When you plan a trip, you always hope to have wonderful weather. I had visions of touring lovely towns on Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) with sun filled vistas of the lake with the Swiss Alps in the background. I could see my husband and I sitting at an outdoor café having a beer and a glass of wine while watching ferries slowly cross the lake from Germany to Switzerland. Instead we ended up dodging rain drops and bands of rain that were constant for the two days that we were in the area. A rainy day can’t get me down. Grab an umbrella and a rain jacket because we are off on another adventure.
One of the most picturesque towns on the lake is Meersburg, Germany. I know that you have heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. I’m going to show you through my photos that Meersburg is worth stopping for a visit even if the weather isn’t perfect. Just imagine how wonderful the town is when the sun is shining brightly.
My husband and I were lucky enough to find a parking lot with an empty space right across the street from one of the original gates of the upper portion of the Medieval town. Walking though the brightly colored gate, we started meandering down the winding cobbled streets.
There are quite a few hotels with restaurants in both the upper and lower parts of the town. On a warm and sunny day, I’m sure all the outdoor tables would be filled with people enjoying a meal while watching the passing crowds. Today everyone was inside.
We walked past the old Meersburg castle that was built in the 7th century. Built next to it is the New Castle that is often called the “pearl of Lake Constance. It was built in the early 1700′s.
Reaching the lower part of the town, we passed through another town gate and headed towards the sea promenade to look for a place to enjoy lunch. We chose the Alte Post Hotel restaurant right across from one of the ferry landings and had a window table where we could watch the comings and goings of the ferries.
Pumpkins are in season and I chose a wonderful cream of pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seeds and drizzled with pumpkin seed oil that was served inside a pretty little pumpkin. One word to describe it…delicious.
My husband wanted fish and our waiter suggested a platter of three different fresh fish from the lake. It came with boiled potatoes and a little pot of melted butter. It was a great recommendation.
After lunch we walked along the lakefront promenade before heading back up to the upper gate.
I have to warn everyone who might be planning a trip here that the walk back up is very steep. Unless you are a good hiker, you will probably need to stop several times along the way. There are plenty of wonderful places to take photos and no one will know that you are just trying to catch your breath.
I’m happy that we stopped in the quaint and colorful town of Meersburg before heading to our next destination further along on the lake. I hope you enjoyed the tour.