Top choice 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 Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles. Standouts include the 15th-century Schnegg, an ornate spiral staircase in the northern transept, to the left of which a door leads to the 1000-year-old crypt. From the crypt’s polychrome chapel, you enter the sublime Gothic cloister.

On cloudless days, it’s worth ascending the tower for broad views over the city and the lake.

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Nearby Konstanz attractions

1. Römersiedlung

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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…

2. Kloster Zoffingen

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The 13th-century Kloster Zoffingen is Konstanz' only remaining convent, still in the hands of Dominican nuns.

4. Niederburg

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Best explored on foot, Konstanz’ cobbled heart Niederburg stretches north from the Münster to the Rhine. The twisting lanes lined with half-timbered…

5. Stadtgarten

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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…

6. Domprobstei

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The orange-red, baroque Domprobstei was once the residence of the cathedral provosts.

7. Konzilgebäude

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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…

8. Rheintorturm


On the Rheinsteig is the medieval Rheintorturm, a defensive tower with a pyramid-shaped red-tile roof.