Do you think that in winter there can be nothing better than going as far south as possible to fly off into the sun? Well, that sounds tempting.
But! Especially in the home regions of Northern and Central Europe, which in summer are tourist magnets themselves, there is so much to discover even in the cold season.
The own home, more precisely the region of Lake Constance in the border triangle Germany – Austria – Switzerland, offers perfect excursion destinations for families, history buffs, adventurers, hikers and explorers, especially in the winter season.
For example, I just went for a walk in Liechtenstein with my Lama and it’s just getting on with it.
Under the title “Archaeological Museum Constance” we want to present to you today an ideal excursion destination, which is particularly suitable for the cold season, to discover the beautiful Constance in a different way. By the way, you can find our summer impressions of this beautiful city in southern Germany here for refreshment.
Archaeological Museum Constance
So, what is there to discover?
Well, nothing less than an extensive exhibition on the human world in this region since around 6,000 BC.
Opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am-18 pm.
For savers there is an insider tip: On the 1st Saturday of each month, the entrance is completely free!
On three floors, the visitor reveals an impressive collection of historical finds and artifacts, from the first pile dwellings to 5,000 year old firewood daggers as well as shields from the 6th century, the Merovingian period.
In Constance is the central museum archive, which attracts visitors since 1992. Seven branch museums throughout Baden-Wurttemberg belong to the museum family as well.
An entrance fee of 5, -EUR is here a real snap, especially since there are many special benefits for children, students and many more.
OK, quite some numbers here already… so let’s go on an expedition 8,000 years back in time.
The history of the region on the timeline
As already mentioned, there are 3 floors of various exhibits and finds of the regional human history. From the smallest beautiful jewelry fragments to 20-meter-long centuries-old boats, the breadth of exhibits is immense.
Already in the entrance area of the ground floor, it starts with bone finds and even graves with exciting explanations, what, for example bones are telling about the habits of this person.
In addition, there is a separate area about shipping in southwest Germany with impressive exhibits, such as a 20 meter long medieval glider.
From the Neolithic Age with its stilt houses over the Roman influences to the early Middle Ages with impressive exhibits from the age of chivalry and finally the time of the porcelain manufactory at the end of the 18th century, there is plenty to discover here.
The presentation especially of the (early) Middle Ages gives insights into a rough reality, which was often determined by monotonous everyday life, but also by struggle. Magnificent grave goods for noblemen from the 6th and 7th century already bear witness to the class societies.
On the second floor, everything is about life and death in the Middle Ages.
An almost 4 meter long lance with iron tip gives e.g. conclusions about the armament of the Alemannic riders of the early Middle Ages.
Other grave finds, as well as glass and bronze vessels, tables, beds and chairs can be admired here. In addition, you can even find play dolls, amulets, as well as numerous detailed insights into the life of the time. Extremely exciting!
Who finds the Santa Claus caps?
By the way, as a special treat just before Christmas, there is an additional discovery challenge for eager explorers.
Some exhibits are decorated with little Santa hats.
Anyone who discovers them will receive a little sweet surprise at the end of the tour. Probably just for the small visitors an additional incentive to go through the exhibition with special attention …
Roman Way of Life
Something very special is offered in addition to the permanent exhibitions. It is the special exhibition in the Archaeological State Museum Konstanz called “Roman Way of Life“.
In a playful, but above all extremely impressive, as complex way, there is a miniature world to marvel at.
But not just a miniature world. With Playmobil figures here is insight into the world about 2,000 years ago true to the original and strictly given to scientific findings.
The Roman society is brought to life in a multifaceted and above all with many really funny details. It’s a good idea to bring some time to explore this incredible love of detail. The special exhibition can still be admired until the end of February 2019 in this form. Must see!
The Museum shop
After a successful tour, there is finally the opportunity, in the museum’s own shop to get some great souvenirs for home.
Numerous replicas of various exhibits, literature, games, maps …
There is hardly anything that does not exist here.
Also perfect as a souvenir or for your own memory? A Stone Age knife, for example probably not everyone has at home…
The Archaeological State Museum Constance is perfectly suitable for example as a prelude to a city day trip Constance.
Especially in the cold season, it is fun when it is wet and grubby outside to discover these truly impressive finds from some ancient times and thus even to learn a bit about the own culture and origin.
Knowledge is conveyed vividly and impressively here. Especially for children a visit should be very interesting to be introduced to archaeology.
The really low admission prices complete the positive overall picture.
That’s it with our insights to the Archaeological State Museum Constance, peeps. In our next article we come up with some cool impressions of the amazing Sea life in Constance!
Check out here all the photos from the Museum tour.