Shopping in the intact old town
Constance does not offer a variety of options for conferences, but also options for a varied supporting program. So the city has to elicit the enthusiasm of every historically interested tears of joy: The largely intact medieval old town not only survived the Second World War unscathed because it was mistaken by the Americans for a Swiss city.
Even new buildings from the Baroque times as in many other cities, there is hardly, since the city at that time simply had no money. Above all, the oldest district Niederburg thrilled with picturesque streets and facades, quaint wine bars and pubs and small, fine shops.
Rarities at sight seeing
In this context, the city tour with art historian Henry Gerlach, which the expert for the Council of Constance also holds in part in historical costumes, is great and very exciting. He not only leads one to the scenes of his novel "In Nomine Diaboli", but also shows you rarities that you would otherwise have walked past:
The best example of this are the four fire-gilded copper discs exhibited in the crypt of the cathedral in Konstanz, which used to be attached to the east pediment of the choir. The largest disc becomes 11. Century dated.
A prostitute as a landmark of the city
Especially original I found the story of the 1993 erected Imperia statue in the harbor. Its creator, the sculptor Peter Lenk, is known for his heartfelt art and has been inspired by the creation of the nine-meter-high statue of Balzac's madman's stories, which inter alia treat the prostitute Imperia at the time of the Council of Constance. In her hands the statue holds naked figures of Emperor Sigismund and Pope Martin V, the rulers at the time of the Council.
Probably the world's largest statue of a prostitute was at the beginning of much controversial. However, since the statue was built on the private property of Deutsche Bahn and not on urban terrain, it was not possible for the local council to prevent the construction. Later, it became a tourist attraction and landmark of the city.
Insider tips and traffic connections
An insider tip for a beautiful view is the Viva Sky Hotel in the center. The roof terrace of the three-star hotel with a great view over the old town is unfortunately only reserved for hotel guests. It is also a pity that Constance is only very badly connected to the long-distance traffic of Deutsche Bahn. The best way to reach the city is by plane from Zurich.
On the other hand, I liked the public transport: For example, even more remote villages and neighborhoods are even in the evening well with the bus and Konstanz has the only water bus on the lake. Too bad that there is no single ticket that would allow the combined use of all trains, buses and ships on Lake Constance. So unfortunately guests have to tap the various possibilities. Here you can clearly see that Lake Constance is a four-country region with different administrative paths.
5 tips for exciting activities in and around Constance
I would like to support them a little, so I show you the most exciting tips for activities around conferences and conferences from my point of view.
1. Conference ship with the Bodensee-Schiffsebetrieben
Of course, boat trips are a great way to get around Lake Constance. And ships are also a good alternative if, for example, meeting capacities are not enough. The Bodensee-Schiffsebetriebe (BSB) provides two different meeting ships that can be fully chartered: The MS Graf Zeppelin can accommodate up to 300 people, integrated screen, beamer and dance floor, the MS Lindau has capacities up to 100 People as well as lighting and conference technology incl. Integrated TV screen.
In addition, other ships can be rented for excursions, such as the MS Swabia in the Art Deco style of the 30er years. Whiskey or wine tastings on ships are possible and are offered as a finished tour. All ships are equipped with loudspeakers, microphones, equipment for the disabled and lifts. On board, a generator generates "normal" 230V power. This is available via standard household sockets, which are distributed in the ship. Power connections are also possible.
2. Culinary - cooking classes with the star chef
Kuliknarik is a top priority on Lake Constance, as it is the region with the highest density of starred restaurants in Germany.
Enjoy in the two-star restaurant Ophelia
One of them I was allowed to visit during my visit to Constance: The Ophelia of chef Dirk Hoberg. It has two stars in the Michelin Guide and 18 points in the Gault Millau and interprets the skin cuisine modern - see the two pictures below.
These include, above all, fresh, regional products, which can be enjoyed in the stylish ambience of the Art Nouveau villa belonging to the Hotel RIVA directly on the lake. Interesting for groups: Dirk Hoberg also offers cooking classes over and over again - from "Fit in the spring" over the "big Xmas menu" to the royal class "Turbot in the whole".
Healthy and regional
You can also eat well in the Steigenberger Inselhotel, in the Moorish hall of the Halm Hotel with Moroccan cuisine or in the "ess | bar ", where the menu is made up anew every day using the ingredients freshly bought in the morning.
In general, regional fresh produce plays a big role in many restaurants: Especially the proximity to the island of Reichenau with herbs, tomatoes, apples, fresh fish or wine offers the chefs fresh ingredients right outside the door. Star chef Hoberg can even be supplied with special products that have been grown in small quantities.
