Constance is a centuries-old town surrounded by snow-capped peaks. It’s set on the banks of Lake Constance and has a lively and upbeat feel thanks to the local university and student population. Stroll along the tree-lined lakefront promenade, get lost in the winding streets of the Old Town and enjoy delicious farm-to-table fare.
Things to do in Konstanz
Strolling around the cobbled streets of the Old Town, you’ll be retracing the footsteps of Roman emperors and medieval kings. The streets are lined with half-timbered houses, many reimagined as cafes, antique shops and art galleries. Head down to the lakeshore to walk along the leafy promenade and enjoy lunch at an al fresco café. Try specialty dishes like fish soup made with Lake Constance perch and pies filled with pears, plums and cherries from local orchards.
Münster Cathedral towers over the town centre and welcomes you with a magnificent sandstone façade. Inside, you’ll notice the eclectic mix of Renaissance, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture. Descend into the 1,000-year-old crypt and climb the tower for sweeping views over the lake.
A two-kilometre-long causeway links the mainland with the small island of Reichenau. The UNESCO-protected island is home to the remains of a Benedictine monastery, as well as sprawling vineyards and fruit orchards. The birdwatching is fantastic, with the chance to spot grey herons, kingfishers and cuckoos in the wetlands.
Sea Life Aquarium is a top pick for families and gets you up close with sharks, stingrays and penguins. Free family attractions include Stadtgarten park overlooking the lake and Strandbad Horn beach featuring a grassy foreshore that’s great for picnics.
Getting around Konstanz
Constance is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, especially in the Old Town. Bicycles are a fun and eco-friendly way to get around. The town is a two-hour drive from Stuttgart and three hours from Munich. Zurich is a one-hour drive across the border.