Überlingen – A Popular Gateway to the Bodensee
Location: A Resort Town and Central Community for the Region
This large community lies on the northern shore of the Bodensee, known as Lake Constance in the English-speaking world. It is the second largest city in the district and acts as a central point for many of the outlying communicates of the area. The closest international and intercontinental airport is Zurich, although there is a nearby airport in Friedrichshafen. It lies on several train transit routes and there is regular water transportation during the late spring to early fall.
Culture: Celebrate Carnival in Style
The city is home to the Swabian-Alemannic carnival, with the Narrenzunft Überlingen, or the Knaves Guild of Überlingen, a part of the Viererbund carnival union. This dates back to the 14th century and the clubs still practice today, beginning on St. Martin's Day in November. They put on parades and many other activities during the celebration of carnival, peaking on Shrove Tuesday. There are also beautiful examples of historical architecture in the city, including the Munster St. Nikolaus, the largest late Gothic building of the region. It also has a large wooden altar carved during the late Renaissance by Jörg Zürn.
Activities: Hiking, Swimming, and Diving the Bodensee
There are several geological anomalies in the area, thanks to the glaciers that came through during the last ice age. The Devil's Table, which is a feldspar needle with a diameter of about 20 to 22 meters, lies on the lake near the town. Many divers enjoy diving the needle, but it is not without risks. There are also many beautiful hiking and cycling trails with stunning views. The lake provides access to many water sports, including sailing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, surging, and wakeboarding.