Heinkel Kabine in Constance

Heinkel Kabine in Constance, Germany

Ha, isn’t it a cutie? I saw this microcar generally known as Heinkel Kabine at an event called “Internationale Bodenseewoche”. This traditional festival takes place at the harbor of Constance’s historic city center. It’s not only a meeting point for lovers of classic cars but also for powerful boats.


Council building in Constance

Lake side of the council building Constance

In this building, Pope Martin V was elected in the year 1417. This was a very important event during the Council of Constance (1414-1418). The name of this building still reminds on this event: Council Building (Konzilgebäude).

Accommodations Towers

Otto-Moericke-Turm in Constance

View of the Otto-Moericke-Tower from a boat

While crossing Lake Constance from Meersburg to Constance by boat I took this photo of a conspicuous white coloured tower named Otto-Moericke-Turm. It is a former water tower which houses a youth hostel now. A fine address if one would like to stay at something special.


Airship above Meersburg

Airship above Meersburg, Germany

While I was walking through Meersburg, a modern airship suddenly appeared over the roofs of the city. I later learned that this was not an uncommon sight. Several nearby companies offer sightseeing flights over Lake Constance.


Paddle steamer Hohentwiel on Lake Constance

Ship 'Hohentwiel' at Lake Constance

While enjoying a tarte flambée (Flammkuchen) on a terrace, an old paddle steamer passes by. How old might this ship be?


Zeppelin Museum in Meersburg

Poster of the Zeppelin museum in Meersburg, Germany

On my way to Meersburg Castle, I came across this Zeppelin museum located in Meersburg. If one interested in this kind of airships this museum and the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen nearby would be a good combination.

Urban Walks

Cactus in Überlingen

Cactuses in Überlingen, Germany

If you are fed up with colourful flowers in window boxes why not using cactus? I saw this decoration in Überlingen, a city on Lake Constance with some remarkable old buildings.

City Halls

Council hall of Überlingen

Inside the council hall

Decoration at the city council hall of Überlingen, which hasn’t been altered since 1494. The hall is decorated with a cycle of limewood figures carved by master Jakob Ruß.

Myths Railways

Seehas Railway in Constance

Seehas Railway in Constance, GermanyThe ‘Seehas’ is a rail link between Constance (Konstanz) and Engen. The name doesn’t derive from the existing fish ‘Seehase‘ (lumpsucker), but from a fabulous creature supposed to live in the western part of Lake Constance. People there believe the ‘Seehas’ is a hybrid of a rabbit and a fish.


Windegg Mansion in Reichenau

Windegg Mansion in Reichenau, Germany

Windegg Mansion (Schloss Windegg) also known as the ‘Bürgle‘ was founded in the 14th century as a guesthouse for a nearby abbey. There is a rumour that Pope Martin V stayed here for some time after his election in 1417 at the Council of Constance.


Mittelzell Abbey on Reichenau Island

Abbey of Reichenau at Reichenau Island, Germany

Mittelzell Abbey was founded in 724 by Saint Pirmin. Later the abbey got famous for the Reichenau School producing lavishly illuminated manuscripts during the late 10th and early 11th centuries. More…


Three-headed peacock in Constance

Three-headed peacock in Constance, Germany

A plaque with a three-headed peacock seen in the streets of Constance (Konstanz). Why are three heads wearing a tiara each of them? At the beginning of the 15th century, there were three popes in power at the same time.