15 Best Things To Do in Konstanz, Germany

Konstanz is the German town lying at the foot of the Alps on its northern edge, adjacent to the Konstanz lake, the largest lake in the country. The majestic lake has a shoreline of 270 kilometers which mostly lies in Germany, and some of it is situated at the border of Austria and Switzerland. It is also one of the top tourist attractions of Konstanz. The largest section of this majestic lake is called the Obersee, and stretches from Bregenz Bay to Konstanz, scattered with lakeside towns and villages graced with a beautiful view of the Swiss Alps. The lake has long been a centre of water sports appealing to a sailor. The rich cultural heritage of the surrounding areas with its places to visit like old castles, quaint villages and gardens make it a great destination for anyone even mildly invested in the idea of traveling. Some of the best points of interest in Konstanz include the Flower Island, the Schloss Palace and the Old Town.

Here's the list of 15 best things to do in Konstanz:

1. Make a visit to the Insel Mainau or the Flower Island

The spectacular flower island, four and a half miles north of Konstanz, is located in Mainau and accords 110 acres of floral wonder. Off the southern shore of the Überlinger See, the site has a range of beautiful ornamented gardens adorned with flowers from tropical and subtropical vegetation. The ornaments are often shaped like gnomes or birds and are spectacular to witness.

2. Visit the Konstanz Minster

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The largest lakeside town in the area, Konstanz, has many beautiful and old buildings. But the most prominent among these is the Konstanz Minster, not merely for its towering structure but also because of its rich backstory. The building was constructed around the 11th century, with some changes incorporated during the 15th and 17th centuries. The different parts of the church seem to have been constructed in different eras- the Holy Sepulchre belongs to the 13th century whereas the choir stalls inside were built during the 1460. The main doorway was built in the 15th century as well, bringing together different timelines. Be sure to climb the tower and view the surrounding old town which has changed with time as well.

3. Explore the surrounding old town

The old town has grown around the Konstanz Minster providing an excellent view from the top of the tower. Other than that, the old town exuberates a unique charm ad has its own set of highlights, such as the fifteenth century Hohenzollernhaus and the sixteenth century Rathaus. The lovely Haus zum Rosgarten was a medieval butcher’s guild house that now functions as a museum housing local and regional artefact.

4. Explore the Schloss Palace

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The flower island at Mainau also has a palace within its grounds, known as the Schloss palace. Built in 1746 for the Grand Duke of Baden, the palace is spectacular and can be accessed by a boat or a pedestrian bridge that connects the island. The interior includes notable features like the gatehouse and the White Hall. Most significantly, the palace has an old defensive tower which is one of the original sixteen towers. The flower island is a destination that should feature on the Konstanz itinerary at all costs.

5. Explore the Wollmatinger Ried-Untersee-Gnadensee

Many areas around the lake have been declared to be natural reserves to maintain and preserve the rare and precious lake ecosystem of lake Konstanz. This is one such area, the largest and most important within the German border. The reserve is situated at the junction of Rhine river flows into the main part of the lake, into the Untersee. There are more than 600 fern and flowering plants at the reserve, more than 290 kinds of birds are attracted to its rich reed beds.

6. Visit the NABU centre

A lot is going on at the Wollmatinger Ried-Untersee-Gnadensee Natural Reserve, and the best place to experience it is from the NABU-centre which imparts information regarding the reserve through digital media.

7. Explore the town of Lindau

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The largest town on the Bavarian shores of the Konstanz lake is the beautiful Lindau, consisting of an island and the mainland bridged together by the Neue Seebrücke. The harbor has a mighty old 13th-century lighthouse, the Mangturm. There is also a newer lighthouse which is 33m high and a 6m high Bavarianlion at the ends of the harbor walls which were both built in 1856. The old town around it has its own charms as well with beautifully preserved Gothic and Baroque houses.

8. Explore the old town around Lindau

The perfectly preserved houses of the old town around Lindau is now mostly pedestrian-only, which is not something we come across every day in our urbanised world. One of the key attractions for travellers in the area is the Maximilianstrasse, the main Street in the town with its patrician houses, arcades and fountains. Other prime spots include the Old Town Hall with its colourful visage, built in 1436. St. Peter’s Church or the Peterskirche also has its simple spiritual appeal.

9. Relax at the Allgäu or the uplands of Lake Konstanz

These are the uplands or the mountaineous region of the Alps closest to the lake, between Lake Konstanz and Lech Valley. The destination makes for a great hiking or driving site for tourists. The view is spectacular and quiet and is cut out for self reflection and inner peace.

10. Visit the Kaufhaus

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Any visit to Konstanz must include its harbour, that ventures out into the blue waters. Here is the location of the famous warehouse known as the Kaufhaus, made especially for trade with Italy.

11. Explore the Konzilsgebäude

The Kaufhaus in Konstanz is also the location known as the Konzilsgebäude where the conclave of cardinals had met to elect Pope Martin V in 1417. The amazing statue 'Imperia' honours this amazing event. The statue has become a well-known landmark of the city at large.

12. Enjoy at Lake Reichenau

This is lake Konstanz's largest island covering an impressive 1057 acres and through a causeway is connected to a mainland. The oldest structures in the island include three churches: St. George's Church in Oberzell, Minster of St. Mary and Minster of St. Mark, each of them as awe-inspiring as the others.

13. Trek around the Lake Konstanz Trail (Bodensee-Rundwanderweg)

This trail covers a total of 272 kilometres in all, encircling the lake in varying distances. It includes nature reserve of Wollmatinger Ried, a lot of the lake's small villages, Lindau and Konstanz, along with the islands of Reichenau and Mainau. It is easily accessible as hikers can enter and exit the trail at various points on the route.

