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visit to southern germany

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visit to southern germany

My wife ,myself and two young kids are planning to travel to southern Germany for a week in early 2008 and were looking for some recommendations as to where we should go.We thought the Konstanz area looked nice but are worried that there may not be enough for us to do during our stay.Any advice would be appreciated

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1. Re: visit to southern germany

We stayed on a farm in the Chiemsee area. Farm vacations seem to be very popular for families in Bavaria, near the sights but also with animals for children, trampolines, bikes, etc.

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We stayed on Lake Constance for a week a few years ago in Moos, a small village near Radolfzell. It's a good place for biking around the lake, swimming, etc. From Radolfzell you can do train trips east along Lake Constance to Meersburg and Lindau, to Konstanz, to Insel Mainau, the Rheinfalls and Schaffhausen, or into the Black Forest. I'd gladly spend another week there, as we didn't do as much as we could.

We stayed in a vacation rental very inexpensively there - very convenient with kids! - and rented bikes from the local tourist authority for next to nothing. There are many rentals in the area but this page will give you an idea of what's available even though it lists just a handful; check with the local tourist offices for more listings:

www.accommodation.de/List.asp?BLNr=1&Region=Lake+Constance

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I'm sure that you can find plenty of things to do and see around and near the Bodensee, well over a week's worth. Meersburg is the loveliest town on the lake with Germany's oldest castle and ferry connections to Konstanz. There are several amusement parks and entertaining things to do nearby:

Wild- und Freizeitpark Bodanrueck adventure play place and zoo www.wildundfreizeitpark.de

Island of Mainau- tropical plants, butterflies, palace, playland www.mainau.de

Sea Life Center Constance www.sealife.de

Ravensburger Spieleland amusement park www.spieleland.com

Ape Mountain Salem as the name suggests www.affenberg-salem.de

Dreamland amusement park by the Bear's Cave www.freizeitpark-traumland.de

Other nearby excellent places to visit:

Germany's largest castle (fortress) ruins Hohentwiel, by Singen

Hohenzollern palace in Sigmaringen

Along the Danube west of Sigmaringen lots of castles and palaces perched on the cliffs over the river

Towns along theUpper Swabian Baroque Road which are filled with wondeful Baroque churches, monasteries, and palaces www.baroquestrasse.org

There are also many pleasant small towns in the area, and many other things to see and do.

The most pertinent tourist office websites are listed below:

Baden-Wuerttemberg the German state www.tourismus-bw.de

Bodensee www.bodensee-torismus.com

Upper Swabia www.oberschwaben-tourimus.de

Untersee www.tourismus-untersee.de

Swabian Alb www.schwaebischealb.de

As this area is very popular for German tourist families, there are many inexpensive places that can be rented by the week. Have a look at www.urlaub-bauernhof.de for farm vacations.

Of course this is just one small area of Southern Germany. As I live in Stuttgart and enjoy it, and it is a nice place for a vacation, you could also look at www.stuttgart-tourist.de .

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4. Re: visit to southern germany

also interesting with kids

Pfahlbauten Museum Unteruhldingen

a stone and bronze age open air museum

pfahlbauten.de/museum/virtueller-rundgang.ht…

Zeppelin Museum in the harbour railway station of Friedrichshafen

Interesting Museum with all information shown also in English. Has a mock-up of the LZ 129 you can board. That's something for the kids.

Wutachtalbahn aka Sauschwänzlesbahn

Steam locos on the most interesting railroad in Germany

Only May to October.

stadt-blumberg.de/ceasy/…

Here the 2007 timetable. 2008 is not yet out.http://www.sauschwaenzlebahn.de/ceasy/modules/core/resources/usage.main.php5?id=152

Sea Life centre in Konstanz

www.sealifeeurope.com/language.php?lang=en

see also the pages of the city of Konstanz

http://www.konstanz.de/tourismus/en/index.htm

Konstanz for Kids (in German only)

www.konstanz.de/tourismus/kinder/index.htm

> but are worried that there may not be enough for us to do

There is plenty to do and to see in this region.

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There is certainly plenty to see and do in and around Konstanz. After visiting the Altstadt (Old Town), shops, ancient reconstructed village (actual village is now under water of the lake), and ancient gates of the city wall of Konstanz, be sure to take a look at the Munster (Cathedral.) Read up a bit on the history of the catholic church in Konstanz before you go to get a since of the history of the city (whether or not religion is your thing.) Walk to Switzerland. Plan on taking the ferry to Meersburg and spending a day. Lindau, and the gardens of Mainau Island can also be reached by water. All are beautiful and worth the trip. Bicycles can be rented in the area for short or long cycling tirps which are popular with Germans on vacation there. Since Lake Konstanz is bordered by Austria, Germany and Switzerland, you can visit all three countries. (Both Austria and Switzerland require a purchased window sticker for the car. It's cheaper to take the ferrys/boats than to drive.) Have a great stay. My daughter lives there and we never tire of visiting the area.

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Greetings...We, 4 older adults are planning to arrive in the area by train for a 4 day stay. Just starting to research suitable accommodations,such as small apt or cottage. Have you had any response to your inquiry that you could share?

Thanks

Ron

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7. Re: visit to southern germany

Just spotted this post and wonder if I will see enough of Konstanz area in 2 days.

In August I travel for 2 days in Fuessen area (castles and alps), then to Konstanz, 2 days in Basel and 2 for Stuttgart.

Any thoughts - just me travelling alone and long days and early starts ok to see as much as possible.

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