Day 4: Donaueschingen, Konstanz, Rottweil, Tennenbronn
We had only a brief stop in Donaueschingen, as we wanted to cover a lot of ground. It was very hot and therefore we decided not to visit the castle but to make tracks in the direction of Lake Constance.
Konstanz gives the first impression of an English seaside town, even down to a paddle on the shore. Imperia, rotating on her plinth, stands guard at the harbour entrance. After a look around the harbour area and a meal at a lakeside restaurant, we had a look around the town, which was anything but an English resort.
Rottweil has one claim to fame: it has a breed of dog named after the town. It is a pleasant small town with narrow streets and interesting shop signs.
We had booked a hotel for the night at Tennenbronn, a village surrounded by forest. The owner told us that the WM football match between Germany and Spain was to be shown in the sports clubhouse that evening and that it ‘was just up the road’. Rachel and I decided to go. It turned out to be quite a trek but an interesting experience.
A small fountain
The Musicians’ fountain and behind the City Hall an Art Nouveau building from 1910
Rachel turns the pages for the pianist.
The Musicians’ fountain created by Bonifatius Stirnberg in 1989 to mark the towns 1100 years of history
Outside the church of St John an early 18th century building
The Prince Fürstenberg Park
Lake Constance (Bodensee) …
… used as a paddling pool
The jetty with a boat arriving and Imperia standing guard
Imperia holding the emperor and the pope
Lake frontage from the jetty
Just like the English seaside
A fountain full of symbolism
The Rathaus (town hall), a 16th century building, originally the guildhall of the linen weavers
The present façade of the Rathaus was created in the mid 19th century and shows historical events in the city.
The main street with the Black Tower in the distance
St George and the dragon on a house front
The main street from the Black Tower
The town is famous for the shop signs – here a butcher
The market fountain dates from 1540
On the road to the sports clubhouse
Large screen football for the WM, when Germany was playing Spain and lost 0-1.
Some of the spectators at the football match.
Georg Friedrich Händel – Alla Hornpipe from Water Music