Merovingian fortresses, elegant plazas and scenic vineyards characterize this charming town on the scenic banks of Lake Constance.
The spell that Meersburg casts over its visitors takes effect as soon as they enter the town. Vineyard-covered hills surround a picturesque cluster of castles and old-world architecture. The tranquil shores of Lake Constance on the town’s edge further add to its appeal. Drift into Meersburg on a boat for a memorable first encounter with this pretty lakefront town.
Uncover the mysteries of Meersburg Old Castle. Legends say that this fortress dates back to the 7th century, built by the Merovingian king Dagobert I. Learn about these stories in the Fortress Museum, which spreads out over the many rooms of the castle’s interior. In summer, the castle comes to life with evening performances of music from the Middle Ages.
Afterward, head to the New Castle, a pink Baroque beauty that used to be the home of the Prince Bishops. Inside, find frescoes dating back to when the castle was built in the 18th century and a museum that shows what life was like here.
Seek out the best viewpoints in the city for panoramic vistas of the town and the lake. Rest in Mollplatz, a square facing the old castle, and go to the lookout Friedrichshöhe to see Meersburg framed by the German Alps.
Tour local vineyards to enjoy delectable wines from the region. Find a cozy weinstuben (wine tavern) and try a locally produced pinot noir. Head straight to a local vineyard to learn about how they are made. Rieschen and Chorherrnhalde are among the most scenic wineries.
Catch a boat ride to Mainau Island on the opposite shore of the lake. This compact destination contains biodiverse gardens, a Baroque castle and a butterfly house. Stroll around its perimeter for unbeatable views of the lake.
Meersburg is towards the western end of Lake Constance’s northern shore. Arrive on water or on land. Several boats and trains head into the town from other destinations around the lake. Meersburg is a welcoming destination at any time of year outside of winter, but visit in fall to experience the best of wine season.