How to get to the Swiss side of the Bodensee lake from Frankfurt?
Take a plane to Friedrichshafen,
rent a car and drive from Germany through Austria to Switzerland.
As easy as that.
Why did we do that? Well, the usual thing: bday party.
This is the view over the Bodensee from our friends' place.
This is the sunrise, also over the Bodensee, seen from Heiden,
where the big party took place.
From Heiden you can hike to everywhere!
Or ride your mountain bike.
We did not have to walk or ride, we took this little train
down to the harbour town called Rorschach.
Oh, this is so Switzerland!
And then we got onboard of this next historical vehicle:
The royal steamship. Since 1913.
Probably the most beautiful historic paddle wheel steamer
on the whole of the continent plies its way across Central Europe’s
third largest inland lake with radiantly white awnings,
polished brass and reflective mahogany and
with teak and cherry wood fittings. The trade press have called it
“Europe’s most superbly restored steamship”
and it certainly symbolises all the craftsmanship of a long forgotten age.
Each detail features masterpieces of art nouveau.
Everything on board the Hohentwiel blends into an authentic whole.
It was a busy sailing day at Bodensee.
Sailors everywhere, but not that much wind.
Also heavy traffic in the skies: Zeppelins!
In Friedrichshafen there is this famous Zeppelin museum,
we were lucky to get a guided tour through the exhibition.
The big Zeppelin on the right hand side was the biggest ever built.
Above it you can see the 380 LH aircraft, looks quite tiny!
LZ 129 Hindenburg was a large German
commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship,
the lead ship of the Hindenburg class,
the longest class of flying machine
and the largest airship by envelope volume.
It was designed and built by the Zeppelin Company
(Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH)
on the shores of Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen
and was operated by the German Zeppelin Airline Company.
The airship flew from March 1936 until it was destroyed
by fire 14 months later on May 6, 1937,
at the end of the first North American transatlantic journey
of its second season of service.
Thirty-six people died in the accident,
which occurred while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station
in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. (Wikipedia)
Another flying object above our hotel!
Once I would like to take a ride on the balloon as well.
And then it was party time!
Just a dinner, no dancing with these fantastic shoes!
And no, they are not mine but of the lady of the house.
The dinner discussions were only interrupted a few times
by this local "band". I'll have to check the names
of the instruments, looked like Finnish "kantele"!
On Sunday we had time to visit a couple of art exhibitions.
In Bregenz (Austria) we checked the Kunsthaus.
The whole building was filled with art by Adrián Villar Rojas.
This floor was like a hot sauna.
Top floor showing kind of remake of Michelangelo's
David's feet with tiny cats ... Well well well.
Read more here, maybe you understand ... :
In Lindau (Germany) there was a more "understandable" exhibition.
"Kunst gibt nicht das Sichtbare wieder,
sondern macht sichtbar". Paul Klee.
This Bodensee region is full of history, worth visiting.
Also known as a comfy region for elderly generations.
Tourist groups flying from and to exotic places like ... Norwich!
Very British indeed.
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Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Principality of Liechtenstein all close to one another.