Konstanz, Geography

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Konstanz (or Constance) is a district (Kreis) in the south of Baden-Württemberg on the German-Swiss border, stiuated along the shores of Lake Constance. Neighboring districts are (from west clockwise) Schwarzwald-Baar, Tuttlingen, Sigmaringen and Bodenseekreis. To the south it borders the Swiss canton Thurgau and Schaffhausen. The municipality of Büsingen is an exclave located inside the Kanton Schaffhausen.


The district is located at the north-western shore of Lake Constance, in a landscape called Hegau. The world heritage island Reichenau with its old monastery as well as the flower island Mainau are part of the district. Also located in the district is the Aachtopf near the city Aach, the biggest spring in Germany by water volume. The spring actually contains water from the Danube which moves through karst caves underneath the European watershed.

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