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|Administrative region :||Tübingen|
|County :||Lake Constance district|
|Local government association:||Meersburg|
|Height :||444 m above sea level NHN|
|Area :||12.08 km 2|
|Residents:||5944 (December 31, 2018)|
|Population density :||492 inhabitants per km 2|
|Postal code :||88709|
|Area code :||07532|
|License plate :||FN, TT, ÜB|
|Community key :||08 4 35 036|
City administration address :
|Mayor :||Robert Scherer (independent)|
|Location of the city of Meersburg in the Lake Constance district|
Meersburg is located on the northern shore of Lake Constance , at the transition from Obersee to Überlinger See at an altitude of 400 to 500 meters. There is a height difference of 40 meters between the lower and upper town alone.
The city of Meersburg consists of the districts of Meersburg and Baitenhausen , Baitenhausen forms a village. The towns of Riedetsweiler and Schiggendorf are also in the urban area. The Baitenhausen pilgrimage church is also the church of Baitenhausen.
Franz Anton Mesmer lived in Riedetsweiler from 1814. From the center of Riedetsweiler you can take a footpath to get to the “Schüssel” lookout point with a wide view of the Obersee.
In the northwestern district of Schiggendorf , the Alte Schmiede (Schiggendorf) is located on the outskirts of the village on the way to Gebhardsweiler and Unteruhldingen. This half-timbered house was named " Monument of the Month May 2005" by the Monument Foundation Baden-Württemberg , is privately inhabited and can only be viewed from the outside. Furthermore, 400 meters south-west of Schiggendorf in the wooded, ascending terrain, wall remnants of Schiggendorf Castle can be seen .
Monthly mean values for Meersburg on Lake Constance, 1961 to 1990
Source: DWD Climate Data Germany
The Old Castle may go to a Merovingian transition ferry the important road link of attachment to the Upper Swabia about Constance back to Rätien. The royal castle, to which a small settlement probably already belonged, had been in the hands of royal feudal holders, who named themselves after it, from the middle of the 11th century, and then became the property of the bishops of Constance , who took it on as a fiefdom the Counts of Rohrdorf issued. The oldest surviving parts of the building probably originate from this time. Mersburg was mentioned in a document in 1071 ; 1113 the noble Liopoldus de Merdespurch, 1142 Mercesburc .
After the counts died out in 1210, the castle and settlement remained in the direct possession of the bishop from 1211 to 1802. The last Staufer King, Konradin , who was executed in Naples in 1268 , had previously spent several years in the Meersburg Castle of his uncle, the Bishop of Constance.
The settlement first developed mainly above the castle, in the later Upper Town, the 1233 market law, before 1260 a wall and 1299 under the Bishop of Constance Heinrich Klingenberg , the city charter by Ulmer received model. In the same year, the settlement on the lakefront below the castle was expanded to create space for a large market square and for the expansion of the settlement into the lower town.
When choosing a new bishop, the cathedral chapter and the emperor wanted to entrust different people with the office. During the "bishop's feud" in 1334, the city was unsuccessfully besieged with fire guns by the imperial army of Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian .
Disputes between the citizenship and the city lord, Bishop Heinrich IV. Von Hewen, about the more free design of the city constitution through "city rights struggles " ended in 1458 with the bishop's return to the castle and the defeat of the citizens. The mayor Simon Weinzürn , as the spokesman for the protest, was drowned in Lake Constance in 1461 without a judicial decision. A chronicler from Konstanz describes the killing of Weinzürn as follows:
“Since there was no messenger who wanted to execute him without a judge's judgment, they took him out on the lake in a ship. Here he had to sit on a board (placed over the edge of the ship) outside the ship, while the episcopal bailiff sat inside. Once at a lower point, the latter got up and the last fell with the board into the lake and drowned. "
The office of Mayor of Meersburg was abolished. Simon Weinzürn was the first resident of what is now the Hotel Weinstube Löwen on the market square.
In 1509 the old castle was expanded and the granary ("Gredhaus") and the harbor were built in the lower town.
