Upper and Lower Meersburg
Meersburg is built on a hillside going down to the north shore of Lake Constance, so there's an upper town and a lower town. It's small, with only a few thousand people, and most of the buildings have picturesque murals and paintings, like this one. There are two castles, too, and old and a (relatively) new one. We stopped at a restaurant on the shore to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoyed the views over the lake.
Life on Lake Constance
I found myself in the gorgeous Baden-Wurttemburg region of Germany in the summer of 2005, based in and around Meersburg, a medieval town with panaromic views of Lake Constance and a castle complete with knights in shining armor.
To view a realtime web cam of the colorful historic district click Meersburg webcam
Mad Ludwig's famous Neuschwanstein Castle is a perfect day trip, as well as Mainau Island botanical gardens and numerous local wineries.
"To Meersburg by car ferry"
The car ferry will bring you from Constance to Meersburg if you arrive from Zurich Switzerland as I did. The town and castle tower grow larger as you approach, as your eyes take in the increasing details of the colorful vinyards on the hills to the left of this picture.
A typical sight - flowers in the sun, windows open for the breeze.
April 2007 - 3 weeks in germany
After picking up our rental car in Stuttgart our first place of stay was in the Black forest area near Triberg. Throughout the trip we stayed in private accomodations, called "Ferienwohnung(en)" (Pensions) which can be found in most towns, cities or in the country areas. These are very clean, completely equipped (one only need bring their own food if so desired) and very reasonable.
"Ferienwohnung - (Pension)"
During the off-season they can be rented for as low as 25 euros/night for 2 people and in order to evade a justified seperate cleaning charge for short stays, one is expected to stay a min of 3 nights. The benefit is not only in inexpensive and comfortable accomodation (sometimes 2 bedrooms to choose from) but one can get first-hand info and advice from the local owner who also lives on the premises, but in a totally seperate apartment. Free parking is usually included, unless the place is in an area where parking is at a premium
"Triberg (Black Forest)"
Triberg im Schwarzwald is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in the Black Forest. As of 2004 it has a population of 5,377. Triberg lies in the middle of the Black Forest between 500 and 1038 metres above sea level.
The Triberg Waterfalls are among the tallest waterfalls in Germany. With a total vertical drop of 496 feet, the falls stand over 1000 feet shorter than the tallest waterfall in Germany, the Röthbachfall. However, the Triberg Waterfalls are better known and access to them is easier.
Apart from the above, this is the area most famous for Cuckoo clocks.
"Titisee (Black Forest)"
The scenic highlight of Titisee - Neustadt is doubtless the fantastic setting of Titisee lake whose crystal-clear water attracts thousands of enthusiastic swimmers to the healthy climate of the resort town bearing the same name. Since its conversion to a pedestrian zone and waterfront promenade, Seestraße is considered the loveliest street for strolling in the Southern Black Forest.
The lake is in the southern Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg. It is said it got its name from Roman Emperor Titus. It covers an area of 1.3 km² and has an average depth of 20 m. It owes its creation to the Feldberg glacier, the moraine ploughed up by which in the Pleistocene epoch nowadays forms the lake's shores. The lake's outflow, at 840 m above sea level, is the river Gutach (or as it is called farther downstream, the Wutach). On the north shore lies the spa town of the same name, today a part of the City of Titisee-Neustadt. No motorboats are allowed in the drinking water quality lake.
Today the town called "Titisee" is a health resort with many hotels and inns. In a community reform programme the town was connected with the town of " Neustadt" and now it is called "Titisee-Neustadt". It has developed into an attractive and lively centre offering amusement to the visiting tourists.
The lake is a kind of natural reservoir, whose water is dammed up by glacial moraines. It is two kilometres long and 700 metres wide and with that it is the largest natural lake in the Black Forest. It was presumably named after the Roman emperor Titus.
It is nicely situated at 858m above sea level between wooded slopes of the "Feldberg" and the "Hochfirst". It also gets its water from there in a creek, the "Seebach" which flows into the lake and which leaves it under the name of "Gutach". The 2 creeks "Gutach" and "Haslach" unite and become the "Wutach" which is a tributary of the River Rhine.
Today the lake is a popular place for outings.You can walk around it in 1 1/2 hours on a pleasant path or you can go fishing, wind-surfing or sailing.
"Meersburg (Lake Constance)"
Meersburg is a town of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany at Lake Constance.
It is famous for its charming medieval city. The lower town ("Unterstadt") and uptown ("Oberstadt") are reserved for pedestrians only and connected by two stairways and a steep street
Meersburg’s old Castle is set on a hilltop overlooking the town.
It was built within the walls of an old Carolingian palace in the 16th century.
The claim to fame with this building is that it is Germany’s oldest inhabited
castle, since its structure goes back to the 7th century.
Today the castle has finely restored rooms, including the state apartments,
and an excellent collection of weapons.
"Meersburg - Lake Constance"
Ferry to the Flower Island of Mainau