White-blue and red-white-red
Shortly after Friedrichshafen the scenery changes once again. The vineyards now make space for hops fields and apple plantations surrounding Eriskirch, Langenargen and Kressbronn. The trio Nonnenhorn, Wasserburg and Lindau form the Bavarian corner next to Lake Constance. The onion domes on the top of baroque churches, cosy beer gardens, barbequed knuckles of pork and steaming pots of “Weißwurst” (veal sausages) are unmistakeable and very distinctive to this area.
We looked out of the hotel room onto the hustle and bustle in Lindau harbour. It really is a postcard perfect view. A beautiful sunset over the Bavarian lions and the lighthouse along with two glasses of local wine. A change in colour, even if it’s from the flags flapping around in the wind. We cycle along the lake’s edge to Austria. Bregenz, the festival city, has very different sides to it. Lots of jokes on the lake’s edge, hectic bustle in the modern lower town – and some strange kind of silence in the streets of the tranquil upper town.
Between Bregenz and the small Swiss seaside town Rorschach on the other side of the alpine Rhine a unique landscape starts to unfurl. Huge reed beds sway to and fro in the wind on totally flat reed meadows. The warm, dry, notorious wind sweeps through the alpine Rhine valley from Bergen to the lake. If its stormy then the water gets driven up so that white foamy crests form on the wild waves. But when the wind is just gentle then this guarantees stable good weather. We really cannot complain about it. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle and city life, then this tour is just what you are looking for.
On the southern part of Lake Constance, the currency is Swiss Francs. The red pen knifes are particularly popular and they match well with our red bikes, which are equally as robust as the pen knifes. Other popular things to purchase here are chocolate, cheese and watches. You also need to try Rivella. For the locals, it is considered normal to carry around two currencies at the same time. The region belongs together – and for this reason the exchange rate does not change much either.