Burg Meersburg mit Blick auf dem Bodensee

Old Castle in Meersburg

Meersburg, Germany

1,000 Years of History in these Walls

Cross the heavy drawbridge and walk through the wooden doors to enter the Middle Ages. Allegedly Germany’s oldest and continuously (inhabited) castle, the original fortress in Meersburg traces its origins back to the 7th century Merovingian Dynasty under King Dagobert I. Perfectly preserved, this thick-walled behemoth was never stormed or destroyed by invaders�.

Visit 36 furnished rooms on a self-guided tour, including the knights’ hall, the great hall, castle kitchen, well-water chamber and guardsmen walkways

along the castle wall. There is an extensive collection of weapons and knights’ armour, as well as the bathhouse and castle bakery. Imagine how medieval justice was served in the torture cham- ber at the base of Dagobert’s Tower and deep inside the castle dungeon.

The tour also includes furnished rooms where famous German poetess Annette von Droste-Hülshoff lived intermittently, drawing inspiration from the lake and castle environs. Her bust figure stands at the main gate and although

unknown to most foreigners, she wrote prolifically at Meersburg Castle until her death in 1848. The castle is privately owned and the museum has been open to the public since 1878.

The castle’s quaint café with a panoramic terrace and adjoining rooms affording magnificent lake views are just the thing for a relaxing break.


Special theme tours are free from April – early November. Medieval culture comes to life in the “Animated Castle” series on weekends from April – October. Dates available on request.

Pictures & Videos

Current weather The German shore of Lake Constance

amount of rainfall
14.9 l/m²
hours of sunshine
the day after tomorrow

Recommended seasons


Opening hours

daily, 9 am–6:30 pm, last entry 5:30 pm

daily, 10 am–6 pm

Recommended time
90 Minutes
Contact address

Burg Meersburg GmbH
Schloßplatz 10
88709 Meersburg

Tel.: +49 7532 80 000
Show in Google Maps


RAB discovery buses

Discover the different attractions around the Lake Constance with the Discovering bus 1 (timetable 7399) and Discovering bus 2 (timetable 7383).

Ausstellung und Schauanlage Omas Kaufhaus in Meersburg am Bodensee

Omas Kaufhaus exhibition and showroom, Meersburg

This is where childhood dreams come true. Hand-crafted collectors’ metal ships travel along a water channel that passes through the entire floor of the house while metal toy trains make their...

Meersburg Prince’s Vineyard House

The Fürstenhäusle (prince’s vineyard house) affords breathtaking views of the old town and Lake Constance, all the way to the Alps. This house amid the vineyards served as famous poetess Annette...

Meersburg New Palace

The New Palace crowns the city silhouette of Meersburg high above Lake Constance. The representative residence of the Prince-Bishops began to be built in 1710 and since then has lost none of its...

Vineum Meersburg

vineum bodensee

“One of the best museums I have ever visited! A gem with a big fun factor. Every room is a sensory learning experience.” A rich and varied interactive exhibition awaits visitors at the new,...

Guided city tour in Meersburg at Lake Constance

Guided tour of Meersburg

Enjoy a guided tour through the old town with all its romantic alleys and squares for historic insights including a visit to the palace church. Meet at the Meersburg Visitor Information.