Wants to swim through the whole Lake Constance: Bruno Dobelmann

Today`s weather is fine? You are at Lake Constance? Well, don`t be confused if you see a huge man swimming in the middle of the lake. Swimmer Bruno Dobelmann (who is also called “orca” and if you see him you immediately know why he is called this!) is going to swim the whole length of Lake Constance: he wants to swim from Bodman (located at the “Überlinger See”) to Bregenz what are about 64 kilometres and he will start at 7 o`clock (in the morning, of course).

He tried to do this (without wearing a wetsuit, by the way) six weeks ago but this experiment had to be stopped due to healthy reasons. By now the water has become warmer, so: next try! Good luck, Bruno!


Just three days at Lake Constance

Some days ago I was asked what to do at Lake Constance when you have only three days left there. Okay, three days don`t last too long: if it`s your first trip to Lake Constance I would recommend to stay at least one week there. But nevertheless, maybe you are doing a roundtrip to discover Europe so that a three-day-stay at one region already is a long-stay.

So what to do during just three days at Lake Constance? (First I think you should buy a Lake Constance Experience Card, “Seebären”-version, for three days. If you rent a car: the "Landratten"-version will work, too.)

My tipps for a short trip:


Monopoly Lake Constance: best souvenir ever?!

Monopoly – Is there anyone who doesn`t know it? It`s one of the most popular table games and, especially in Germany, a very special edition is being offered: “Monopoly Lake Constance” and I hardly can imagine a better souvenir.

“Monopoly Lake Constance” is still like the “Monopoly” we all are used to but the design has changed a bit: instead of streets or avenues you buy and sell some much-loved cities and villages that are located at the lake. There are no railway stations but ports and, of course, the Bodensee Airport. You aren`t Sandra Bullock so you don`t talk German? Doesnt`t matter because as I said the game is still the same and it contains a German and an English introduction. So you really don`t have to worry! 

It`s just magnificent – and a souvenir that is both: useful and fun!


Transnational flea market Konstanz/Kreuzlingen

Next weekend there is a transnational peddlers market in Konstanz and Kreuzlingen (Saturday evening till Sunday evening; 24 hours non-stop!). I have never been there before  although this peddlers market takes place annually since eight years. But guess who is going there this year; yes: it`s me and I am already quite excited!

Tomorrow we are going to Unteruhldingen where we gonna stay for one week. We plan to take a ship to Konstanz on Sunday morning where we want to visit the peddlers market. There is also a special flea market referring to my husband`s passion:  model railroads… I hope I don`t expect too much but some fragrant hand-made cosmetics and handcrafts would be great.

At any rate I`m looking forward to having a great trip, watching interesting things and great offers, shopping around, meeting many nice people… Hoping the weather will be fine. If not: hoping someone offers some nice raincoats


Packing the bags

photo source: berlin-pics / pixelio.de
The big bag was broken: after often being used for international business travels our suitcase didn`t work anymore. The wheels wouldn`t roll anymore (stumbling thing!), the grasp went off… Definitely time to replace!

With the new case I feel like I was in heaven: no problems with rolling and additionally the small wheels are really silent. Why didn`t we actually buy a new suitcase before the old one was finally broken?

You want to go on vacation? You are needing a good case in all case.


Festival season: James Morrison in concert at Lake Constance! (Dick Brave, too!)

During the last weeks many British people visited this blog: most of them wanted to know what the weather at Lake Constance will be like in June. As we all know, Lake Constance is surrounded by Germany, Switzerland and Austria. I`m living in Switzerland but in the middle of June my husband and I are going to spend one week at Lake Constance`s German side. I wouldn`t be surprised if we would be the only German-speaking people at the lake and be surrounded just by British people. ;)

A quite famous British man who is at Lake Constance in June (at least for one day) is James Morrison. At the beginning of June, right at the 3rd, there is a James Morrison concert (supported as a special guest: Marit Larsen) in Salem.


Weekend trip tip: Count`s Island Festival / Mainau

Ascension Day is a legal holiday in Germany (and in Austria and Switzerland as well); Germans and Austrians call it “Christi Himmelfahrt”, Swiss people name it “Auffahrt”. This week`s Thursday (17th May, 2012): that`s this year`s Ascension Day.  

Around this long weekend around Ascension Day the annual Count`s Island Festival takes place at Mainau Island: this is quite nice event. When I visited this festival for the last time it was quite familiar there and yes, if you are spending this weekend at Lake Constance you shouldn`t miss to visit the Count`s Island Festival (“Gräfliches Inselfest” in German)!