Border Crossing

As long as we were going to get on a train for an hour, we thought we should also see a little bit of the city of Konstanz.

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The first place we went was to the Swiss-German border to see the sculptures which represent the border instead of a fence. These 22 sculptures, created by Johannes Dörflinger (a Konstanz native) are based on the tarot and stand either right on the border, or balance another one on the other side. They have been in place since 2007.

The first one (or maybe it’s the last one) is in the lake.

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The other sculpture of note along the lake is Imperia. She commemorates the Counsel of Constance in the 1400s which ended the three Popes controversy. In one hand she holds Pope Martin V, and in the other the Emperor Sigismund. Imperia refers to a story by Balzac which is a satire of Catholic clergy morals. The statue rotates on its axis once every four minutes.

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It was fun to wander Old Town and marvel, yet again, at prices which are cheaper than Switzerland. Many people come to these border towns to shop, and you can return to Switzerland duty-free if you bring back less than 300 CHF per person. There is a large modern mall right at the border which we wandered through, mostly looking for the bathrooms.

Before we headed to the Thermal Baths, we ate a light lunch of street food and scoped out where to have dinner.

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Santas climbing the wall. Yes, lots of Christmas decorations everywhere.

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Another gothic cathedral.

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Turns out that it was a good idea that we pre-planned dinner since by the time we left the baths it was raining. We knew just where to go, and even without a reservation, they squeezed us in, telling us that the table would be needed in just under an hour. No problem.

Joh. Albrecht Brauhaus is a small chain of brew pubs in Germany. They have a whopping three beers on tap, but a full menu of German food. I had the Käsespätzle, a German macaroni and cheese, and it was such fabulous comfort food. Topped with french-fried onions (not from any kind of can!), I put the whole thing away. H had the pork schnitzel which was also delicious.

That was all the money we spent across the border, but we saw people carrying back big bags.

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