Whatever you choose to do there, where ever you choose to go, the Bodensee is one of the most gorgeous places on earth. Bordering Germany, Switzerland and Austria it is Central Europe's third largest lake. It's my way of not missing the ocean so much. A two hour drive from Stuttgart gets you to a micro climate wonderland. Fresh fish, fruit, vegies and most of all SUN. So in the era of "stay vacation" I'd recommend it to anyone living in Southern Germany.
Mainau has a butterfly house that I could live in.
Meersburg, touristy yes, beautiful yes.
Ferrying around the lake is fun. Forced relaxation. The sights are sometimes very interesting.
This lovely seagull, tormented us most of our way around the lake. My big boy faked him out several times pretending to throw food in the water. Mean.... Nah. Funny, yes.