Last month, the Mr. and I embarked on our first little vacation with the GABOJ. Since our normal spring vacation wasn’t possible due to the GABOJ’s birth and my health problems that followed, we missed out on doing bigger trip this year. Still, after having been cooped up in the flat for so long, even a shorter trip for just a few nights over a long weekend sounded great.
We wanted to pick somewhere that would only mean a few hours of driving at most. We weren’t sure how well the GABOJ would take to his car seat for an extended trip, and it also sounded too tiring to try to go any further by car than 2 or 3 hours. So we decided on a trip to Lake Constance.
The Mr. had visited the area some years ago, but it was the first trip there for me. We stayed in the town of Meersburg, which looked really nice from the photos we saw online. We weren’t disappointed. Meersburg is a lovely, very atmospheric little town with a castle perched up high and a very strollable promenade along the harbor.
On the late afternoon that we arrived in town (because we didn’t even get out of the house until the afternoon!), we walked from our hotel high up on the hill on the edge of town down into the center. We had originally wanted to stay right in the heart of town on the lake, but had a tough time finding any last-minute vacancies as we put off booking anything until we were fairly certain the trip would be able to go ahead as planned. We ended up liking the Terrassanhotel Weißhaar (“white hair) as it was quiet, and the restaurant boasted fantastic views out towards the lake, but we were on the third floor and that meant a lot of trips up and down the stairs with all of our stuff and no elevator.
Some rained moved in that evening and then cleared up, creating some really dramatic lighting on the promenade as we ate dinner.
The next day, sadly, the rain had moved back in. We decided (perhaps foolishly, given the weather) to check out a lake dwelling museum about a twenty-minute drive away from Meersburg. I had always dreamed of visiting this place when I lived in Scotland, but it never happened. So I was super pumped to find out that a similar museum was at Lake Constance, and only a short drive away from where we were staying.
The museum was really interesting. Over 100 lake dwelling villages were discovered in Lake Constance, and from these, the late Bronze Age village of Unteruhldingen was reconstructed into the lake dwelling museum. After a short introduction to the site in German, you were free to wander around the site. Some buildings were kept locked and only opened up when a member of staff was available. They demonstrated how objects were used, or talked about the living conditions on the lake. Most of the signage was in German (as well, of course, any presentations from the staff) but I was pleased to find some information on some signs in English, as well. There was actually quite a bit to see and read, but the weather was absolutely dismal (cold and wet – a real “Scottish” day!) and we had the GABOJ with us, so we only spent a couple of hours at the site. Towards the end of our visit the sun did start to make an appearance, but we were cold and wet and getting hungry.
The next day we took a ferry over to the Mainau Island, a privately owned island that has been turned into a garden paradise tourist attraction known as the “flower island.” Again, our day started off gray and chilly, and I was a bit bummed that we didn’t have nicer conditions for me to get better shots of the gorgeous flowers covering the island from top to bottom. As the day wore on, however, we got lucky and ended up having some glorious sunshine that really brought the flowers to life.
On our last day at Lake Constance, we spent a little more time in Meersburg in the morning before we packed up and made a final stop in the town of Überlingen on our way home. After finding parking, we made our was to the harbor area and discovered another lovely promenade where we managed to find a spot for a late lunch.
All in all, although we found traveling with the GABOJ in tow far more tiring than a vacation used to be, we felt like the trip was a success and enjoyed our time away. We learned some important things, too. Like an elevator, if at all possible, is a great idea, but having to get to breakfast at a certain time looking relatively decent is not so much if you’re tired and actually want to sleep in a bit. We’re thinking of perhaps doing a bigger trip somewhere later this summer, so if that happens, I think we now have a bit more confidence that we’ll survive it and might actually have fun 😉