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I know this is supposed to be a blog about life, food, places and people in Switzerland. Yet, I will make an exception for a wonderful German city that is right on the border to Switzerland and therefore can almost be considered Swiss: Konstanz or Constance. In fact, there are probably more Swiss people visiting Konstanz every weekend than Germans. :-)

Konstanz lies on the shores of Lake Constance right on the border to Switzerland. The city has actually grown together with the Swiss city of Kreuzlingen. The border crosses right through the middle and in a few minutes of walking one can go from Kreuzlingen to the center of Konstanz.

What is there to do in Constance? My personal favorites are the following:
  1. Shopping! Yes, there are plenty of good stores and boutiques in the center of the city towards the Lake. And prices are good (especially compared to Switzerland!)
  2. Have coffee at one of the nicest cafe's in the area: Pano. They serve real good coffee, homemade ice cream, homemade bread and more. And what I like most about it is the huge table that is inside which seats about 20 people! :-) 
  3. Take a stroll at the Lake shore towards the Rhine river. The Lake is beautiful!
  4. If you have a car you might want to drive to Mainau, the so called "flower island" that is about 20 minutes away. It may be a bit crowded on the weekend but the flowers and gardens are gorgeous!
  5. There are plenty of boats at your disposal. Either rent a pedal boat or take a cruise on one of the bigger ships!
  6. Visit the Sea Life Konstanz. It features penguins, fishes and other sea creatures. Especially on a bad weather day it can be fun.
And of course don't forget to take your camera! The old houses of Konstanz are beautiful and the medieval feel of the city is very charming! :-)

Konstanz from above  - Matthias Lohse  /



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