A quick guide to Lake Constance!

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Victoria at the waterside in Überlingen on Lake Constance / Bodensee!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Lake Constance / Bodensee – August 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I raved over a splendid part of Germany.

The Southern part of Germany to be exact.

It was my husbands’ idea.

I thought Bavaria, the Rhine, the Black Forest, castles

Yaaaaaas!

And then he said.

To Bodensee!

To where?

I had no idea what he was talking about.

I was soon to find out …

He whipped out his phone and did a search for the English word for Bodensee and it was …

Drum-roll please …

Lake Constance!

Of course, I know of Lake Constance

I just hadn’t previously been there!

Duh!

I have now!

It was brilliant!

Now since I wouldn’t want you to go through a fog of ignorance, here’s a quick guide to Lake Constance!

Here we go.

You’re welcome!

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Bodensee – Where’s that?

In my last post, I went into great detail as to what Lake Constance, otherwise known as Bodensee, is all about.

It’s good stuff which you can check out for yourself here!

Lake Constance or Bodensee covers the country borders of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein, and is shared quite equally by all four (4) nations!

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 – Europe’s fourth-smallest country outside of the Vatican City, San Marino & Monaco!

Although you can go only get there by road, not by water as Liechtenstein is only half an hour from Lake Constance by car!

Isn’t that cool?

Give Me The Good Stuff!

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Victoria looking as if she’s in some exotic location overseas rather than on Lake Constance / Bodensee!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Lake Constance / Bodensee – August 2020
Which countries are part of Lake Constance?
Germany

Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg

Austria

Vorarlberg

Switzerland

Thurgau, St. Gallen, Appanzell, Schaffhausen

Liechtenstein

the Principality of Liechtenstein

Languages

The local language spoken around the lake is German, with variations in dialects and accents. However, English is well understood in most places catering to tourists, as well as French & Italian!

Money

Legal tender in both Germany and Austria is the Euro – €

Legal tender in both Switzerland and Liechtenstein is the Swiss Franc – CHF.

You can also pay in Euros for items bought in both Switzerland & Liechtenstein, and pretty much all four countries accept EC cards, Mastercard & Visa credit cards too.

American Express, Diners Club & JCB cards. Not so much!

Oh, and cash is king!

Largest towns on the lake
Germany

Constance: 83,000 people, Friedrichshafen: 59,000 people, Radolfzell: 31,000

Austria

Bregenz: 29,000 people

Switzerland

Kreuzlingen: 21,000 people

Liechtenstein

I’ve not added Liechtenstein here as it isn’t actually on the lake itself, but about half an hour inland by road. But just so you know, 38,749 people live in the Principality of Liechtenstein!

Largest islands
Mainau Island – the Flower Island

We personally went to the Mainau Island, and I can highly recommend it. I was a little concerned because of my allergies and the extremely hot weather at the time, but everything worked out well in the end!

For details, click here!

Reichenau Island

Reichenau Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site with lots of churches and a former monastery

For details, click here!

Lindau Island

Lindau Island is a beautiful medieval town.

This is where we originally wanted to stay but due to the last-minute -ness of our booking, we couldn’t find any accommodation!

In the end, we opted for Überlingen instead.

We were not disappointed!

For details of Lindau Island, click here!

Telephone numbers
Germany

0049

Austria

0043

Switzerland

0041

Liechtenstein

00423

If you live in the EU, the cost of making an international call / data download on your mobile, will be the same as the cost in your home-country. As a result, there will be no extra roaming charges for using your phone in Germany, Austria or Liechtenstein.

PLEASE NOTE!

Switzerland is NOT a part of the EU, so charges might apply.

If you’re a UK mobile customer, as Brexit is almost upon us, please double-check with your provider BEFORE you play around on social media & end up with a hefty telephone bill!

Emergency Services
Germany

police, fire brigade and ambulance service, call 112

Austria

Police 133 | Fire brigade 122 | Ambulance service 144

Switzerland

Police 117 | Fire brigade 118 | Ambulance service 144

Liechtenstein

Police 117 | Fire brigade 118 | Ambulance service 144

European Emergency services

Call 112

Health Insurance
EU / Schengen

Within the EU and in Switzerland, health emergencies are treated free of charge upon presentation of the European health insurance card. Any higher costs that might be incurred due to different tariffs in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein & Switzerland, must be paid for by the traveller.

