Bodensee borders on three countries, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Next spring I hope to bike around the lake and through all three countries. For the day, I was just another tourist with an umbrella, enjoying the glühwein.
The month of December, many German and Swiss towns have Christmas markets and Konstanz is no different. Small wood huts were constructed in the street of Konstanz’s old town and all types of vendors came to sell their products. There are usually a number of wood workers who make advent candles to display on windowsills and other decorations for your house.
In Zürich, the glühwein, or mulled wine, is sold in bad for the environment styrofoam cups. Not so in Konstanz. The glühwein stands charge a 2 Euro deposit and provides a festive mug with the name of the town and a wintery scene. Glühwein varies slightly from stand to stand depending on the brand of wine they use and what flavors are added but there is generally orange and cloves simmering or added to the cup.