Meersburg, Germany: a ferry to a fairytale.
Meersburg is a gorgeous medieval town on the edge of lake Constance in Southern Germany. Frequent ferries cross the lake from Konstanz and if the sun is shining it makes a perfect day trip.
Unfortunately, in early January, much of the town was closed but a street hung with bunting made from men’s ties more than made up for that, as did the glorious weather!
The ferry costs a very reasonable €4.90 for a return journey and the crossing on a still day is blissful.
We set off to explore Meersburg on a bright January afternoon, the day was perfect: still and blue. Walking from the ferry through to lower Meersburg we soon realised we were definitely visiting out of season: nearly everything was shut!
It was ridiculously pretty though, we wandered around taking pictures of the chocolate-box buildings and serene waterside before heading up towards the castle.
The upper town was a lot more open, a few cafes and bakeries looked inviting and there were a few people mooching about.
Upper and Lower Meersburg are linked by a steep cobbled street that winds its way up through the town, it was joyfully hung with bunting as if ready for an imminent parade: it was fairytale charming!
The empty streets added to the fairytale vibe, as if the townsfolk had suddenly vanished by some magical curse!
I looked up and things became even more whimsical, the colourful bunting was now gent’s ties: hundreds of tailored ties were strung across the narrow street, it was very strange!
Back down at the water – after stopping for coffee and cake in one of the cafes in Upper Meersburg – we found another fine, and perplexing, statue by local artist Peter Lenk (See my post about Konstanz).
The Magische Saeule (Magic Column) depicts the characters and events that have shaped Meersburg’s history in a surreal sculpture.
Meersburg may not have been very ‘open’ but it was wonderful to explore and I liked the empty streets with their fanciful air.
The view back out over the lake from up by the castles (there’s two, an old one and a new one!) is spectacular and almost worth the ferry trip alone: a fine view, good coffee and a slice of cake is enough to keep this girl happy.
The return ferry was even more lovely than the first, the sun was warm and we basked on the outer deck all the way back to Konstanz.
Have you found a fairy tale anywhere in the world?
By Rachel A Davis