I just took a wonderful walk on one of the well marked walking trails up through the blossoming apple trees with a view back toward the lake with the Swiss Alps in the distance. It was getting close to dark and I had to return before I reached the last town and church up in the hills. The view was fantastic and I got to thinking about how rarely anyone who was on a tour or in a quick trip would take time for this hike.
There are a lot of fascinating old towns on the Bodensee - two of my favorites are Lindau and Uberlingen, Germany. Konstanz is a larger city with more activity due to all the college students and definitely worth a visit.
Germany has a great deal on travel passes which can be purchased at the local train stations upon arrival. We traveled on a pass through Bavaria one day (29 euros for 2-5 people traveling together on local trains) which allowed for a wonderful walk around Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. We also could have used this pass to go to Munich for the afternoon. On another day, we purchased a 25 euro pass that allowed us to travel around more than half of the Bodensee. We also enjoyed a great walk from Wasserburg to the nearby towns of Nonnenhorn and Kressborn and then returned by train to Wasserburg. Biking and boating around the lake is also very popular.
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We stayed at the Hotel Zum Lieben Augustin am See in Wasserburg. It offered a great buffet breakfast and indoor pool and sauna. It is a ten minute walk from the train station and a short train or bike ride to Lindau - I highly recommend it. Nearby was our favorite restaurant called Haus des Gastes--we loved the tasty and plentiful fish soup.
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