UK / Brexit

If you’re from the UK, you will be expected to cough up for treatment after 2020.

USA

If you’re from the US, well, health treatment will probably be cheaper than at home!

Health Risks

Travel within the four countries is perfectly safe. However, since we’re in the period of a global pandemic, health and travel insurance is an absolute must.

You should also protect yourself against sun burn, heat exhaustion, etc as the weather in the lake region is Mediterranean.

In fact, I fell into a bit of heat exhaustion myself and ran out of water as local shops were closed, and my face was dark red and quite flushed!

Tick bites around the lake can also be a bit of bother as Lake Constance is a tick-borne encephalitis risk area and Lyme disease could be contracted as a result.

Within the EU and in Switzerland, health emergencies are treated free of charge upon presentation of the European health insurance card. Any higher costs that might be incurred due to different tariffs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland must be paid for by the traveller.

Travel Insurance

Travel within the four countries is perfectly safe. However, since we’re in a global pandemic, health and travel insurance is an absolute must.

Here’s the official website of the European Union as well as a list of Europe’s country-by-country travel restrictions explained!

Either way, make sure you have health and / or travel insurance. I use World Nomads!

Visa / Country Border Entry Requirements

If you’re from the EU or a country-member of the Schengen Treaty, ignore this part!

If not, please do your research as to which countries you’re allowed to visit and the various conditions required.

Germany

EU citizens and country-members of the Schengen Treaty, don’t require a visa to enter Germany. In principle, everybody else requires a visa or permission to enter. By law, all visitors must keep their passport or I.D card at hand.

Austria

EU citizens and country-members of the Schengen Treaty, as well as citizens of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the US, etc. generally do not require a visa to enter Austria. Citizens of all other counties require a visa.

Switzerland

EU citizens and country-members of the Schengen Treaty, don’t require a visa to enter Switzerland. By law, all visitors must be in possession of a valid passport. For stays of more than 3 months, a visa is required. For stays of less than 3 months, a valid passport is sufficient.

Visitors from the EU can enter the country using their national ID cards.

Liechtenstein

There are no border controls between Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

EU citizens and country-members of the Schengen Treaty, don’t require a visa to enter Liechtenstein. By law, all visitors must be in possession of a valid passport. For stays of more than 3 months, a visa is required. For stays of less than 3 months, a valid passport is sufficient.

Visitors from the EU can enter the country using their national ID cards.

Here’s the official website of the European Union as well as a list of Europe’s country-by-country travel restrictions explained!

Prices

Prices in the Lake Constance region aren’t exactly cheap, but neither are they over the top!

If you’re eating or drinking lakeside, prepare to pay a premium for the very exquisite view!

Ditto re-accommodation. Use the link below to get a bit of a discount.

p.s If you’re booking hotels, houses and apartments, use this link to get 15% discount or more, between now and 4 January 2021!

Please note that the currency in Germany and Austria is Euros – € and the currency in Switzerland and Liechtenstein is in fact, the Swiss franc – CHF!

Having said that though, if you forget and haven’t got any of the local dosh, most tourist-friendly establishments will accept Euros!

Generally, prices in Switzerland and Liechtenstein are far higher than they are in Germany and Austria.

Gulp!

Anything else?

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Germany is open, which way to Berlin!

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!

p.s If you’re booking hotels, houses and apartments, use this link to get 15% discount or more, between now and 4 January 2021!

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As much as I love train travel, I wouldn’t recommend using public transport at the moment and for goodness sake, try not to fly!

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.

Some countries request that you self-isolate or entry is restricted or you might be asked to quarantine.

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If you’re from the USA or a “third country” outside the EU, quite frankly, you’re buggered right now!

And besides, for most countries, and certainly in Germany, foreign travel isn’t recommended at all!

However if you insist, here’s the official website of the European Union as well as a list of Europe’s country-by-country travel restrictions explained!

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.

Again!

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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.

Yep!

It’s time to go local and explore!

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But remember, no jumping on the nearest plane and causing havoc abroad!

Just ‘cos there’s a relaxation of lockdown doesn’t mean that Covid-19 has disappeared.

It hasn’t.

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!

A quick guide to Lake Constance!

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