The university city of Konstanz, also spelled Constance, sits on the shores of Lake Constance (confusingly called Bodensee in German). It was one of the few German cities to escape heavy bombing, due to its proximity to Switzerland, and as such retains much of its original architecture and cathedral. The cobblestone alleys of its old town are particularly picturesque, especially at Christmas when they host one of Germany’s most atmospheric Christmas markets. In warmer months, the town and its promenade become a hotspot for lakefront activities. Autumn brings the harvest and annual, occasionally raucous, weinfest.