Top ChoiceCathedral in Konstanz


Crowned by a filigreed spire and looking proudly back on 1000 years of history, the sandstone Münster was the church of the Diocese of Konstanz until 1821. Its interior is an architectural potpourri of...

Top ChoiceCafe in Konstanz


Locals flock to the ‘bird house’ for its chilled vibe and contemporary wood-and-stone interior, warmed by an open fire in winter. Wood-oven bread with spreads, wholegrain bagels, wraps and cupcakes pair nicely...

Gastronomy in Konstanz

San Martino Gourmet

A class act with space for just 16 lucky diners, this Michelin-starred restaurant rests against the old city walls. Jochen Fecht’s season-inspired food allows each ingredient to shine in dishes such as wood...

International in Konstanz

Ess Bar

The packed tables speak volumes at this minimalist-chic, monochrome-toned bistro, with banquette seating and a pavement terrace for summer-day dining. The menu packs flavour punches in tapas-style dishes...

Vegetarian in Konstanz


Over the Rhine just north of the Altstadt, this cool and wholesome cafe has a chilled vibe, with exposed stone walls and an open deli kitchen. The menu plays up regional and organic ingredients in bites including...

German in Konstanz

Tamara's Weinstube

With stone walls, low wood beams, soft lighting and a traditional Kachelofen (tiled oven), this wine bar is as cosy as they come. It's a terrific spot for an evening of Badisch wines and regional grub such as ox...

Island in Konstanz


In AD 724 a missionary named Pirmin founded a Benedictine monastery on Reichenau, a 4.5km-by-1.5km island (Lake Constance’s largest) about 11km west of Konstanz. During its heyday, from 820 to 1050, the so-called...

Statue in Konstanz


At the end of the pier, giving ferry passengers a come-hither look from her rotating pedestal, stands Imperia. Peter Lenk’s 9m-high sculpture of a buxom prostitute, said to have plied her trade in the days of the...

German in Konstanz

Constanzer Wirtshaus

On the banks of the Rhine where it flows into Lake Constance, this delightfully old-school tavern has bags of character, with its vaulted interior and waterfront terrace. Classic German food such as veal goulash,...

Ruins in Konstanz


The glass pyramid in front of the Münster shelters the Römersiedlung, the 3rd-century-AD remains of the Roman fort Constantia that gave the city its name. You'll only get a sneak peek from above, so join one of...

German in Konstanz


Tables set up in front of the Münster, a slick bistro interior and a lunchtime buzz have earned Münsterhof a loyal local following. Dishes from cordon bleu with pan-fried potatoes to asparagus-filled Maultaschen...

Aquarium in Konstanz

Sea Life

Running a dragnet through your wallet, the borderline-kitsch Sea Life immerses you in an underwater world. Highlights include a shipwreck where you can handle starfish and get stingray close-ups, a shark tunnel,...

Area in Konstanz


Best explored on foot, Konstanz’ cobbled heart Niederburg stretches north from the Münster to the Rhine. The twisting lanes lined with half-timbered townhouses are the place to snoop around galleries and antique...

International in Konstanz

Tolle Knolle

On a fountain-dotted square with alfresco seating, this art-slung restaurant lives up to its ‘great potato’ moniker. Potatoes come in various guises: with Wiener Schnitzel, beer-battered fish and on the signature...

Historic Building in Konstanz


Slightly south of the Münster, the flamboyantly frescoed Renaissance Rathaus occupies the former linen weavers’ guildhall. Behind it you’ll find a peaceful arcaded courtyard.

Museum in Konstanz


The one-time butchers’ guildhall now harbours the Rosgartenmuseum, spotlighting regional art and history, with an emphasis on medieval panel painting and sculpture. Most of the information is given in German only.

Cultural Centre in Konstanz


Once a medieval church, this is now Konstanz’ most happening cultural venue, with a line-up skipping from salsa nights and film screenings to gigs, club nights and jive nights. See the website for schedules.

Park in Konstanz


With its landscaped flower beds, plane trees and children’s playground, the Stadtgarten is a fine place to kick back and enjoy dreamy views out over Lake Constance.

Historic Building in Konstanz


Look out for the white, dormered Konzilgebäude, built in 1388, which served as a granary and warehouse before Pope Martin V was elected here in 1417. Today it’s a conference and concert hall.

Soup in Konstanz


The midday crowds flock to this no-nonsense soup and salad bar. Assemble your own salad (€1.80 per 100g) or go for soups from goulash to pea-coconut. There's a terrace out front in summer.