Prince-Bishop's residence city
In 1526 the episcopal court of Bishop Hugo von Hohenlandenberg moved to the Old Castle of Meersburg, because Constance had joined the Reformation as a Free Imperial City in 1519/1523. Meersburg, on the other hand, was in the territory of the Bishopric of Constance , where the prince-bishops were also sovereigns and exercised secular power. On May 10, 1527, the trial of the evangelical Sernatinger Fühmessner (pastor) Johann Hüglin took place in Meersburg, as did his subsequent execution. Meersburg remained the episcopal residence when Constance became Catholic again. In 1575 the office of mayor was reintroduced in Meersburg. The plague epidemics of the 16th century in the Lake Constance area also affected Meersburg in 1529, 1575, 1588, 1595 and 1611/12.
In the Thirty Years' War from 1618 to 1648, Sweden and Württemberg plundered Meersburg (see Sea War on Lake Constance 1632–1648 ). Due to the plague in 1635/36 and 1646, the population of Meersburg shrank to one sixth. The carnival custom of the “Schnabelgiere” and the “Society of Hundreds of Citizens” (memorial stone on the east side of the town church) remind of this time.
Meersburg Castle was the permanent residence of the Bishop of Constance until the New Palace was completed in 1750. The 18th century, with the construction of the New Palace (from 1710–1712), the seminary (1725 / 29–34) and riding or stable yard (around 1760), shaped the baroque panorama of Meersburg on the steep bank of Lake Constance (“lake facade on Meersburger ridge ").
Cardinal Franz Konrad von Rodt and his successor (and brother) Maximilian Christoph von Rodt already resided in the New Palace. Meersburg remained the bishop's residence until the abolition of the diocese in 1803.
Thomas Warndorf points out that the incumbent prince-bishops did not stay permanently in Meersburg due to the family residences of their ancestors, summer residences, the Konstanz church institutions, the other possessions in the Konstanz monastery and financial bottlenecks.
After the dissolution of the Hochstift Konstanz and the transfer to Baden in the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss 1803, Meersburg was only the capital of the Upper Principality by the lake until 1807, from 1803 to 1857 the main town of the Meersburg district and from 1814 to 1836 the seat of the court court of the Baden lake district (in the castle).
The old castle was acquired in 1838 by Baron Joseph von Laßberg from the state of Baden and thus saved from demolition. There he kept his famous library of medieval writings, which came to the Princely Court Library in Donaueschingen after his death . Von Laßberg and his wife Jenny von Droste zu Hülshoff hosted many well-known guests in the Old Castle, including above all his wife's younger sister, the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff , who died there on May 24, 1848 after a long stay, and Ludwig Uhland , Gustav Schwab and Justinus Kerner . Today the castle houses a museum with late Gothic and Baroque stucco interiors and furnishings that were put together in the 20th century. It is considered the "oldest, fully preserved and inhabited castle in Germany".
The Fürstenhäusle , a former vine house built around 1600, belonged to Annette von Droste-Hülshoff from 1843 to 1848, served her relatives as a residence until the mid-20th century and became the property of the state of Baden-Württemberg as a Droste memorial. It is located a few steps from the Obertor in the vineyards. The New Palace fell to Baden during the secularization and was then sold to the Baden state. From 1865–1937 it housed the institution for the deaf and dumb, first for Baden, and from 1874 for southern Baden.
Parts of the city fortifications were demolished between 1820 and 1845. The harbor was dredged for steamships in 1851/1852 and protected with jetties.
After secularization, Meersburg lost its importance due to the departure of the offices (court court in 1836, district provost in 1842, Grand Ducal Baden district office in 1857). The residents now lived from agriculture, viticulture, handicrafts and trades. Tourism as a source of income was added at the end of the 19th century as a result of the Wilhelminian era and the development of the Lake Constance area by rail and steam ships . After the end of the First World War, tourism continued to grow. From 1919 the Mayor of Meersburg Karl Moll developed a tourism concept that helped Meersburg to establish a new infrastructure and made the old town tourist-friendly.
The lake promenade had already been expanded in 1870, the old town was electrified in 1921, the lake pumping station was put into operation in 1926, the city was canalized and asphalted in 1926/27, Meersburg was provisionally put into operation in 1929 as a port for the car ferry to Constance and the lido was built in 1933/34 and opened.
