From 1414 to 1418, The Council of Constance significantly shaped the course of European history when church representatives assembled in Constance at a meeting deemed to be the largest meeting of religious figures, politicians and academics in the Middle Ages. The agreements made at the time determined the future development of the Catholic Church as they discussed the future of the divided church and elected a new Pope.
April 27, 2014 marks the opening celebrations to commemorate this event replete with a major regional exhibition entitled "The Council of Constance 1414-1418. A Medieval World Event." This will be on display at the Baden State Museum in the Council of Constance building by the lake and will feature a unique collection of exhibits from important museums in Europe. During Crafts Week held from May 5-11, 2014, visitors will have an opportunity to watch artisans at work. Two weeks later, on May 24, 2014, the people of Kreuzlingen, Constance. and Tägerwilen will be hosting a joint German-Swiss street party to commemorate King Sigismund, one of the initiators of the Council of Constance. The "Music from the Time" festival will take place in Constance from June 19-22, 2014 in association with the broadcaster SWR. Starting on June 27, 2014, Constance Theatre will be giving an insight into life at the time of the Council of Constance with performances on Münsterplatz square.
Also event commemorating the Bohemian reformer Jan Hus is planned on July 6, 2014. During this time, a permanent exhibition will open at the Hus Museum. In 1414, at the behest of King Sigismund, Jan Hus travelled to Constance to defend his pre-Reformation theses. Despite assurances of safe passage, he was arrested and burned at the stake for heresy.
The town of Constance promises to be a magnificent backdrop for the forthcoming anniversary celebrations with its well-preserved historical old quarter and host of authentic locations – the building in which the council was hosted, for example, still exists today. Visitors coming to attend these anniversary events will also have the opportunity to participate in themed guided tours of the town and the region.