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  • Day17


    September 14, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Last night I enjoyed sunset on Lake Constance, then took a full moon ferry to Switzerland on the other side.

    I have lots of updates about the mountains to get to when I have wifi again, but I wanted to at least share that I did not freeze to death, but have merely been alone without service in the mountains for a few days.

    43 more miles.
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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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  • Day67

    Day 67. Insel Reichenau, Germany

    October 10, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We woke up and listened for the rain: nothing! Today was cold but dry and we were ready to take advantage. We were a day behind. We needed to end in Romanshorn, Switzerland but we still had not done Isle Reichenau in the opposite direction.
    Reichenau Island is an island in Lake Constance in southern Germany. It lies almost due west of the city of Konstanz, between the Gnadensee and the Untersee. The island is 4.5 km long and 1.5 km wide.
    For us it was 16km south west of Konstanz. We left our hotel found the bike track along the railway line and pedalled out to the neck joining the island to the mainland. 4km more and we were on the island eating from the backerei and drinking cafe normale!
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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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  • Day66

    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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  • Day67

    Day 67b. Insel Reichenau

    October 10, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Toward the other end of the island we found a classic church priory complete with historic vinyards and pedigree back to 860!
    St Maria und Markus Münster is a Catholic Parish Monastery formerly of the Benedictine Abbey founded in 724.
    While the wine industry on the island was its life blood for centuries since the 9thC it faltered in the 19th Century only to be reborn. Today you can buy wine directly from the winery in the cloister.
    We continued our journey.
    Whoever said that cycling around Lake Constance and Insel Reichenau is an easy flat cycle has either not done it or they used an e-bike!! It was a day of steep uphills and giddying downhills.
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  • Day2

    Quer durch die Schweiz

    July 8, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Bereits früh am morgen machten wir uns auf den Weg, die Schweiz zu durchqueren. Nach der Überquerung des Grimselpasses (mit nur 67 PS ist das gar nicht so einfach...), fuhren wir zu Gasser's nach Thun. 🍖🍗🥗
    Später trafen wir Nicole und das Geburtstagskind Simon an einer Raststätte in der Nähe von Winterthur. 🎉 ☕️
    Durch die heftigen Gewitter hindurch, kamen wir nach Deutschland. Die ersten beiden Campings waren bereits voll, beim dritten hatte es noch einen tollen Platz mit Seeblick. 😊
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  • Day3

    Day 3: Konstanz

    July 11, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Donc on arrive à Constance, d'où nos amis Luca et Ruben viennent. Cette ville est certainement magique: néanmoins, Amélia a pu remarquer les conséquences que la consommation de fromage à ce rythme-là peut avoir (réfletés dans une belle statue), tandis que j'ai réalisé que je ne peux pas mettre plus de livres dans mon sac à dos, sous risque de qu'il finisse comme le jumbo backpack qu'on a trouvé aléatoirement en dehors d'un magasin de sacs à dos.

    Même si le centre ville est plutôt pour les riches bourgeois allemands, on a bien aimé la belle cathédrale, la gentillesse des gamins qui nous saluent dans la rue et les oiseaux (même si j'ai découvert que ce n'étaient pas les animaux préférés d'Amé, je suis un peu deçu). J'ai goûté une des meilleures glaces de l'histoire pendant que la mangeuse de Syrop d'Erable savourait son café avec de la glace, qui semblait aussi très bon.
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