Honestly speaking, Germany is a country with a bunch of surprises.
Who would have thought it?
Now you all know that we recently went to Rügen.
On the Baltic Sea
And it was grand!
You might have thought that we stopped there.
Don’t look at me like that.
These are terrible times!
My husband – The Music Producer – made a suggestion to go to Southern Germany.
I’m with you.
Bavaria, the Rhine, the Black Forest, castles …
I had no idea what he was talking about.
The Music Producer looked at me in fear and awe.
You don’t know where Bodensee is?
Drum-roll please …
Of course, I know of Lake Constance
I just hadn’t previously been there!
I have now!
It was fantastic!
So fantastic in fact, that I thought I might share it with you.
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty!
Its greatest depth is 252 metres or 827 ft exactly in the middle of the Upper Lake. It’s volume is about 48 km3 or 12 cubic miles, It is 63 km or 39 miles long and nearly 14 km or 8.7 miles at its widest point.
In fact, Seerhein or Lake Rhine is so out of the way that geographically, some experts consider it to be a river rather than part of the lake!
Officially, if you’re on the lake quite frankly, you’re in Germany, Switzerland and Austria!
All three (3) countries at the very same time!
Not only that but you can easily get to Liechtenstein too!
By road. Not by water!
As Liechtenstein is only half an hour from Bodensee or Lake Constance by car!
In fact, Bodensee or Lake Constance is the third (3rd) largest freshwater inland lake in Central and Western Europe and is an important drinking water source for South-West Germany!
Here’s a few videos to whet your appetite!
Bodensee or Lake Constance is a lake that stretches over three (3) bodies of water known as Obersee or Upper Lake Constance, Untersee or Lower Lake Constance, and Seerhein or Lake Rhine
It’s located at the Northern foot of the Alp mountains, covers the country borders of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein, and is shared quite equally by all four (4) nations!
Here’s an interactive map
Whether by car, train, ferry or bus, there are many ways to get to the lakes of Bodensee or Lake Constance
Depending on where you’re coming from and which road you use, it can take up to 10-12 hours!
It’s popular with motorcyclists who delight in riding hard and performing high-risk stunts on sharp edgy mountain corners, so take care while driving or motorcycling!
This picturesque route is a mountain route that curves along the peaks and hilltops of the Black Forest, the Rhine Valley, the Voges Mountains, and the Alps.
It has an altitude of 1000 metres, spirals on a stretching road that is almost 70 km long with stunning views. On a clear day you can actually see the Black Forest and the Alps!
Take the B500 road.
We took this route on the way back to Berlin. I highly recommend it!
Here’s the road route, click here!
Here’s the official website, click here!
If you’re going by ship, there’s so many ferries that sail between waterside harbours along the lake and between Germany, Austria & Switzerland.
The agency that connects most, if not all sailing vessels on Bodensee or Lake Constance is BSB – Die Bodensee-Schifffahrt. You need to have your ticket before you sail. Tickets are available at mini BSB offices on location along the lake.
We used this agency, and they are most efficient.
Don’t forget your face mask. You will not be allowed in their offices or on the boats, without it!
For more info, click here
Here’s the ferry time-table. For the pdf version, click here
Please note that due to covid-19, there might be changes not reflected on the time-table. I suggest you double-check. Here’s the online daily updated sailing schedule, click here
For the high-speed catamaran between Konstanz and Friedrichshafen, click here
We used the the car ferry that travels between Konstanz and Meersburg and Friedrichshafen and Romanshorn. For daily schedules, click here
In English, click here!
For weather and sailing conditions, click here!
If you’re taking the train, you need to take the German Railway or Deutsche Bahn
From Germany, take a train to Bodensee or Lake Constance via Karlsruhe, Munich or Stuttgart. For the Deutsche Bahn, train click here
For day tickets by train, click here
For regional tickets by train, click here
From Switzerland, take a train to Bodensee or Lake Constance via Zurich. For the Swiss train, click here
From Austria, take a train to Bodensee or Lake Constance via Innsbruck. For the Austrian train, click here
There are a wide variety of long-distance bus / coach connections throughout Germany and many other European cities. Many bus / coach lines have direct connections to Konstanz, Friedrichshafen, Lindau, Bregenz and St.Gallen.
For Flixbus, click here
For Eurolines, click here
If you are a tourist or visitor to the Bodensee Region, you are entitled to an inclusive guest pass which will be provided to you by your hotel, apartment owner or host. This guest pass depends on the local region that you are visiting and offers free travel on the public transport network, as well as reduced prices or discounts in local businesses, restaurants and tourist activities!
If you don’t feel like driving, you can purchase a Bodensee Ticket. This ticket enables you to travel via bus, train or ferry and is valid in all Bodensee or Lake Constance border countries: Germany, Austria & Switzerland!
For free / inclusive guest passes, click here
For the Bodensee Ticket, click here
For the Bodensee Card PLUS, click here
For the Swiss Travel Pass, click here
Obviously, you need to live in the EU at the moment or be one of the lucky nations allowed to send tourists to Germany.
If you’d like to go to the other parts of Germany, please do your research because like everywhere else in the world, things can change. Germany is brilliantly safe but nowhere on earth is by any means guaranteed as due to recent Covid-19 break-outs, some German destinations aren’t always allowing German native tourists either!
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To be candid, the countries that we, as Germans and expat Brits, absolutely CANNOT travel to right now are the Balkan countries (minus Croatia), Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Moldova. And the rest of the entire world!
As far as the German Federal Office is concerned, the travel warning for the vast majority of the globe will continue until at least September 30th, although it might change and be lifted on a country-by-country basis.
Because as you might have already seen, NOT every country is allowing everyone in.
And besides, for most countries, and certainly in Germany, foreign travel isn’t recommended at all!
However if you insist, here’s a list of Europe’s country-by-country travel restrictions explained as well as the very reliable web platform created by the EU!
Obviously, no-one is going to tie you in ropes IF you do go abroad, but if anything goes wrong, you’re on your own!
The fact is that primarily tourists destinations are over-whelmed, and there’s a legitimate and very huge risk that if you DO travel far and wide, your destination might have a sudden increase in outbreak, your friends or family might get infected, you are forced into quarantine for a certain unforeseeable amount of time, and if you’re very unlucky, the borders might close.
Is this the future?
The stark reality is, there is NO “business as usual.”
How can there be?
Until we get a vaccine, and perhaps, even beyond.
There’s only a “new normal.”
The simple fact is, the COVID-19 isn’t a conspiracy theory, it isn’t the end of time, and the stock market isn’t more important than people’s lives, but given the closeness, speed, reliance and ease in which we connect via global trade or travel, is a real legitimate worry.
Start thinking about a staycation as most regions around the world, are beginning to re-open.
In fact, this might be the time to jump in your car / on your bike, and explore where you live.
It’s time to go local and explore!
Just ‘cos there’s a relaxation of lockdown doesn’t mean that Covid-19 has disappeared.
It’s still very much with us and likely to be around for quite some time!
So if you’re looking for a change of scenery, stay local!
Even better, stay home!
I mean, come on!
Is it just me?
See you soon!
Stay on top of things by listening / reading the news, but don’t go mad. Watch or read once, then switch it off!
To be sure, life will NOT be what it was before and you can expect real change about the way we choose to live, and the political leaders you can trust.
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