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“A medieval castle to see”

Burg Meersburg Castle
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Owner description: Nearly 1,500 years old, this medieval castle has been well-preserved and remains open to visitors.
Reviewed 12 August 2014

As you see in other reviews if you don't speak German you may have trouble because all the signs are in German. But don't let that stop you. You can purchase a guide at the gift shop which is also where you buy your tickets. It is only 1 euro and it describes each room of the castle. Great castle for kids because it has lots to look at and see in each room.

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

If you don't speak German, you're out of luck. The Meersburg Castle, overlooking Lake Constance and Switzerland, is an entertaining place to visit, but don't expect to be informed. Don't confuse this with the more modern castle or palace in the middle of town, dating back to the 16th century. What few signs or explanations the castle has are only in German. You wander around the castle at your own pace. There are no tour guides. Perhaps this is best if traveling with children, for they can explore the rooms, imagining what it was like during medieval times. Some portions of the castle date back to 689 AD, and has the reputation of being the oldest intact castle in Germany.
The castle is privately owned, which may explain why it is not better organized for tourists. The most memorable room was the small armory, but it would have been nice to know the names of the various men whose portraits hung about the room. An added attraction are the rooms where poetess Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797-1848) always stayed, and where she died. The castle was owned by her brother-in-law. She is a well known figure in German literature, and both she and the castle are pictured on German currency. The castle is rich in history, but unfortunately it is not shared with the visitor. Do some research before your visit, reading stories about what you're going to see.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Very interesting medieval castle in a lovely setting on Lake Constance. The oldest inhabited castle in Germany, yet well preserved. Unusual, interesting rooms - lovely views of the lake and countryside, in wine country. The whole town is well worth a visit - as indeed is the area.

Thank Kris S
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Well preserved middle age castle. the view from castle balcony is amazing.
Tickets are a bit expensive but... save some 40 minutes to visit the interior and some 15 minutes for pictures from balcony.

Thank Alberto M
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

When you visit Meersburg, you will not miss the beautiful castle right on top of a hill. Other then visiting the castle, you can also enjoy walking through the shops along the Lake of Constance. There many bar, cafe and souvenir shops. It is very interesting and relaxing.

Thank JUNELAUSC
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