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-maintainedhistorical centreborders 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 dawdlewhile 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

MS München on Lake Constance

Passenger ships

A short break on-board. A light breeze that strokes your face. The unmistakable smell of the fresh Lake Constance air. A glass of wine by the ship’s rail as you look out across the great expanse of...

salt’z – the Constance salt oasis

salt’z – the Constance salt oasis

With its salt cave boasting more than 28 tons of­ salt,­ “salt‘z”­ offers­ a­ health­ and­ spa­ experience for the young and the young at heart. At special children’s times, our young...

Lake Constance thermal spa in Konstanz

The thermal spa Bodensee-Therme Konstanz is located right on the shore of Lake Constance. While guests enjoy the warm thermal water, they have a spectacular, panoramic view of the Alps.­ After­...

Events in Constance

Winter Magic on Mainau Island

Winter Magic on Mainau Island

21. October 2019 until 19. March 2020

Enjoy the wintry landscape of the island of Mainau on a leisurely stroll through the sleeping gardens. After exploring the island, two warm places invite you to linger: the Butterfly House and the...

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...

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...

Tours including Constance

© Photo: Dagmar Schwelle | Marketing und Tourismus Konstanz GmbH

Lake Constance City Hopping

1-3 days
Lake Constance Gardens Mainau Island

Lake Constance Gardens

3 days
Lake Constance in winter

Culture, nature and pure relaxation in winter

6-7 days

Island hopping on Lake Constance

5-6 days

Packages including Constance

The Lake Constance Mini-Escape

4 nights from 279.00 € per person
Lake Constance circular hiking trail

Lake Constance circular hiking trail

6 days 5 nights from 519.00 € per person

Garden bicycle tour at Lake Constance

6 days from 499.00 € per person

Contact address

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