VISIT IN MAY!
Favorite thing: We were at Lake Constance and Meersburg in mid May. This is the shoulder season, one we found a very good time to be visiting this area. Most days were fine and sunny, pleasant for the many walks I was doing.
This area has many grape vines growing, and these were a picture on the steep slopes.
Flowers were out, the Tulips were in bloom, the Lilacs in flower in many different colours, but best of all, were the many buildings with Wisteria in bloom, clambering over the fachwerk buildings, it was beautiful!
The other plus was the lack of tourists. It was quite pleasant wandering the narrow old lanes and not rubbing shoulders with dozens of other people.
For me, May was a good month to visit this area.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
THE GERMAN FACHWERKSTRASSE
Favorite thing: Do you like the old half-timbered buildings in Germany, known as fachwerk buildings? I do, I love them! Here in Meersburg, is the beginning or finish, (depends on which way your travelling), of the specially the laid out "South / West German Fachwerkstrasse."
The South/West route travels to the River Neckar and the Black Forest to Mosbach at the other end.
The Southwest German timber frame, is different to other parts of the fachwerk route, as around this area is mostly “Alemannic” and ”Franconian“ types of homes. Many of these old buildings date from the 13th century in these historic towns that are found in the Central Neckar Region and in Upper Swabia in Biberach an der Riss. In other places, they date up till the 19th century.
Not only to you get to visit 26 gorgeous timber framed towns that date to medieval times, but the scenery is pretty good too! This fertile land is good for vineyards and fruit trees, whilst in other areas along the route, are farms where sheep and cattle graze. We pass through forests, see lakes, travel along scenic valleys where picturesque mountains line either side of the valley, and let us not forget all the Castles and other points of interest along the way!
This is an excellent way to see the "best" of this type of buildings.
For more information, check out the informative website.
- Historical Travel
Upper and Lower Meersburg
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: I enjoyed all the interesting, old-style signs in Meersburg, with their pictures indicating the name of the place or what type of business was inside. They're much more artistic and pleasing to the eye than some of the tacky signage we have in the U.S.