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Ein Zepellin über Konstanz, Bild: Horst Lieber / shutterstock

Constance, the beautiful city on Lake Constance

Constance is the largest city on Lake Constance. It convinces not only with its unique location on Lake Constance, but also with a historic old town and, of course, with the famous island of Mainau. The interesting city and its surroundings attract many overnight tourists as well as day visitors all year round.

Arrival and accommodation

Constance can be reached quickly and easily by car from all directions via federal roads or motorways. It is also no problem to travel to Constance by train. A well-developed rail network brings visitors from all cities safely and quickly to their destinations. In the city and around the city, the S-Bahn or the approximately 15 bus lines in Constance offer a pleasant transfer. If you like it sporty, you can reach and explore the city on 104 kilometres of well-developed cycle paths. City travellers and holidaymakers do not need to worry about accommodation.

In the largest city of the four-country region on Lake Constance, there are many noble 5 star hotels, simple, nice bed and breakfasts, family-friendly holiday flats and apartments. If you prefer it rustic, you can rent one of the campsites in the suburbs of Constance. An insider tip is the Klausenhorn campsite. Here, guests can spend the night comfortably in a camping barrel in the immediate vicinity of Lake Constance. An unparalleled romantic experience.

Sights of Konstanz

Stadtgarten Konstanz
Stadtgarten of Constance, Image: Haidamac / shutterstock

Of course, there are many sights to marvel at in the city on Lake Constance. Here are just a few of them: The Romanesque cathedral with its 78-metre-high church tower in the historic district of Niederburg still characterises the cityscape of Constance today. The gigantic building is known for its different architectural styles. The façade is painted with magnificent frescoes. Inside, 193 steps lead to a platform. Here there is a unique view over the city. If you dare and have enough breath, you can climb an additional 52 steps. Balconies await you there, which of course also promise a wonderful view over the city.

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Another landmark of the city is the statue of Imperia. The impressive monument is located in the harbour of Constance. The Imperia, with its 9 meters high and a weight of 18 tons, is almost reminiscent of a Statue of Liberty. It was created by the artist Peter Lenk and is intended to be a satirical depiction of the Council of Constance. An impressive statue worth seeing with a lot of history.

The harbour itself is also a place where tourists like to linger and enjoy the beautiful views of the majestic mountains and Lake Constance. A wonderful promenade invites you to stroll and stroll in every season. In the summer months, artisans offer souvenirs and other decorative items in their stalls. In the restaurants and cosy cafés that line the path of the promenade, you can take a break with food and drink. A boat trip on a catamaran or one of the excursion steamers on Lake Constance is also recommended. Here there are wonderful views of the city from the lake side.

On rainy days, guests of the city are well worth a visit to one of the many museums and galleries. For example, the Rosgarten Museum is an interesting place to get to know the rich collections of the city of Constance and its history. The museum was founded in 1870. For graphic and photography fans, the Galerie Turm zur Katz is an exciting, interesting place. The tower in the heart of the city offers changing exhibitions with photographs, graphics and modern posters on five floors. With art and culture, a rainy day can thus make an ideal contribution to relaxation.

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The flower island of Mainau and pure nature

Lake Constance, Mainau
The flower island of Mainau, Image: LENS-68 / shutterstock

A visit to the third largest island of Mainau should not be missed on a visit to Constance. At any time, the flower island in Lake Constance is the most popular excursion destination in the area. Not only for nature lovers the sight of tons of tulips in spring is worth seeing and admiring. In summer, fragrant roses and summer flowers replace the early blooming splendour. In the cooler season, there is a charming winter garden to marvel at. The Butterfly House and the Palm House on the island of Mainau are also tourist magnets. If children are involved, the little ones can let off steam on one of the three adventure playgrounds. Throughout the year, there are various events and interesting exhibitions on the island. Travel groups or clubs are also welcome on the island of Mainau and its gastronomy.

If you want even more nature, you can make your way to the suburbs of Constance. The motto is: “Constancy in the countryside”. Several suburbs such as Dettingen-Wallhausen, Dingelsdorf or Litzelstetten offer holidaymakers a well-developed and signposted network of cycling or hiking trails. The paths lead along the lakeshore, through meadows and fields to the Bodanrück peninsula. The nature reserves are highlights with healthy air and enchanting landscapes.