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 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
- Konstanzer Münster
Day 1 Itinerary Map
Sights in Konstanz
1. 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
The Altstadt has many beautiful and historic buildings, numerous shops, cafés, and restaurants. Take a walk along the Wessenbergstrasse and Marktstätte streets.
3. Boat trip
Konstanz‘s location on the shores of the lake makes it an ideal place for day trips around the area on a boat trip.
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
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“.
6. Mainau Island
Mainau is an island located near Konstanz. The island is notable for its parks and gardens.
Where to stay in Konstanz
1. Steigenberger Inselhotel Konstanz
Best 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
2. Hotel 47º Konstanz
Best 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
3. Graf Zeppelin Konstanz
Best 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.
Sankt-Stephans-Platz 15, 78462, Konstanz, Germany
4. Viva Sky Konstanz
©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
5. 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
6. 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
7. RIVA – Das Hotel am Bodensee
Best 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
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.
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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