Having spent one of the greatest years of my life there, I can assuredly say that these are five must-see sights in Konstanz and the surrounding area.
1. Altstadt und Seestraße
Altstadt (Old City) is of course a must when visiting Konstanz. Cute cobblestone streets with loads of restaurants, shops, cafés – what more could you ask for! It is so fun to get lost for hours exploring in & out of all the small streets – so charming & picturesquely Europe.
The Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is located in the Altstadt, making it super easy to jump off the train, and start exploring the heart of the city. I have taken the train from this station to Zurich many times, to Munich for Oktoberfest, and various other cities in the region.
For those of you who do not know: the trains in Germany (as in much of Europe) are so convenient, well maintained, and pretty simple to figure out. They are always pristinely clean, take you just about everywhere you need to go, and are always pünktlich (punctual).
It is also of course mandatory to walk down Hafenstraße bordering the water. It is so delightful to see the boats docked at the port, and to then walk through the Stadtgarten (city park). Of course don’t forget to walk down the pier and visit lovely Imperia!
In the center of the Altstadt, there is the beautiful Cathedral: Münster Unserer Lieben Frau.
The Alstadt also has an excellent Christmas market during the holidays with lots of handcrafted gifts and of course gluhwein! (A warm red wine with spices, etc. I actually didn’t like it, but it is worth trying!)
When you are finished exploring the Altstradt, walk across the bridge overtop where the Rhine River meets the Bodensee (in the direction towards Sternenplatz). Walk along Seestraße and take in all the beauty and vastness of the Bodensee (Lake Constance). You could walk for two miles if you please (or bike) all the way to the Bodensee-Therme Konstanz, the thermal baths.
2. Insel Mainau
Insel Mainau was my favorite place to relax and unwind during my year studying abroad in Konstanz. I even purchased the yearly pass because I would go just about every other day! After classes during University, I would ride my bike over to Insel Mainau (about 15 to 20 minute bike ride).
It’s nickname is Blumeninsel or Flower Island, for its gorgeous flower presentations and botanical gardens. That island is literally an oasis from the rest of the world. I would spend hours there: walking around, laying on the grass, climbing trees even! It has a amazing tropical butterfly house and beautiful architecture of the Swedish royal family.
In the area of Staad, there is a great park called Hörlepark close to where you get the ferry to Meersburg across the lake. This is a wonderful place to relax with friends, and it is not as crowded with tourists as other areas are.
If you are at the Bodensee-Therme Konstanz (Thermal Baths), you can ride your bike another half hour along the coast of the lake to arrive at Staad. There are also great campgrounds there!
4. Insel Reichenau
The island of Reichenau has a beautiful monastery, Sankt Georg, that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are well preserved historic churches with medieval wall paintings that are a must see on Reichenau. Being an Art History major, Reichenau is a sacred haven to me.
There are cafes and shops scattered around the island, and it is a very calm and serene place to visit. It is located on the west side of Konstanz, and there is a long road leading to the island.
5. Der Katamaran
The Catamaran is a great ship connecting Konstanz and Friedrichshafen, where the famous Zeppelin Museum is located. It is great for a day-excursion and gives you a chance to get out onto the Bodensee. This gives you a great opportunity to snap some photos of the crystal blue water.
Depending on how much time you have in Konstanz, there are loads of beautiful towns and cities lining the coast of the Bodensee. If you have extra time, it is worth visiting these spots.
My friends and I made a four-day biking trip across the entire rim of Lake Constance, stopping at camping sites along the way. One of the coolest aspects of the bike trip is that you cross three countries: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Überlingen was a beautiful place to stop, as well as Meersburg. We then continued to Friedrichshafen and to one of my favorite cities: Lindau.
Then we rode into Austria and spent the night in Bregenz. We went on the Pfänderbahn, or Mountain Cable Car in Bregenz, which is definitely worth checking out.
Then we rode into Switzerland and passed through Rorschach, with some absolutely stunning views of the Alps in the distance. Passing through Romanshorn, and finally through Kreuzlingen neighboring Konstanz.
Bonus! Some other Must-See Sights:
- Herosé-Park across the Fahrradbrücke (Bike Bridge)
- LAGO Shopping-Center Konstanz
- SEA LIFE Konstanz
- Bodensee-Arena AG (Ice Skating in Kreuzlingen!)
What are you favorite spots in Konstanz?
Also add anything to my list that I forgot! Thank you! 🙂