Thousands of visi­tors from all over the world flock each year to the lar­gest city on Lake Con­stance to attend this event. The Nacht­floh­markt of the Twin Cities Kreuz­lin­gen and Con­stance is a real high­light in the event calen­dar of the regi­on and well known bey­ond the city limits. One of the most beau­ti­ful flea mar­kets in Euro­pe takes place annu­al­ly short­ly after Pen­te­cost and is thanks to its spe­cial flair not only for die-hard flea mar­ket fans a real expe­ri­ence. Becau­se it’s allo­wed to grub, hagg­le and stroll on two days, in two coun­tries and over a distance of more than 14 kilo­me­ters. This year, the flea mar­ket will take place from the 24th to the 25th of June 2017.

24 hours flea mar­ket fun for young and old

With around 1,000 stalls, the flea mar­ket is the lar­gest in sou­thern Ger­ma­ny – so you should need some time. From Satur­day evening 20 o’clock to Sunday evening 18 o’clock many stalls are open throughout and tre­a­su­res and curio­si­ties can be found even after dark. The mix of dea­lers cer­tain­ly makes a part of the incom­pa­ra­ble charm. In addi­ti­on to spe­cia­li­zed tra­ders who offer their some­ti­mes valu­able pie­ces, and come to this event extra, the­re are also a varie­ty of pri­va­te dea­lers, whe­re real bar­gains can be made and whe­re the fun is in the fore­ground. This is how collec­tors and bar­gain hun­ters ali­ke get their money’s worth. And even the litt­le visi­tors’ eyes will shi­ne, becau­se the child­ren of Con­stance and Kreuz­lin­gen are allo­wed to con­vert their dis­car­ded toys and books into pocket money at the edge of the Con­stance flea mar­ket on blan­kets and without fee. The flea mar­ket is right­ly being adver­ti­sed as an expe­ri­ence for the who­le fami­ly. A tip: on the Swiss side, by the way, star­ting at 4 pm, the smal­lest ones can be part of this expe­ri­ence!

Stroll without bor­ders

Star­ting point of the flea mar­ket is the Swiss twin town of Kreuz­lin­gen. From the­re, the flea mar­ket stretch extends through the his­to­ric cent­re of Con­stance, over the streets Unte­re Lau­be and Obe­re Lau­be to the Rhi­ne. And by the Rhi­ne, the flea mar­ket then expands again for several kilo­me­tres. The­re it is also par­ti­cu­lar­ly nice to walk, with views over the river and Lake Con­stance and fresh sea air in the nose. Inci­dent­al­ly, the­re are no con­trols at the cus­toms cros­sings bet­ween Ger­ma­ny and Switz­er­land this wee­kend. Of cour­se, it’s still advi­s­able to take the pass­port with.

By the way, you can pay in euros and francs at many stands. Many of the dea­lers are old flea mar­ket bun­nies, have extra two pur­ses for the dif­fe­rent cur­ren­ci­es and are tun­ed to an inter­na­tio­nal audi­ence.

Well orga­nis­ed

Sign­pos­ted topics help with ori­en­ta­ti­on, if you don’t just want to stroll and be sur­pri­sed by the offer, but on the spe­ci­fic search for spe­ci­fic pie­ces. Thus, in addi­ti­on to a model rail­way and model car mar­ket, there’s also a record mar­ket for music fans. In addi­ti­on, a crea­ti­ve and craft mar­ket for all sorts of home-made and the mar­ket on the Schot­ten­platz, which is used exclu­si­ve­ly by com­mer­cial sel­lers.

Around 400 vol­un­teer flea mar­ket hel­pers are also working tog­e­ther with the poli­ce and the fire bri­ga­de to ensu­re that ever­ything goes smooth­ly and to glad­ly help visi­tors with ques­ti­ons and con­cerns.

Turn night into day

Anyo­ne wan­de­ring over the flea mar­ket in the night is well advi­sed to use a flash­light. Becau­se the stands are illu­mi­na­ted only spar­se­ly and after 22 o’clock tre­a­su­res are dif­fi­cult to iden­ti­fy as such. Real pro­fes­sio­nals are even on the go with head­lamps. But for the majo­ri­ty of visi­tors, the bust­le after 22 o’clock shifts any­way in the streets and restau­rants around the flea mar­ket in the old town of Con­stance and along the Rhi­ne. Exu­berant par­ty mood pre­vails in the city now.

Locals and visi­tor groups ming­le to a colour­ful bust­le, new acquain­tan­ces are made and flea mar­ket finds exami­ned. It’s not in vain that the Flea Mar­ket is refer­red to by the peop­le of Con­stance and Kreuz­lin­gen as „the bour­geoi­sie par excel­lence” and exu­des a true Volks­fest cha­rac­ter.

Espe­cial­ly in the his­to­ric district of Nie­der­burg you will find a varie­ty of tra­di­tio­nal wine bars, cock­tail bars and smal­ler pubs, which invi­te you to lin­ger and make the flair of Con­stance Old Town. Howe­ver, if you want to spend the bal­my sum­mer nights under the open sky, we recom­mend the beach bar of the Con­stance Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces with a view of the Rhi­ne. Colour­ful cock­tails, beach chairs, san­dy beach and live music from the DJ make it a holi­day in any case. But also with many small stalls around the flea mar­ket rou­te is taken care of the phy­si­cal well-being and the Rhi­ne invi­tes you to lin­ger with its many small jet­ties.

Arri­val to the flea mar­ket without stress

Tou­rists and visi­tors from the regi­on are advi­sed to refrain from using the car when tra­vel­ling and to use public trans­port. So for visi­tors from the other side of the lake, the fer­ry Meers­burg-Con­stance or the cata­ma­ran Fried­richs­ha­fen-Con­stance is recom­men­ded. From the lan­ding har­bour, the flea mar­ket can then easi­ly be reached on foot.

Train tra­vel­lers use the „Seehas” bet­ween Sin­gen and Con­stance, who­se evening trains will be even more inten­si­fied this wee­kend. And the arri­val from Switz­er­land is also easy: a free shut­tle bus takes visi­tors from the Swiss train sta­ti­on direct­ly to the flea mar­ket area on the Ger­man side.

Visi­tors who still want to tra­vel to Con­stance by car should use the Park & ​​Ride car park „Am Seer­hein”. From the­re you can also walk wit­hin a short time on the Schänz­le- or bicy­cle bridge to the site.

The per­fect accom­mo­da­ti­on

To real­ly expe­ri­ence the flea mar­ket, you can spend the night in the city cent­re. Book your accom­mo­da­ti­on today for the wee­kend of June 24th and 25th. The Hotel Gästehaus Centro is loca­ted right next to the rail­way sta­ti­on, wit­hin a wal­king distance of the colour­ful flea mar­ket and is the ide­al star­ting point for a flea mar­ket visit and the explo­ra­ti­on of the his­to­ric old town. Our staff will be hap­py to pro­vi­de you with fur­ther tips for a suc­cess­ful wee­kend by the lake!

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