Georg Elser , who carried out an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in 1939 , worked in Meersburg from 1930 to 1932 in the successor company of the Konstanz watch factory, which had gone bankrupt, for the watch manufacturer Rothmund. After Rothmund went bankrupt, Elser had to give up his apartment in Konstanz for financial reasons. He found accommodation in Meersburg Am Stadtgraben. and worked (e.g. clock repairs, carpentry work) against board and lodging.
time of the nationalsocialism
It was not until 1937 that the innate and purchased “ citizenship ” that entitles the holder to vote was abolished. In Meersburg, too, everyday life was influenced and monitored by National Socialist organizations ( National Socialist German Workers' Party , Hitler Youth , Association of German Girls , National Socialist Women ). Polish forced laborers , prisoners of war, were housed in the domain's riding stables until 1941. Contemporary witnesses tell of a prisoner-of-war camp in the barracks in the summer valley, where refugees were housed after the end of the war. During the Second World War there was always a shortage of housing and food in Meersburg because a Reich Finance School was set up, the armaments factory Kälte moved into the Hämmerlefabrik, and forced billeting for the Wehrmacht, deportation to Kinderland , bombed out and evacuees were carried out. Towards the end of the war, with the retreat of the German troops, companies, Wehrmacht agencies and authorities tried to find accommodation in Meersburg. From mid-April 1945 ship traffic and on April 26, 1945 the ferry service between Meersburg and Konstanz-Staad ceased. Meersburg was barricaded with anti-tank barriers. The French tanks approaching on April 29, 1945 were shelled. Only because the French were able to bypass the barricades via a forest path (Gehautobel, Hirtlehöhe), Meersburg was saved from destruction.
Meersburg in the state of Baden-Württemberg
From 1972 to 1978 Meersburg was connected to a communal sewage treatment plant, in the second half of the 20th century bypass roads (Töbelestrasse, B 31 bypass) and large parking lots were created, the old town was placed under monument protection and renovated, the infrastructure improved (kindergarten, school, sailing harbor , Thermal baths) and strengthened the cultural charisma (cultural office, boys' music, municipal gallery, Droste Prize , international concerts). Meersburg is a popular destination today.
On February 1, 1972, the Baitenhausen community was incorporated into the city of Meersburg. Until the formation of the Lake Constance district on January 1, 1973, Meersburg was part of the Überlingen district .
Since 1551, Meersburg was not only the administrative seat of the (secular) duchy of Constance , but also of the spiritual diocese of Constance until it was divided into the dioceses of Freiburg and Rottenburg in 1827 . Meersburg was initially Catholic after the Reformation, but today there are also other denominations in the area.
Meersburg is the seat of the Linzgau deanery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Freiburg . In addition to a Roman Catholic congregation, there is also a Protestant and a New Apostolic congregation as well as the Jehovah's Witnesses .
The Catholic town church is located at the highest point in the upper town. In the place of the tower of the Catholic parish church there used to be a tower of the city fortifications. The parish church itself was built between 1827 and 1829. A stone tablet on the right at the entrance to the Catholic parish church of Meersburg documents that the following prince-bishops and lords of the Constance monastery were buried in the vaulted crypt after being reburied: Christoph Metzler von Andelberg († September 11, 1561), Cardinal Franz Conrad von Rodt (* March 10 1706, † October 16, 1775), Maximilian Christoph von Rodt (* December 10, 1717, † January 17, 1800) as well as the remains of Johann Georg von Hallwyl and Hugo von Hohenlandenberg .
The baroque palace chapel is located in the left part of the New Palace (as seen from the palace square) and is only accessible from the palace square through a wooden gate. It has served as the Protestant parish church since 1864. It was built under Prince-Bishop Damian Hugo Graf von Schönborn (reign from 1740 to 1743). The altar is by Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer , the ceiling fresco by Gottfried Bernhard Götz . The “Princely Box”, from which the Prince-Bishop was able to watch the service without leaving the New Palace, is interesting. In the initial planning, the part of the building was intended as a horse stable, but was then converted for the bishop and the court. The horse stable was built further east with the riding stables. In 1741, Feuchtmayer supplied the presentation drafts for the high altar and east wall, 16 points of which were modified in detail by Damian Hugo Philipp von Schönborn-Buchheim and his architect Balthasar Neumann . The architecture goes back to Balthasar Neumann.
- At the end of the 1920s the population was 1,866.
- Meersburg had 2,032 inhabitants in December 1931.
- Meersburg was not destroyed in the Second World War. The population was influenced by the 110 fallen and 53 missing residents and the influx of refugees.
- In the second half of the 20th century, the number of inhabitants doubled from 2,600 in 1950 to 5,500 in 2006.
