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Konstanz

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  • Day66

    Day 66. Constance, Lake Constance

    October 9, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Cold and rainy day today. Not the right day for cycling Mainau Island and Reichenau Island. We decided to cycle to the Old City of Constance. We chained up our bikes in Münster Platz and viewed the Konstanz Münster, the Minster of Our Lady. Built from the ruins of a Roman Fort 1089, the first Cathedral emerged in the 7thC. The Cathedral of the Diocese of Constance was dissolved in 1821. The neo-Gothic spire was added 1853. A magnificent Cathedral with many fascinating features including a crypt, rotunda and underground passages for pilgrims, chapels, staircases, ornately carved wooden doors, a tower and cloister.
    We walked to the Tourist Information at the railway station and bought a self guided walking tour for 1€.
    The border between Switzerland and Germany stretches for a total of 208 miles and is situated along the northern edge of Switzerland. The easternmost point of this border begins at the tripoint shared between Switzerland, Germany, and Austria at Lake Constance.
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  • Day66

    Day 66a. Constance, Lake Constance

    October 9, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    The Konstanz Münster Cloisters were new, only being built in the 13-15th Centuries, still many frescoes where in need of repainting.
    Susie of course could not resist the staircase to the top of the steeple. We climbed up through several stair cases each promising to be the last until we came out onto the north and south towers. We were delighted until we noticed that the central tower was still a lot higher. So up we went again. The panoramic views were breathtaking.Read more

  • Day66

    Day 66b. Constance, Lake Constance

    October 9, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    After the Münster we stopped for coffee and cake. We found a perfect little cafe bakery in which to relax and dry our clothes with a delectable selection of pastries. We followed our tourist guide in the old city to the major sites. Most were 13th and 14th century buildings that were still completely in tact.
    The imperial fountain (Kaiserbrunnen) was created by sculptor Hans Baur in 1897.
    It was also interesting to discover that the border to Switzerland ran straight through the city. It used to be fenced and have a water filled moat. The customs buildings and security gates are still present. We noticed that the people going back into Switzerland were all carrying shopping bags! Earning Swiss wages and shopping in German stores would be an ideal way to live. The open borders allow pedestrians and cyclists to just roll on through but are closed to cars which are checked by the border security.

    The border between the twinned cities of Konstanz in Germany and Kreuzlingen in Switzerland was established during the outbreak of World War I, but aside from the war years, the border has historically been a formality rather than a real barrier for citizens of Germany and Switzerland. It faded into irrelevance yet again in 2008 when Switzerland joined Europe’s nominally passport-free Schengen Area. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union and uses the Swiss franc rather than the euro.
    Because Constance almost lies within Switzerland, directly adjacent to the Swiss border, it was not bombed by the Allied Forces during World War II. The city left all its lights on at night, and thus fooled the bombers into thinking it was actually part of Switzerland. After the war, Konstanz was included first in South Baden and then in the new state of Baden-Württemberg.
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  • Day66

    Day 66c. Constance, Lake Constance

    October 9, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    The cold and rain did not let up. We decided to do only the most important sites. So we found the harbour behind the railway station and the famous rotation sculpture, by Peter Lenk, The Imperia Harbour Statue with King Sigismund in her right hand and Pope Martin V in her left. These 2 grotesques were considered pretenders in their day and the statue mocks them.
    We retired to the Lago Shopping centre to warm and plan. We determined our best route through the sites and back to the bikes in front of the Münster. The path took us through the old city gates and past a treasure trove of historic buildings.
    The Schnetztor gate and outer ward were built 14thC to mark the town southern boundary.
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    Day 66d. Constance, Lake Constance

    October 9, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    We finally got back to the bikes. Susie was wrestling between wanting to see more and avoiding hyperthermia. Her special new coat was very effective but her cycling pants were not designed for sub zero temperatures.
    We took refuge in the Münsterhof restaurant and took early dinner. Ron had pork goulash and Susie took the tomato soup.
    By 6pm we headed home to our B&B.
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  • Day9

    Regentag in Konstanz

    October 25, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Den ganzen Tag war heute Regen angesagt, also nochmal den Rest von Konstanz im Regen angeschaut. Da heute Bilder gemacht, bekommt ihr noch ein paar Bilder mit Sonne 😀
    Eigentlich wollten wir ja nun weiter an den Titisee, aber das Gebiet nun auch Risikogebiet ist, werden wir wahrscheinlich morgen nach Hause fahren. Selbst hier im Kreis Konstanz ist seit heute die Zahl zu hoch 😔 Schade, aber es war sehr schön und mit nur 2 Tage Regen hatten wir wunderschöne HerbsttageRead more

  • Day1

    Go!

    September 10, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Auch wenn der VIERTE Plan für meinen Urlaub wegen Corona ins Wasser gefallen ist lass ich mich nicht zurückschrecken und fahre los. Planlos...

    Der erste Stopp ist auch nur grad um die Ecke... grillen bei Gri und Rebby. Aber trotzdem geil ☺️Read more

  • Day12

    Lake side

    September 1, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today saw Dave have a semi rest day (opting for ferry), and the ladies enjoying a leisurely ride further round the lake
    Lovely to start the morning with sun on my back

  • Day3

    Die Imperia

    December 30, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Ein weiteres Wahrzeichen der Stadt Konstanz ist die Statue der Imperia am Hafen. Natürlich haben wir uns diese Sehenswürdigkeit nicht entgehen lassen. Total cool finden wir, dass die Statue sich dreht. Somit kann man bei Zeiten sowohl vom Steg, als auch vom See aus, die Vorderseite der Statue sehen. Innerhalb von vier Minuten schafft sie eine Umdrehung. Sie wurde 1993 aufgestellt. Die Figur ist aus Beton gegossen, neun Meter hoch & 18 Tonnen schwer. Die Statue der Imperia erinnert satirisch an das Konzil von Konstanz (1414–1418). Sie zeigt eine üppige Kurtisane, der ein tiefes Dekolleté und ein Umhang, der nur von einem Gürtel notdürftig geschlossen wird, eindeutige erotische Ausstrahlung verleihen. Auf ihren erhobenen Händen trägt sie zwei zwergenhafte nackte Männlein. Der Mann in ihrer rechten Hand trägt auf seinem Haupt die Krone eines Königs und hält einen Reichsapfel in der Hand; die Figur in ihrer Linken trägt eine päpstliche Tiara und sitzt mit übereinandergeschlagenen Beinen.Read more

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Konstanz, كونستانس, Горад Канстанц, Констанц, Constança, Kostnice, Κωνσταντία, Konstanco, Constanza, Konstantza, کنستانتس, Constance, קונסטנץ, कॉन्स्टेंस, QKZ, Costanza, コンスタンツ, კონსტანცი, 콘스탄츠, Constantia, Costansa, Konstancas, Konstancja, Constanța, Kostnica, Konstanca, کونسٹانس, 康斯坦茨