Konstanz

Chruch of St. Stephan and Minster in Constance

Konstanz is cult. Its unique location on Lake Constance, an extensive old town with winding streets and a magnificent minster, international flair and – last but not least – the island of Mainau which also belongs to Konstanz make this city an attractive holiday destination. From 2014 to 2018, Konstanz is celebrating the “600th anniversary of the Konstanz Council” under the banner “Europe is our guest”.

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Iconic beauty of Constance

Konstanz is the largest city on Lake Constance and the only German municipality on the southern shore of the lake. The well-maintained historical centre borders Switzerland, Lake Constance and Lake Rhine which escapes the Obersee as a broad stretch of water flowing north-west. On clear days, the view from Constance harbour stretches over the bobbing sailing vessels and the broad waters of the deep-blue lake to the imposing peaks of the Alpine foothills.
 

Konstanz is a shopping city

Numerous shops encourage visitors to linger and dawdle while street cafés serve up enticing Mediterranean dishes.
 

Konstanz is an ideal starting point

The city on Lake Constance is an ideal starting point for boat and sailing excursions.

A regular car and passenger ferry operates between Konstanz and the romantic wine town of Meersburg on the northern shore of the lake. With the catamarans “Fridolin”, “Ferdinand” and “Constanze”, visitors can reach the Zeppelin city of Friedrichshafen in only 45 minutes. Excursion boats link Konstanz to almost every municipality on the lake. It is possible to visit the nearby flower island Mainau by boat, on foot or by bike – the best-known excursion destination on Lake Constance which belongs to the city of Konstanz. Thanks to the mild lake climate, palm trees, sequoia, lemon trees and orange trees all thrive in the extensive Schlosspark. From 2014 to 2016, Konstanz is celebrating “600 years of the Konstanz Council”.

Must-dos in Constance

  • take a “past and present” guided tour of the city
  • climb Constance cathedral
  • take the boat to the flower island Mainau
  • gain an insight into the underwater world in Sealife
  • visit the innumerable museums in the city

 

The right place at any time of year:

  • Spring tip: 
    admire the tulips in bloom on Mainau island
     
  • Summer tip: 
    take a dip in one of the numerous free lidos
     
  • Autumn tip: 
    Enjoy a guided tour of the city with wine tasting
     
  • Winter tip:
    visit the Constance Christmas market

Experiences in Constance

Rosgartenmuseum

Rosgartenmuseum

The Middle Ages lives in the heart of Constance. The former butchers’ guild house of 1454 contains unique and faithfully preserved halls, rooms and works of art from the late Middle Ages. The...

© Der Surf Bauch

Der Surf Bauch – A surf school in Constance

Surfing courses, hire service and lots of fun – Der Surf Bauch, the oldest surf school located in Staad, Konstanz, has been promoting a variety of surfing experiences since 1973. Be it windsurfing...

Constance Rhine lido

The Rhine lido is an ideal spot to bathe, relax and sunbathe. Located directly beside the Rhine, it offers bathers a wonderful view over Constance old town. Moreover, bathing in flowing water is a...

Events in Constance

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Cross-border flea market in Constance (D) / Kreuzlingen (CH)

+++ 2022 cancelled +++ 24 hours, 9 kilometres, 2 countries, 1 flea market: with over 1,000 stands, the cross-border flea market in Constance (D) / Kreuzlingen (CH) is the largest and most attractive...

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Konstanz Seenachtfest

13. August

The lake night festival in Konstanz has long earned its cult status. For more than 65 years, one of the largest open-air festivals around Lake Constance has been held here in August. Every summer, up...

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Segelregatta Internationale Bodenseewoche (c) Schwelle | © Dagmar Schwelle

International Lake Constance Week

09. June until 12. June

For four days, the historic old town harbour in Konstanz provides the perfect backdrop for one of the oldest and most important water sports events from Kiel to Genoa. In the more than 100-year-old...

Weihnachtliche Stimmung auf der Marktstätte | © MTK | Leo Leister

Advent Market Constance

18. November until 22. December

Festive decorations and over 500,000 lights adorn the new Advent Market in the Stadtgarten as well as the picturesque alleyways of the city centre and numerous huts invite visitors to enjoy tasty...

Tours including Constance

Island hopping on Lake Constance

6 days
Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, UNESCO World Heritage Site close to Lake Constance

Treasures of the Past at Lake Constance

5 days
Rafting in the Ravensburger Spieleland close to Lake Constance

Family Highlights at Lake Constance

7-8 days

Packages including Constance

Constance winter special

2 nights from 99.00 € per person
Lake Constance gardens: Mainau Island | © Helmuth Scham

Mainau Island - "Once be Mainau gardener ...!"

1-3 days from 200.00 € per person

Contact address

Marketing und Tourismus Konstanz GmbH, Bahnhofplatz 43, 78462 Constance, Germany