Konstanz Travel Guide

  • As the Statue Turns...
    As the Statue Turns...
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    The frontage of the cathedral
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    A frontage in the old town
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Konstanz Highlights

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    Pakistaniguy says…

     Historical, Beautiful & Scenic. Good for honeymoon. 

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    JetlagCity says…

     very gray in March - like Seattle!!! 

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    phred1910 says…

     Where else can you walk along the beach and find yourself in another country (Switzerland) 

Konstanz Things to Do

  • Visit Insel Reichenau

    Insel Reichenau is located to the west of Konstanz.But only go there when you interested in Churches and Monasteries.The whole island is a designated Unesco World Heritage Site.The three main attractions are Minster St. Maria and Markus, church St. Georg and church St. Peter and Paul.Out of the three my favourite one is St. Peter and Paul because...

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  • Visit Insel Mainau

    You can go to Island Mainau by boat or by local bus no 4.There you find plenty of flowers, tropical flower house, butterfly house, a small zoo, a palace, exhibition halls and facilities for lunch, picknic and souvenir shops.

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  • Make use of the wonderful lakefront...

    Konstanz has a superb lakefront that provides almost endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Cyclists, rollerskaters and pedestrians make good use of the well constructed promenade, whilst more hardy souls indulge in a range of water sports. The pace is unhurried and the atmosphere is laid back - a lovely place to while away a few hours...

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Konstanz Hotels

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Konstanz Restaurants

  • Good restaurant and best beer garden in...

    Hafenhalle consists of two parts: a restaurant and a bier garten (beer garden). The restaurant consists of an indoor space and a nice big patio. The bier garten is just below. It's very large, right on the water, and in my opinion is the best place in town to sit down and have a drink. The restaurant is nice, but it is the bier garten that keeps...

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  • Bavarian-Style Biergarten in Konstanz

    You mean to tell me there's a place in Konstanz with outdoor seating that serves the finest Bavarian beers on tap? Suffice it to say I visited here a few times. When the weather is good, there simply isn't a better place to be if you enjoy beer. There is plenty of seating outside, and the place is quite family-friendly, at least during the day....

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  • lakeside cafe

    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...

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Konstanz Nightlife

  • Great atmosphere, but poor service and...

    Die Cocktailbar is a little underground lounge in Konstanz with a great atmosphere. I would go there all the time if it wasn't for the horrible service and the overpriced drinks. You can wait 15 minutes easily before being helped after sitting down, and the cheapest drink you're going to find is 7 Euros. Many cocktails run 10 Euros or even more. If...

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  • Another bar/lounge in the old town

    Klimper Kasten is a cool little lounge/bar in the old town of Konstanz. A cool retro decor, and good music ranging from old soul, blues and funk, to the Beatles and 90's britpop are highlights. It offers a pretty standard selection of beers, and a few cocktails as well. whatever

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  • Nice lounge

    Wessenberg is a nice cafe/bar/restaurant right across from the cathedral in Konstanz. I haven't been to the restaurant, but the bar is a nice little lounge with a very nice atmosphere. Drinks are reasonably priced, but my favourite part of this is the nice "lounge" atmosphere in the bar. It's a pretty relaxed place; there is music, but no dancing...

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Konstanz Transportation

  • Konstanz Train Station

    The main train station in Konstanz is along the lake, so you'll have to walk a bit to get to inland destinations. Services are somewhat limited at the train station, though there is a ticket office. If you are traveling here from elsewhere in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, be sure to check your local train options and see if a...

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  • Explore Bodensee by boat

    By far the nicest way to explore Bodensee (Lake Constance) is by ferry. There is an extensive network of ferry routes crisscrossing the lake, which services a limited number of towns on the Swiss side as well as many more towns on the German side.Konstanz is the hub of BSB's network, and other larger towns such as Meersburg and Friedrichshafen have...

