Tip for the cautious: Imitating Swiss-German?

Trying to learn a dialects is basically impossible. If you do try, it only seems artificial and embarrassing. Non-locals might manage the Baden dialect when saying “Konschdanz” (Konstanz) after some time, but when Germans try to speak Swiss-German, the Swiss only scream with laughter. It’s hard enough to understand what they are saying, anyway.

Tip for the cautious: obey bike rule at the Hörnle

Actually there is no reason why you should not park your bike next to your spot on the lawn of the Hörnle. Then you could always watch over your precious bike. Makes sense, right?
No, the persons running the beach area say, and point to the large bicycle parking area outside the Hörnle entrance. In cases of noncompliance they have come up with this punishment: a bath attendant will “ground” your bike with a chain joint, uttering not a single word. And only after hearing your profound apologies will he open it up again. It’s not worth the trouble!

Tip for the cautious: never go by car on Saturdays

You have a lunch date in the city on Saturday afternoon and would like to go by car? Nice idea. But, unfortunately you’ll miss your lunch, as you won’t be able to park your car. Nowhere. The last of the 720 parking spaces at the Lago Centre are usually occupied between 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and in the old town you need a resident parking permit virtually everywhere.

Tip: Go by bus or bike, or park your car before 10 a.m., and take a stroll through the city.

Tip for the cautious: Importing goods

Even though Konstanz and Kreuzlingen seem like a twin city, the fact remains that they are situated in two different countries. This is why there are import regulations preventing you from crossing the border unchallenged with five cartons of cigarettes and the back seat full of schnapps. Most goods costing less than 90 euros, however, are duty-free. You can get more detailed information at the border and online see German and Swiss customs.

Tip for the cautious: Preventing bottlenecks at the supermarket checkout

You’re queuing at a supermarket checkout in Konstanz and happen to carry, for whatever reason, a green sheet of paper: Well, that’s good for you, but better not to wave it around – take it from us! Anyone in a queue waving about a green sheet is Swiss, and the sheet of paper is a duty free form for claiming shopping taxes back. Which some people take their good old time completing after checkout. As you can imagine, this doesn’t go down so well with the other customers. More information, leaflets and instruction sheets on the duty free form is available from IHK Hochrhein-Bodensee (Chamber of Industry and Commerce).