A case for romantics

The picturesque Meersburg on the north shore of Lake Constance is one of the most visited attractions in the region. The little town is dominated by a pretty castle, which towers over the Lake Constance on a southern slope. It is the oldest, fully preserved and still inhabited fortress in Germany, but is also open to visitors. In the castle museum, among other things, the former living quarters of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, the Knights' Hall and the Armoury can be visited.

Directly adjacent to the castle is the imposing New Castle, which is dominated by a pink Baroque façade on the lake side. The magnificent representation rooms of the prince-bishops are worth seeing. From the extensive palace terrace you have a wonderful view of the castle, the lower town and the lake, as far as the Alps.

The upper town presents itself as a magnificent, self-contained ensemble, with beautiful half-timbered houses, the red-washed Obertor with its stepped gable and old inns such as the Gasthaus Zum Bären on the market square with its painted bay window. Via the 171 steps of the Rieschen staircase, visitors descend to the lower town with its beautiful waterfront promenade with many palm and plane trees as well as the historic Gredhaus.

Meersburg means well with the motorhomers. They will find three places to stay overnight here, close together, of which the Ergeten pitch, which has room for 38 mobile homes, is the best equipped. From here, the upper town with its many places to stop for refreshments can be easily reached on foot in about one kilometre. This charming little town is therefore also an excellent starting point for tours along the lake, or for an extended boat trip.

From Stuttgart via the A 81 motorway in the direction of Singen. At the Hegau junction take the A 98 to Ludwigshafen and the B 31 towards Lindau until Meersburg.

Another tip:
The flower island Mainau before Konstanz is quickly reached by ferry. With its castle, arboretum and botanical garden, it is one of the most important excursion destinations on Lake Constance.