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  • City bus

    With the receipt that comes with the form you fill in upon arrival at your hotel you can use the city buses for free during your stay. This proves to be extremely helpful for excursions to island Mainau, the ride to the university or the new thermal bath but hardly useful for getting into the city.The reason is the never ending traffic jam,...

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Konstanz Shopping

  • Department Store in Konstanz

    I believe Karstady is one of the biggest department stores in Germany. There's nothing particularly special about Karstadt, but it is a very good department store, which means that if you need to buy something, you will most likely be able to find it here. Whether its clothes, candy, groceries, household goods, kitchen/bathroom things, etc etc...

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  • Bottle your own liquors, oils, and more

    This is a nice little store with a varity of local, home made liquors, schnapps, wines and cooking oils (e.g. olive, chile) oil that you can bottle yourself. Not exactly yourself; you pick the liquid you want, the bottle you want, and the cork you want, and they do it for you. This is a great place for gifts, or just for yourself. The store also...

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  • English Book Store in Konstanz

    The English Bookshop is the best source of English language books in Konstanz. All I've seen in any other store is a small, inadequate English book section, while this store has a great selection of current novels, classics, non-fiction, etc. all in English. This is a great place for those of us in Konstanz who don't speak German very...

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Konstanz Local Customs

  • Fastnacht: Jakobiner Club and their...

    Fastnacht fans and supporters of the ideas of the French Revolution founded the Jacobins Club in Konstanz more than 40 years ago. The Jakobiner have become an essential part of Konstanz's Fastnacht. They dress as French revolutionaries in blue-white-red, all with a bleeding scratch in their faces (painted of course). They carry flags along for the...

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  • Fastnacht: The Sunday Parade

    The biggest event of the Fastnacht in Konstanz, and the most interesting to watch for visitors, is the big parade in the afternoon of Carnival Sunday. The parade starts at 14:00 next to the protestant church, leads through the old town to Niederburg and back into the old town via Marktstätte, and ends near the train station. Expect crowds, so...

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  • Fastnacht: Jester Guild of the...

    The typical local jester figure is the Blätzlebue (plural: Blätzlebuebe). In local dialect the small U-shaped pieces of fabric that are sewn all over the Häs are named Blätzle. They do not wear wooden masks but a textile headcover which is also covered in Blätzle, with a red cockscomb on top. Their colours are generally dark. Some even have...

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Konstanz Warnings and Dangers

  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the...

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  • Apple chewing-gum !!!!!!

    Don't go for this bubble-gum even if you drink hot paprika milk for breakfast !!!!!!!They are so, so ,so ... they are so !!! definitely ... see the effect on the grandma !

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  • Taking Advantage Of The Germanic...

    One night I was walking around with a few friends and we all decided to pop into this "club" to have a few beer and do a bit of dancing. After climbing over drunken pornstar wanabee's gettin' all sweaty on the stone steps leading down into this cellar, we found a small table and quickly staked it as our own. So as not to lose our precious table, we...

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Konstanz Tourist Traps

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    by queenminka Updated May 7, 2003

    Ok, I had it as a general tip, but somehow the lake night festival is a tourist trap as it is quite expensive and so many people there that it is hard to walk. If you don't mind the crowd, it's ok. But for the firework, which is really very worth to see it, you can go to the Bismarck-tower upon a hill of Konstanz from where you have a fantastic view over the lake and the firework. And there are many people, hanging around, barbecuing and having a party.

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Konstanz What to Pack

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    by Todd64 Updated Nov 30, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Hopefully your luggage came with you, so bring that if you can and bring that cotton bag that's in your closet if you can as well. When you go out shopping for groceries or whatever, you'll see a lot of people carrying those square cotton bags instead of the plastic one's from the shop. Never forget that Germans are very environmentally friendly, so try to be the same.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: O.k, it's April and you're not heading to Spain here so do bring a rain coat and boots or shoes that repel water,...lots of water! I don't think it ever stopped raining while I was there.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Leave the toilet at home, there are plenty here in Konstanz, and if you're ever in need of personal supplies simply look for an "Apotheke"; they should have whatever you require.

