I wonder if the Swiss looking across Lake Constance to the town of Kressbronn am Bodensee in Upper Swabia are jealous. I mean, how could they not? There’s just about everything under the sun you can think of here.
For another thing, Kressbronn is on one of Germany’s famous scenic routes. You’ll find this charming town on the Lake Constance Cycle route, the Upper Swabian Baroque Route, the Württemberg Wine Road, and a few others like the Bible Trail and the Kirchenweg.
Sure, I know it sounds like I’m just spouting off all these routes as if that means something. It will when I tell you what else you’ll see in Kressbronn.
On the Upper Swabian Baroque Route (highlighting many gorgeous Baroque buildings) are the Baroque (of course!) chapels of St. Sebastian (built 1600), St. Joseph (built 1659), St. Mary (1737), and the Chapel of the Assumption (also built 1737).
Many of these chapels are also highlighted on the 17.5km Kirchenweg, starting at Kressbronn’s Rathaus (Town Hall). The religious theme keeps going along the Bible Trail, which isn’t measured in kilometers — it goes to 12 “stations.”
I would most certainly visit the Church of St. Gallus, a Baroque church from the 1780’s; built over the site of an early 15th century original.
For you overachieving types, you’ve got the 111km cycling trail that runs along the Lake. It’ll take you to a few other great towns along the Bodensee, including Neukirch (Tettnang), Meckenbeuren, and Überlingen.
Here’s a fun thing to do in Kressbronn, walk the Maislabyrinth or Corn Maze. Yup, it’s a labyrinth made totally from corn stalks, and it’s open every year from late July to late September. A few times a year it’s open at night using torches and flashlights to find your way.
There’s no maze at the Schlössle, but its park sure is pretty. Also at this former castle (that’s now a museum) you’ll see more Baroque and Rococo architecture, with art exhibits and an entire collection of model ships.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m writing this from the middle of the corn maze — I can’t find my way out. Can I get a little help here, please? I’d love to find my way back to the shore of the classy Lake Constance so I can see the faces of those jealous Swiss. ;-)