No matter where on the lake you start your holiday, a boat trip is an absolute must. The waters of the lake are incredibly clear and the view of the shore is lovely from anywhere on the lake. All the major towns offer water sports equipment hire as well, and the lake is very well used for waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing. There are various large water parks around the lake as well, and many Strandbads (beach bathing places, normally with a food stand or two and a bar). If you are visiting in May, make sure to check out the events of International Bodensee Week, based in Konstanz. Children will love a daytrip to Affenberg Salem, just east of Überlingen - a mountain where 200 Barbary macaques roam freely in a forest, and visitors can feed them. Another fascinating day out is a trip to the Pfahlbaumuseum at Unteruhldingen - an open-air archaeological museum consisting of reconstructions of stilt houses standing in the lake from the Neolithic Stone Age and Bronze Age.