The Bodensee form the German border with Switzerland and Austria. The lake is 74 kilomters long and at its widest reaches 15 kilometers. It is an area with excellent tourist attractions because of it's natural environment and surrounding villages with a rich cultural heritage. The best time to visit is in the summer when you can truly enjoy the outdoors, swim, practice water sports etc ... This is also the time when local fishermen organize lively festivals and fairs where people of all ages can participate. For a country so far from the sea, this area is called their "beach". It is a holiday destination of many Germans.