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Old 15.06.2020, 08:41
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Around Konstanz - attractions

We're going camping near there, just over the border around Markdorf.

What are the must-see things around the area? We haven't explored this end of CH-DE at all.
For example Rhienfall, any particular place? Particular towns to see around the lake?

The kids are more interested in theme parks that long hikes.. ConnyLand worth a trip? Ravensburg park looks like it's for younger kids? Mine are 7&10 . We've already been to EuropaPark a few times so won't go there.
Cable cars, view points? Boat rides?

Anything specific we should look for?
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Old 15.06.2020, 10:19
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Re: Around Konstanz - attractions

"Morning Campers" ... quote from the past !!


For any rainy or wet days, there is the Aquarium in Konstanz
https://www.visitsealife.com/en/constance/


A useful backup. And dont forget there are a lot of interesting restaurants ( affordable / ethnic / asian ... ) in Konstanz.


Enjoy your trip
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Old 15.06.2020, 10:38
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We're going camping near there, just over the border around Markdorf.

What are the must-see things around the area? We haven't explored this end of CH-DE at all.
For example Rhienfall, any particular place? Particular towns to see around the lake?

The kids are more interested in theme parks that long hikes.. ConnyLand worth a trip? Ravensburg park looks like it's for younger kids? Mine are 7&10 . We've already been to EuropaPark a few times so won't go there.
Cable cars, view points? Boat rides?

Anything specific we should look for?
Morning Campers!

Connyland, I don't know. Seems grubby but if your kids are into those type of parks, then why not.

A definite must see is the Affenberg in Salem, where you get to feed little monkeys throughout a forest and in the end, trade in your SOH with a monkey of your choice.

Friedrichshafen is also interesting. They have an airship museum, where they used to build well, airships. The promenade is riddled with restaurants and provides for a pleasant atmosphere, especially during mild summer evenings. The 22m (and some change) tall viewing platform right by the lakefront has a stunning 360 degree view of the surroundings and is the perfect attraction to round up a nice evening (I sound like a cheap travel brochure ).
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Old 15.06.2020, 10:44
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Re: Around Konstanz - attractions

So, Constanz is a place where the Czech national reformation hero Jan Hus was jailed for two years (to give up his principles) and burnt on a stake (he did not give up his principles) a couple hundred years ago (1414). There is a monument on a town square to comemorate the big event and I think there is also his museum, Hus-Haus.

On a second thought, it is not really a happy summer break activity to think about for kids (apart from mine, history interests) and pyros.
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Re: Around Konstanz - attractions

My kids love Ravensburg. Last time we were there, my son was 12-13 and he still was a happy camper.
For towns, I can recommend Stein Am Rhein and Lindau.
There is the Zepellin museum in Friedrichshafen if that is your thing. Never been there myself but we plan to. If nothing else, the harbor in Friedrichshafen is nice.
In Konstanz you have the Sea Life Aquarium and Thermal-Bad
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Re: Around Konstanz - attractions

Connyland 10+ years ago was cool and very kitsch; dangerous attractions from the 60s, dolpins in a plastic lined pool, etc.,.. The last time we went there, they had modernised; proper roller coaster and they got rid of the dolphins. 7 and 10 year olds should like.

Ravensburgerland is also good for that age range and they sell board games and jigsaw puzzles in the gift shop.

If you are into biking, there is a nice bike path around the lake. A few years back, I took my kids (similarly aged) for a day bike trip from Romanshorn to Arbon, ferry across the lake and then continued biking to Friedrichshafen and then a ferry back to Romanshorn.

I would pass on the aquarium in Konstanz. We went there on a rainy camping day and it was just a long line of wet people shuffling through a rather small aquarium. Kind of like going to visit the Sistine Chapel without the climax.

In general, the vibe on the German side of the lake is nicer than the Swiss side. Leisurely bike ride from Meersburg down to Lindau would be worth it on a sunny day.
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Re: Around Konstanz - attractions

The Zeppelin museum has been mentioned, and is good.

https://www.dorniermuseum.de/ is also worth a visit if you are into aircraft, they have a diverse selection.

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Re: Around Konstanz - attractions

We were up that way 2 weekends ago. On a long weekend. But stayed in Rorschacherberg at a best western/ restaurant called Rebstock. The hotel was nice and food was great but town wasn’t so appealing. Went up to Arbon, nice town and old town part and can hire cool peddle boats and motor boats. Nice park there too. Also the hiking trails up out of town was really nice.
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Re: Around Konstanz - attractions

Conny Land is okay for kids that age (7 and 10), but it is quite small and doesn't really have many rides. And the only really thrilling(ish) ride is the one bigger roller coaster, which itself isn't that great. The rides I remember being there are a water raft ride where you can shoot water with guns, bumper cars (I think), the boat ride that sways back and forth, making you want to throw up, a kiddie roller coaster and the bigger coaster that I had mentioned. To be honest, we were bored with the place after just a few hours. But it's something to do if there is nothing else.

Hope you get decent weather for your camping trip.
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Old 15.06.2020, 22:05
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Thanks for the good ideas people..

Main thing is just getting a change of scene for a bit.. The camp place has fitness and spa facilities and a fair bit for the kids to do but we'll get around the area a few days and see some of this stuff.

A beach with SUP hire would be good too.. I don't have space to take mine :-/

Bring on the good weather..
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Old 13.07.2020, 22:18
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Little update for anybody interested. The area up there is lovely.. I highly recommend it. We stayed just outside Markdorf. Masks obligatory everywhere indoors, 100% compliance.

Border crossings -- Easy, no checks either way.. On the way there we took the ferry to Meersburg - Was a bit of a scramble since it's cash only! Way back via Schaffhausen.

Affenburg - Ok, good to see the storks and monkeys .. But it's just a couple of hours if you take lunch there, the actual bit with the monkeys is pretty small and you can't sit in there with a picnic for example, 15 mins walk around and you're out.

Lindau is nice, get there early, we got parked right on the island at 9.30, when we left at 14.00 the cars were queued way back over the bridge for a couple of kms. Nice buildings, nice little shops etc, spectacular lake front.

Ravenspurger speilpark .. Overpriced and my kids found it too young for them.. Half of it was shut because of CoVid but still cost 137eur for us four. Had to wear masks on all of the rides, even individual rides or rides with just my two kids together, overkill ..

We didn't do much more, went to a few towns, picked cherries and apples. Fancied a ride in a GoodYear blimp but at 475eur per person for 30 minutes, screw that.. We plan to go back before the end of summer and do more.
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Affenburg - Ok, good to see the storks and monkeys .. But it's just a couple of hours if you take lunch there, the actual bit with the monkeys is pretty small and you can't sit in there with a picnic for example, 15 mins walk around and you're out.
I guess it depends on how much your kids like wildlife. We've been a few times and spent at least an hour there watching the monkeys.
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