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Lake ConstanceBy car, 116 km, 1 day
This lake nestled spectacularly at the foot of the Alps lies between three countries and cultures: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Thanks to its mild climate, Mediterranean vegetation thrives on its islands and in the surrounding area. The Middle Ages also had a strong impact here, where precious miniatures from the Ottonian era graced the first Benedictine abbey in Germany. As in Constance, the architecture in the region's towns is a testament to its rich past.Customise this route and add it to My travel book
The vast Gothic cathedral has an enormous central portion with five aisles covered with fan vaulting. A graceful Swabian work of 1510, the Virgin of the Crescent Moon, stands in St. Elizabeth's chapel off the south aisle.
Rebuilt in the Baroque style in the early 18C, the abbey houses an oratory, and a library with stucco ornamentation by the artists of Wessobrunn school. In the Abbots' apartments we are immediately impressed by the green Rococo cabinet (1764). Further highlights include the Imperial Hall completed in 1707, the first great State Hall in the Baroque style in any German abbey.
In the centre of the harbour stands the Mangturm, a fortified 12C tower. A lighthouse and a monument to the Lion of Bavaria (1856) command the port entrance. The Römerschanze is a viewpoint from which to admire the Rhine and the Alpine setting of the «Bodan» (the old form of «Bodensee»).