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

Archaeological State Museum Baden-Württemberg in Constance at Lake Constance

Archaeological State Museum Baden-Württemberg

The ALM in Constance features archaeological discoveries from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. Explore the newly curated “World of the Lake Dwellers” and the Roman treasure of Ladenburg, to the...

Guided tour of Constance

Anecdotes, well-kept secrets and interesting facts: embark on an exciting journey through time with the informative and amusing tours of the largest city on Lake Constance, held year-round. One of...

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

Top event

Konstanz Seenachtfest

08. 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...

Constance Christmas Market on the Lake | © MTK, Dagmar Schwelle

Constance Christmas Market on the Lake

28. November until 22. December

The Christmas ship with its 360° panoramic bar, a two-storey Christmas tavern, the breathtaking lake and alpine panorama characterize the Contance Christmas Market, a place to enjoy and shop for the...

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

20. June until 21. June

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 flea market in southern...

Tours including Constance

Rafting in the Ravensburger Spieleland close to Lake Constance

Family Highlights at Lake Constance

6-7 days

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

Packages including Constance

Constance winter special

2 nights from 99.00 € per person
Meersburg New Palace in Meersburg at Lake Constance

Garden Tours: Of Emperors, Counts and Popes!

2 nights from 275.00 € per person
Lake Constance gardens: Mainau Island

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