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    GERMANY 2007

    Day  10




    We had breakfast in Landauer Hof , our hotel. Breakfast was included.  My wife and I took our dirty clothes to a laundry.  We had a hard time communicating with the lady in charge.  We stopped in a shop and bought some gifts. Then we went to old St. Peter’s church which was a small Romanesque structure with paintings by Hans Holbein.  We met a couple from Rhode Island who were Episcopalians.  They went to St. Paul’s in Providence.

    We found a McDonalds and had lunch, then got our car out of the parking lot and drove to Meersburg.  We wanted to see the castle and take the ferry to Constance.  There was no place to park down by the water.  We went back to the top and found a parking lot, some distance from the old town and castle.  We went to Meersburg Castle which looked just like the model. 



    An old tale reports that the Merovingian king Dagobert I built the town and fort at the beginning of the 7th century to guard the waterway to and from Constance.  The fort was destroyed by fire after  Degobert died, and was rebuilt 80 years later by Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne.From 730-911 it was a Carolingian palace. In 911 castle came under the Guelph rule until 1198. In 1213 Frederick II, the first emperor who is known to have resided in the castle, lived in for a time. In 1268 the castle reverted to Diocese of Constance until the Secularization in 1803. Forty four bishops ruled in succession as lords of the castle and until 1526 it served as a summer palace. The bishops stayed there until the early 1700s, when the New Palace (Neues Schloss) was built nearby Joseph Freiherr von Laßberg acquired Meersburg Castle in 1837. During this time, the castle was used as an artists’ colony. The German poet, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Laßberg’s sister-in-law, visited the castle often, and died there in 1848. Laßberg died in 1855.  His heirs couldn’t maintain it. It was then sold to Dr. Karl Mayer von Mayerfels who restored it. Dr. Mayerfels died in 1883 and his descendants preserve the castle to this day.  SEE MY MODEL OF MEERSBURG CASTLE.  



    A self walking tour took us in every room.  Each room was furnished with period pieces.   The first room that we passed into was called the Durnitz - formerly called the guard room (#4 on the floor plan), a low chamber almost at ground level with two small windows overlooking the entrance. This was an interesting room which has retained its rugged Merovingian masonry and ancient beam ceilings. The ceiling construction rest on a joist in the middle which is supported by an octagonal wooden pier with bolster. The beam along the wall lies on so-called wall plates, and these in turn rest on corbels of natural stone which have remained virtually unworked.





    The Hall of Arms (#7) was built in the 16th century and altered in the 18th century. It was formerly a practice room for fencing and other military exercises but now contains a display of arms and armor. The armor dates from 1570 – 1680.In the foreground of the picture is Sir Thomas of Clay who was looking for a new suit of armor.

    The Hall of the Knights (#11) dates from the time of the Hohenstaufens (13th century). Its plainness reflects the simplicity of the age. On the walls are deer skins, hunting trophies and weapons. The trestles and benches were carried into the room for meals and removed again afterwards. In a glass case on the table was a deer hoof and leg with a small drinking mug attach to the top. It sure didn't look very appetizing



    We visited all of the rest of the rooms including a Chapel in a small tower near the entrance/exit. The Chapel was furnished in 1658. It contains a number of objects of art including a figure of Mary and beautifully carved Baroque angels which are ascribed to Michael Zurn the younger.

    The Castle also had a dungeon which could be seen down a deep hole.





    After a very enjoyable visit in the Castle,we stopped in the square for drinks and did some shopping. 




     We drove back to Lindau.  They had reserved a space in their garage for us, which was a few blocks from the hotel.  A young lady on the staff went with me to show me where to park.  We had drinks on our terrace/balcony.  The view was unbelievable. 

     Went out for a walk and decided to eat at the Hotel Helvetia which was near our hotel.  We had fish for two which was delicious.  We walked a little on the sea wall but it started to rain.







    A few impressions of German dining:
     ·      No baseball hats
    ·       No cell phones
    ·       Little if no smoking
     ·      Very quiet talking

     ·       Negative—slow in bringing the check

    ·       All cities so far appear to be very safe…no crime, minimal police presence    

    Next Day

     Day 1 - Cologne

    Day 2 - Cologne

    Day 3 -Aachen

    Day 4 - Maria Laach - Mainz

    Day 5 - Mainz to Trier

    Day 6 - Trier

    Day -7- Speyer

    Day 8 - Speyer - Strasbourg - Freiburg

    Day 9 - Basel - Lindau

    Day 10 - Lindau- Meersburg

    Day 11 - Lindau

    Day 12 -   Hohenschwangau

    Day 13 - Zurich

    Day 14 - Zurich -home