The Bodensee - or Lake Constance as it is known in the English language.
Some also call it "the Swabian Sea" - das schwäbische Meer.
It's the setting in many poems and novels.
The Bodensee is a huge lake in the South of Germany and it borders three countries - Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Bregenz in Austria hosts the famous "Bregenzer Festspiele" where the stage is actually built on the water.
It's a lively tourist area with old towns like Lindau and Meersburg (my personal favorite), the "fruit basket" of the country and it also produces some really great wine. The lake is home to some wonderful fish that make delicious meals.
The Bodensee looks calm in this picture, taken from the Birnau, a church/monastery close to Meersburg. However, it can be very angry and wild where boats get lost in the fog and people who are foolish enough to venture out on the water in weather like that die by drowning or just disappear. On really good days you can see the Alps in the distance - in this picture you get an idea of that.
It was a two hours drive away from my home when I still lived in Germany. I loved to go there, it was like feeding my soul. It still is one of my favorite places.
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