VISIT THE OPEN AIR ARCHAEOLOGICAL VILLAGE
The Pfahlbauten is an open air Archaeological village that I had picked out to see when here. It is located at Überlingen, a short drive from where we were staying at Meersburg. We decided to make this our first stop of the day so we arrived here at opening time.
The park is located beside Lake Constance and can be found by following the brown tourist signs. We arrived and parked our car in the free car-park, then made our way to the door at opening time. We were the only ones here for quite a while.
This happens to be the largest Bronze Age settlement on Lake Constance. It is here, where the village of 23 re-constructed houses is located, just 300 metres away from where the original site is. It was a chance to see what people used for living and building during the Bronze Age.
Originals and replicas of Archaeological finds from seven World Heritage sites of these villages have original and replica pieces on display in the Museum.
Our journey began by being taken on a tour, beginning at the Archaeorama, where divers work on the original stilt houses. Next, we were taken to the reconstructed Pfahlbaudorfern from the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.
Tours start every 10 minutes.
Whole tour is approx. 45mins.
Afterwards, we were free to wander around by ourselves.
OPEN IN 2015
January, February - only for public tour at @ 2.30pm. Approx 1 hour tour. Museum is closed before & after tour.
March - Saturday & Sunday 9 -5pm
Monday to Friday a public tour is at 2.30pm, the museum is closed before and after tour.
April - September 9- 6.30pm
October 9 - 5pm
November - Sat, Sun & Public holidays 9 - 5pm
Monday to Friday, public tour @ 2.30pm, the museum is closed before and after tour.
ADMISSION IN 2015
(Incl. guidance / Open guide , takes about 45 minutes)
ADULTS 9 euros
Children 6 - 15 years € 5.50
Students 16-18 years € 6.50
Family discount: For parents with children aged 6 to 18 years old
- For grandparents with their grandsons ages 6 to 18
- From 3 persons, max. 2 Adults - € 1.50
Address: Strandpromenade 6, 88690 Uhldingen-Mühlhofen
Check this for public transport, arriving by Bus, Train, Ferry, Bicycle, Foot or car.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
VISIT THE MARVELLOUS SALEM MONASTERY
Salem Monastery is located a short distance inland from Meersburg at the the town of Mimmenhausen.
We were on the shoulder season so there was hardly anybody here. We could see the impressive large building and the gardens set amongst the meadows. Not only were there flower gardens, but orchards where I imagine they grew and harvested their own fruit. Water channels ran in amongst the fruit trees.
The name “Salem”, means “place of peace," something I felt as I wandered quietly through the gardens and parks.
The impressive size came through the prosperity of the former Cistercian abbey, that was established in 1134. As it was an imperial abbey, it enjoyed special privileges.
Next, it was how did we get in? We could wander outside, but to see the interior, we had to take a tour which was only in German. We decided to do this. We were lucky, as there were only two other couples in the group. Our guide, spoke in German for them, then had enough time to tell us English, I thought that was so lovely of her! The tour was wonderful - I was so pleased we had taken it!
The tour took us into the Cistern Chapel, one of the most impressive churches I have ever seen, A MUST SEE when your here.
There are 2 tours to choose from.
SMALL TOUR - approx. 1 hour and is given daily and regularly
LARGE TOUR - approx. 1.5 hours and is given daily and regularly
The tour begins with the gardens, then leads into the buildings and church.
ADMISSION IN 2015
Adults 9 euros
Concession 4.5 euros
Families 22.5 euros
You can use your German Schlosscardfor this
1 april to 1 november
mon - sat 9.30 am - 6 pm
sun and public holidays 10.30 am - 6 pm
2 november to 31 march
sat, sun and public holidays 11 am - 4 pm
Public transport is available during peak season.
A special bus, Erlebnisbus, connects Salem Monastery and Palace with Salem train station (Mimmenhausen) and the harbour at Unteruhldingen, every hour between 10 am and 6 pm.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
- Religious Travel
GO AND SEE THE ZEPPELIN MUSEUM
How about doing something different and going to see the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichschafen.
The modern, fairly new Museum, is located next to the harbour in the Hafenbahnhof (harbour railway station).
This is a one and only chance to learn about the Zeppelin Hindenburg, an the many other Airships that used to ply the skies. The Zeppelin Museum houses the world’s largest collection on the history of airship building!
Probably, the most famous for all the wrong reasons, was the Hindenburg, known as the LZ-129. It was the size of a Boeing 747 - 803.8 feet long, with a diameter of 135.1 feet, and had a total gas capacity of 7,062,000 cubic feet of hydrogen. The Hindenburg was used on the first ever regular air-route between Germany and the USA.
In 1937, it is a believed a spark ignited leaking hydrogen causing the Airship to catch on fire. Thirty five persons on the airship lost their lives, some-how, 62 of the 97 passengers and crew survived.
Known as " the Hindenburg disaster,' this brought to an end, the age of the rigid airship flights.
During the 30 years of passenger travel, more than 2,000 flights took place without any problems, it took just one, to put an end to an era!
The Hindenburg and its sister ship, LZ-130, are still the largest objects ever to fly.
On display are old photos of many Airships that were built in many different sizes. I was amazed to see photos of dozens of Airships in the sky at once! What a sight this must have been!
The Museum shop sells books, model's for construction, calendars, DVD's and much more.
It was a very interesting Museum, well set out and exhibits were explained in English.
Temporary exhibitions are included in the admission price.
PHOTO'S ARE ALLOWED.
2015 ADMISSION PRICES
Adults € 8.00
Senior citizens € 7.00
Children 6-16 YEARS € 3.00
May – October: Monday to Sunday,
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last admittance: 4.30 pm)
November – April: Tuesday to Sunday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last admittance: 4.30 pm)
On December 24th and 25th the museum is closed.
On December 31ST the museum opens from 10.00 am - 2.30 pm.
You can go for a ride in an Airship from Friedrichschafen.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
DAY TRIP TO BREGENZ
We made Meersburg our base, and then did day trips out, one was to
Bregenz, which was 50kms away and located at the end of Lake Constance, in Austria.
We drove our car rather than catching the boat, which is another option and a lovely way to go there.
The road trip was lovely though. Travelling on Highway E54 which changes into E43, we had a good run into Bregenz. The scenery is beautiful along this drive. The snow capped mountains, the lake, the green paddocks, small villages and Apple trees just coming into blossom made this a gorgeous drive. We stopped in at some of the small, quaint villages, worth doing if you wish. A couple of the larger towns are Friedrichshafen and Landau, or perhaps you may decide just to see Bregenz, a town that has plenty to offer the tourist!
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Visit a Winery
While staying in the Meersburg area of Germany (which in and of itself seemed fairly off-the-beaten-path to me) we visited the Winzerverein Winery to take home some local "flavor".
As the picture shows, the grapes are grown on the hills overlooking the Bodensee.
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