We all know that – sometimes you just don’t have much time for a holiday. So, what to do if you only have one day in Constance? I would spend 24 hours in Constance like this:
The evening before I arrive by train late. How convenient that the Gästehaus Centro is directly opposite to the train station. So, I walk five steps across the street and benefit from the late check-in until 10pm. And now off to bed, because tomorrow I want to fully enjoy!
I get up early so that I can make the most of the day. From 7 o’clock there’s a delicious breakfast in the Gästehaus Centro.
8:00 am: Strengthened and well-rested I make my way to Constance harbour. I want to spend the morning by the lake and so I stroll along the harbour promenade to „Klein Venedig” and across the art border between Contance and Kreuzlingen in Switzerland. My little tour takes me past the Sealife in the direction of Kreuzlinger harbour and back – all this with a beautiful view of Lake Constance.
9:00 am: Enough of the fresh sea air – now I want to see something from the Old Town of Constance! From the harbour I walk to the market place “Marktstätte” and through the streets of the city. I admire the elaborately painted houses and look here and there in the small shops that can be found everywhere.
10:00 am: I walk through the Niederburg and on the way back I pass the Café N ° elf in the Gerichtsgasse. How good that it’s just opened – I’m in the mood for coffee and a piece of cake after my early breakfast.
11:00 am: The Konstanz Minster is just around the corner and is worth a visit. I admire the imposing building and decide to climb the tower. From the top you have a wonderful view over the old town and the lake!
12:00: A light lunch would be good now – I walk 10 minutes to Café Stadtkind in the quarter Paradies, because there’s always a delicious soup of the day, quiches, pastries and salads.
1:00 pm: Sated and satisfied, I take directly in front of the café at the bus stop „Ellenrieder Gymnasium” the bus 9A, which takes me to the University of Constance, which is situated slightly higher than the rest of the city. Architecturally, the university is interestingly designed and I admire the courtyard, where the sun shines through colourful glass pyramids and casts a beautiful pattern on the floor. At the Campus Café I get myself an ice cream and sit on a terrace on K7 to enjoy the view of the lake.
3:00 pm: Meanwhile, I’m making my way a bit through the „Hockgraben”, the park just below the university, towards the lake and on the outskirts of the quarter of Egg with the bus line 4⁄13 a station to the island of Mainau. There I spend my afternoon and look at the beautiful flowers, the petting zoo, the butterfly house and the castle. In between, I take a little break here and there on a bench and enjoy the fresh sea air.
5:00 pm: I’m walking slowly back to the city. Bus 4⁄13 from Mainau takes me back to Marktstätte. I make a short detour to my room at the Gästehaus Centro to freshen up for the evening.
6:00 pm: Slowly I’m getting hungry again and I walk 5 minutes to Tamara’s Weinstube in the Zollernstraße to have proper dinner in a way of Constance. There is regional food here, among other things the well-known „Dünnele”, a kind Flammkuchen, which has a tradition here. And of course, the delicious wine from the area mustn’t be missed out.
8:00 pm: So, on into the nightlife! I really want to explore the local bar scene in the Old Town of Constance and make my way first to the nearby Irish Pub „Shamrock”. The furniture and the decoration in here look really Irish and there are often actions like karaōke or bingo. Next up is the „Klimperkasten” – very comfortable with the conglomerate furniture. I sit on one of the sofas on the pedestal in the back and, with a drink in my hand, I listen to the little band playing here today. From there I walk through the Schnetztor towards Niederburg and reach after about 15 minutes the „Heimat” – a small, quaint pub in a vaulted cellar, which is a firm student scene in Constance. My next destination is also in a cellar – but much more spacious. 5 minutes’ walk will take me to the chic cocktail bar „Blauer Engel”. I make myself comfortable on a turquoise nickel chair and choose one of the many cocktails from the menu – here you can get from the bitter gin tonic to the fruity-sweet Louisiana Jam as well as everything. Pascal, the owner, is always on his own between guests, talking and joking around.
Time flies by – it’s already midnight. On a nightcap I go to the „Seekuh” and then walk 10 minutes back to the Gästehaus Centro – because at 1:00 am there is a curfew and the bars close for the night. Thus, I fall a little tingling and exhausted and full of beautiful new impressions into the cosy bed and dream of a city stroll, lake walk, beautiful flowers and delicious cocktails until tomorrow morning I’ll be off again.