Stay 5 : Weekend destination, by the lake in Germany

Stay 5 : Weekend destination, by the lake in Germany.

Occidental Route

Stage 5/35 - 356 kms


0 km Zurich

72 kms Konstanz

51 kms Lindau

68 kms Memmingen

92 kms Augsburg

73 kms Munich

carte Zurich a Munich

Zurich : Nice weekend destination, a city both fascinating and vibrant

Voyage au bord du lac à Zurich Suisse

Zurich Suisse
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Sophisticated, small and modern and from all angles, Zurich is a city that fascinates you. Zurich is very pleasant in summer, but also during the winter months. It is an intensely cultural city. It is extremely easy to visit and offers a nice blend of old and new. Mostly everyone will spend only 48 hours in the city, making it an ideal weekend destination. From Bahnhofstrasse where they serve a selection of delicate cakes, freshly squeezed juices to the famous Swiss watches of the Old Town. Expect a lot of entertainment in this city!

Konstanz : A University along a lake looking at the Swiss Alps

Konstanz Alemagne

Konstanz Alemagne
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Konstanz is a university town with some 80 000 inhabitants, located at the western end of Lake Constance, in the southwest corner of Germany, on the Swiss border. The city houses the University of Constance. Konstanz lies on Lake Constance. The Rhine, which starts in the Swiss Alps, crosses Lake Constance, by flowing under a bridge connecting the two parts of the city. To the north of the river lies the larger part of the city with the residential areas, industrial zones and the University of Konstanz, while to the south of the river is the old town with the administrative centre and shops. Ferries provide access across Lake Constance to Meersburg and the catamaran offers a shuttle service for pedestrians to Friedrichshafen.

Monastic Island of Reichenau

The Monastic Island of Reichenau is home to the highly influential Benedictine Abbey, founded in 724 by the itinerant Saint Pirmin. It lies on Lake Constance in southern Germany.  The Abbey of Reichenau housed a school, and a scriptorium and an artists’ workshop, which were renowned for having been the largest and artistically most influential centre for producing manuscripts in Europe during the late 10th and early 11th centuries, when this part of Switzerland belonged to the Holy Roman Germanic Empire.  The Abbey experienced its heyday under Abbot Berno of Reichenau. During this time, important scholars such as Hermannus Contractus, lived and worked in Reichenau.

Bondensee Lake

Lake Constance, in German Bodensee, is a lake on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps, and consists of three junctions, the Upper Lake, the Untersee and a connecting stretch of the Rhine, called Seerhein. The lake is located in Germany, Switzerland and Austria near the Alps.   More specifically, its shores lie in the German  states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg, and the Swiss cantons of Thurgau and Saint-Gall. The Rhine flows into it from the south by following the Austro-Swiss border.

Lindau : A medieval city that attracts numerous tourists

Lindau Allemagne

Lindau Allemagne
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Lindau is a Bavarian town and an island on the eastern side of Lake Constance. It is the capital of Lindau Landkreis district. The historic city of Lindau lies on an island which is connected to the mainland by a road bridge and the causeway of Lindau station’s railway track. Lindau is located near the meeting point of the German, Austrian and Swiss borders. It is nestled on the lake under the Pfänder Mountain. Lindau is popular with tourists and holidaymakers for its medieval city centre and pleasant location on Lake Constance. Since 1951, the meetings of the Nobel laureates attract many Nobel Prize winners to Lindau every year. A congress of medical physics is also held annually. The Bavarian State-owned casino is an additional attraction.

Mary, Immaculate Mother of Victory

Wigratzbad is village in Germany at a short distance from Austria and Switzerland, less than 20 km from the city of Lindau, on Lake Constance at the foot of the Alps. One of the messages at the apparition of Mary, Immaculate Mother of Victory was “I shall crush the serpent’s head”. A chapel, built from July 1937, was blessed on 25 March 1940 with the local bishop’s consent. The statue of Our Lady of Victory resembles that of Our Lady of Lourdes but it stands on the earth’s globe. Each Thursday night, a mass is celebrated at 8 PM, followed by a Eucharistic adoration until midnight. On the first and third Saturday of each month, a Eucharistic adoration takes place throughout the night until 7 AM.

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Konstanz : Hotel Petershof

Konstanz : Ibis Styles Konstanz

Konstanz : Apartment Hotel Konstanz

Konstanz : City Hotel Konstanz

Lindau : Hotel Ratsstuben

Lindau : Hotel The Medusa

Lindau : Hotel Schönau

Lindau : Haus Hensler

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Memmingen : An incredible old town

Voyage Memmingen Allemagne

Memmingen Allemagne
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Memmingen is a town in the Bavarian administrative region of Swabia in Germany. It is the central economic, educational and administrative centre in the Danube-Iller region. In the west of the town lies the Iller, the river that marks the Baden-Württemberg border. The north, east and south of the town are surrounded by the Unterallgäu district. With some 42,000 inhabitants, Memmingen is the 5th largest town in the administrative region of Swabia. The town’s origins date back to the Roman Empire. The old town, with its many courtyards, castles and houses, patricians’ palaces and fortifications, is the best preserved in southern Germany. With good transport links by road, rail and air, it is the transport hub for Upper and Central Swabia, and the Allgäu.

Augsburg : a welcoming and charming urban tourist city

Augsburg Allemagne

Augsburg Allemagne
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Augsburg is a city in the south-west of Bavaria, Germany. It was a free Imperial city for over 500 years. It is a university town and the home of the Swabia District and the Berzirk Schwaben. Augsburg is an urban tourist city and houses the institutions of the Landkreis Augsburg. It is Bavaria’s third largest city with a population exceeding 264 000 citizens. After Neuss and Treves, Augsburg is German’s third oldest city. Augsburg is the only German city with its own legal holiday, the Augsburger Hohes Friedenfest, celebrated annually on 8 August.

Obermauerbach (about 30 km from Augsburg)

Obermauerbach in Bavaria is located in Germany about 299 km south of Berlin, the country’s capital city.   Depending on your mobility, you may wish to explore these places: Innsbruck, Xyger, Waidhofen, Untermauerbach, Schrobenhausen or Wollomoos.

Munich : A capital pleasant to live

Voyage Munich Allemagne

Munich Allemagne
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Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It lies on the River Isar to the north of the Bavarian Alps. It is Germany’s third largest city, after Berlin and Hamburg. Munich was the host city of the 1972 Summer Olympics. Its inhabitants are sometimes called Munichers in English. Modern Munich is a financial hub and a frequently first-class destination for migration and expatriate location. As regards economic and social innovation, the city was ranked 15th globally out of 289 cities in 2010 and 5th in Germany by the Innovation Cities Index based on analysis of 162 indicators. In 2010, Monocle ranked Munich as the world’s most liveable city. In 2012, Munich was ranked fifth in Monocle's classification, but remained Germany’s highest ranked city.

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