Constance The Lakeof
Constance, The Lake of (Germ. Bodensee), lies on the N. side of the Alps, between Bavaria, Wurtemberg, Baden, Tyrol, and Switzerland, but is mostly in German territory. It has an area of about 200 square miles, almost the same as that of the Lake of Geneva, and is 44 miles long by 9 miles broad in its widest part. Standing 1,300 ft. above sea-level, it has a depth of 900 ft. It is divided into the Boden-See proper and the Unter-See or Lower Lake. The waters are apt to rise and fall very suddenly, and are seldom frozen except in very severe winters. The shores, save at the upper end, are flat but fertile. The Rhine, entering it near Rorschach, flows out again at the city of Constance. Steamers ply on it daily.