September 13th, 2014

From Lindau to Milan with a coach

Tags: is glad to inform that German Post has issued a stamp to honor all those who participated in a dangerous trip from Lindau to Italia. These coaches transported the Post for all the countries that situated on their rout. The stamp issue was released on the 1st of September and is already available for purchasing.

The "Lindau Messenger" was the name given to the many personages, who served as a coureer between the Free Imperial Town of Lindau/Lake Constance and the City of Milan/Italy on behalf of the Chambers of Commerce in both towns between 1322 and 1824, a span of more than 500 years.

In those times it took him 5 ½ days to cross the Alps, rivers, and lakes on his weekly route from Lindau to Milan and return. In winter and summer the Lindau Messenger did his tour with mail, goods, and passengers. It was a dangerous route through avalanches of snow or rock, rain, snow, loose rocks, narrow bridges crossing deep gorges.

Even nowadays, the road and the landscape still give more than a glimpse of the hazards of those times.

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