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Tour the German Alpine Road from Lake Constance to Upper Bavaria

We start our trip on the island of Reichenau, stop off at the Lake Dwelling Museum in Unteruhldingen and follow one of Germany's most beautiful routes, the German Alpine Road, to the church in Wies, near Steingaden.

Prehistoric villages at the open-air Pile Dwelling Museum Unteruhldingen

Prehistoric villages at the open-air Pile Dwelling Museum Unteruhldingen

In 724 St. Pirmin came to Reichenau, the largest island in Lake Constance, cleared the forests and founded a monastery. The three churches connected with it, built between the 9th and 11th centuries, have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The prehistoric lake dwellings in Unteruhldingen are also a World Heritage Site on Lake Constance. The open-air Pile Dwelling Museum features reconstructions of villages with these houses on stilts, from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age.

The Monastic Island of Reichenau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Monastic Island of Reichenau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

On the eastern shore of Lake Constance, starting at Lindau, we follow the German Alpine Road, considered the oldest holiday route in Germany. The many sights along the route include the royal castles near Füssen.

The hamlet of Wies, near Steingaden, is home to a pilgrimage church. In the early 18th century, a peasant woman is said to have seen a wooden statue of the crucified Christ shed tears. For the pilgrims who followed, a magnificent church was built. It's a masterpiece of Bavarian rococo art and architecture.

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The German Alpine Road - Lake Constance to Upper Bavaria

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Editor: Helen Whittle

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