The mild climate, the beautiful scenery, the privileged location on Lake Constance and the proximity to the Swiss Alps make Konstanz a multifaceted and popular residential and leisure area. The pretty laneways of the historical Old Town and countless attractive buildings shape the city’s image. One of Konstanz’s landmarks is the Konzilgebäude, which was once a goods warehouse and now hosts events and conferences. Its proximity to Switzerland – the German-Swiss borders runs through the centre of the city – also shapes the urban culture of Konstanz and gives the city a very special flair. The university city is very important in both economic and cultural terms. The excellent transport connections contribute to the high quality of living and economic attractiveness of the city.