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Myths Railways

Seehas Railway in Constance

Seehas Railway in front of the council building

The Seehas Railway is a rail link between 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.

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Abbeys Sundials

Sundial on Reichenau Abbey

Sundial on Reichenau Island, Germany

This sundial is located on a wall of Reichenau Abbey on Reichenau Island. It shows not only the motto ‘Pray and Work’ (ora et labora) but also Saint Pirmin, the founder of Reichenau Abbey. The two snakes refer to the fact that he is considered to be a patron against snake bites.

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Neo-Gothic Railway Stations Towers

Railway station of Constance

Railway station of Constance, Germany

The train station of Constance (Konstanz) was built in 1863. The architecture consists of a mixture of neo-Gothic and Renaissance. The tower is modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. [German]

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Fountains

Imperial fountain in Constance

Imperial fountain in Constance, Germany

The imperial fountain (Kaiserbrunnen) was created by sculptor Hans Baur in 1897. After redecoration at the end of 20th century by Gernot Rumpf it shows some allusions to historical events related with Constance. For example a three-headed peacock wearing a tiara on each head.

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Automobiles Festivals

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 the  Internationale Bodenseewoche. This traditional festival takes place at the harbour of Constance’s historic city center. It’s not only a meeting point for lovers of classic cars but also for powerful boats. [German]

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History

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). [German]

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Accommodations Towers Youth Hostels

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 colored 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.

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Airships Aviation

Airship above Meersburg

Airship above Meersburg, Germany

A modern airship passes Meersburg. A common view at Lake Constance as there are companies offering scenic flights with this kind of aircraft.

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Ships

Paddle steamer ‘Hohentwiel’ at Lake Constance

Ship 'Hohentwiel' at Lake Constance

The ‘Hohentwiel’ is a paddle wheel steamer built in 1913 still in use on Lake Constance.

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Airships Aviation Museums

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.

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Churches Murals

St. Jodok Church in Überlingen

Chicken wonder at St Jodok Church in Uberlingen, Germany

At St. Jodok Church (Pilgerkirche St. Jodokus) this depiction of a caged up chicken made me smile. It is part of a large fresco telling a legend, which is in Germany generally known as Hühnerwunder (chicken wonder).

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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.