A great day trip from Konstanz
The steep gradient from the lake shore into town
One of the Musts on Lake Constance
We chose to base outselves in Meersburg for our stay at Bodensee because it is about half way along the lake, and is a stop on virtually all of the ferry routes (since we had decided not to hire a car).It is a picturesque little town, and it's well worth allowing yourself a few hours to explore: in particular the privately owned Zeppelin museum...more
The Zeppelin museum in Meersburg is an altogether quirkier place than the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen (which is brilliant, but runs the risk of taking itself just a tad too seriously).This museum is a private collection of Zeppelin memorabilia, displayed in a somewhat haphazard manner. The sheer range of stuff is quite extraordinary and...more
The Pfahlbau museum in Unteruhldingen is an interesting reconstruction of an ancient stilt village, the remains of which have been unearthed by archeological digs in the area.Lake shores have been magnets for human settlement from the earliest times, providing a guaranteed water supply, a food source and a mode of transport. Archeological...more
This pilgrimage church isn't right in Meersburg, it's about six miles out in the countryside right on Lake Constance. It would be a terrible shame to miss it, the inside is just amazing, overwhelming, and spectacular! Beautiful pink marble all over the place makes it look very different from any other church I'd ever seen. I never liked the baroque...more
I've read that this fortress is one of the oldest castles in Germany, and it looks it! It was built way back in the 600's - 700's. You don't have to go on a guided tour to see the inside, but can wander around at your own speed. We didn't go inside because we were a bit "castled out" at this point in our Germany trip, and I've regretted it ever...more
Menizhoferweg 4, Meersburg (Bodensee), Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg, 88709, Germany
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Bismarckplatz 5, Meersburg (Bodensee), Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg, 88709, Germany
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By far the nicest way to explore Bodensee (Lake Constance) is by ferry. There is an extensive network of ferry routes crisscrossing the lake, which services a limited number of towns on the Swiss side as well as many more towns on the German side.Konstanz is the hub of BSB's network, and other larger towns such as Meersburg and Friedrichshafen have...more
A passenger/car ferry is available to transport you and/or your vehicle the 4.2 km across the Bodensee (Lake Konstanz) between Konstanz and Meersburg. It is a 15 to 20 minute ride and a ship departs from each side at least 4 times every hour during the day and once per hour at night.more
The private car and passenger ferry line across Lake Constance to and from Konstanz makes for a nice interlude in a day of sight-seeing. It's a quick trip, only about 15 minutes, and not expensive, either. Also very convenient, crossing numerous times each hour during the day and once per hour at night....more
This pizzeria is one of the most funny thing I've ever seen around the world :-)))
To understand this you should know that Italy is one of the few countries having a strong "black" market for design stuff, fashion & so on ... we're invaded by fakes, ok ?
So, this logo you see in the pic is exactly a logo used by a famous underwear brand !!!
And they simply copied for this pizzeria !!!!
Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.
Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the vast majority of Christian churches will allow tourists to visit at most times, including routine services (although some may charge an admission fee for doing so, and access may be denied for private events such as weddings and funerals). However, tourists should realise that most churches are still active places of worship, and so visitors need to exhibit a certain sensitivity to display respect to the culture and avoid giving offence to people at prayer.
The following guidelines are based on wonderful advice offered by Homer (homaned) - who does this for a living - in a forum response, and although specifically written for Christian places of worship, would apply equally to places of worship for other religions
So, here is a general list of do's and don'ts for people wishing to photograph during a church service:
READ THE SIGNS
If photography is not permitted - because, for example, it may damage paint on delicate murals - this will usually be indicated by a pictogram of a camera with a red line through it. Under most circumstances, you can assume that photography will be allowed (unless otherwise indicated), but may not be permitted during services. If in doubt, ask for clarification - this shows respect and will very seldom be met with anything other than a helpful response.
TURN OFF YOUR FLASH!
Every camera on the market has a button on it which will turn off the flash. The number one most alarming and distracting thing that can happen during a liturgy, and one which will even get you kicked out of some churches, is the bright flash that goes off when you take a picture. Not only is it distracting, but it usually makes the picture turn out dark, because your camera's flash only has about a 10-15' range. Turn off the flash, and hold the camera up against your eye, using the viewfinder, and you will likely get a better picture (and you definitely won't have any red-eye problems!).
DON'T MOVE AROUND ALL OVER THE PLACE! (UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION)
Instead of walking all over down the main aisle and in front of everybody, pick a good place from which to take a picture at the beginning of the liturgy, and stay there. Unless you're a professional photographer with practice at stealthily moving during liturgies, you're a distraction, and you're being disrespectful. Even if you're a pro, try to stick to one out-of-the-way place, and use a zoom lens and zoom in to get pictures. Walking in front of people is a surefire way to distract and disrespect and closing in on priests or other celebrants just to capitalise on a photo opportunity is offensive.
TURN OFF THE CAMERA'S SOUND!
Every camera has some way to mute all its 'cute' beeps and clicking noises. If you press a button, and hear a beep, or if you take a picture and hear an obnoxious shutter clicking sound, you need to turn off those sounds (the muting option is usually in one of the menus). Along with the flashing, it's an obvious sign that someone is taking pictures and not showing much respect for those trying to pay attention to the liturgy.
TURN OFF THE 'FOCUS ASSIST' LIGHT!
If your camera can't focus without the little laser-light that shines in everyone's eyes before your camera takes a picture, then don't use your camera. You have to turn that light off! It is very distracting to be watching a lector or priest, and see a little red dot or lines pop up on his face all of the sudden. It's as if some rifleman is making his mark! Turn the light off (again, look in the menus for the option to turn off the 'AF assist' or 'focus assist' light). If you can't turn it off, put a piece of duct tape or some other opaque material over the area where the light is, so the light won't shine on someone.
TURN OFF THE CAMERA'S LCD!
You should never use the LCD to compose your shots anyways; just put your eye up to the viewfinder, and that will not only not distract, it will also steady your camera against your face, making for a better picture (especially if you don't have the flash on). And if you must review the pictures you've taken, hold the camera in front of you, down low, so people behind you don't notice the big, bright LCD display on your camera
CERTAIN PARTS OF THE CEREMONY ARE PARTICULARLY SENSITIVE
The consecration (blessing) of the eucharist (bread and wine) and distribution of communion to the congregation are considered to be particularly sacred parts of the service, and it is offensive to photograph these activities.
The main thing is to try to be respectful of the culture and of other people present at the service. Don't distract. And, if you are asked to not take pictures, or if there's a sign saying 'no photography allowed,' then don't take pictures. You can always ask a priest's permission before the liturgy, but if he says 'No,' put away your camera and enjoy the freedom you have to focus on the privilege of being able to share an experience with people who consider these religious rituals core to their culture and identity, rather than focusing on your camera's LCD!
Homer's Rules ... Homer rules!
While staying in the Meersburg area of Germany (which in and of itself seemed fairly off-the-beaten-path to me) we visited the Winzerverein Winery to take home some local "flavor".
As the picture shows, the grapes are grown on the hills overlooking the Bodensee.
Meersburg is built on a hillside going down to the north shore of Lake Constance, so there's an upper town and a lower town. It's small, with only a few thousand people, and most of the buildings have picturesque murals and paintings, like this one. There are two castles, too, and old and a (relatively) new one. We stopped at a restaurant on the...more
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