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Radolfzell is a city in southern Germany. It lies on Lake Constance about 20 km north-west of Konstanz and 10 km east of Singen.


Radolfzell was developed out of a monastery founded in 826 AD as a monastic cell under Bishop Radolf (Latin: Cella Ratoldi) of Verona.

The tourist information office is located at the train station (Bahnhofplatz 2). It is open Mon-Fri 9-18 and Sat 10-13. [10]

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By Plane[edit]

Radolfzell has no commerical airport. The closest airports are:

  • Zurich Airport (Switzerland). By car slightly over 1 hour to Radolfzell. By train 1.5 to 2 hours to Radolfzell.
  • Friedrichshafen Airport (Germany). By car 1 hour to Radolfzell. By train 1 to 1.5 hours to Radolfzell.
  • Stuttgart Airport (Germany). By car 2 hours to Radolfzell. By train 2.5 to 3 hours to Radolfzell.

By Train[edit]

Radolfzell can easily be reached by train, as it is an important railway junction in the Bodensee area.

Get around[edit]

By bus: there is a bus network [11] throughout the city. All buses leave from the central bus station (ZOB - Zentraler Omnibus Bahnhof) next to the train station (Bahnhof).

By taxi: Taxis are normally stationed outside the train station.

By foot: Radolfzell is pretty small and you can probably walk anywhere you want to go downtown. The old town/pedestrian zone is compact and easily walkable.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Radolfzell City Museum (Stadtmuseum in der alten Stadtapotheke), Seetorstraße 3, 07732 81-530, [1]. Tue-Sun: 10-12.30, 14-17.30. Thurs. open late until 20.00. Closed Mondays and holidays. Housed in a former pharmacy building since 1689. Houses high-profile holdings of works by the painter Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885), as well as antiques honoring the poet Joseph Victor von Scheffel. Adults €6, students €4, under 14 years free.
  • Cathedral (Pfarramt Münster Unserer Lieben Frau), Marktpl. 7, 0 77 32 - 20 16, [2]. Mon-Fri 10-12, Wed. from 10.15; Mon., Tues., Thurs. 14.30-17; Wed., Fri. afternoons closed. The foundation stone of the late Gothic basilica was laid in 1436, and completed in 1550. The relics of Radolfzell's patron saints (St. Theopont, St. Senesius and St. Zeno) are kept in this church.
  • City Garden (Stadtgarten Radolfzell), (Stadtmitte, opposite the Busbahnhof), [3]. Everyday. 7-20:30. The poet Ludwig Finckh called it "the most beautiful waiting room in Germany". The defensive moat along the medieval fortification wall is now a thriving island in the middle of the city. Free.
  • Gate Tower (Schützentorturm), Schützenstrasse. Probably built around 1683-1685 as a tower on the outside of a masonry. The tower was used until the end of the 18th century as a prison.
  • Powder Tower (Pulverturm), Stadtgarten. Gothic-profiled cornices enclose the upper part of the tower. The conical roof sits on the crenellated base with three loopholes. Part of the east side of the former city fortification, extending along the city moat (Stadtgarten) to the Höllturm. Since 1870. The wall has some keyhole slits at their original height. Iron rings on the walls of the tower indicate where boats were once moored.
  • Hell Tower (Höllturm), Höllturmpassage. Northeastern corner stone of the former city fortification. The massive round tower extends inwards into a square. Has a crenellated platform that used to be covered with a low tent roof, which could be dropped if it caught on fire. The original entrance to the upper floors is visible, and was once reached by an attached wooden staircase.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hang out at the lake, Radolfzeller Herzenbad (Right beside the train station. Use the underpass under the tracks to get to the lake). The lakeside has walking and cycle paths, a couple of restaurants, a beer garden, and a harbour.
  • Beach, Strandbadstrasse 100 (on the Mettnau peninsula), +49 (0) 7732/10232. Bathroom open 8-21. 2 table tennis, 2 bocce courts, 1 beach volleyball, Children's Playground, Restaurant, Kiosk, Parking with a fee available. Free to sit anywhere in Mettnaupark. Closed October 1-April 30 Adults €2, children 6 years and older €1.30, under 6 free.
  • Carnival (Zeller Fasnet). Referred to as a "fifth season" and one of the important holidays in the region. The Radolfzell Carnival takes place in the week leading up to Ash Wednesday, and includes events such as: Hemdglonkerumzug on Thursday (Schmotzigen Dunnschtig aka Fat Thursday, also Weiberfastnacht) where everyone dresses up in nightgowns and parades through town to chase out the ghosts of winter; a big street parade on Sunday among cries of "Narri-Narro!"; a "fool's fair" (närrische Jahrmarkt) in the market place on Shrove Monday (Rosenmontag); and the burning of the giant straw man to finish things off on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch).
  • Hausherrenfest. Third Sunday in July is the feast of the patron saints of Radolfzell (Theopont, Senesius, and Zeno). There's a big festival at the waterfront on the weekend (starting 20:00), and Monday morning citizens of Moos (across the lake) paddle over in flower-decorated boats for their annual pilgrimage (Gondelkorso).
  • Christmas market, [4]. The Christmas market is the first weekend in December. The main market place is filled with stalls selling mulled wine and food. There is live music.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Wochenmarkt Radolfzell (Farmer's Market), (main marketplace). Wed, Sat. 7-14. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Many agricultural products from farmers and gardeners from the region. Fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses and sausages, fish, baked goods, drinks, etc.
  • Downtown, (Old Town). The old section of town, in the pedestrian zone, is full of stores.
  • seemaxx Outlet Center (seemaxx Factory Outlet Center Radolfzell am Bodensee), Schützenstrasse 24, +49 77 32 94 09 99 - 30, [5]. Mon-Sat. 10-19.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Sonnenklar Bio-Markt und Bistro, Josef-Bosch-Straße 9, +49 7732-4505. 11:30-14:00. This bistro in the back of the Sonnenklar health food store serves organic, vegetarian meals. The menu changes every day. There are always about 5 or 6 options. Approx. €7.
  • Basilikum, Löwengasse 30, +49 7732 970570, [6]. Tues-Sat. from 18:00. Fresh, balanced dishes vary seasonally. Has a charming naturally-grown summer garden. Approx. €10-15.
  • FINO Cafe Bar Restaurant, Sankt-Johannis-Straße 5, +49 7732 8239512, [7]. Mon-Thurs. 9.30-01.00; Fri- Sat. 9.30-2.00; Sun. + holidays 10.00-midnight. Modern bar and restaurant with European, mostly Italian, cuisine. Free WiFi.
  • Eiscafe Fernando, Poststraße 32. Best ice cream in town. €1-3.
  • Royal Thai, Seetorstraße 2, +49 7732 9409797, [8]. Tues-Sun. 12-14, 18-22. Fresh, quality ingredients. Most vegetables locally sourced. Meat and fish exclusively German supplied.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel am Stadtgarten, Höllturmpassage 2 (downtown in the pedestrian zone), [9]. Single rooms € 79 to € 90, double rooms € 119 to € 150.


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