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6 Fun Things to do in Konstanz

Usually, this is a blog about Swiss life, Swiss food, places and people in Switzerland. I will make an exception to the rule for the wonderful German city Konstanz. It that lays right on the border to Switzerland and is so close to Switzerland one could almost call it a Swiss city. In fact, there are probably more Swiss people visiting Konstanz every weekend than Germans themselves.

Konstanz is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Constance, one of the biggest in Europe. By now, the German city has pretty much merged with its Swiss neighbor Kreuzlingen. If it weren't for the signs, you almost wouldn't notice when you actually cross the border. It has a beautifully maintained medieval center with lots of old houses right at the lake front.

There are many fun things to do in Konstanz all year round, with shopping probably being the most popular for Swiss visitors. During the holiday season and in the summer months there are special events that draw even more people to the city.

6 Fun Things to do in Konstanz

  1. Shopping!  There are plenty of good stores and boutiques in the center of the city towards the Lake. And prices are good, especially compared to Switzerland!
  2. Have coffee at one of the nicest cafe's in the area: Pano. They serve real good coffee, homemade ice cream, homemade bread and more. The café is roomy and comfy and if you want to you can share a huge table with many other coffee drinkers.
  3. Take a stroll along the lake shore towards the Rhine river. Lake Constance is beautiful all year round!
  4. If you have a car you might want to drive to the island of Mainau. This island is also called 'the flower island' and is about a 20 minutes drive from Konstanz. It may be a bit crowded on the weekend but the flowers and gardens are gorgeous!
  5. There are plenty of boats at your disposal. You can either rent a pedal boat or take a cruise on the lake in one of the bigger ships!
  6. Visit the Sea Life Konstanz. It features penguins, fishes and other sea creatures. This is a great bad weather activity for the whole family!
If you visit Konstanz, don't forget to take your camera! The old houses of Konstanz are beautiful and the medieval feel of the city is indeed charming! 

Konstanz from above  - Matthias Lohse  /



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