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A Day on Lake Constance

View From the Mountains to the Sea on caties55's travel map.

Skies were overcast this morning but at least it wasn’t raining. We were a bit late getting out and about today. Didn’t leave the hotel till close to 10 am. Our first mission was to purchase a Bodensee card that would give us a free day’s travel on public transport for a couple of zones on Lake Constance. The hotel receptionist told us we could purchase one from information down near the train station. In front of the station we saw a glass box with an information logo and went inside. There was nobody there but we pressed a button and a man appeared on a screen speaking German. We weren’t sure if it was a recording or live. Vicki said “is he real? and I said “sprechen sie englisch?” and then he started talking to us in English. He asked us what we wanted and brought the transaction up on the screen and talked us through the payment process using a card machine behind us. It took took a while but we finally got our tickets and he wished us good luck. I think he thought we were idiots.

We made our way to the lakeshore which involved quite a bit of walking. Yesterday I received an alert from Smarttraveller advising that the terrorism threat level in Germany had been raised to level 2 which means don’t cancel your trip but be alert. As we were walking along both our phones started vibrating and a warning siren sound was coming from our phones and other phones belonging to people nearby. There was a message in German with a hazard sign. We thought we may be in the vicinity of a terrorist attack but when I clicked on the message part of it displayed in English and said Threat alert test. We spoke to a gentleman sitting on a park bench and he assured us that it was nothing to worry about as it was just a test of the alert system. That was a relief. We found out later that they did a similar test across Germany in 2020 that was a big failure. They’ve made some improvements since then and decided to test the system right across Germany today.

We wanted to spend some of the day in Meersburg, Germany and catch the ferry across the lake to Konstanz, Switzerland. We made our way to the other train station in Lindau and caught a train to Bregenz, Austria which is about a 15 minute ride then caught a train from there to Friedrichshafen and a bus on to Meersburg. It seems a complicated way to get to another town not that far up the road. We spent some time in Meersburg down by the water in the old part of town that is overlooked by a castle. The buildings are all close together and mostly painted in bright colours. Just about every building seemed to be a restaurant and they were all fairly busy. We had lunch at one of them overlooking the lake and then boarded the ferry to Konstanz. In Konstanz we walked down by the lake for a while in an area that has a large commercial spa facility with swimming pools and there is also a public swimming area in the lake. I don’t know if nudist bathing is allowed here but we saw three separate guys walking around without any clothes after they had finished swimming. On our return to Lindau we signalled for a bus to stop. It pulled over but the driver didn’t open the doors. He started to drive off so I banged on the side of the bus. He stopped again and opened the doors. He said something to us in German, not a clue what he said but he wasn’t happy.

Had an early night. Back on the road tomorrow.

Posted by caties55 18:07 Archived in Germany

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