Bodensee and Allgau (Germany)

(27 July to 4th Aug)

Since we had missed out Austria we could spend more time in Germany before meeting up with Sharon’s brother and wife in Basel which has been arranged now for mid August.  We spent a total of nine nights in this small region and travelled around 100 kms in a rough loop staying in Lindau, Kisslegg, Weingarten, Bad Waldsee, Bad Schussenreid and Meersburg

The highlights were bathing in the Bodensee and cycling to the Lindau Island.  Also the views across the lake to Austria and Switzerland reminded us how much we like borders and the differences they offer.

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The Bodensee with swimming pool type ladder entry.  Oh, and not forgetting GERMAN beer.

Having a crazy night at a local kneipe in Kisslegg that entailed local hay schnapps, fun illegal gambling, a visit to a local artists workshop and late night food and drinks back at the van with Claudi and her dog Luki.  Cheers Willie, Erbe, Lise, Claudi and of course Achim the Kneipe owner for a memorable night, I will send a postcard.

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The shared long table at the ‘Kneipe Linde’, Kisslegg.  Note small ‘gambling’ machine.

Next up was marvelling at the lack of Hymers in the Hymer museum and eating schnitzels in Bad Waldsee.  Then, enjoying a little too much the local UmPah band in the biergarten of the Schussenreid brewery and feasting on local Allgau foods purchased for us by a kind widowed local women who insisted that her late husband would have choose the same rustic hearty plates.

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Edwin Hymer must have a sense of humour.  Where were the Hymers?  (this phrase is mildly funny if you speak German…)

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Regional Allgau food from the Schussenreid brewery.  Note great free camperstop at the back of the brewery.

Moreover, taking in the peaceful countryside consisting of forests, vast wheat and corn fields and small hamlets either on foot or on bikes as we ramp up the preparation for the Camino.   This region has also produced some interesting architecture, the best examples being the oldest inhabited castle in Germany (Meersburg), the Basilika at Weingarten and the prettiest church in the world (quote Zimmerman) that lies in Steinhausen.

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Signs for Santiago, 2400Kms away from the Basilika in Weingarten. 

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Corn fields, woodlands and hamlets dominate the vistas in Allgau.

From a motorhome point of view our first impressions of touring in Germany is very positive.  The roads are almost as smooth as glass and the supermarkets are very inexpensive which makes a welcome change after Italy.  We have also managed to fill up with LPG at a countryside petrol station in Allgau which bodes well for the rest of the trip.

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