Two Weeks at Lake Constance Part 2

Second part of pictures from my trip down to the lake in Summer 2017

This house was build in 1204 - painted with a scene from the old Fish Market
This house was build in 1204 – painted with a scene from the old Fish Market

Dark clouds over Reichenau
Dark clouds over Reichenau

House at Seestrasse in Konstanz
House at Seestrasse in Konstanz

Hotel at Seestrasse in Konstanz
Hotel at Seestrasse in Konstanz

House at Seestrasse in Konstanz
Another house at Seestrasse in Konstanz

Lonely
Lonely

Nice view
Nice view

On the way to the hairdresser
On the way to the hairdresser

Konstanz Minster or Konstanz Cathedral

In German: Das Konstanzer Münster Unserer Lieben Frau
The first mention of a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary was in 615. The church was upgraded over the years to a cathedral. It collapsed in 1052 and a new one built on the same ground. The next 300 years a tower was constructed, then another. A fire destroyed a tower and parts of the church as well as 96 houses. They rebuild the tower and made the church bigger. In 1955 Pope Pius XII raised the Cathedral to a papal Basilica Minor.

Konstanz Minster

Konstanz Minster

Konstanz Minster

Münster unserer lieben Frau

Entrance door at the Münster unserer lieben Frau
Entrance door

Is that the Pope??
Is that the Pope??

Graves inside the church
Graves inside the church

Münster unserer lieben Frau

Window
Window

Münster unserer lieben Frau

More windows
More windows

Side altar
Side altar

Another grave
Another grave

Painting

Münster unserer lieben Frau

When mother is sick and nobody knows how to work the microwave
When mother is sick and nobody knows how to work the microwave

Family Crests
Family Crests

More Family Crests

Not sure what happens but it looks like they try to save the last souls before the Red Army arrives
Not sure what happens but it looks like they try to save the last souls before the Red Army arrives

Nice one

Organ

Another grave
Another grave

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Two Weeks at Lake Constance Part 1

My original travel arrangements did not work out so I asked Anja if she could give me shelter for the first two weeks of August. She has her place inside the old part of Konstanz “at the lake” as we like to call Lake Constance. Got a confirmation a few minutes later and booked my Flixbus ticket. Monday morning I took the bike to the airport to catch the bus.

Took the bike with me this time
Took the bike with me this time – proofed to be a pain in the ass on the way back.

Lake Constance or Bodensee as the Germans call it is the biggest lake in Germany and central Europe’s third largest, after Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva. It is at the northern foot of the Alps. Germany, Switzerland and Austria split the lake between them. At some parts, it even forms the border between them.

Art in the day
Art in the day

Art in the night
Art in the night

That house is demolished already but for a few months, they made it into a piece of art. You can calculate your life here – add and subtract and see the result in the sky.

Dingelsdorf boat landing
Dingelsdorf boat landing. Anja goes every morning for coffee to the same place. Some of her friends have a coffee there too. We did meet one this morning that took me on a trip along the lake. She is in real estate and had to visit a customer in Dingelsdorf.

Dingelsdorf
I like that little village. It is quiet here and the water is super clean. But the water is super clean in general at the lake. In fact, Stuttgart gets most of its drinking water from the lake. It gets pumped 200 km over the Alb all the way to the city.

Fireworks at the Swiss National Day
Fireworks at the Swiss National Day. We went to Gottlieben to see it. Opposite at the German side is a big bird sanctuary. Guess they where not to happy.

After the storm - German side
After the storm – German side

After the storm - Swiss side
After the storm – Swiss side

There you go! They made a point to clean as much as possible in one day. In Germany they still had breakfast.

Sad to see those old trees down
Sad to see those old trees down

Kreuzlingen Harbour
Kreuzlingen Harbour

Talking cow
Talking cow – she had a heavy Swiss accent so it was kind of hard to understand. She complained about the flies. Poor cow!

Konstanz harbour
Konstanz harbour

St. Stephan
St. Stephan

Red House
Red House

Boring afternoon
Boring afternoon

The Trinity church or Dreifaltigkeitskirche

The church was built by Augustiner-Eremiten or Augustinian Hermits. Some parts of the church date back to 1279.

Dreifaltigkeit Church
The Trinity church

Dreifaltigkeit church

Dreifaltigkeit church

Dreifaltigkeit church

Dreifaltigkeit church

Dreifaltigkeit church
Holy Augustinus goes to heaven from Franz Joseph Spiegler

Dreifaltigkeit church

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Fall Weekend at Lake Constance

Was not really motivated to start working so why not visit Anja at Lake Constance or Bodensee as we call it here in Germany. She moved to Konstanz a few years ago. Konstanz has a border with Switzerland so you have loads of Swiss coming over at the weekend and do their shopping, drinking and dining for cheap. Since the Swiss Frank rose again last year it got even cheaper for them. Thus Konstanz is full of nice little shops, cafe’s and restaurants. Everything is renovated and clean – and a bit more expensive since the Swiss do not look really how much a Beer or Coffee is over here.

Lake Constance
Took flixbus to Konstanz. Still the cheapest and the city bus stop is right in the center. Only 5 minutes walk away from Anja’s place. Great! This is the Schnetztor, part of the former city wall. Civilization in Konstanz dates back to the late Stone Age. Later the Celts settled here. Around 40 AD, the first Romans drove them out and build a roman town here. It’s history is rich and worth to look up if you ever decide to come here. Another little piece of information: Because it almost lies within Switzerland Konstanz was not bombed during World War II. The city left all its lights on at night so from the air it looked like it is actually Switzerland. Clever eh?

Lake Constance
Since Anja was super busy I took the little on to the vet.

Lake Constance
The next day with blue sky – perfect for a long dog walk along the river. We did cross into Switzerland and passed lots of fields before we made it to the water.

Lake Constance
Almost ready for the harvest

Lake Constance

Lake Constance
There are some small villages on the Swiss side of the river. Not a lot on the other side.

Lake Constance
Had coffee in Gottlieben. Finally a Selfie in the toilet – never had one!

Lake Constance
Fancy place build into an old house. And a nice way to display your wine to the customers. If only it would be on the other side of the river – Small coffee – 5€ – örgs!

Lake Constance

Lake Constance

Lake Constance

Lake Constance

Lake Constance

Lake Constance

Lake Constance

Lake Constance
Konstanz harbour at night

Lake Constance
Good night

Lake Constance
Look how much fun you can have with a long board!

Lake Constance
At the harbour in Konstanz

Lake Constance
Since April 2007 the border line between Germany and Switzerland is no longer marked by a fence but by a sculpture border. At last for a few hundred meters from the lake into town. Johannes Dörflinger designed a work of art comprising 22 individual sculptures. The objects represent the trumps of the tarot, the “Great Arkana”. Hmmm why not but why??

Lake Constance
This is me again with a little dog!

Lake Constance
And this is a Zeppelin – doing his thing – way up in the air.

 

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