Konstanz Germany: 1-day Itinerary

Konstanz is a city in Germany located in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It is the largest city on Constance Lake (Bodensee) and an important cultural center.

Konstanz GermanyKonstanz Germany – Photo Credit: Sven Masuhr

How to spend 1 day in Konstanz Germany

In this 1-day itinerary in Konstanz, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Konstanz

Start the day exploring Konstanz’s old city center and stroll along the Marktstätte and Wessenbergstrasse streets. Visit the Konstanz Cathedral (Konstanzer Münster) and be sure to climb the tower for a beautiful view of the old town.

Head to the port area where Imperia, a symbol of Konstanz, is located.

Visit Mainau Island, located 6.7 km (4.2 miles) from Konstanz. The island can be accessed by boat, bus, bicycle, or car.

Things to see

  • Marktstätte
  • Wessenbergstrasse
  • Konstanzer Münster
  • Imperia-Statue
  • Mainau

Day 1 Itinerary Map

Sights in Konstanz

1. Konstanz Cathedral

Konstanz Cathedral

The Konstanz Cathedral has a beautiful interior. Be sure to climb the tower to get a beautiful view of the old town.

Münsterpl. 1, 78462 

2. Altstadt

Altstadt Konstanz

The Altstadt has many beautiful and historic buildings, numerous shops, cafés, and restaurants. Take a walk along the Wessenbergstrasse and Marktstätte streets.

Altstadt

3. Boat trip

Boat trip in Konstanz

Konstanz‘s location on the shores of the lake makes it an ideal place for day trips around the area on a boat trip.

4. Harbour

Konstanz Harbour

Another highlight of the city is the port, where the Kahufhaus dating from 1388 is located, a warehouse built specifically for trade with Italy.

In the port, it is also located Imperia, a symbol of Konstanz.

Konstanz Port, 78462

5. Imperia

Imperia

Imperia is a 9 meters high statue located at the entrance of the harbor of Konstanz.

The statue refers to a short story by Balzac “La Belle Impéria“.

Hafenstraße, 78462

6. Mainau Island

Mainau IslandMainau IslandMainau Island

Mainau is an island located near Konstanz. The island is notable for its parks and gardens.

Mainau, 78465

Where to stay in Konstanz

1. Steigenberger Inselhotel Konstanz

Steigenberger InselhotelBest Hotels in Konstanz – ©Steigenberger Inselhotel Konstanz

The Steigenberger Inselhotel is located on a small private island in the lake, opposite the picturesque old town.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, coffee maker, and minibar.

The hotel’s restaurants serve regional and international specialties. A bar, café, and lakeside terrace are also available.

Auf der Insel 1, 78462, Konstanz, Germany

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2. Hotel 47º Konstanz

Hotel 47ºBest Hotels in Konstanz – ©Hotel 47º Konstanz

Located a short distance from the historic center, Hotel 47º offers comfort and modernity.

The cleanly decorated rooms have a flat-screen TV and some rooms have lake views.

The hotel has a spa, a sauna, and a gym.

Reichenaustraße 17, 78467, Konstanz, Germany

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3. Graf Zeppelin Konstanz

Graf ZeppelinBest Hotels in Konstanz – ©Graf Zeppelin Konstanz

Located right in the historic center of Konstanz close to the cathedral and Imperia, Graf Zeppelin offers excellent value for money.

The rooms are cozy and have a flat-screen TV and a fridge.

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Sankt-Stephans-Platz 15, 78462, Konstanz, Germany 

4. Viva Sky Konstanz

Viva Sky©Viva Sky Konstanz

The Viva Sky is located close to the lake.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Many rooms have a private balcony or terrace.

Sigismundstraße 19, 78462, Konstanz, Germany

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5. Hotel Halm Konstanz

Hotel Halm Konstanz©Hotel Halm Konstanz

Hotel Halm Konstanz is located in a historic building in the center of Konstanz opposite the central station.

All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a minibar.

The hotel has a restaurant and a bar.

Bahnhofpl. 6, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

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6. Hotel Constantia

Hotel Constantia©Hotel Constantia

Hotel Constantia is an exclusive hotel in the historic city center just a few meters from the Swiss border or the shores of the lake.

The cleanly decorated rooms have a flat-screen TV and a minibar.

Kreuzlinger Str. 13, 78462 Konstanz, Germany

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7. RIVA – Das Hotel am Bodensee

RIVA - Das Hotel am BodenseeBest Hotels in Konstanz – ©RIVA – Das Hotel am Bodensee

The RIVA – Das Hotel am Bodensee is an elegant hotel located on the shores of the lake.

Rooms are spacious and modern with large windows. Some rooms have a terrace or balcony.

The hotel has a beautiful pool with a view and a spa.

25 Seestraße, 78464 Konstanz, Germany

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Shopping in Konstanz

1. Karstadt Konstanz

Karstadt is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Cacharel, Clarins, Coach, Desigual, Estée Lauder.

Hussenstraße 23, 78462 

2. Lago Shopping Center Konstanz

The Lago Shopping Center is located 550 meters from Imperia.

Brands: Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Tailor.

Bodanstraße 1, 78462

Plan your Trip

Konstanz has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Freiburg, Stuttgart, Baden-Baden.

Distances

Stuttgart – 174 km (108 miles)

Baden-Baden – 202 km (125 miles)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – 229 km (142 miles)

Lindau – 49 km – (30.4 miles)

Freiburg im Breisgau – 125 km (77.5 miles)

Zürich, Switzerland – 70.4 km (43.8 miles)

St Gallen, Switzerland – 44.9 km (27.9 miles)

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