    Photo Equipment: Bring what ya got.

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Konstanz Off The Beaten Path

  • DAY TRIP OPTIONS: Arenenberg Palace

    The little palace, rather a manor, is located above the village of Mannenbach on the southern, Swiss bank of Untersee. It is standing on a hilltop above the vineyards which offers a wide view of the lake, Reichenau island and the surrounding landscape. The manor was founded in the 16th century but made history in the early 1800s as home of...

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  • Inselhotel

    Hardly to visit for the average tourist is the Inselhotel run by the Steigenberg Group, a former Dominican monastery. It is located at the northeastern corner of the old town of Konstanz on a small island, separated from the town only by a small ditch.The monastery was established 1235 and closed 1785. It served as cloth factory later and from 1874...

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  • Petershausen - centre with St. Gebhardt...

    The centre of Petershausen is the area around St. Gebhardt square. This is totally off the beaten path for tourists, here you can dig into everyday life in Konstanz.The dominating building is not St. Gebhardt church but the plain ugly highrise that was erected for telecommunication in 1971 (back then for Deutsche Bundespost, now Telekom). It is 15...

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Konstanz Sports & Outdoors

  • Therme Konstanz

    Konstanz has a very modern, excellent thermal pool and spa. The large indoor and outdoor pools aside there are jacuzzis and several water attractions for the kids, a bridge across the walking path by the lake leading into the lake there. There is also a separate sauna/spa area which I did not use as I didn't have enough time - it's said to be quite...

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  • Cycling

    Cycling is one of the favourite activities in the region. There is an abundance of cycling trails, starting with the trail around the lake (Bodensee Radweg) which is flat and easy and goes through all three countries sharing the lake: Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Crossing borders is easy, you hardly notice. The trail is well marked, maintained...

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  • Enjoying the nature

    You can join all kinds of water-sport at the lake. It is also possible to make a day-trip to the alpes to go hiking. In summer it is very popular to bicycle around the lake.

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Konstanz Favorites

  • Konstanz's Past as Seat of a Bishop

    Already in the 6th century Konstanz became the seat of a Bishop. From the middle ages to the early 19th century the diocese was the biggest in Central Europe. It extended from the Black Forest and Swabia far south into Switzerland to the Gotthard mountains. The city of Konstanz managed to obtain more and more privileges and independence. A free...

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  • General architecture

    Far away from being an expert, Iìm nevertheless always keen trying to get thr very insights of cities architectures ... it seems to me in K. balconies are among the top three architecture details you continuosly see around downtown.

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  • Sea Life Centre Konstanz

    This is the Sea Life Centre link, unfortunately it's only in German but you can see the opening hours there: http://www.sealifeeurope.com/sea_life_centres_germany.html#centre-konstanz

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Explore Deeper into Konstanz
The delinquent influence of foreign kids
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Lake Boats
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Chick on a Stick
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Sea Life Centre Konstanz
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Run for the Border! :)
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Fastnacht: Polizeiblätz, the Jester Policeman
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The Fire of Christmas 2010
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Seehasen – Lake Bunnies
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Petershausen - former abbey
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Allmannshausen
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University Konstanz
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Convent Zoffingen
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Excursion: Kreuzlingen
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Excursion: Reichenau island
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Loretto chapel
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Lakeside promenade
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"Konzil" building
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Laube fountain
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Imperia
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"Schnetztor "City Gate
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City Towers
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Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity church)
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Town Hall
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Rosgarten museum
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Wessenberg house
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Minster church
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Minster church - guided tour
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Minster church - crypt and cloisters
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Minster church - interior
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Wine Festival
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Bicycle
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Railway
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Soups for lunch
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Cafe in the Rosgarten Museum
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Cafe Münsterhof
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Harbour front beer garden
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Explore the Rhine's aquatic habitats at Sea Life
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Brauhaus Joh. Albrecht
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Bilger Eck
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