"Meersburg - A tale of two castles" Top 5 Page for this destination Bodensee Things to Do Tip by Phillylawyer_19107
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Meersburg is one of my favorite places along the Bodensee. It is a small town with a lovely little street on lake-level and the main part of the town on a hill. On lake-level, you can stroll along the nice street and of course don’t forget to walk down to the lake itself, there is a nice small promenade with many restaurants and cafes.
Then, there are either stairs or a steep road leading you up the main part of Meersburg. Several small alleys show you lovely little houses with an old-world bijou charm. To me it always looks like a background to a Charles Dickens story; especially in winter I always expect good old Scrooge to come around the corner.
There are two castles in Meersburg, the old one and the newer one. The new one is very pink and I think it was built in the late 18th / early 19th century, but I am not sure. The old castle dates back from the middle ages and it is definitely worth a visit. You don’t have to take a tour but can walk along on your own, which I usually prefer. The first rooms definitely look as one would imagine a medieval castle to look – bare rough stone walls with sparse furnishing. Absolutely worth seeing and very interesting. Later you get to see the rooms from the later period of the castle. One of Germany’s most famous poets spent the last year of her life her – Annette von Droste-Huelshoff and you can see her rooms including the one in which she died in 1848. Those rooms are a true picture of German Biedermeier, they look lovely and even if you don’t know the poet, you will like the rooms.
Also check out the castle café, it is in a beautiful room of the castle, looks quite posh in a faded way.
Once you have left the castle, discover the streets of Meersburg. From some spots you have a great view over the lake. You will also find some small shops with more touristy items and a large wine shop. Meersburg is very small, so it won’t take you long to see everything, including the castle, but it is definitely worth the visit.
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