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Lake Constance, or why the Swabians have a sea of their own

Palm trees, emerald-green water, Mediterranean flowers, long hours of sunshine... Yes, that's Lake Constance and the Alps we're describing. People visiting Lake Constance, "Swabia's sea", really should not miss its three islands. Mainau is called the "flower island" because it is a mass of gloriously coloured blooms. Reichenau is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site with the remains of a once magnificent monastic town. Between 800 and 1200, Reichenau was a "cradle" of western culture. The town of Lindau, with its maze of tiny streets, is a delight for going shopping or just a walk around.

Towns on Lake Constance: romantic, vibrant, medieval charm

The charming towns and villages that line the banks of Lake Constance attract visitors in their thousands. Meersburg, a romantic little town in a wonderful setting, has historical buildings and tiny meandering streets that make it one of Europe's tourist jewels. A complete contrast, but just as memorable, Friedrichshafen is a vibrant town whose many attractions include its many trade fairs, the Zeppelin Museum and the baroque castle church. The university town of Constance offers visitors a wide choice of things to do and see. Its old quarter is pure medieval flair and its position on Lake Constance and the Rhine makes it a good base for interesting excursions around the region.

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