Germany – Lindau Island & Meersburg Castle

Bavarian Journey Leg 3: Lindau to Freiburg.

Skirting Germany’s southern border is Lake Constance. Across the deep blue waters lies Switzerland and Austria, with the Alps stretching along the distant horizon.

Lake Constance

Lake Constance

The historic town of Lindau is a small island off the eastern shore. Its been around for more than a thousand years, with it’s medieval legacy at every turn. There were some nice buildings to discover, especially around Marktplatz.

Marktplatz

Marktplatz

As the name implies, this place had a local market during our morning visit with locals buying and selling some nice fresh produce.Frame 5

Surrounding us were two interesting churches. Stephanskirche had an open green and white interior, while Munster Unserer Lieben Fran Church was ‘all out’ with ornate decorations beneath a painted fresco ceiling.

Stephanskirche

Stephanskirche

Munster Unserer Lieben Fran Church

Munster Unserer Lieben Fran Church

Across town was the very basic but important Peterskirche. Also known as the Fischerkirche, or Fisherman’s Church, it is the oldest church in Lindau at more than a thousand years old. While the windowless church tower is thought to be older still, inside the church building was a major treasure; the Lindau Passion Frescos. The walls were covered in early Gothic drawings, while now the church also serves as a war memorial.

Peterskirche

Peterskirche

The popular island harbour, with its grand lion statue and lighthouse entrance, was a great spot to remember that fishing is still a big part of Lindau.

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But then the cute but old Diebsturm Tower, which used to be a prison, also reminded us that it wasn’t all good times by the water.

Diebstrum Tower

Diebstrum Tower

We continued our drive along the road that skirts the lake, through some very picturesque fruit and vineyards for a roadside picnic lunch.Frame 10

We left Bavaria behind and headed into Baden-Wurttemberg. Ahead was Meersburg, home of Germany’s oldest inhabited castle and an outstanding lake view.

Meersburg

Meersburg

Meersburg Castle was founded by the Merovingian king, Dagobert the First, in the 7th century according to ancient legend. It used to have a draw bridge crossing the deep moat that surrounds it.

Meersburg Castle

Meersburg Castle

Inside, we toured authentic displays of a ‘very real’ look at residential castle life. With the head of an elk keeping watch over the Hall of Knights and a very gloomy looking Castle Dungeon (with viewing platform over the “hole of fear”!), this was no ordinary home. In some cases prisoners were lowered 9 meters deep and left to starve, with nothing more than 2m thick stone walls to inscribe their final words.Frame 12

Although it wouldn’t be a home without a Bakery kitchen, Bedroom and Toilet!Frame 13

Back out in the happy sunshine, we could see why Lake Constance provided the ideal home for generations and generations.Frame 14

With views like this, why leave?DSC05370

Visited 27th September 2014.

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We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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