Konstanz to Marstetten.

23rd September 2018

THE START OF THE JOURNEY!

We started at the cathedral in Constance (Konstanz in Germany), and then crossed the border to Kreuzlingen in Switzerland. From there, the first stage took us to Märstetten.

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Start of Jakobsweg in Kreuzlingen

The start of the Swiss Jakobsweg at Kreuzlingen


We stayed for two weeks in a Pilgerwohnung in Wald, taking day trips to walk each of the stages of the Jakobsweg (Chemin de Saint Jaques, Camino de Santiago de Compostela). To begin with we drove to a station at the end of each daily stage, and took the train to the beginning of that stage. Parking in these first stages was very cheap or cost nothing. Leaving Constance, the Way went through an industrial estate and was a little disappointing but it then continued through a forest following a 'way of the Cross' and became very pleasant. On this path are steps but again pleasant (not always the case where steps are concerned) and ended at the church in Bernrain. From here there is a view back over Constance. We passed through a beautiful woods with trees that were creaking, possibly due to the lack of water over the summer. At the point at which we were running out of water and Sue needed a break, there was a sofa complete with cushions inviting us to rest and a sign for pilgrims to help themselves to water from the ourside tap - very, very, welcoming!

Photos from this section of the journey

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Jakobsweg symbol

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Constance's landmark Imperia statue

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The Schnetztor, the town gate

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Wall mural in Constance

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Cathedral of Our Lady in Constance

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Schwabenweg signpost

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An old mill on the way

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The countryside around Constance

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Walking in the woods

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Flying a kite!

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Pilgrims welcome - take a seat!

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So I took a seat

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Creaking trees

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The garden is heaven with flowers for stars

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More countryside

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Church murals