3. Hikes on premium trails
The region around Constance is also ideal for a variety of sporting activities. For example, for hiking. Of course, first and foremost is the long-term premium trail SeeGang via 50 KM. It connects as a route trail Konstanz and Überlingen on several stages and was awarded the "German hiking seal for premium hiking trails".
We have made only a small part of the 50 KM from Konstanz to almost the island of Mainau and then over the Rhine to the historic center, but I really liked the track because of the easy route and the beautiful view of the city and the lake Events very good on a morning or afternoon feasible. However, there are also more challenging hiking trails on Lake Constance, as reported by my hiking guide Viktor Gaefke from the German Alpine Association.
This probably includes the premium hiking trails "Hegauer Kegelspiel", on which bizarre rock formations, stately knight castles and charming river landscapes should alternate - so far, unfortunately, I had no opportunity to walk it. Like the "SeeGang" the "Hegauer Kegelspiel" leads past historical places, eg at the fortress ruin Hohentwiel at the "Hohentwieler". He also gives interesting insights into the extraordinary geology, flora and fauna of Hohentwiel.
4. Cycling and swimming
Cycling and swimming are sports that are virtually inseparable from Constance. Not only that there is an own traffic guidance only for cyclists who even have their own bridge:
Rental bike systems and bike rides
Recently, Konrad also offers its own bicycle rental system with 15 rental stations throughout the city. 150 bikes and special cargo bikes are available around the clock. Guests can simply download the app, go to the pickup station, get their bike started and drive off. Some hotels also lend their guests bicycles or eBikes.
Under the motto "The Unknown Lake Constance", cycling enthusiasts and culture fans can explore the historical and cultural riches of the Vierländerregion Bodensee by expertly guided "cultural bike tours". Connoisseurs of the region bring the participants closer to their knowledge. There are also spontaneous organized tours, which will be announced each Wednesday for the following weekend. And if you like it comfortably, you can take the "Sea Horse Express" - rickshaws with eBike function and student drivers - drive through the area.
Swimming - in the lake, the Rhine and in the spa
Swimming is also very important in Konstanz, you can always jump into the lake or the Rhine at any time - for example during lunch break during two conference sessions. However, the best are the free beach resorts right on the lake, which are open from May to September and provide infrastructure such as toilets and showers.
The largest beach with 50.000 square lawn and 600 meters of shoreline is the "Hörnle". It lies at the end of the Konstanzer bay near the Bodensee Stadium and offers a fantastic view of the lake and the Alps. Directly on the lakeshore is also the Bodensee-Therme Konstanz. You are particularly close to nature all year round in the 400 square meters and 34 degrees warm outdoor pools. If you like something fresher, you can reach Lake Constance via a jetty and cool off in its waves. Family-friendliness is also a priority at the Bodensee-Therme: the separated parent-child area offers the little bathers the joy of playing.
5. UNESCO World Heritage Island Reichenau and Hegau: paddling with sight-seeing
For me as an early medieval historian was also exciting the island Reichenau, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I found it even more exciting to explore the island by kayak - by the way, an idea of my also very competent guide Günter Andres, a former teacher.
Paddling at your own risk
If you want to explore the island on your own, however, the kayak rental should choose very carefully, as there is balance of economic, environmental and social aspects.
Paddling on the calm sea actually has something meditative. You have the choice between different tours, for example, over the lake to the island of love or once around the Reichenau, where you can also occasionally disembark and visit three medieval churches.
3 churches in the salad bed
Someone has the island of Reichenau once as three churches in the salad garden and I found that very fitting. The most well-known church is St. Georg. It was founded by Abbot Hatto III. End of the 9. Century built. Hatto, who had traveled to Rome with King Arnulf to crown his coronation with Xnumx, received there from Pope Formosus the head of St. Georg. He had the relic brought to the Reichenau, where it found its place in the crypt of the newly established church. With today's construction are still large parts of the original basilica.
8 large, more than 4 meter wide and 2 meter high murals in the nave show Jesus' miracles and illustrate the power of Jesus over the forces of nature, diseases, life and death. The murals were created at the end of the 10. Century. They are thus among the earliest testimonies of their kind north of the Alps and are closely related to the resulting in Reichenau scriptorium book illumination, which also reached its peak at 1000.
Insider tip Hegau
With a canoe, a solar ferry or a boat, you can discover the region and its islands with small harbors, the Hegau volcanoes and picturesque places on restful tours. In the nature reserve relaxing "bird watching" is possible.
Every year from spring, many private individuals open their garden gates and receive interested visitors in their refuges. And also for culinary is taken care of, highly recommended is, for example, the restaurant Strandhotel Löchnerhaus.
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