Studying in Konstanz
How about studying where other people go on vacation?
Konstanz is located directly on beautiful Lake Constance in southwest Germany. Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy are all close by. Konstanz is the largest and most exciting city on Lake Constance and an attractive area for outdoor activities.
The HTWG Konstanz campus is located directly on the water in a neighborhood called “paradise”. This a special campus: You can see the water from the cafeteria, library and many classrooms. On hot days, you can even go for a swim in between classes.
And after a full day of studying, you can go sailing, windsurfing, standup paddle boarding, or hiking – and join your friends at our very own Beach Bar, which has become one of the city’s hotspots.
The HTWG is directly located on the Rhine River // Image: Marketing und Tourismus Konstanz / Schwelle Action on and in the water. // Image: Marketing und Tourismus Konstanz / Schwelle Town with history: The historic council building in Konstanz. // Image: Marketing und Tourismus Konstanz / Schwelle Historic building in the heart of Konstanz // Image: Marketing und Tourismus Konstanz / Schwelle
Studying in Konstanz – Some Impressions
Konstanz is beautiful! HTWG student, Nina, made a video of her walk through the medieval city. She shows you the cathedral and the Imperia statue, as well as where you can get the best coffee in town and where she likes to go shopping.
Antonia, a student of design, takes you on a walk to her three favorite outdoor spots in the city. She was new to the city and had a lot to explore.
Idyllic Setting, Beautiful Location
Historic City with Lively Student Life
Konstanz has a well-preserved medieval old town with half-timbered houses and small cobblestone streets, and is located directly on the banks of Germany’s largest lake.
The city has a population of 85,000 and a student population of 15,000. These students from the city’s two universities mean that student culture here is alive and well. There are a range of outdoor activities and a rich nightlife to make your non-study time enjoyable.
You can go swimming, windsurfing or sailing during the day. Or just relax and have a barbecue on the lake. In the evening, you can check out the many bars, restaurants and clubs. Or, if you’re interested in culture, you can get cheap (almost free) tickets to concerts, plays and museums. The city also hosts a number of festivals, including the Campus Festival put on by the University of Konstanz.
Tips for outdoor activities, eating out, shopping, nightlife, ...
The website "Studying Without Borders" gives you loads of information about the university cities, Konstanz and Kreuzlingen. Here you can find information about studying, careers and what to do to feel at home here.
The “My Konstanz” app provides you with plenty of information about what’s happening in the city:
Getting to and from Konstanz
The easiest way to get to Konstanz is either by train or long-distance bus. There is a direct train between Konstanz and the Zurich airport.
Or you can also take the boat: Ferries and catamarans connect Konstanz with the cities of Friedrichshafen or Meersburg on the other side of the lake.
You can simply walk to Switzerland: The German - Swiss border runs straight through the city. Interactions between Konstanzer and their neighbors from sister-city, Kreuzlingen, are part of everyday life.
|From Konstanz to…||Distance from Konstanz|
|... the next ski resort||65 km|
|... Zurich||70 km|
|... St. Anton am Arlberg (ski resort, Austria)||150 km|
|... Stuttgart||170 km|
|... Munich||230 km|
|... the Zillertal (ski resort, Austria)||285 km|
|... Milan (Italy)||360 km|
|... the ocean (Italy)||500 km|