1417 a papal election was held here.

Tip: A city tour will tell you all about the history and secrets of the city. Our favorite: the staged tours like the night watchman tour.

If you prefer to go out on your own, the city tour is recommended. In printed version, this is also available at the Tourist Information.

Leisure – There is no boredom here

In Constance, it never gets boring, no matter what the season, whether alone, as a couple or with the whole family. Our tips for your leisure time:

  • A visit to the island of Mainau (best plan the whole day).
  • Immerse yourself in the SEA LIFE underwater world – marvel at real sharks.
  • A boat trip to Meersburg, Überlingen or by catamaran to Friedrichshafen.
  • A detour to the island of Reichenau.
  • A journey through time in the Archaeological State Museum.
  • Shopping tour of the city and the large shopping center Lago.
  • Relax a bit in the Therme Konstanz.
  • Soak up the sun in the Strandbad and cool off in the lake.
  • A visit to the Rosgarten Museum.
  • Be active in the water sports, a bike ride or a hike on the SeeGang.

Events and Lifestyle

Our lovely student city is located directly on the lake as well as on the Rhine. On some days you have a unique alpine panorama with a view of the Säntis. In Constance, there is the largest 24-hour flea market and its own bicycle road.

In summer, life takes place far into the night on the streets, in beer gardens and on the lake – Mediterranean feeling is spreading. There is even a beach bar right on the Rhine.

The Konstanzer can celebrate like no one else. They prove this every year anew at the Konstanzer Fasnacht, at the lake night festival or wine festival … celebration with us!

Constance can also be seen culturally: from theater, philharmonic orchestra, museums, galleries, cinema to concerts and festivals, everything is there.

Eating and drinking in Konstanz

Konstanz also has a lot to offer in culinary terms. From good bourgeois to international, classic and exotic, in Konstanz you can choose from 300 catering outlets the right thing for you. An overview of the gastronomy landscape in Konstanz can be found in the brochure Kulinarisches Konstanz.

Our cafe tips for a coffee break after a shopping marathon or a city stroll:

  • Vogelhaus – cool location, great selection of coffee and next to shop.
  • Pano – coffee, delicious ice cream, breads from the wood oven and next deco choose.
  • Café Zeitlos and Le Sud – perfect with children! Cozy backyard garden with play area and sandpit.
  • Backladen and Café Stadtkind im Paradies – delicious snacks and homemade muesli.

Food by the water: Here you can visit the harbor mile or the right bank of the Rhine (seen from the old town). You can choose between different restaurants and beer gardens.

Our brunch tip: In the Koono in Litzelstetten you can savor delicious brunches on Sundays, there is a buffet with a large selection and exotic highlights.

Transportation in Konstanz

Our tip: let your car stand better! Although there are parking garages and public parking lots in the city, they are completely overcrowded especially on weekends and not very cheap either.

In Konstanz you can reach quite a lot on foot, because the distances are not very large. If it continues, you can take the city bus Konstanz or rent bicycles. For a larger purchase, you can borrow a cargo bike for the first hour for free.

If you want to change the lake side, the sea route with the ferry, the catamaran or the Bodensee ship offers.

You can easily explore Konstanz by bike, you can with the bike rental KONRAD. At 15 rental stations, which are spread over the entire city, the bicycles are available around the clock, seven days a week. Borrowing costs one euro per half hour to a maximum of nine euros for 24 hours. The bikes are rented via the app ,, My Constance" or through this website.

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