A visit to the old castle, the Meersburg, is definitely a must to visit the charming medieval town on Lake Constance. With the (former) "oldest parts" of the castle from the 7th century (Scrooge Tower), it is astonishing to say that it is the oldest inhabited castle in all of Germany. Yes, a family still lives in the castle, in a more normal apartment, with most areas and spaces open to the public. The Alte Meersburg is operated as a museum and is accessible all year round. The museum is certainly busy on public holidays, during the spring and summer holidays and at certain events such as the annual medieval market in Meersburg. However, visit the medieval castle in winter to enjoy the delights of the unheated buildings yourself. Living conditions like back then.
Guided tour of the castle museum in Meersburg
You can either visit Meersburg Castle on your own or, what I would highly recommend, take a guided tour. Free tours (only 20 minutes long) that are included in your regular ticket price start regularly in front of the restaurant on the first floor. Alternatively, you can book a private tour in advance as a group. In this article I have shown different ways of getting to Meersburg by public transport.
Brief facts and reasons why you should visit Meersburg, the old castle in Meersburg on Lake Constance
- the castle (lock in English) is synonymous with the place name. Meersburg = Seeschloss, Bodenseeschloss / direct lake view
- The castle was built in 630 by King Merovingian Dagobert I.
- Burg Meersburg is known as the old castle, based on the neighboring new castle from the 18th century (because it wanted a more representative house, more up-to-date, modern and chic).
- Interesting to note: Over the centuries, the Meersburg was never conquered or destroyed. During the Thirty Years' War, the Swedes tried to cremate the castle and set fire to the roof structure. Today, its walls bear witness to the lively construction activity in various eras.
- The museum was first opened in 1877/78 thanks to its (then) new owner Mayer von Mayerfels
- The German writer (and feminist, as you would call her today) Annette von Droste Hülshoff lived in the castle for several years and wrote several important books
- During the Constance Council (from 1414 to 1418 in Constance), Emperor Sigismund stayed at the castle
- Of course there is also a dungeon that can be viewed from above (only)
- We recommend the "Lively Castle Meersburg", the lively castle Meersburg. Visitors can experience how authentic life in the castle could have looked in the Middle Ages – more information here: http://www.burg-meersburg.de/events_belebte_burg.html
Address Meersburg Burg / Meersburg Altes Schloss: Schloßplatz 10, 88709 Meersburg
Opening times March – October: daily 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (last admission 5:30 p.m.)
Opening times November – February: daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last admission 5:30 p.m.)
Address ticket office: "Torwache" Schloßplatz 8, 88709 Meersburg, Germany (If you approach the main entrance of the castle, you will find a souvenir shop on the right. You must buy your tickets here! You cannot buy them in the castle.) Important: you only accept cash, no cards
Pictures of my tour of the Meersburg Castle, the old castle in Meersburg
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