Switzerland is of course landlocked, but rest assured that if a lake, regardless of its size, can accommodate a ship, you’ll find one. Whenever you find a lake in Switzerland with a passenger ship, get on it. It truly is one of the best ways to visit a “lake-region”. The Lake of Constance is no exception and if you want to take a River Cruise, a ship will take you from Kreuzlingen all the way to the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen.
There are a lot of picture-postcard perfect villages & towns all over Switzerland. They all have a unique flair and usually good local restaurants. There is something inherently fascinating in a town which proudly announces to the world that “it has nothing, does nothing, and offers nothing”. Yes, I’m talking about the fishing village of Ermatingen on the Untersee where the Rhine River leaves the lake heading west toward Schaffhausen and Basel. It’s a neat little place. Take a look. A short drive from Ermatingen will take you to Salenstein, the home village of Napoleon III, where you can visit Arenenberg Castle. Don’t expect a Scottish castle, it’s more of a mansion but nevertheless very interesting and it offers a grand view.
If you are passionate about fancy sports cars, be they Italian, German or American, a visit to Autobau AG in Romanshorn is a must. You can gently touch them, sit in some, salivate over them and on special occasions you can go for a “Dinner Ride” in one of these exotic cars to a fine dinner in a well-chosen restaurant. You’ll have to plan your visit carefully since Autobau AG is only open Wednesdays from 4:00-8:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
If you are already in Romanshorn, you might want to take a fifteen minute ride to Hagenwil for a visit to its moated medieval castle. Take the time to visit the knights’ hall, and plan to eat at the castle restaurant to savor some regional specialties and of course their local wine. They have a nice menu and frequently feature seasonal delights.
As we indicated in the Spotlight page, Thurgau offers bicycle routes & tours of all lengths & profiles ranging from ½ day in length to several days long. A good place to start is a visit to the SchweizMobil Veloland site. A real nice route ideal for cycling as well as inline-skating is the Arbon & Romanshorn route. Lots of neat “watering holes’ on the way. Enjoy your visit to Thurgau, the “Apple Canton”.
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