14. Explore the German Stilt House Museum

The German Stilt House Museum is a unique open air museum found in the lake town Konstanz. Opened in 1922, it has reconstructions of stone age and bronze age homes and gives s comprehensive look on how life on these islands developed in the last 6000 years. Guided tours are available and the traditional stilt houses add an authentic vibe to the whole experience.

15. Explore lake Konstanz by boat

The islands are inset with waterways. To get a feel of them as they are, boat tours are available for tourists which is a key attraction for anybody visiting the Konstanz area.

Konstanz therefore offers a range of exotic experiences which is unparalleled. It colours up the itinerary beautifully and teaches us to appreciate life through the life the people lead on this town.

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Tourist Attractions in Konstanz

Take a look at these famous tourist attractions in Konstanz that are a must-visit!

  1. #1 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 678 itineraries
    Constance Harbour

    Tags: Outdoors, Lake, Nature

    Address: Konstanz Hafen Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Constance Lake is one the biggest in Germany, and Konstanz is set at one of the lakes most scenic locations. Consequently, the harbour is everyone’s favourite hangout. Apart from the Imperia sta...Read more

  2. #2 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 623 itineraries
    SEA LIFE Konstanz

    Tags: Aquarium

    Address: Hafenstraße 9, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    With 3500 hundred animals exhibited in 35 fun displays, this aquarium seems to want to overwhelm you with insight into marine life. Kids obviously love this place. Their favourites are the moon jellyf...Read more

  3. #3 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 503 itineraries
    Old Town

    Tags: Outdoors, Old Town

    Address: Old Town (Niederburg), Konstanz

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Narrow streets wind through half-timbered merchant houses from the medieval ages. It’s actually an incredibly well preserved town considering it’s in Germany; the WWII Allied bombings larg...Read more

  4. #4 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 465 itineraries
    Muenster Unserer Lieben Frau

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: Munsterpl. 1, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    There is mention of a church in Konstanz since the 7th century. The splendid Romanesque-Gothic building you see today was began construction in the 11th century, but it took a long time to complete. I...Read more

  5. #5 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 371 itineraries

    Tags: Bar, Food And Drinks

    Address: Bahnhofstrasse 15, 78462 Konstanz, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

    Timings: 01:00 am - 11:59 pm Details

    Great decor, great service, great food and great booze! Konstanz’s best bar serves up some pretty unusual cocktails. The food isn’t traditional German, but they do have other strengths. Fo...Read more

  6. #6 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 440 itineraries
    Erlebniswald Mainau

    Tags: Outdoors, Forest, Park, Adventure

    Address: St. Catherine 1, 78467 Konstanz, Germany

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    A forest adventure walk! The establishment, which is based in a nature conservation area, has nine courses. These include rope-walks, bridges, Tarzan swings and tree houses, and over 120 different exe...Read more

  7. #7 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 404 itineraries
    Rosgarten Museum Konstanz

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum

    Address: Rosgartenstraße 3, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This is a museum of Art, Culture and History for Konstanz and it’s surrounding region. The collection began centuries ago – as far back as the 13th century. The artefacts are all of incred...Read more

  8. #8 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 647 itineraries
    Konzilgebaeude Konstanz

    Tags: Restaurant

    Address: Hafenstraße 2, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    This is one of Konstanz’s most important civil structures. The first thing you notice is the size – it’s a massive stone building of three stories and a hipped roof. This is because ...Read more

  9. #9 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 344 itineraries
    Archaeologisches Landesmuseum

    Tags: Museum, Archaeological Site

    Address: Benediktinerpl. 5, 78467 Konstanz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This museum focuses on the finds of the department of Archaeology in Baden-Württemberg. The museum has three floors: Ground floor – Archaeology methodology and museum shop. First Floor &nd...Read more

  10. #10 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 134 itineraries
    Bismarck Tower

    Tags: Religious Site, Tower, Nature

    Address: 78467 Konstanz, Germany

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 07:00 pm Details

    All over Germany there are towers commemorating the famous German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. In Konstanz, this tower soars atop a grapevine-covered hill, which is a good place to catch the sunset. ...Read more

  11. #11 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 51 itineraries
    Rheintorturm And Fasnachts Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Altstadt, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

    Timings: 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details

    This medieval watchtower and bridge gate is 800 years old and weighs 2500 tonnes. For centuries, this bridge serves as a traffic-way for the entire northern area. It’s historically significant t...Read more

  12. #12 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 416 itineraries

    Tags: Cave, Food And Drinks, Cafe, Nature

    Address: Aachquelle. Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    About 40 km from Konstanz is Germany’s biggest natural spring, and perhaps one of its most romantic. The water is sourced from the Danube by an intricate system of underground caves. Unfortunate...Read more

  13. #13 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 150 itineraries
    Wessenburg Gallery

    Tags: Art Gallery, Museum

    Address: WessenbergStraße 43, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Baron Ignaz Heinrich von Wessenberg started this collection in the early 19th century. Most of the art focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries. Donations and purchases as well as foundational support h...Read more

  14. #14 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 343 itineraries
    Imperia Statue

    Tags: Outdoors, Landmark, Statue

    Address: Imperia Hafenstraße 78462 Konstanz Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A gigantic statue of a barely clothed woman is hardly something you’d expect would be the landmark of a major city. And yet that is what Imperia is. She towers over Constance harbour, holdi...Read more

  15. #15 of 213 Things To Do in Konstanz
    - Used in 22 itineraries

    Tags: Park

    Address: 78467 Konstanz, Germany

    Best place for biking and jogging, this lush green park is located in Konstanz, Germany. The park was named after the textile factory Herose that is situated here. The park is very clean and an ideal ...Read more