Konstanz Tourism

You’ll find Konstanz at the mouth of the Rhine, where the river exits the Lake Constance. The pretty town lies on the German-Swiss border. The city has much to thank this proximity for – it ensured that the Allied WWII bombings didn’t touch the city, as Switzerland was a neutral country.

Settled as far back as the Stone Age, the city’s recorded history goes back to Roman times. The city became the seat of the bishopric in the sixth century, and thus an important spiritual centre. Thriving trade in the Middle Ages and its strategic location led to it being made and Imperial City. Later it became a part of Germany during the years of Germany’s unification.

For a tourist, Konstanz’s well preserved old town is a great place to wander about, especially the Neiderburg District. Some of the houses here are over 700 years old. There are usually a lot of things to do at the harbour, which is watched over by the infamous Imperia Statue. Close to the Swiss-German border there are a series of sculptures representing the tarot, called the Great Arcana. You can take sightseeing trips out onto the lake or to the nearby Mainau Flower Island, which is about 4km from the city. Konstanz also hosts multiple festivals throughout the year, of which the Seenachtfest, is the most fun. In June or July, there is a huge cross border flea market. Pedestrian Konstanz is also a great place for shopping.

Essential travel information and Konstanz tips for your visit

  • Tip only if you find services exceptional.
  • Prefer walking to driving around; parking spaces are rare.
  • Know the pollution level of Konstanz before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • How safe is Konstanz for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Konstanz.

    • Burglary and Theft 20 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 5 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 10 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 10 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 15 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 15 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 70 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 10 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
    • Safety Index 84.12 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 77.96 (High)
    • Pollution Index 24.14 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 73.65 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 61.11 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.88 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 114.76 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Konstanz

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.1 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.83 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 100.44 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 94.17 USD

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