Konstanz Oktoberfest, with lake hike
As we move towards the end of the summer, we're all called back to our daily duties. Over the past three years, one of our autumn duties involved organizing a weekend journey to Konstanz (Germany), for the Oktoberfest and a hike. First of all, because it's wild, colorful and relatively close, so there's no need to ask for any day off: a weekend is enough! Secondly, because the lake formed by the Rhein and the proximity of the Danube river offer many hiking possibilities. Shall we faithfully keep up with the tradition and pay a new visit to the region of the Bodensee (i.e. Lake Konstanz)?
Main target of the trip will be the historical and wacky town of Konstanz: the town, which boasts as landmark the revolving 9mt tall statue of prostitute Imperia, came out unscathed from WWII bombings and therefore offers a welcoming town center, with bizarre fountains. Its Oktoberfest is also very entertaining: if we're as lucky as in the past years, we'll have a fun evening.
The plan in short: have a walk in Konstanz on Saturday, then dine&party under the Oktoberfest tents.
The Sunday plan will depend on the forecast and on how many we are, the rough idea is to have a 2 hour hike on the mountains nearby. After visiting the Hegau volcanoes and Stein Am Rhein, the Beuron abbey and the Salem storks and monkeys, Sipplingen, this year we might head to Ludwishafen, as it promises castle ruins and many lookout points over the Bodensee.
You may learn more about the Oktoberfest on: Protected content
**** how to get to Konstanz, and how to come back alive ******
While waiting to book hotels, I bought the following train ticket:
and still have to decide whether to come back by bus or train
If you plan on coming, try to buy your ticket in advance and you'll save plenty of euros: train tickets should cost 19 or 29 euros (you'll then have to add the Milano-Chiasso bit, which should be between 5 and 9 euro, and Singen- (hotel place)-Konstanz for Saturday, which should be inexpensive)
Alternatively, you may find 22 euro direct tickets to Konstanz on flixbus.com