Meersburg, Lake Constance, Germany
Perched on the banks of the German side of Lake Constance, Meersburg is a charming historical town and one of the lake’s most picturesque resorts. It is separated into two halves: the upper town (‘Oberstadt’) and the lower town (‘Unterstadt’). In the upper town, you’ll find vineyards, museums and the town's eponymous castle, while in the lower town you’ll find bustling restaurants, boats and amazing lake views.
In fact, Meersburg has so much to offer that it can be hard to know how to best plan your trip. Here are some insider tips on where to stay and what to do at this must-visit spot on any Lake Constance itinerary.
Where To Stay
There is a huge range of accommodation options in Meersburg, and much of the promenade is packed with hotels. But in my opinion, some of the better choices can be found in the upper town, where you’ll find beautiful old architecture and not quite so many crowds. Tip: if you’re coming by car, choose a hotel with free parking. It can be a nightmare in Meersburg on busy days and is also very expensive. Romantik Hotel Residenz am See is ideally situated right by the lake and also has its own car park.
If you are travelling by taxi or public transport, Hotel Löwen-Weinstube is a great mid-range option. You can’t miss this warm orange building as you walk through the upper town. It’s almost completely coated in greenery, with bright purple flowers lining the windows, and has a great location right by the gate of the upper town.
What To Do
While it’s known for its lake views and rich history, Meersburg has no shortage of things to do. Here are a few activities and sights that you shouldn’t miss on your trip.
Thanks to its location right on the water, there is a whole host of water sporting options to enjoy on your trip to Meersburg. You can charter all kinds of boats from Seewärts, from pedalos to speedboats, and you can also try your hand at stand up paddle boarding with board rental available by the hour. Just a little further along the coast, Tauchschule Meersburg offers diving courses and exciting excursions to some of the most fascinating dive spots in Lake Constance.
At first glance, Meersburg may not seem like the most obvious destination for hiking. But it is absolutely packed with panoramic trails through vineyards, villages, orchards and forests. There are trails to suit every age and ability, with guided hikes available every week (including a rather tempting vineyard trail complete with a wine tasting to finish it off). For information on some of the most popular hiking trails, including their length and suitability, you can take a look at the Meersburg tourism website here.
Anyone with even the slightest interest in history should pay Meersburg Castle a visit. Perched high above the town, it is said to be Germany’s oldest occupied castle, dating all the way back to the 7th century. One of the town’s top attractions, inside you’ll find over 30 furnished and well-preserved rooms, including an armoury, dining room and even a dungeon, that will truly take you back in time.
Beth Colman is a British Expat living in Germany. She is a freelance food and travel writer. For more articles from Beth visit her blog.
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