Hotel Gasthof Linde
Radolfzeller Str. 27, Konstanz, Baden-Wurttemberg, 78467, Germany
More about Konstanz
former chapter hall
western facade of the minster
lake view from the cafe
Brauhaus Joh. Albrecht
Laundromats in Konstanz
Do they have laundomats in Germany similiar to the types we have in the U.S. ?
We will be in Konstanz after a week of traveling around the lake by bike. We anticipate needing to wash some clothing before continuing on for another week of travel. Does anyone know if it's easy to locate one. What is the German name for it? Thank you for your help.
RE: Laundromats in Konstanz
laundromat = Waschsalon
Klingler Petra Waschsalon
Bodanplatz 1, 78462 Konstanz
Sonnen-Paradies Bräunungsstudio u. Waschsalon
Brauneggerstr. 1, 78462 Konstanz
Both are in the city centre. Bodanplatz is near the railway station.
> similiar to the types we have in the U.S
Don't know. The machines used are for sure totally different.
Travel Tips for Konstanz
Would u like to send Post Cards ?
The post office is opposite the German train station. You can see on your right hand side if your back is towards the tourist information office. But the problem is that the automatic Stamp machine is not working so try to come here when the main office is open otherwise u can simply post your card or letter without the stamps on it ;-)
DAY TRIP OPTIONS: Überlingen
Überlingen on the northern bank of Überlinger See (the northwestern part of Bodensee) is a hidden gem. The small town is proud of its past as an imperial city. Narrow streets, old houses, hidden paths and stairs up and down the hill offer surprising views. Towering above everything is the Münster church with the big and the small steeple. Stroll around and try the hidden lanes, you won't lose your way since the church is visible from almost everywhere.
Überlingen's reputation is overshadowed by the fame of nearby Meersburg. I admit that it is not as specatcular as its neighbour with the castles and such. On the other hand, it is far less overrun and less tourist orientated, an authentic South German small town. If you like off the beaten path locations, give Überlingen a try.
Überlingen has its own entry on my travel map.
How to get there: Unlike Meersburg, Überlingen can be reached by train. The Seehas trains and also the Regionalexpress trains stop here. From Konstanz you may have to change trains in Radolfzell.
The cruise boats on the lake are an enjoyable alternative in the summer half of the year, weather permitting.
I saw this cafe with the sunny terrace on my walk along the lakeside promenade one afternoon. It was sunny (for just a few hours, of course) and the terrace looked inviting.
It's a fabulous place to hang out and relax. I ordered a sorbet of three different sorts of fruit and a latte macchiato. Yummy. A bit more expensive than average, but given the location, the quiet and the view I didn't mind. Service was excellent. I also grabbed a newspaper, read a bit, then dozed in the sun ... *loved* it!
Minster church - crypt and cloisters
One of the highlights for me was the crypt - it is a remaining part of the previous church and was built in the 9th, enlarged in the 10th century. In the crypt you can see the originals of the golden discs that were originally placed at the eastern outside of the choir, greeting the people approaching Konstanz by boat from afar. The largest of the golden discs has a diameter of almost 2 m and depicts a blessing Jesus Christ (maiestas domini). It was probably created in the 10th century, but this is questioned by the scientists. The three smaller discs were made in the 13th century. All of them are stunning - copper plates on wood with gold coating.
You get to the crypt by walking down a few steps from the Thomas choir to the Konradi chapel. This chapel holds the (empty) tomb of Saint Konrad, the patron of the bishopry, from the 14th century. Above the tomb you see an excellent late-Gothic altar from 1524 (main picture).
Another highlight is the Mauritius rotonda, accessible from the cloisters (only two wings of the Gothic cloisters are preserved). The rotonda was built in the 13th century, the Gothic high vault is from the 15th century. Recently frescos from the Renaissance were found and restored in a side chapel (pic 5). The rotonda's main sight, however, is the holy sepulchre which was created around the year 1500. It has the shape of a small dodecagonal temple, modeled after the original in Jerusalem. Please have a closer look at all the figures and sculptures and beautiful details.
Rhine Gateway (Rheintor)
Northern city gate erected around 1200 to protect the mediaval bridge.
Downstream stands the Powder Tower (Pulverturm), built in the first third of the 14th century as the north-western corner pillar of the city's fortification. Also used for a time as the city's prison.
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