The internet waxes lyrical about the charms of Meersburg - its steep streets presenting a higgedly-piggedly vista of quaint old houses rising up from the tranquil lake front, capped by a 12th-century castle. Reading all this, we had originally wanted to stay there, but it was too late to find anything reasonable at Easter by the time we booked, so we went with Uberlingen. Uberlingen was perfectly nice, especially for walking along the lake front in the sunshine, but it's true that Meersburg is very charming.
As I touched on in a previous post, it's funny that somewhere with such lovely old houses AND a gorgeous lake doesn't get more press. I enjoyed Colmar, but now have a sneaking suspicion that, had Alsace stayed in Germany, it wouldn't be nearly the famous tourist attraction it is now. Well, I suppose if that had happened, it would have meant the Nazis won, so probably a good enough reason to eschew a visit right there.
After Saturday's constant drizzle, it was good to have some sunshine again to enjoy the beautiful views. It got a bit cloudier as time wore on, but that made for some nice photos at least!
The castle interior was quite good. Not absolutely packed with artefacts and explanatory information (although there was some of each), but interesting enough. We visited the tower as well, which can only be done as part of a guided tour. That was not super fascinating for me, since I had to stand there while (a seemingly very enthusiastic) guide went over everything in German, but there are some great views from the top, so worth your time.
|You all saw how excited I was about signs that say "fahrt", so imagine my delight at finding a Bum Bum icecream|
|I want to stay in a hotel with a bear-bedecked turret|
|View from Meersburg castle|
|Me and a hoof stein|
|Jules in the armoury. The ones with the cloth over their faces are creepy. I think they're probably alive|
|View from the castle tower|
|See, how pretty is that?|
|A ferry coming in for a handbrake turn|
|Explanatory gif for the above photo caption. I laughed at this for a good 10 minutes, that is one badass mofo ferry service right there|
|On the lake front|
|It's a shame it's a bit hard to see the cool statue on the right - reminded me of those on the Charles Bridge in Prague|
|In the castle grounds|
|Meersburg town square|
|Street selfie. Lucky I just got new sunglasses, seems those ones got pretty chipped when I wasn't looking!|
|Looking up at the castle|
|Church and vineyard overlooking the lake|
PS This time the pun was bad. So bad, it's good? BUT, it actually has a direct link to my trip as Jules and I were playing a "guess the movie/book/show I'm describing in Luxembourgish" game, and he didn't know "please sir, can I have some more"?!?* It didn't help that I don't know words like gruel, workhouse, or orphan, but come on now.
*"Wann ech glift, Herr, kann ech méi hunn?" ...is probably not how you say this, but is my best attempt, in case you ever find yourself playing a round of "guess the movie/book/show I'm describing in Luxembourgish" in the future.