Between St. Gallen and Heiden a friendly region of rolling hills is situated. Looking down from there you'll see the Bodensee, looking up the Alpstein range, with Säntis (2503 m) at right. Photo Paul Smit.
'Steckborn am See.'
Now and then it seems the 19th century Bodensee idyll still exists. The soft light, pastel colours, a romantic little castle at the shore and a dreaming girl with her cat. Like here at the Turmhof in Steckborn am See. Photo Paul Smit.
'Stein am Rhein.'
Cycling is booming around the Bodensee, partly thanks to the signposted Bodensee-Radwanderweg, mostly free of cars and hikers. But also thanks to the round-trip-boats, who take cyclists. Photo Paul Smit.
At the end of the sixties Ascona was for Switzerland what St. Tropez was for France. The creative of the world attracted the wealthy and nowhere in the world you saw more Lamborghinis and Rolls Royces. The money is still there, but got older. Where hip galleries used to be now you encounter expensive pharmacies. Photo Paul Smit.
Corippo in Valle Verzasca is seen as one of the most authentic villages of Ticino and put under protection. The houses were built close around the church since arable land was scarce. Photo Paul Smit
'Untersee by evening.'
Evening is falling over Berlingen at the Untersee. You could easily think this lake is part of the Bodensee, but actually there's a small stretch of running water between the two. Photo Paul Smit.
'Stein am Rhein.'
The best view on Stein am Rhein is offered from the other side of the Rhine, with the timber framed abbey Sankt Georgen, the sleek church tower and castke Hohenklingen in the background. Photo Paul Smit.
Diessenhofen still has its remarkable wooden bridge crossing the Rhine, halfway Bodensee and Stein am Rhein. Don't forget your passport when you are going to visit the bridge; it's a Swiss-German bordercrossing. Photo Paul Smit.
'Rowing on Lago Maggiore.'
Rowers on the quiet waters of the Lago Maggiore in front of Vira. Photo Paul Smit.