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Our final day in the Bodensee area saw us visiting Konstanz which straddles the German/Swiss border on the southern side of the lake. It was again another hot sunny day and being Saturday everyone was out enjoying the day.

Unlike Lindau the directions to the old town and harbour car parks were very clear and there were clear walking signs to find the highlights of the town. We started our exploration in the Munsterplatz with the impressive church or Munster. The oak main doors of church were outstanding because of their preserved medieval carvings of New Testament scenes.

Not far from the church we walked to where the Rhine and Bodensee meet or where the Rhine River starts. This confluence is dominated by a 15th century defensive tower and a bridge across the river.

From there we wandered along the lakeside promenade to the busy harbour whose entrance is dominated by a rather interesting 9ft high rotating statue. The statue is of a rather voluptuous woman based on a prostitute described in a Balzac novel about the days of the Council of Konstanz in 1417. Tony thought she had some rather good assets!

The promenade was a pleasant place to walk but hot. Wandering back into the old town we again found some interesting and colourful buildings which dated back to medieval times. Unlike many German cities Konstanz was not damaged during the war as it was deemed too close to neutral Switzerland to be bombed.

It had been an enjoyable time visiting the Bodensee or Lake Constance. Tomorrow we plan to move east into Bavaria.

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