- In 2017 the population was 5,850
The municipal council is elected in a false choice of suburbs with the residential districts of Meersburg (17 seats) and Baitenhausen (1 seat) (with compensation seats if necessary). The CDU has made up the largest parliamentary group in it over the past few decades, but it does not have an absolute majority. The local elections since 1994 resulted in the following allocation of seats:
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* Independent Meersburg citizen list
- 1452–1458: Simon Weinzürn
- 1919–1936: Karl Moll
- 1936–1937: Acting Mayor Max Bürkle
- 1937–1945: Fritz Vogt
- 1939–1942: Deputy Kurt Krauth
- 1942–1943: Deputy Max Bürkle
- 1943–1945: Deputy Kurt Krauth
- End of April 1945: Deputy Karl Obser
- 1945–1946: Bruno Helmle
- 1946–1948: Otto Ehinger
- 1948–1958: Hans Netscher
- 1958–1968: Franz Gern
- 1969–1980: Horst Eickmeyer
- 1981–1997: Rudolf Landwehr (CDU)
- 1997-2005: Heinz Tausendfreund (CDU)
- 2005–2009: Sabine Becker (CDU)
- 2009–2017: Martin Brütsch (independent)
- since April 1, 2017: Robert Scherer (independent)
The mayors of the city of Meersburg are documented for the period from 1919 onwards. Karl Moll modernized the infrastructure of Meersburg (electricity, water supply, drainage and road construction) and made Meersburg a tourist town. Friedrich Vogt was drafted into the Wehrmacht from 1939.
In the second round of the mayoral election on November 28, 2004, Sabine Becker was elected mayor with an absolute majority (56%). She was the first female mayor in the Lake Constance district and was in office from February 1, 2005 to 2009. After Sabine Becker was elected mayor of Überlingen in autumn 2008 , a new mayor had to be elected in Meersburg after just under four years.
In the second round of the mayoral election on February 1, 2009, Martin Brütsch (non-party) was elected with a relative majority and 35.36 percent.
In the mayoral election on January 22, 2017, Robert Scherer was elected as the new mayor in the first ballot with 70.2% of the valid votes. The previous incumbent Martin Brütsch lost 22.8%. The new mayor took office on April 1, 2017.
coat of arms
Description of the coat of arms : In gold above a blue wave shield base, a red brick castle with a pinnacle tower, a pent roof on both sides and an open gate. The coat of arms is a so-called speaking coat of arms , which represents the name components "sea" and "castle".
Partner and sponsorships
City partnerships exist with
- Hohnstein in Saxony - since 1991
- Louveciennes in the region Ile-de-France in France - since 1991
- San Gimignano in Tuscany in Italy - since 2002. The Fanfarenzug Meersburg e. V. performs annually at the Medieval Festival in San Gimignano on the Piazza Duomo and takes part in the parade.
Meersburg is important as a winegrowing and tourism location . The sunny slope is predestined for viticulture due to its orientation to the south and the mild Lake Constance climate. There are 20 small burners (as of December 2011).
Thanks to its easy accessibility by ship and car and its particularly idyllic location, Meersburg, with its restaurants and wine bars, some of which are well-known nationwide, attracts around a million day-trippers during the holiday season. The 250,000 overnight guests per season have numerous hotels, guest houses, inns, holiday apartments and private rooms at their disposal. Meersburg has the title "Erholort".
Meersburg belongs to the Alemannic language area.
The vineyards towards Unteruhldingen and Hagnau can be seen clearly from the ship and the ferry. In addition, there are vineyards north of the federal highway 33. The vineyards in the Meersburg and Stetten districts cover around 120 hectares and provide around 1 million liters of wine. The limited cultivation area is divided between several winemakers. The businesses are cooperative ( Winzerverein Meersburg , which has leased 57 hectares from the city of Meersburg), as a foundation ( Spitalkellerei Konstanz ), state ( Staatsweingut Meersburg ), in margravial and princely tradition ( Weingut Markgraf von Baden ) and purely private (Ergeten , Daisendorf, Riedetsweiler). A private winemaker, the Aufricht winery , in Stetten (Bodenseekreis) on the Höhenweg from Meersburg to Hagnau, who also cultivates in Meersburg locations, was awarded very good three grapes by the renowned Gault Millau 2007 wine guide.
