Meersburg to Konstanz
Konstanz (Constance) is the largest town on Lake Constance or Bodensee and due to its proximity to the Swiss border survived major damage during the war therefore preserving its lovely Altstadt (old town). The Brückengasse leads into the oldest part of the town with medieval streets and beautiful half-timbered houses dating back to the 13th and 16th centuries. Münster Unserer Lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Lady) has a 76m high tower and features many different architectural styles. Also look out for the medieval façade paintings on the Hohe Haus in Zollernstrasse, the Archaeological Museum, the 9m tall sculpture ‘Imperia’, Niederburg (castle), Peterhausen Abbey and the Schnetztor, the fortified gate of the former city walls.
Travelling north from Konstanz to Insel Reichenau passes the Wollmatinger Ried Bird Sanctuary where there are a variety of waterfowl. A trip across to the Insel Reichenau, known as the Garden Island due to its good, rich soil and mild climate. The village of Oberzell, on the island, is home to one of the oldest Romanesque churches in Germany and dates to around AD 888.
From Insel Reichenau there is a scenic drive along the lake to Radolfzell, part of which is named the Swabian Poets Road followed by the Green Road.