I am just back from our road trip around Lake Constance and just as the title suggests I really did get to explore parts of 3 countries!
No wonder Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) is such a popular place for a holiday. Whether you are a couple, family or solo traveller there are so many stunning towns dotted around the lake, and as my phone memory suggests countless photography opportunities! I had never been to this part of Europe before, but luckily Lukas surprised me with his secret itinerary, jam packed full of interesting places.
In this blog post I will give you a run down of where I would suggest you visit around the lake!
Switzerland – Landschlact
We were based on the Swiss side of the lake in a village called Landschlact. Again we chose to stay in an Airbnb and could not have chosen better. We were hosted by Marco in his spacious house (link to the Airbnb ). I could not recommend his home enough, it was in an ideal location to visit many parts of the lake and his hospitality was excellent! We would definitely love to stay in his home again.
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Austria – Bregenz
Just WOW…this pretty city on the eastern side of Lake Constance should be on everyone’s list!
When we arrived in Bregenz after our 50 minute scenic drive we hopped on the cable car that took us to the top of Pfänder. The price to ride the cable car was 13 euros for a return ticket….much faster than walking. Being on top of the mountain was incredible….the scenery was so classically Austrian, and being a Sound of Music fan I was not disappointed!
We are never usually as organised as this (EVER) but we had already made a picnic to bring along for lunch. Off we went with our picnic and blanket to find the perfect spot to relax in for an hour or so.
We found it….
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Even though we didn’t quite hike down the mountain we still thought it was time for ice cream….
It was really chilled wondering around the shore of the lake….even if it did make me lust for a boat….a girl can dream!
We even checked out the floating stage that is used for the Bregenz Opera Festival every Summer. It’s definitely another bucket list idea!
I keep saying that everywhere is a MUST VISIT but honestly when you are at the lake nothing is too far away so it would be a shame to miss out!
Lindau is no exception… this old Bavarian town is situated on Lindau island . We spent the sunset hours walking along the promenade here and felt like a local sitting on the wall listening to everyone’s speakers!
After walking along the Seepromenade we made sure we found somewhere to dine that would allow us admire the view of the old harbour! We found the perfect spot….
This picture was taken from the terrace restaurant/hotel that we had dinner in called Lindauer Hof. It was the ONLY restaurant that had a terrace! The meal was incredible too, traditional German cuisine. I ordered a…. ZÜRICHER RAHMGESCHNETZELTES….lets just say she smiled politely and asked if I was British….story of my life.
On our last full day at the lake we explored the medieval town of Meerburg. This attractive town, homed to vineyards and panoramic lake views is said to be one of the FIRST places to ever build a FORT! Still to this day visitors enjoy roaming around the cobbled streets and taking in the beautiful architecture.
Bodensee is another beautiful part of the world that I have been lucky enough to see. I understand now why so many people holiday here and even retire.
I am a very “get up and go” kind of person, I like to be busy. Although what is the point of always looking forward to the next stage, the next thing if you are not appreciating the moment you are in just now.
Therefore, having the time just to relax and do simple things like watching the sunset or having an old fashioned picnic really hands you a pause button in a world that is constantly on the move.