Leaving the wonderful Bodensee behind, we continued east towards Immenstadt to have a look at Alpsee, as, according to our map, it seemed to have facilities for bathing and sailing and the reviews on social media forums were very good. Indeed, when we got there, we were very pleased to find a beautiful 4* campsite with direct access to the lake by a coded gate, as well as boasting a beautiful infinity pool with great views of the lake and mountains beyond and a free sauna area from Mondays to Wednesday, but costing €6 from Thursdays to Sundays. We really liked our large pitch with a view and, although we had originally booked for only 3 days to give us a break from the road, we were so impressed by the site’s first class facilities, that we extended our stay for a whole week, making this our main luxurious treat of the 7-week trip, at €46 the night.
There a lots to do here and, apart from swimming in the stunning lake, we also went on a morning cycle ride around it, as well as a hike in the mountains and a walk into Immenstadt itself for a bit of shopping, where a small street market was being held, giving it a very lively atmosphere. We bought some fruit and kebabs for the BBQ for that evening, as it had been very hot. In fact, heat has been the order of the day for the last 2 weeks!
On the lake, there are all kinds of non-motor activities like sailing, windsurf, pedalos or kayaking, all quiet and environmentally friendly, but we were quite contented with the swimming, both in the lake and the infinity pool.
After our initial 3 days, we had to change pitches as ours had already been allocated to other campers, but we didn’t have to move very far, only 4 pitches along the same lane. We were surprised, however, when at midday on Sunday, one of the receptionist came to our pitch calling out saying we were due to vacate that day by 12 and, although I tried to argue with her that we had booked it until Monday, she was most adamant we had to leave as the new campers had arrived and were waiting at reception. Again, I repeated that someone must have made a mistake as when I extended our stay, I had said we would be leaving on Monday, but she wouldn’t hear of it and we were forced to pack quickly and vacate our pitch. She did offer a different pitch, but we said we had already moved once and that if we had to move again, we might as well leave altogether. With that, we started to pack up immediately, Adonis busying himself on the outside and myself concentrating on the inside. Once all packed, after 20 minutes or so (the fastest packing up ever), I went to settle the bill, which came up to €279 for 6 days, and left the site soon after 12.30 pm with the new arrivals already lurking around discussing which direction their caravan should face or perhaps making a point that we were late leaving. Who knows? That was a real shame as our lovely stay ended on a bitter note because of someone’s inefficiency with a simple booking, but then again, it could all have been lost in translation: we shall never know. Nevertheless, this is still a marvellous site worthy of a few days’ stay and I’m sure we’ll use it again if we happen to be in the area.
Luckily, we didn’t have long to go before we found another lake with a motorhome aire about 15km east at Gruntensee, closer to Kempen. The aire cost €10, to be paid at machine with coins only, and it is only a short walk to the lake, which was very pleasant and quiet, and we were glad to have found such a lovely place to stay without having had to drive for too long. One must always be grateful for small mercies.