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Horst Krake, tourist guide at the Unteruhldigen Pile Dwelling Museum

When I visit the World Heritage Site of the Unteruhldingen pile dwellings, what should I definitely not miss?

The so-called pile dwellings, which have been preserved with astounding quality in the lakes and moors of the Alps, are the remains of a 3,000- to 6,000-year-old culture. The actual World Heritage pile dwellings lie beneath the water, so they can't be viewed. But the 23 reconstructed pile dwellings, built according to the latest research at the Unteruhldingen Pile Dwelling Museum, provide an insight into the lives of farmers, fishermen, barterers, and bronze founders who once inhabited the area.

What do you particularly like here?

The lively guided tours through the Unteruhldingen Pile Dwelling Museum on Lake Constance.

Do you have an insider tip?

The back terrace of the newly constructed Bronze Age village offers one of the most beautiful views across Lake Constance.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

The numerous archaeological finds, sometimes thousands of years old, which scientists have been able to recover from the shores of Lake Constance. Even more fascinating are the secrets behind many of the discoveries, which researchers have managed to unravel very little of, even to this day.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

Lake Constance can be explored in peace and quiet during spring and fall. The mild climate in fall provides wonderful weather well into October.

What else should I see here?

A historical time trail through Unteruhldingen brings the 10,000-year-old history of a small fishing village to life. It also leads to one of the most important Bronze Age sites at the harbor. A pavilion there has information about the underwater excavations and the significance of the World Heritage pile dwellings.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

The many fish dishes of Lake Constance - for example the local smoked whitefish.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

Aachen Cathedral.

Horst Krakes

Passion is the history of his local area - Uhldingen, not far from Lake Constance.

The trained chef has worked as a guide at the Unteruhldingen Pile Dwelling Museum for many years.