Eight minutes’ stroll from Constance railway station and a 70km drive from Zurich Airport, the Steigenberger Inselhotel stands on the banks of the most important lake in Germany having fun with a spectacular state of affairs on a personal island on Lake Constance. It’s a terrific base from which to discover the largely-unknown historic German metropolis of Constance.
The constructing was initially a Dominican monastery based by Bishop Heinrich von Tann in 1236. From 1414 to 1415, the well-known Czech spiritual dissenter Jan Hus was imprisoned within the constructing in the course of the Council of Constance to resolve the brand new Pope. The resort supervisor now calls Hus “our first long-stay visitor”.
It was transformed right into a resort in 1875 by the then house owners, the Zeppelins, additionally nicely referred to as the inventors of the pioneering airships of the identical identify.
Now it’s a lovely institution with a location most motels would promote their granny for. On arrival, I walked straight by way of the reception onto the big terrace in the back of the resort – to a view that took me aback: a grand panorama of Lake Constance. Merely breathtaking.
I used to be additionally taken by the intriguing murals within the resort’s cloisters (a legacy of the constructing’s historical past as a monastery). Painted between 1888 and 1904 by Professor Karl Haeberlin from Stuttgart, the murals depict important occasions from town’s previous.
There may be a lot historical past that emanates from each nook and cranny of the Steigenberger Inselhotel, which may simply move as a vacationer attraction in its personal proper.
There are a lot of enterprise visitors on the Steigenberger Inselhotel, however after I was there the bulk had been vacationers. The resort has a relaxed vibe nicely suited to these on vacation.
The Steigenberger Inselhotel has 100 rooms and two suites. All of them supply no less than partial views of Lake Constance (which straddles three nations, Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
The rooms, which all comprise a flat-screen TV with Sky, in addition to wooden floors, outsized double beds, air-conditioning, a minibar, a piece desk and a secure, are notable for his or her clear traces and class. However for those who ever become bored with wanting on the inside, simply flip in the direction of the window and drink within the splendid view of Lake Constance.
Meals and Drink
There are two eating places at The Steigenberger Inselhotel. The Seerestaurant, which affords a wonderful breakfast buffet, specialises in fish caught that morning in Lake Constance. The restaurant provides on to the resort terrace, an impressive spot to sit down with a sun-downer and take within the vistas of the lake.
The second restaurant, the Dominikaner Stube, is clad totally in Swiss pine. It recollects the monastic historical past of the institution and serves scrumptious regional specialities resembling rillette of smoked Lake Constance white fish with cream cheese, apple jelly, walnut and wild herb salad and Lake Constance pear and almond cake.
After dinner, visitors can take pleasure in a glass of native wine within the Zeppelin Bar, named after Depend Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was born on this very place.
The resort’s Insel Spa affords a well-equipped gymnasium, a Finnish sauna, steam room, and an infrared sales space. Soothing massages are additionally obtainable.
However after all, the resort’s most spectacular sports activities facility is Lake Constance itself. From June to September, you may swim within the very nice 26-degree waters of the lake from instantly in entrance of the resort – with lifeguard supervision. Lodge workers can advise you on the most effective lakeside trails to comply with for a stroll, jog or bike experience.
Even the monks of yore might need envied the extent of leisure visitors can obtain on the Steigenberger Inselhotel.
Wi Fi obtainable?
Sure, and it’s free.
How a lot
Charges begin from €109 per evening for a single room.
What’s close by
The Steigenberger Inselhotel is simply three minutes’ stroll away from the superbly preserved medieval metropolis centre of Constance.
I might advise ditching the map and simply wandering haphazardly by way of the interesting, zig-zagging streets of this richly historic space. You may additionally be fortunate sufficient to identify among the historic reenactors who ceaselessly costume in interval costume across the iconic cathedral.
After that, you’ll definitely have earned a sit-down. I might advocate taking a seat within the picturesque lakeside Biergarten and having fun with a neighborhood beer – the area is overflowing with superb craft breweries. The Biergarten an ideal place merely to observe the world go by and absorb the charms of Constance.
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