Come dancing in Meersburg!
Meersburg is a picturesque little town about half way along the northern shore of Bodensee (Lake Constance).
It is a stop on virtually all the ferry routes which crisscross the lake, and makes a good day trip. It has a castle and a quirky little museum of Zeppelin memorabilia (not to be confused with the larger Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen) and is a generally pleasant place to wander around. However, be warned that the lake shore is steep at this point, so even the short walk from the ferry port into town can be quite exhausting, especially if you have limited mobility, are travelling with small children or in extreme weather.
For me, the most charming aspect of Meerburg was to discover that the Hotel Wildemann down by the quay has a dance pavilion and still holds regular dances during the season! It is an evocative place whose atmosphere transports you straight back to the way that tourism must have been for the moneyed classes Between The Wars, and is well worth a visit even if you have two left feet!
Even on a rainy day in March, Meersburg held plenty of charm. I can see how this would be a wonderful place to hang out and relax in the summertime, with the views over Lake Constance. The town is surrounded by vineyards, and there's even a vineyard right in town on a steep slope, which I thought was really cool.
"The Old Castle"
The old castle looks quite evil and forboding in this gray winter picture! I've seen much more inviting photos of it on other people's pages : ) This was one of the first things we saw from the parking lot at the edge of town. From there we left our car to wander around the pedestrianized downtown.
"A Charming Small Hotel"
This particular corner with an oriel is almost the symbol for Meersburg, it is actually was on the 20DM bill!
The hotel is right next to the gate tower (on the right)of this walled little old town.
No auto traffic is allowed inside the walled town, all visitors has to park their car outside. However, if you are a guest of the hotel, you can drive your car to the front door of the hotel, then the staff would lead you to its own parking garage hidden somewhere.
Room 23 is the one which has the top room on the oriel, actually it is a small sitting area with a coffee table and few sofa chairs. From here, one can have a nice view of the town below, from all directions, also whenever you look down, there would be many cameras focusing on this particular oriel.
Behind the window on the side, is another restaurant dining hall. Passing this little hidden alley at the dinner time, the food smell is very tempting.
The office is behind the hallway to the left.
Right next to the stairway (not shown, behind the camera), there is the restaurant which serve very good regional cuisine and also breakfast.
Typical German bed setting. This room is very light and airy, with many windows. The little 'indent' area is the sitting area that you see from the first photo, in the oriel.
Tell the owner Michael that you would want this particular room, Rm 23 when making reservation. Always make your reservation early if you want this room. We booked it in February for our late August stay, a couple only failed by a few days when they tried to book the same room.
With an oil paiting of this famous scene.
"Windows with views"
Window of the oriel sitting area.
We enjoyed the nice breeze while eating lunch, all the 'goodies' we bought from bakeries from across the street; and reading materials to decide where to go next.
"View of the street down below through windows"
It is very common for German hotels decorating their windows with red geraniums, here is no exception.
Not far along the street going out of the photo, you will reach the Bodensee/Lake Constance; before that, you could also reach the Alte Schloss and Zeppelin Museum by turning left. There are several bakeries, cafes, and restaurants, together with galleries and souvenir stores along the street.
Turning left, that would lead you to the Wine Museum and New Schloss.
During weekend, farmers will set up a small booth selling fresh produce right below your window.
"Stone of 1605"
The original building was built in 1605, was told, the current owner renovate the whole building and made it into a small hotel.
This particular year 1605 stone is left in the bathroom to remind the travelers of its history.
The hotel has historic aspects in terms of art pieces and furnitures and so on, but equipped with mordern comfort as well. The batch room has separate bath tub and shower, and a stand alone sink.
Where breakfast is served to its guests only, and lunch and dinner also served to public (incluidng eating area outside of the hotel in nice weather).
Breakfast includes typical German fare: various cold cuts, breads, cheese, milk, fruit juices, eggs, coffee, tea, yogurt etc.