When I first came to Germany in 2009, the first place I visited was Konstanz, a little city on the western end of the Bodensee (Lake Constance). Of course, I don’t count landing in Frankfurt, but I will have a travel post about Frankfurt, so check back later. 😉
It was because of an ex-boyfriend that I had arrived in Konstanz. Before him, I had never thought about moving to Germany. I have lived in England and Korea before, but I am a true Californinan, by birth and soul, and I had always thought about staying in California. Konstanz is bordered by Kreuzlingen, a Swiss town, which is where he lived, while he attended the hochschule on the German side.
Konstanz is a university city, housing about 80,000 people. It is located in the south west of Germany, bordering Switzerland. The Rhine River separates two parts of the city, The north part, the larger part, consists of residential areas, industrial areas, and the University of Konstanz. The south part consists of the old town, the administrative center, the shopping district, and the Hochschule Konstanz Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung (University of Applied Sciences).
So while my ex lived in Kreuzlingen, we spent most of the time in Konstanz. I was there for three months, and more in between when I later moved to Stuttgart (for another post, as well). Although I had arrived in Germany during the beginning of winter, I learned to fall in love with Konstanz and the lake. It is easily one of my favorite cities in Germany.
Bodensee Therme (Zur Therme 2): A spa facility that includes multiple saunas and pools.
Fastnacht/Carnival (Old Town): A week-long event with costumes, parades, and parties. Takes place after Ash Wednesday.
Weihnachtsmarkt am See/Christmas Market (Marktstätte): Stalls selling wine, food, and Christmas gifts at the main marketplace and harbour.
The harbour: Great place to sit and relax, and to watch the boats and drink a beer.
Insel Mainau/Mainau Flower Island: Beautiful island with flowers, a butterfly house, and a greenhouse.
Imperia Statue (at the harbour entrance): A statue of a women holding two men, Pope Martin V and Emperor Sigismundin.
Zeitlos (St. Stephans Platz 25): My favorite restaurant in Konstanz. Has the best brunch, and the vegetarian maultaschen with salad is delicious.
Sushi-Bar Tatsumi (Wollmatinger Str. 70): Got to have my sushi! Located outside of the old town, but worth the drive/bus. Small and intimate sushi bar. Reservations are recommended.
Don Alfredo (Hofhalde 7): One of the best places in Konstanz for Italian food. Go during mussel season, for their amazing mussel and spaghetti dish. Reservations are also recommended.
Pizzeria La Piazza (Marktstätte 2): A typical Italian restaurant. Located at the Marktstätte, so sit at the patio outside for people watching.
Die-Cocktailbar (St. Johann-Gasse 4): Name is pretty self-explanatory, has cocktails of all varieties. Nice and dim abience. Popular with students.
Aran (Marktstätte 6): A great cafe with drinks and snacks. Even has custom-made ice cream.
Shamrock Irish Pub (Bahnhofstr, 4): Good place to meet other English-speaking people. Has a full calendar of events and parties.
1. Old Town: Full of shoe and clothing stores. Pedestrian-only area for strolling and building-looking.
2. LAGO Shopping Center (Bodanstr. 1): A shopping center with 70 stores and restaurants, such as H&M, Esprit, Zara, and Tommy Hilfiger.
3. Flohmarkt Konstanz/Kreuzlingen/Konstanz/Kreuzlingen Flea Market: One of the biggest flea markets in Europe, runs about 14 kilometers from Kreuzlingen and into Konstanz. Takes place in the beginning of July.