"Überlingen: Hidden Gem On The Bodensee" Überlingen by Kathrin_E

Überlingen Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 55 photos

Everyone is talking about Meersburg - a few kms West along the banks of the lake you'll find another romantic little town which is hardly known: Überlingen.
The former imperial city still shows traces of its proud past. The photo shows the square named Hofstatt with the town hall and the Münster church in the background.
The tree in the middle of the square indicates that this photo was taken during carnival.

Explore a romantic old town

Narrow streets, old houses, hidden paths and stairs up and down the hill offer surprising views. Towering above everything is the Münster church with the big and the small steeple.
Stroll around and try the hidden lanes, you won't lose your way since the church is visible from almost everywhere.

Fastnacht - The Traditional Carnival In Überlingen

Überlingen is one of the centres of the Alemannic Fastnacht, the regional variety of carnival. These activities date back to the 15th century. Carnival feasts are first mentioned in 1474, in 1496 the city council published a law that ruled customs like wearing devil costumes or receiving the carnival cakes.

The carnival guild (Hänselezunft) is proud of its tradition, which is one of the oldest in Baden-Württemberg. Überlingen is a member of the Viererbund, an association of four old traditional guilds.

My Local customs tips and the travelogues will tell you more about the Überlinger Fastnacht, which is well worth seeing.

The page is part of a much larger project about the Alemannic Fastnacht which includes a general overview on my Land Baden-Württemberg page and individual pages about towns and villages and their Fastnacht specialities.

  • Last visit to Überlingen: Feb 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 5, 2008
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Interesting page about one of my Baden-Wuerttemberg favourites.

    • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
      Jan 4, 2016 at 12:37 AM

      Thank you for visiting! If I remember correctly, this was my first ever VT page that I wrote.

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:27 AM

    Den belastenden Kommentar konnte ich natürlich nicht so stehen lassen! Also: OTHER people are going to love the pics of the Fasnacht! Clever women :-)

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Interesting... I've been there as a kid, but hardly remember anything else than that the lakeside promenade was flooded!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Oh fantastic!! And again - you should transform these into tips for Baden Württemberg's local customs :-)) Yes, the girls look much prettier :-))


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