The weather was just gorgeous. Must be summer! Today was our first exploration of the Bodensee or Lake Constance. The lake acts as the southwest border between Germany and Switzerland and has a circumference of 273km. The lake was crystal blue.
Our first stop was the lakeside town of Uberlingen where we enjoyed our first stroll along the town’s lakeside promenade. Daisy was fascinated by birds and the movement of the water caused by the many lake ferries that crisscross the lake. After coffee we drove further on and sighted sitting high above the lake in a prime position this huge church. We found this highly decorated church called the Basilika Birnau. This was certainly prime real estate with magnificent views over the Bodensee as well as a rather ornate slightly over the top interior (no photos allowed).
From there we were a short distance to the historic town of Meersburg. The old town has two levels. High on the hill and in the main part of the old town are the Old and New Schloss’s surrounded by old timbered buildings and pretty squares. The old castle dates back to 628AD and looked the part with its turrets and moats. The new castle just next door with its pastel-pink facade was built in the 18th century by the powerful bishops of Konstanz to replace the old castle. The new castle had a lovely terrace giving great views of the Bodensee and the lower town.
After exploring the higher level we wandered down the steep hill to the lower part of the town by the lakeshore. We enjoyed again our stroll along the busy lakeside promenade and the marketplace.
Time had flown quickly by and after an enjoyable day we headed back to base.