The cultivation in the Meersburg locations at an altitude of 444 to 500 meters is only possible due to the peculiarities of the maritime climate. Lake Constance stores the warmth of the sun, which has a milding effect on the climate and ensures a long, mild autumn. In addition, the frequent foehn weather and the reflection of the sun from the lake on the bank slopes ensure a good wine-growing climate.
Important grape varieties are Müller-Thurgau and Spätburgunder , from which red wine is made in Meersburg (through fermentation of juice, meat and skin of the berries) and the golden yellow to amber-colored white autumn (fermentation of the juice without the flesh and skin of the berries). Other grape varieties are Pinot Gris, which is called Ruländer in the lovely development stage and Pinot Gris in the dry. Grape varieties that create a special bouquet are Traminer, Bacchus, Kerner and Sauvignon Blanc. Another important grape variety is the Pinot Blanc.
Some of the well-known Meersburg individual vineyards are located on extremely steep slopes and are called from west to east: Chorherrnhalde , Fohrenberg , Rieschen , Jungfernstieg , Sängerhalde , Bengel , Haltnau , Lerchenberg . In general, Meersburg belongs to the large Sonnenufer area . Viticulture in Meersburg has been documented since 1324. The special vineyards were owned by the prince-bishops of Constance until secularization.
- The city lies on the federal highways 31 ( Freiburg im Breisgau - Donaueschingen - Lindau ) and 33 ( Offenburg - Konstanz - Ravensburg ). The B 31 leads past Meersburg as an express / bypass road and forms the connection to the A 98 federal motorways near Stockach or the A 81 at the Hegau junction and the A 96 near Lindau (approx. 50 km of partially well-developed two-lane federal highway 31 with some Town passages).
- The city is on several scenic routes . It lies at the intersection and end point of the west and south routes of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route . It is also the southern end point of the Schwäbische Dichterstraße , which begins in Bad Mergentheim , and the southernmost of the nine routes of the German half-timbered street, which starts in Mosbach . It is also on the cross-border Green Road / Route Verte, which begins in Contrexéville in the Vosges , crosses the Rhine near Breisach and ends in the north route in Lindau.
- There is an important car ferry connection between Meersburg and Konstanz on the opposite shore of Lake Constance , the car ferry Konstanz – Meersburg . It runs every 15 minutes during the day, every 10 minutes if necessary, and every hour at night. There are occasional waiting times during the high season.
- The ships of the Bodensee-Schiffsbetriebe transport passengers from Meersburg to Konstanz, from Meersburg to Überlingen and from Meersburg to Lindau and Bregenz.
- The city is connected by bus lines with Friedrichshafen , Überlingen , Konstanz , Markdorf and Ravensburg and belongs to the Bodensee-Oberschwaben Verkehrsverbund (bodo) .
- The old town of Meersburg is a pedestrian zone. The lower town and the higher town are connected by the castle stairs, Rieschentreppe and the steep Steigstrasse. Drivers drive around the lower and upper town on the B 33 ( serpentine ), which is the only access to the ferry.
- As a city located directly on the lake, Meersburg is also a station on the Lake Constance cycle path and the Lake Constance circular path .
The Bodenseekreis youth art school, founded in 1984 and headquartered in Meersburg, prepares for further art education at universities in a one-year preparatory course.
The youth music school Meersburg trains children in several levels from the age of 1 1/2 to 3 years up to instrumental lessons.
Leisure and sports facilities
In Meersburg there is an outdoor swimming pool, a sports hall, a tennis facility with five places, a skate park, a mini golf course and two soccer fields. The " Meersburg Therme " has existed since 2003 with thermal, adventure and parent-child areas, a sauna world and wellness offers. On July 1, 2014, the swimming pool operating company " monte mare " takes over the management of the "Meersburg Therme".
Meersburg has a large sports club. TuS Meersburg includes the sports disciplines soccer, gymnastics and athletics. The football department plays in the so-called summer valley arena , where a new grass pitch was completed towards the end of 2007 for around 120,000 euros. The gymnasts and volleyball players are at home in the summer valley hall, which is one of the most modern in the entire Lake Constance area. In 2004, Meersburg was the venue for the Ride to the Lake Urban Freeride Event.
Meersburg's music is represented by boys' music , the town band and fanfare parade.
