Konstanz Favorite Tips by Kathrin_E Top 5 Page for this destination
Konstanz Favorites: 20 reviews and 24 photos
Münster Church, the former cathedral
Favorite thing: Already in the 6th century Konstanz became the seat of a Bishop. From the middle ages to the early 19th century the diocese was the biggest in Central Europe. It extended from the Black Forest and Swabia far south into Switzerland to the Gotthard mountains.
The city of Konstanz managed to obtain more and more privileges and independence. A free imperial city for a short time, it then became property of Austria. The Bishop's power was limited to the cathedral and its surroundings and some buildings in town. The city introduced the reformation in 1527 and drove the Bishop away. The new episcopal residence was installed on the opposite bank of the lake in Meersburg, where a new palace was built in the 18th century.
The Secularization of 1802/03 was the end of the Bishop's government. The property of the diocese was taken over by the Electorate of Baden. The city stayed Austrian - the territorial borders within the city must have been extremely complicated to sort out - but with the peace treaty of Preßburg/Bratislava in late 1805 the Austrian territory also became property of Baden and the problem was solved.
The Bishopric ceased to exist in 1821: To simplify the cooperation of politics and religion, the borders of the dioceses were changed to correspond with the borders of the territories. The Grandduchy of Baden was covered by the new Archdiocese of Freiburg which was established in 1827 after lengthy negotiations with Rome. The diocese of Konstanz was administered by Ignaz von Wessenberg who after the death of the old Bishop had been elected his successor by the cathedral chapter but not confirmed. Wessenberg hoped to become the first Archbishop of Freiburg but failed - instead Bernhard Boll, the former abbot of Salem, got the job. The former cathedral in Konstanz has since then been just the parish church of the city.
Fondest memory: The Münster Church, the cathedral of the diocese, is the most striking remain of the Bishopric of Konstanz. The gothic church (photos 1 and 2) contains treasures of art from the middle ages to modern times and is a 'must' to see. A lot has already been written about it, thus no separate tip here.
Several other buildings once belonged to the diocese and tell of its history. Around Münster square some canons' residences (curiae) are still standing, like the one of Canon von Roll (photo 3) .
Wessenberg Palace (photo 4) opposite the Münster church was the residence of Ignaz von Wessenberg, the interim administrator of the diocese, which he kept even after his application for the Archbishopric of Freiburg had failed. The baroque palace is now a museum.
The provost of the cathedral and his offices occupied a pretty renaissance building bclose to the Rhine (photo 5).
More Reviews (46)
- See All Fastnacht: Jakobiner Club and their...
- See All The Fire of Christmas 2010
- See All DAY TRIP OPTIONS: Radolfzell
Kathrin_E's Related Pages
Konstanz Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Konstanz - Old Town Surprise"
- "Konstanz - beautiful setting and charming old town"
- "KONSTANZ (Constance)"
- "South Germany"
- "Welcome to my hometown Konstanz"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Konstanz
- Hotels in Konstanz
- Transportation in Konstanz
- Nightlife in Konstanz
- Restaurants in Konstanz
- Shopping in Konstanz
- Warnings and Dangers in Konstanz
- See All...
Explore the World
- Crystal River Hotels
- Bellapais Hotels
- Hajipur Hotels
- Basildon Hotels
- Bad Swat
- Saint Moritz
Badges & Stats in Konstanz
- 47 Reviews
- 240 Photos
- 2 Forum posts
- 5 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (78)
Have you been to Konstanz?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Konstanz
- Posted in Travel Prague Forum "Re: good lookin girls"
- updated a Konstanz Travel Page "Konstanz - Old Town Surprise"
- Uploaded a Photo to "Fastnacht Parade (6)"
- Wrote a Review Fastnacht: Jakobiner Club and their Tribunal in Konstanz Local Customs
- Uploaded a Video to Konstanz
- Commented on one of german_eagle's Konstanz travel pages
Photos in KonstanzSee All Photos (240)
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Karlsruhe Intro, 118 reviews, 427 photos, 11 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Marburg an der Lahn Intro, 78 reviews, 294 photos, 8 travelogues
- Krakow Intro, 18 reviews, 273 photos, 25 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Konstanz Intro, 47 reviews, 240 photos, 10 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Essen Intro, 43 reviews, 219 photos, 6 travelogues
- Annaberg-Buchholz Intro, 25 reviews, 223 photos, 15 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Wismar Intro, 39 reviews, 196 photos, 7 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Landshut Intro, 39 reviews, 191 photos, 4 travelogues
- Dresden Intro, 37 reviews, 190 photos, 10 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Münster Intro, 37 reviews, 188 photos, 9 travelogues
FriendsSee All Friends (29)
Latest Konstanz hotel reviews
- Kloster Hegne
- 1 Review & Opinion
Latest: Jun 23, 2008
- Graf Zeppelin
- 20 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jan 19, 2013
- Gastehaus Centro
- 18 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jun 12, 2013
- Golden Tulip Halm Konstanz
- 66 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jun 5, 2013
- Hotel Petershof
- 10 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 19, 2013
- Ringhotel Schiff Am See
- 11 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 6, 2013
- Hotel Bilger Eck
- 7 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Mar 15, 2013
- Stadthotel Konstanz
- 7 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 22, 2013
- Steigenberger Inselhotel
- 69 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jun 16, 2013