For the villagers, the 11th November means the leasing payment date. The autumnal celebrations are bathed in the sunlight of "St. Martin's summer" as the locals say, also marking the end of the hard work to be done in the fields. Barns, sheds and cellars are filled with food in preparation for the winter.
Lake Constance is Switzerland's second largest lake, smaller only than Lake Geneva.
Within the abbey complex just north of the Abbey Cathedral is Monastery Square, a large, open, grassy area.