Steinstrasse 21a, (formerly A'ppart-Hotel Konstanz), 78467 Konstanz, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
More about Konstanz
Wessenberg house, picture gallery
main nave, organ
cyclers in front of my hotel
cake and coffee
Getting to Geneva
I would like to travel from Konstanz to Geneva, and return. Does anyone know if this is possible by bus? Perhaps there's a bus from Kreuzlingen?
The rail option appears to cost 200 euro for a return ticket (2nd class), so I'd like to avoid handing over such a large chunk of my life savings if at all possible. I understand that it's possible to get reduced train fares if one purchases a train card. Would this be the best option?
Thanks for the help!
Re: Getting to Geneva
200€ a return ticket? Isn't it better 65.37€ return by train? You do not need to buy the whole trip but in two legs: buy on D-bahn site Konstanz-Zurich return ticket 34€ then on Suisse rails site there are super-offers Zurich-Geneva from 48CHF(31.37€) return. All this without train cards. You must just combine the train timetables.
Hope this helps
Re: Getting to Geneva
This is not possible by bus. Such far distance bus just don't exist in Switzerland.
Buy a Swiss Transfer Ticket
You can buy this ticket at the DB travel center in Konstanz.
This ticket covers the trip from Kreuzlingen (maybe also Konstanz as Konstanz as a DB and SBB part) to Geneva and return.
Re: Getting to Geneva
Thanks very much for the help! It is much appreciated! Who knew there were good souls like yourselves willing to help random strangers! You have reaffirmed my faith in humanity! Many thanks
Travel Tips for Konstanz
Many buildings in this part of Germany have murals, but Konstanz is overflowing with them. It was wonderful just walking through the pedestrianized downtown, looking from right to left to right again, taking it all in. Very beautiful, and so different from buildings where I come from!
Getting married :-)
It's reported in this part of Germany that a married guy has to take care about the family.
Here you can see Petar carrying wife's bag and daughter's shoes ... be careful getting married here around :-)
DAY TRIP OPTIONS: Meersburg
The best known destination on the shores of Bodensee is of course Meersburg, known for its romantic old town, the two palaces and the beautiful location on a steep hillside above the lake. If people know about only one place around Bodensee, it's this.
Meersburg's Old Palace is said to be the oldest castle in Germany, according to legends its origins date back to the times of the Merowingian king Dagobert in the 7th century. Not sure if this is true but superlatives sell...
In the reformation the City of Konstanz managed to kick out the Bishop. Since then Meersburg was the residence of the Bishops of Konstanz. They lived in the Old Palace but around 1700 it was decided that a more adequate and modern palace was needed. So from 1710 the baroque New Palace was erected next to the old one.
In 1802/03 Meersburg became property of the Electors, then Granddukes of Baden together with all other worldly possessions of the bishopric. The New Palace was used as summer residence a few times but then sold for other purposes. The town fell into some kind of Cinderella sleep, industrialization and everything hardly reached it. Thanks to this the old town has been preserved unspoilt and is now the town's wealth.
How to get there: Meersburg has one big disadvantage: there are no train connections. For whatever reason the railway that otherwise runs along the lake takes a detour further inland and skips the town. Train travellers have to change to a bus in either Überlingen or Friedrichshafen.
From Konstanz, the easiest way to reach Meersburg is a cruise boat. Another option: take the bus to Staad and cross the lake on the car ferry. Car travellers of course take the ferry.
Some useful links:
Website of Meersburg Tourist Office
Homepage of Neues Schloss - New Palace
Homepage of Altes Schloss - Old Palace (page in German)
It is called the Konstanzer Münster in German. It's the dominant element in the city. Looking at the buidling, it looks heavily restored (another way of saying it's in good condition, I guess :) The restoration is on-going, and they say it will be completed in 2010.
The story of the cathedral, from what I gather, is a confusing one. The cathedral served as the central church of the diocese of Konstanz until 1821, and the history of the church in Konstanz goes back to the 6th Century. Structures were built and burned or collapsed throughout the centuries (a great fire destroyed one of the towers along with parts of the basilica as well as 96 other houses in the city around 1300). From 1414 – 1418 the Council of Constance took place -- the most important assembly of the Church during the Middle Ages, and the only one on German soil! Martin V, who had been elected Pope by the Conclave and thereby ending a schism dividing the Church, is enthroned in this Minster in 1417. In 1415 Johannes Hus, because of his teachings, is condemned as a heretic by the Council who, at this time, was without a Pope. He was then delivered to the secular power who condemned him to death, tied him to a stake and publicly burnt him alive. Between 1418 – 1525 the Minster is adapted to Gothic style by master craftsmen. In the period from 1526 – 1551 the bishop leaves Constance because of the reformation, and moves his see across the lake to the Martinsburg in Meersburg. The radical iconoclasm instigated by the reformer Zwingli in nearby Zurich, caused the destruction of much valuable and irreplaceable artwork in this church.
Also found on the site:
Outside of the cathedral is a small pyramid-shaped glass structure. Inside is a view of some of the old Roman buiding site. I took a very poor photo included in this tip!
Fly with it or just look at it ... Friedrichshafen, not so far away from Konstanz and sleeping beside the same lake, was the heaquarter for Zeppelins.
Today you can see this modern one flying over the city.
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