Technically this is Bavaria, but ....
Lindau am Bodensee Travel Blog› entry 1 of 26 › view all entries
September 19th, 2009 – by: missandrea81
Ah, so on a beautiful Saturday morning after having breakfast with my dad and his woman, who were visiting from Thuringia, we decided to make a trip to Lake Konstanz, or Bodensee as it is called in Germany. My newly bought GPS was programmed to get us to Lindau on the fastest route. I was surprised that my dad did not insist on driving which he usually does. I know he doesn't like women drivers... maybe daughter drivers are a compromise. lol
We arrived on Lindau island at around 1:00pm after a bit of traffic on the way there. I headed for the first municipal parking lot I could find as soon as I turned of the bridge that brought us over.
We knew that the island wasn't that big so we headed straight for the waterfront so we could circle the island first before heading down town. Along the shore line people were enjoying the probably last warm summer days. The leaves were already starting to change colors on some of the trees.
We came buy an old ammunition tower which turned out to have a "face" after closer examination. Look at the picture. You'll see it. It looked like something out of Alice in Wonderland. A bit further down a guy and his saxophone were making a lot of noise. Don't wanna call it music, cause it sounded pretty bad. He should have had great acoustics. He was standing on one of the rocks along the coast wall. It didn't help his case though.
After we made the turn that brought us to the south point of the island we were able to see the city's lighthouse in the distance. I had seen it on some of the blogs on here and it was our main goal. We headed for it but decided not to pay to climb it. After we already had an excellent view from where we were standing. Across the harbor on the other edge of the wall was the statue of a lion sitting on a large pedestal facing outward toward the lake.
Now we headed straight for the town. There were many people seated outside cafes and hotels, enjoying the beautiful day. We came past the city hall which is a five story building with impressive paintings on the facade. It used to be the city's library but was turned into city hall in recent days.
Most of the island's roads are prohibited for cars. Only bus lines are allowed through most of them. There's a large pedestrian area lined with stores and more restaurants and cafes. We crossed over the plaza behind city hall and headed down an alley lined with souvenir shops. Around the next corner we spotted a really neat looking old tower. Once we got to the foot of it, we noticed an old farm house next to it which was turned into a pottery shop. In the same building was also an old church. It looked really old. Inside there was the tomb of someone on one end and on the other where the alter should have been was nothing but some old painting on the wall. There were stone and wodden plaques on the walls with the names of people who had fallen during WWI.
On the way back to the car we came by a funny looking fountain. The "Narrenbrunnen" or "Fool's fountain". Not sure why it was there but it got our attention.
We got back to the car and decided to hide along the north shore toward A81 which was going to bring us home.
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