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Lake Constance is always a voyage of discovery

Sailing, swimming and cycling while admiring the Alps in the distance, or checking out the historic locations along the water's edge: Lake Constance has it all.

Lake Constance, straddling the border between Germany, Austria and Switzerland, has great appeal to both culture vultures and those looking for some rest and rejuvenation.

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Lake Constance has great appeal to both culture vultures and those looking for some rest and rejuvenation

Constance is great for history buffs. It's the largest city by the lake of the same name, and is famous for hosting the religious council convened in the 15th century to end the papal schism. You can see the very sites where the new pope was elected. Then there are the Romanesque churches on Reichenau Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nature lovers will also enjoy the island of Mainau, whose parks and gardens boast over a million flowers in the summer. It's also home to a palace that is still inhabited.

Those who want a bit more action can go cycling or sailing. The town of Wasserburg has a rather special boat to rent: the steamship Felicitas. And once you're on this picturesque peninsula, it's well worth visiting sights such as the former court building with its gruesome history. As everywhere in this area, there are no shortage of options for rest and relaxation.

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Constance - Three Travel Tips

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