Konstanz

Konstanz is a very old city on the south west corner of Germany. The jewel of this city being Lake Constance (Bodensee), which is just beautiful. Glistening blue in the sun.

One of the city’s landmarks is Imperia – a huge concrete statue at the harbour of the lake which is rotates. It shows a woman holding two men on her hand – the two men represent Pope Martin V and the Emperor (the men are naked except for the crown and papal tiara).  The statue was put by the harbour in 1993 and refers to a short story by Balzac, La Belle Impéria. Later in the day as we walked past the cathedral there was a show on – ‘The Gypsy in my soul’. A Grammy award winning singing troupe from San Francisco.

The Altstadt (Old city) was full of lovely buildings. During WW2 Konstanz was spared from the destruction as a result of allied bombing. The city left all its lights on at night, and fooled the bombers into thinking it was actually part of Switzerland.

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