Escorted Rail Tours to Meersburg
Explore the palaces and museums of Lake Constance
Meersburg, the "Burg on the lake", is located directly across
from the town of Constance (Konstanz) on the shores of Lake
Constance. The town comprises two distinct areas: the lower town
("Unterstadt") and uptown ("Oberstadt"), which are connected
by stairs or a steep street.
The New Palace (Neues Schloss), is an elegant palace that once
served as the residence palace of the prince-bishops of
Constance. The palace faces the Schlossplatz, forming the
southern boundary of the square. Construction began in 1712 and
finished in 1740. A tour of the palace takes you into the living
quarters and showcases the painting gallery and the Dornier Museum,
which is dedicated to the history of aviation (the Lake Constance
area was a hotbed of Zeppelin development).
The Old Palace (Altes Schloss) is a privately owned medieval
castle that was a successful defender of Meersburg. The narrative
of the self-guided tour is all about knights and weapons of war.
The Bible Gallery includes exhibits of Bibles and of the Gutenburg
Press, the first printing press that made copies of the Bible.
Other museums in Meersburg include Meersburg Tapestry Art
Museum, the Droste Museum, the Town Museum, and a Viticulture
Museum (wine is a very important part of the culture of Meersburg;
the local "Weissherbst" wine grows on the northern slopes of Lake
Constance). Like many of the local towns and villages, Meersburg is
full of well-kept half-timbered houses and has interesting town