The Beautiful Bodensee Part 2

Having done no further research about the area we decided to take a catamaran to Friedrichshafen. As soon as we arrived in the grey, industrial looking town we realised we’d made a mistake. It had a bit of a feel of 1980’s Battersea when I used to go and visit my Nan in her council flat. I think if the sun had been shining it might have been a bit better but the grey skies just merged into the grey buildings.

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We wandered along the water front and found a nice looking place to have lunch, s’Wirtshaus am See. The decor was fresh and clean, the waitress was friendly and Stuart was happy because he could get a pork knuckle to dissect over lunch.

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We learned that Friedrichshafen is famous for making the Zeppelin and we even saw a couple in the sky. I’d never seen one in real life before only on movies like James Bond or Indiana Jones. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to actually go in one but I got a picture next to a statue so that’s good enough for me.

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The next day we headed to Meersburg. We’d seen it from the boat a couple of days before so we knew it was going to be nice there. It didn’t disappoint. It’s a gorgeous little town with a parade of brightly coloured cafes and restaurants along the waters edge.

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A couple of roads back there’s a big rocky cliff, a bit like Dover but nice. We climbed the stairs to get to a restaurant that a lady had recommended to us. The view across the lake was stunning.

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We’d been told that the restaurant, Gutsschänke, was attached to a vineyard so of course we had to sample the wine. The waiters were bringing out the most delicious looking Flammkucken, which is basically German pizza, so we got involved with that as well. The perfect afternoon just chilling, soaking up the sunshine, enjoying the view and sampling delicious food and drink.

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We headed back down and Stuart tried a Colaweizen which is 1/3 coke and 2/3 beer. Sounds revolting but Stuart managed to drink it. As it was a sunny day it would have been rude of me not to get an ice cream.

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In the evening we went to the Moroccan restaurant that was attached to our hotel, Hotel Halm. The decor was stunning with intricate Moroccan style carved patterns on the walls and huge candelabre hanging from the ceiling.

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The food was A.MAZ.ING. It was the best lamb tagine I’ve ever had, including all the lamb tagine’s that I ate in Marrakech. If you like Moroccan food and you’re in Konstanz then this is a must visit.

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