Kreuzlingen is a unique town in that it connects with a similar city (Constance) set neatly on the border of Switzerland and Germany. The town of Constance was, in fact, part of Switzerland until 1805.
Kreuzlingen is best-known for its St. Ulrich Kloster Church, which is home to a Holy Cross that was brought to this area in the 10th century, and is housed in the Church Tower. The current structure was built in the 17th century and the Baroque interior was completed in the 18th century.
After several fires throughout the ages, the building was renovated in 1967. This church chapel has ornate woodwork and figurines representing biblical characters and scenes from the 18th century.
This area is a cyclist’s paradise, with lovely bike paths throughout the region. There are also countless hiking paths. The Tourist Office can provide you with maps and routes for both types of exercise.
As well, there are countless swimming pools and free public beaches inKreuzlingen, as well as the Sailing School of Kreuzlingen, phone 71-688-8020. You should also check out the beaches here, which are some of the few with sand in the country. Sunbathing is done on the grassy areas just west of the shoreline. Public beach information is at 71-688-1858.
Just west of Kreuzlingen on Road 13 lies the town of Tägerwilen, which will be a point of interest for wine enthusiasts. This is the birthplace of Hermann Müller (1850-1927), who produced the Müller-Thurgau grape, which is a cross between Riesling and Sylvaner.
In Tägerwilen you’ll also find the churches of Cosmas and Damian, and looming boldly above the village is the Schloss Castle, built in 1661. Near the castle is the Constance Palaceof Bishops, which was rebuilt in 1876 and 1894 after its destruction in 1499.
The Puppenmuseum Jeannine, or Doll Museum, is in the Tenant’s house of Schloss Girsberg and contains 500+ rare dolls from throughout history.
Attached to the Doll Museum is the Graf-ZeppelinErinnerungszimmer (Count Zeppelin Memorial), which pays homage to the count who lived here from 1890 to 1900 while working on his air balloons/dirigibles at Girsberg. Open March 1-January 6 on Wednesday and Sunday, from 2-5 pm, or by appointment.
The Lake Museum is on the north end of the town in Seeburg Park (a refuge for fallow deer and fowl). This museum tells the story of Lake Constance, complete with shipping models and fishing history. Open November-March on Sunday from 2-5 pm, and in April-October on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 pm.
The Planetarium was built in June 2002. Open daily from 9 am-5 pm. Admission is 12 Sfr for adults, 10Sfr for youngsters. Phone 71-677-3800, fax 71-677-3801.
If You Go…The Tourist Office is in the TCS travel office at Hauptstrasse 39, CH-8280 Kreuzlingen. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30-noon, 1:45-6 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am-noon. Phone 71-672-3840, fax 71-672-1736.
For information regarding Lake Constanceand the region, contact Tourismusverband Ostschweiz (The TouristAssociation of Eastern Switzerland) at Postfach, CH-9001 St. Gallen, Phone 71-227-3777.
Where to Stay…Hotel Krone is a 300-yearold inn that offers a quiet romantic spot in a beautiful tiny village just outside of the northern edges of Kreuzlingen. (moderately priced). Seestrasse, CH-8274 Gottlieben. Phone 71-666-8060, fax 71-666-8069.
Schlössli Bottighofen is a castle that was built in 1640. It sits on the shores of Lake Constance. Simple-lookingon the outside, it is anything but that on the inside – being meticulously and tastefully decorated. Open year-round, with two in-house dining areas. (moderately priced). CH-8598 Bottighofen. Phone 71-688-1275, fax 71-688-1540.
Hotel Schiff is slightly farther north of Kreuzlingen on Road 13 and is a relatively new hotel that appears to be more Italian than Swiss. The stucco design contrasts nicely with the blue waters of the Untersee. This hotel is handicapped-accessible and has two dining rooms that serve up excellent locally caught fish and provide a good list of local wines. (moderately priced). Closed February. CH-8268 Mannenbach am Untersee. Phone =71-663-4141, fax 71-663-4150.
The Youth Hostel Villa Hörnliberg is in the park behind the train station and offers 96 beds. Open March 1-November 31. (cheap). Breakfast is usually included. Promenadenstrasse 7, CH-8280 Kreuzlingen. Phone 71-688-2663, fax 71-688-4761, www.youthhostel.ch/kreuzlingen.
Fischerhause is the local campground, just one mile from the tourist office, near the lake, and with many activities and services for families. (cheap). Open April-October. _ 71-688-4903, fax
Where to Eat…Zum Blauen Haus is a restaurant and piano bar in the historic Gebuden area of Kreuzlingen. (very affordable). Hauptstrasse 138, CH-8280 Kreuzlingen. Phone 71-688-2498, fax 71-699-1406.
Park Kafi is one of the best spots we could find here, serving pasta, vegetarian dishes and great salads at reasonable prices. (cheap). Open daily until midnight year-round. Hauptstrasse 82, CH-8280 Kreuzlingen.