Austrian cheese near the Bodensee…? Why yes, it is mountain cheese of course. When my Swabian friend, Sybille, recently asked me to try some special Bergkase (Alpine Cheese), I couldn’t refuse. I have a love/hate relationship with cheese. I love it, but my hips… well that’s a different story. This special cheese is creamy, distinctly flavored and organic and it literally melted in my mouth. Next, she invited me and my crew on a trip to Bregenzerwald, Austria to visit the factory and town where she has vacationed since she was 4 months old.
Bregenzerwald Alpenkäse is located in Bezau, Austria. It was about 2 1/2 hours to travel here from Stuttgart. We knew it would be a long day but a day filled with cheese, lunch and probably some coffee and cake along the way. All of these elements make it worthwhile.
Driving Down the Cattle Fest
Believe it or not “Driving Down the Cattle” is the literal translation for the name of this fest. Typically during the first or second weekend of September, the historical annual fest is celebrated with much fanfare. For the village it is a successful year if no cows or herders are lost. Click here to find out more about this Bregenzerwald regional fest. I will most certainly be planning a trip for next year’s fest especially since Austria is one of my favorite countries to visit.
So What is It… the Bodensee or Lake Constanz?
Bodensee or Lake Constanz. To the Austrians and Swiss, it is known as Lake Constanz; however, to our Deutschlander friends it is the Bodensee. Either way, this lake is just a beautiful area with breathtaking views and rolling steep hills. If you are stationed anywhere in Germany, you must have heard of this “heaven on earth” location.
We chose to drive through the Allgäu on the way home, which was absolutely worth it and had incredible views. A tourist destination for all nationalities, you may decide this is the next stop for your family.
For train information, click on DB Bahn.
Author’s Profile: Wendy Payne is a military spouse and lives with her family in Stuttgart, Germany. She is a freelance writer, blogger and photographer. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, yoga and sharing Europe with people.
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