The Meersburg Boys' Music was founded in 1953. It consists of male youths up to 18 years from Meersburg and the surrounding area. Outwardly, she stands out with her baroque red and white costume with black triangular hats. Since its foundation, its repertoire has developed from popular Baden music to an international repertoire of symphonic brass music . The boys' band performs in Meersburg in the New Palace as well as nationally and internationally on concert tours. The founder was Hermann Schroer in 1953. Other directors were Toni Haile (1957–1979), Werner Asmacher (1979–2001) and Szabolcs Galanthey (2001–2012). Rainer Kropf has been leading the orchestra since December 2012.
The city of Meersburg awards the Droste Prize every three years . As the oldest German literary prize, which is awarded exclusively to German-speaking women writers, it serves in memory of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff .
The museums are located in the upper town of Meersburg.
The Zeppelin Museum Meersburg on the stairs to the Old Castle and the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen complement each other. The Meersburg museum pieces of the Zeppelin Museum were and are put together on a private initiative. Original components, uniforms, inventory and models are shown in particular. The collection comprises a total of 15,000 exhibits.
In the castle museum (Alte Burg Meersburg ) on Schlossplatz there are various exhibits from the Middle Ages to see. Among other things, the study and the bedroom and death room of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff can be viewed. Apart from that, a large part of the castle is also accessible, for example you can visit the knight's hall , the king's hall, the armory, the torture chamber and the Dagobertsturm.
In the New Palace - which was extensively renovated in 2011 - the prince-bishop's apartments on the 2nd floor can be viewed. They were subsequently furnished in the style of baroque audience and private rooms. Changing exhibitions are shown in other rooms and concerts are given in the hall of mirrors. It is also possible to rent rooms for events. The café has an outdoor area on the large terrace in a wonderful location above Lake Constance.
The tapestry art studio on Schlossplatz by Edith Müller-Ortloff and his successor.
In the 1950s, the state winery set up a viticulture museum at Vorburggasse 11. This was expanded and redesigned in 2015/2016 to become Vineum Bodensee . It is under construction in 1680 by the Heilig-Geist-Spital in Vorburggasse. The doctor and healer Franz Anton Mesmer died on the upper floor of this house in 1815 . The Heilig-Geist-Torkel from 1607 is exhibited in Vineum Bodensee . In a tour with 15 themed rooms over two floors, the viticulture in Meersburg and in the Lake Constance region, but also in other parts of the world are presented. There is also a wine vending machine on the ground floor that serves Lake Constance wines against a chip card. The hall on the top floor is used for events and press conferences.
On the first floor of Grandma's department store on the market square there is a miniature transport museum with tin ships, toy trains made of tin and paper models of buildings.
In the City Museum in Church Street documentaries on Franz Anton Mesmer, Hans Dieter can be seen (picture of Meersburger costume), Fritz Mauthner (correspondence, death mask and photos from Glaser Häusle) and Karl Moll (costumes, tourism).
The Bible Gallery in Kirchstrasse is an exhibition on the world of the Bible. Through hands-on elements, the museum offers an experience-oriented access to the creation and transmission of the Bible. A walk-in nomad tent, a house reconstruction from the time of the New Testament, audiovisual stations on biblical people, an operable Gutenberg press and valuable historical Bible prints are among the highlights. Founding director and current head is Thea Groß.
The Droste Museum in the Fürstenhäusle : is located in the middle of a vineyard above the upper town and is reminiscent of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, whose property it was.
- Readings by the Meersburg authors' group in Meersburg Castle (Old Castle).
- The International Palace Concerts are performed with changing works and soloists from March to December in the Hall of Mirrors of the New Palace.
- The Droste Literature Days are held every year in May and the Droste Prize is awarded.
- The Seenachtsfest lets the city backdrop appear in a different light through fireworks and lighting.
- The Meersburg Jazz Festival takes place annually on a weekend in the riding school.
- At the Bodensee Wine Festival in September on Schlossplatz and Vorburggasse, visitors have the opportunity to compare the wines of the winemakers from Meersburg and the surrounding area (Kippenhausen, Immenstaad, Hagnau, Daisendorf, Bermatingen, Konstanz, Überlingen). The mayor, the Baden wine queen, the Meersburg boys' music and the Meersburg costume group present themselves at the start.
