Konstanz, also known as Constance, is a historic town on the shores of the Bodensee, or Lake Constance. Its medieval old town has survived largely intact. It is also home to a thriving student population at the University of Konstanz.
The town is famous for being the site of the Council of Constance in the early fifteenth century. It was one of the largest congresses that the Western world had gathered up to that point and ended the Western Schism in the Catholic Church.
Today most people come to Konstanz for two reasons: shopping and water. It’s located right next to Switzerland, and the lower prices attract many people to cross the border daily – although it’s not really feasible from Stuttgart, at 175 km (100 mi) away. Visitors can benefit from the wide range of shops and restaurants. Better yet, take a swim or a boat ride on the Bodensee!