From faraway places such as Rhodes, Riga, Cork or Lisbon, people travelled to the Council of Constance, which took place from 1414 to 1418. Various languages were heard in the streets of the city. People of different cultures exchanged their wares on the market places. In the wake of secular or clerical rulers, a great number of musicians also came to Constance, bringing their local music with them. They exchanged ideas with other musicians and listened to one another.

In passing the city gates, all those visitors turned Constance into a hub of knowledge and a melting pot of cultures. The city became a veritable European meeting point.