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German lakeside village ..boat to other villages

Someone told me that she stayed in a lakeside hotel and took daily boat excursions to other lakeside villages, spent the day and returned to her base hotel. I know this is a vague query, but if this rings a bell with anyone posting about Germany, please share your wisdom. Sorry I do not have any more specifics. Perhaps you all have even better options about seeing villages without a car.
Thank you.

Posted by
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Could be one of the lakes south of Munich (Ammersee, Starnbergersee, Tegernsee). And, as Chris says, Bodensee is huge, bordering Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, with boats and ferries taking you to lots of cities (Lindau, Friedrichshafen, Romanshorn, Konstanz, Meersburg) on the lake.

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Thank you. If I can be more specific, I will get online again...perhaps later this week.

Posted by
635 posts

The Ammersee would be a great example of that.

Herrsching is at the end of the MVV S8 line, so it's convenient from Munich. Ride the S8 from Munich to Herrsching, then walk a couple hundred meters to the dock, and sail on one of the elegant paddlewheelers across the Ammersee to my favorite untouristed Bavarian village, Dießen.

There are nice lakeside hotels in Herrsching and Dießen, and likely elsewhere around the Ammersee.

From Herrsching take a bus, taxi, or walk up the forested trail to Andechs Monastery.

Photos here. Aerial photo of Ammersee here; looking northeast with Dießen in foreground; Herrsching on the far side, and Munich in the distance.

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Adrianne, again. I spoke to my friend and it is Lake Konstanz. She stayed on one spot and took boat ride to villages bordering the lake.

Posted by
8889 posts

Lake Konstanz (or Constance) is the English name for Bodensee.
The exit for the lake at the western end is Konstanz (or Constance). The lake borders Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Click here for more info, and select 'English' at the top.
Recomended places are Lindau, Mainau Island, Bregenz and the city of Konstanz, plus many others (all these sites have an option to select 'English' ('En' or the British flag)).
There are ferries and tourist boats all around the lake, plus trains along the complete lake coast.

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What would be the best way to get to Konstanz from Salzburg? Our itinerary includes. Vienna, Salzburg and maybe Munich. Since we will be using trains, would it be best to include a few days in Munich and train to Konstanz there? Perhaps Salzburg may not have any direct routes to Konstanz.

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Salzburg does not have any direct routes to Bodensee / Lake Constance, and it is too far from Munich for a day trip. But the trains Zürich to Munich go via Lindau. I would suggest Konstanz or Lindau as an overnight between Salzburg and Munich. Perhaps Salzburg --> Konstanz (changing at Zürich). Overnight. Day trip to Mainau Island (bus from Konstanz), boat to Lindau (possible overnight), train to Munich.
Or Salzburg -> Bregenz -> Lindau (overnight) -> Munich.

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There are several places to stay long the Bodensee. I travelled in the area by train and bus