When the Cultural Teens were 11 we set off to cycle round Lake Constance or the Bodensee. It proved to be the perfect family cycling holiday. My oldest son decided that he would write the blog post.
Cycling Round Lake Constance by Jake
After a lengthy journey through Europe, the Cultural Wednesday family clambered out of our stuffy car and into the Hotel Weisses Kreuz in Bregenz. We heaved down our belongings into our spacious room and fell on to the comfy mattresses overlooking ………… an Austrian car park! It was the first day of our Headwater holiday cycling round Lake Constance. In 10 days’ time we would be back, fit and bronzed, after the just over a week in the European sun. We hoped!
The next day, having collected our bikes, we set off on a 45 kilometre ride through beautiful Swiss farm land. We arrived at our second stop, the Hotel Seegarten in Arbon. This was my favourite of the 5 rooms slept in as there was not only a balcony but also an upstairs where I slept with my Twin. Unfortunately Mr CW fell of his bike getting an undeserved minor fracture. Due to the fracture we didn’t get to see anything cultural in Arbon; so it was just as well that we stopped on the way at the Würth collection at Rorschach where for the first time I came face-to-face with a genuine Pablo Picasso painting as well as seeing some amusing sculptures.
This was the first day cycling without my Dad and, for a time, I wanted to go by train with him but since my Twin was up to it I decided I was too, since I am 2 minutes older! The trip was better than expected. We saw Dad every 15km or so and even got to wave to him as his train sped by. When we eventually got to the Hotel Rheinfels in Stein-am-Rhein we caught him drinking a beer, watching the Rhine flow by. The next leg of our journey took us out of Switzerland and into Germany. We pedalled alongside the lake, past inviting swimming beaches and through peaceful meadows. We saw a sign that said Konstanz 13km and were pleased that we had covered so much ground so quickly. Half an hour later we passed another sign that also told us that Konztanz was 13km away. How could this be? We kept on pedalling and slowly the number of kilometres did diminish. Finally we arrived at the Hotel Halm in Konstanz, snaffled an apple from the reception desk and strode up the stairs to find our Dad snoozing gently in the room. For dinner we went off to a wine festival, not my choice, but I did have a succulent beef sandwich.
Onto our penultimate cycle ride which, compared to the others, was a miniscule 26km. We caught a ferry to Meersberg where we had wonderful ice creams. I went for an apple flavoured one, since we don’t usually have them in the UK, while my identical twin had tiramisu which was rather extraordinary too. Fortified by the ice-creams we cycled on through vineyards toward Friedrichshafen and arrived before Lunch. The Hotel Buchhornerhof was good although maybe not for the faint hearted as giant elk, deer and goat heads hung everywhere!
On our rest day, we ventured off to the Zeppelin museum where I learnt all about the rise and fall of the great airships. We also went off and rested on the pedalos, well for some that is! We pedalled and our Mum just sat there.
Eventually we completed our journey cycling and taking boats around and through Lake Constance. My head was bundled with knowledge from the trip like: ……… er……….erm……. well……..that cycling around Constance is really rather fun! When we arrived at Bregenz we caught a cable car up the Pfänder mountain for an amazing view of the lake stretching out as far as the eye could see.