Europe: Heading South – Week 2

Well it is a week for lakes this week: Firstly Lake Konstanz in Germany, then Lake Lucerne in Switzerland & finally Como in Italy…

Day 1-2 Lake Konstanz, Germany

We arrived at Lake Konstanz at the end of week 1, but at that point hadn’t had time to explore.

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Finding a campsite on the shores of the lake was impossible in peak holiday season, so we booked into a quieter site in Stockach.
Waking up to a beautiful morning, we explored the nearest village of Lugwigshafen on the lake itself. I loved the beautiful mix of old & new properties built around the scenic lake. The train line goes all the way around the shoreline & must make a beautiful journey.
At Lugwigshafen we found a public beach for 2€ pp so took a dip in the crystal clear waters.
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The following days we took trips out to neighbouring villages as indicated on the map. Each one truly beautiful (but packed with holiday makers).
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Day 3-5 Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
On our first day, the weather was amazing, 30o & not a cloud in the sky, so we pitched tent & took a dip. Unfortunately the remaining 2 days it rained constantly. We still got out & visited the surrounding area.

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Switzerland is a truly beautiful country, but the most expensive so far. The campsite was £27 per night & the cheapest beer £3 a bottle.

Day 6&7 Lake Como, Italy
Desperate to get away from torrential rain, we took the 5hr drive to Italy through yet more amazing scenery.

Lake Como was my favourite of the 3 lakes. We stayed in Dongo, which seemed dedicated to campsites. You can walk easily into the neighboring villages & where we were surprised that a beer or coffee was so reasonably priced.
Heading to the south of the lake, you will find the huge mansions & villas of the rich & famous. The towns are home to stylish 4&5* hotels.
It’s easy to drive around the lake. There are also plenty of buses, plus a ferry which visits the key towns for a scenic day out.
We also saw an old sea plane fly in & back out again (perhaps dropping off someone famous at their villa).
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Posted by Dawn

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