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Old 19.06.2017, 13:42
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Bodensee - German side - winey restaurant/hiking

HI all,


Been using Google etc. to find Options but not yielding results i looking for so I'll ask here.


I'm due to be in Friedrichsafen in mid-July (Hotels booked), and I'm looking to find a winery that also has lunch?


Ideally looking for a wine-paring/tasting to accompany lunch but i'm not finding much. Ideally located with some views of the lake? (i.e. terrace or garden). I was looking at Schmidt am Bodensee in Wassersberg but that only appears to have specific Dates.


Any suggestions here?


Also for hiking, any recommendations for a nice trail among the vineyards/view of about 2 hour Duration - we'll be carrying the kid in a back-pack carrier as our m.o. for hiking. Thanks much for any recommendations!
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Re: Bodensee - German side - Friedrichshafen- winey restaurant/hiking

HI

The correct spelling is 'Friedrichshafen'

I have only passed through it when taking the Ferry from Romanshorn, Switzerland to 'Friedrichshafen' for the airport that side that has flight to London only in winter. (also in reverse order). Some people take their cars across and other bikes, as well as regular foot passengers. Restaurant on board with views one can get coffee, alcohol drinks and small foods, not a long crossing so no meals. Believe crossing is 41 minutes about every hour departures. I liked the sensation of being in the middle of the Bodensee, (Lake Constance) and thinking surrounded by Austria, Germany & Switzerland on different sides.

I found the ferry crossing very pleasant, passport will be needed and they may choose to do a Customs Check on you, i.e. you are only carrying the Customs Allowance either side, basically limited how much alcohol, tobacco and meats you may take & more.

I have no idea of where a vineyard might be over there.

What I can tell you from my walks near the ferry terminal, there are a number of eateries there with view of the Bodensee, some will have alcohol licence.

There is also a shopping centre there, notably for me from UK, I liked to visit C&A shop, as no longer in UK.

There is also a train station there, one can get train to Airport, only problem for me one side at airport there were steps to walk down, I hated to use with suitcase and other luggage, so avoided.

Sometimes there were taxi(s) as one got off the ferry, that I used to get to airport or return point. Later I found it a good idea to have a phone number of local taxi (that I got on way from airport driver to port) to phone them have a taxi waiting for me at ferry port, as once arrived early morning and no taxi there.

Zeppelin Museum - It there in Friedrichshafen, very easy to find. About 5 to 10 minutes from Ferry port. It is somewhere I keep promising myself one day I will visit, I was never sure if they had tours in English

Trust someone else will be along to advise you on Vineyard, as I believe that is what you are asking re Winery.
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Re: Bodensee - German side - winey restaurant/hiking

You're looking for a "Weingut", it's essentially a farm that grows grapes and produces wine. Bicycle paths are called "Radweg", search for that or for "Radtour" if you want suggestions for a trip, for "Wanderweg" if you're looking for hiking paths.

You may want to check these (click "Grössere Karte" to enlarge") or these search results. Weingut Haug is among those that offer tastings for small groups (ten or more), accompanied by some food if wanted, in English if required. Perhaps you can join an existing group.

The area is also renowned for its hops and beer brewing. For instance this brewery/hops museum in Tettnang offers some public events including beer tastings for groups.

You can use the passenger boats on lake there and/or back if it's too far to hike. If you have time to spare a sightseeing roundtrip with the Zeppelin that lifts off Friedrichshafen may be worth a try. They're usually fully booked many months ahead and anything but cheap but you may get lucky.

A bicycle ride, usually a bit off the lake as the bicycle paths are much nicer there and the slight elevation usually makes for significantly better views, may be another option to get you around.

The Swiss ferry across the Lake offers a special kind of round trip called Sonnenuntergangsfähre, sunset roundtrip: You hop onto the last boat across the Lake and come back without setting foot on the land in Friedrichshafen. Not sure but the same offer may exist when starting in Friedrichshafen but perhaps worth asking. Mind the sun on the Lake, it's much more intensive due to the reflections off the water.
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Re: Bodensee - German side - winey restaurant/hiking

Thanks both - and Urs thanks for the links to the Weingut that the direction I'm looking for. I found some hiking trails now I just Need to see how the map to some of those weinguts I was not Aware you can do a Zeppelin tour there, but as the kiddo gets older that could be a great activity. Maybe we'll introduce the "Led" along the way The idea would me to hit the Messe early in the morning - go to one of those wineguts for lunch/wine then take a leisure hike to enjoy the views (hoping the weather is good).






ok plenty for me to work with here! Thanks!
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Re: Bodensee - German side - winey restaurant/hiking

The Zepplin museum is actually very interesting, another interesting museum close by is the Dornier museum, also aviation. The original Herr Dornier was an excetionally sharp cookie, did a lot of development work that is still used today.

There's the Pfander in Brienz which is nice, theirs a Rolls Royce Museum down that way somewhere.

One winery i know is up at the Constanz end in Meersburg

The island gardens of Mainau are well worth a visit.

Plenty of wineries between Steckboren and Arbon, just need to keep your eyes open.

Do a Zepplin trip, it's a fantastic experience.
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Re: Bodensee - German side - winey restaurant/hiking

I don't know about the German side but on the Swiss side hot-air balloon rides(?) are fairly popular. If you can't get tickets on a Zeppelin that may be an alternative. If I had to chose I'd pick the balloon ride anytime.
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Re: Bodensee - German side - winey restaurant/hiking

yeah hot air balloon rides are fun - did one over the Masai Mara in Kenya a few years ago. Always wanted to do one in CH - on the hit list for when my kiddo is older!
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