Saturday, May 21, 2016

Switzerland 2016
Lake Constance

ISSUE DATE: 4 May 2016
STAMP SIZE: 104 x 37.5 mm (34.7 x 37.5)  
 STAMP DESIGN: Wemako Kommunikation

Let’s get one thing clear from the start: anyone hoping to spot a monster is going to be disappointed. Surrounded by three countries, the waters do not conceal any sea creatures in the vein of Nessie, for example. 

With its wealth of islands, Lake Constance is simply too idyllic for that. However, anglers near Bregenz did recently catch a huge wels catfish measuring 2.5 metres in length. 

Experts even suspect the existence of older and larger specimens gliding through the depths, measuring up to 3 metres in length and weighing well over 100 kilograms. But this shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying their water-sports or indulging their fascination with the stunning sunsets and fantastic cloud formations reflected in the enormous mirrored surface.

This natural wonder consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee (upper lake), Untersee (lower lake) and Seerhein, which links the first two. The shoreline of this gem is shared by three countries. So it is no surprise that Swiss Post has chosen to present its new special stamp as a triptych.

Stamp images and description thanks to Swiss Post