Looking for a sporting challenge outside the university? You’ll find plenty! For details, contact the office for sports affairs, Sportamt Konstanz. Here you will find out everything about types of sports, clubs, facilities (skating parks, swimming pools etc.) and sporting events as well as commercial providers (fitness studios etc.) in the city and surrounding towns.
Those who prefer sports without an instructor should prepare for the popular Konstanz Old Town Run: Jogging freaks will run the four kilometres in just 13 minutes. Why not train together and register as a team?
At the “Hörnle” beach you can play beach volleyball, chess, table tennis, badminton and ring tennis. You can practice your putting while playing minigolf nearby too.
On the Bodanrück peninsula (20 minutes by car) you can play real golf – 18 holes, and, of course, only in compliance with the rules of etiquette and the corresponding wherewithal.
Introduced by students in the mid-1990s, Rugby (women and men) is among the rising team sports in the city. In terms of popularity and participation, the contact sport comes in fourth place after handball, basketball and volleyball.
Otherwise, there are many soccer, sailing, volleyball and badminton clubs, while sports such as engine powered flight, chess, in-line skate hockey and therapeutic horseback riding are also offered.
It is environmentally friendly and particularly popular among tourists: travelling around the entire lake by bike. The 268 km trip takes you through three countries in seven to eight days. If you start clock-wise, you will always be on the lake side of the road. The bike paths are generally flat, while those who run out of energy nonetheless can take the ship or train back home. Otherwise, don’t forget your passport and make sure you’re in the right mobile phone network. Shorter tours take you around the lower lake (Untersee), from Konstanz to Romanshorn or around Reichenau Island. The many well-kept walking and bicycle paths are also suitable for in-line skating.
No, George Lucas is not filming on Lake Constance. The electric-powered sci-fi apparatuses called Segway are steered exclusively by shifts in body weight. You can cruise around indoors with an instructor at the Seemaxx Outlet Centre in Radolfzell, as well as outside, for example, through Konstanz.
And some sportspersons have even been spotted at night time at the “Hörnle” beach playing speedminton.
Many slackliners head to the “Hörnle” beach, so maybe looking for alternatives is a good idea: the beach in Litzelstetten is a similarly beautiful location as the “Hockgraben” at the University and the Herose park, which is geographically ideal for HTWG students.
The mountains are within quick and easy reach, and even quicker you’ll be in the lake! In the winter months the latter only applies to really tough people or New Year’s Eve swimmers. Everybody else looks forward to the white under their feet: skiing and snowboarding are immensely popular, while bob running, mountain hiking, or other exotic hobbies such as paragliding and snow boot hiking can also be pursued in the immediate vicinity of Konstanz – thanks to the location in the three-country-region!
While others have to plan their winter vacation months in advance, people in Konstanz just jump on the bus or form a carpool on order to enjoy the snow-covered mountains just one and a half or two hours later. Whether it is Vorarlberg in Austria (Tyrol is also not far), Eastern Switzerland or Graubünden (Grisons) – the fun in the snow can be tailored to your individual needs: The ski resorts offer between 22 and 220 km of slopes.
Both beginners and slope freaks go to the Swiss ski resort Obertoggenburg (advantages: just under 100 km away, cosy atmosphere, snow park, relaxed après-ski). The dimensions are a bit bigger in Damüls-Mellau in the Bregenz Forest (well frequented, around 120 km away) or on the long slopes of Arlberg in Zürs / Lech (around 140 km). And those who wish for a glacier plus a professional snow park right in front of their eyes should head to the Alpenarena (Flims / Laax / Falera, around 150 km away).
Silvretta Nova (around 120 km away) is very popular with off piste riders, too. Dozens of different types of ski and hiking areas can be reached relatively quickly from Konstanz. Slope addicts also benefit from seasonal and annual tickets, e.g. the 3-Täler-Pass (3-valleys-ticket), which comprises numerous ski resorts and is particularly inexpensive for students. You’ll find more information on the websites of ‘Bergfex’ (very practically oriented) or the Alpine communities.