Friedrichshafen to Meersburg
The picturesque medieval city of Meersburg is built on the steep slopes along the German shores of Lake Constance and comprises of the Oberstadt (upper town) and Unterstadt (lower town) connected by two stairways. The two castles built in Meersburg are the Altes Schloss (old castle) built around 630 by the Merovian King Dagobert 1, said to be the oldest castle in Germany, and the Neues Schloss (new castle) built around 1750 which housed the Prince-Bishops of Constance. There are two Medieval town gates leading into the lower town and its pretty half-timbered houses. Parking is in the large car park outside the city gates.
The lakeside promenade offers picturesque views across the lake towards Switzerland and its snow capped mountains. A ‘must-do’ in Meersburg is a visit to the Weinbaumuseum to see the enormous wine barrel which has a capacity for holding 50,000 litres of wine. From Meersburg there is a car ferry which takes passengers across to Constance- Konstanz. Take a trip by boat to Insel Mainau which belongs to the Swedish Bernadotte family. The island is famous for its beautiful gardens which grow varieties of flowers and fruits which are not normally able to be grown in this part of the world. In Spring the gardens are at their very best with a multitude of wonderfully sweet scented blooms.