The Meersburger Fasnacht was mentioned in documents in the 14th and 15th centuries. Between the Große Konstanzer Narrengesellschaft Niederburg e. V. from 1884 and the fool's guild Schnabelgiere Meersburg e. V. there is a friendly exchange. At the Seegfrörne of 1963 , it was sealed with a trophy, which was carried by the people of Constance across the frozen lake to Meersburg on March 3, 1963. The next time the sea froze, it will be brought back to Constance.
The fool call is “Ho Narro!”. Special events are:
- Set Narrebomm: On the Sunday before Shrove Sunday, a 30-meter-long conifer ( fool's tree ) is first pulled through the city and then erected by carpenters using leverage on the market square near the town hall. Brave children try to climb the smooth trunk to a green wreath hanging high above. From this wreath they tear off some of the food attached there, throw it into the crowd, and keep some to themselves. This custom dates back to the 1920s.
- Cat music: In the early morning of Schmotzge Dunschtig, a crowd of young people roam the city and wake the residents up with muffled, rhythmic knocking noises that are produced by knocking pot lids and other tin utensils. This custom and the shirt bell procession were introduced in 1900.
- Schnabelgiere parade: On the afternoon of Schmotzge Dunschtig, the Schnabelgiere , a person disguised as a white bird with a red beak, walks through the city and hands out food to the children around him from a strapped wicker basket. The basket is continuously stocked with new gifts along the route. The children have to shout "Schnabel-, Schnabel-, Greed". If they shout too softly or push their way forward, they will be beaten on sticks by two helpers dressed as dominoes in black and masked with air-filled saubloters (pig bladders ) . Starting in 1936, the beaked yaw was given a white robe based on an idea by Karl Moll / Willy Seilnacht , in the times before that it was dressed in dark. In the Winzergasse below the Catholic town church there has been a dignified representation since February 2, 1964 with the Schnabelgiere fountain by the Meersburg artist Berti Brandes with Schnabelgiere, basket, dominoes and children. A figure dressed similarly was documented by Paul Fürst as a plague doctor in his protective clothing. The figure of the Meersburg castle witch was created in 1995 by the Schnabelgiere fool's guild.
- Hemmedglonker parade : On the evening of Schmotzge Dunschtig , a parade of Meersburgers in long white nightdresses with torches leads through the city. This custom wasbrought from Konstanzin 1900 by the then student and later mayor Karl Moll . Two oversized shirt-bellied dolls (girl five meters tall and boy seven meters high) are carried along. Finally, at the Schnabelgiere fountain in Winzergasse, the Shirtglonkerkönig, a Meersburg high school graduate, marked by Mollkopf (Moll as Schwellkopf), will give a humorous Glonker speech in Alemannic about the events of the past year in Meersburg.
- Hansel bustle: During the carnival bustle, these figures are disguised and masked in full-body suits made of flaky pieces of fabric. They move in groups, hopping and hooting. The costume dates from around 1790 and was reintroduced in 1951 after the prohibition and forgetting of this mask. The Hansele include the karbatschen-Schnellen, the making of noise by swinging a three to four meter long rope on a wooden handle, and the wooden cradle for noisy "slapping" on the shoulder.
Women used to wear straw hats, with a hat band, long dress with a bodice and a scarf (now almost only at traditional events). Men wear three-cornered hats, but also flat traditional hats, tailcoats with waistcoats and tight trousers.
The Society of 101 Citizens is a civil society from the tradition of the St. Anna Brotherhood, has one hundred members from Meersburg and takes care of social and cultural-historical matters. The foundation has room rules and goes back to the doctor Caspar Miller. The names of all journeymen have been recorded annually in a membership book since 1605. The head nurse is elected for four years and then returns to the circle of journeymen. The journeymen are committed to peace among one another. The Hunderteiner meet on the day of repentance and prayer in the parish church, on December 27th (Johannes) and on New Year's Eve in the town hall hall as well as for the funerals of members. The drinking parlor of the 101 is in the Gasthof Zum Bären. A room in Vineum Bodensee is dedicated to the traditions and customs of society of 101 citizens.
The Trachtengruppe Meersburg takes care of the Meersburg traditional costumes with their filigree golden bonnets and presents them at festivals. The costume group was founded in 1927 by the mayor at the time, Karl Moll, based on the 150-year-old traditional costumes of long-established Meersburg families.
The fool's guild Schnabelgiere Meersburg e. V. was formed in 1950 and was registered as an association in 1952. It emerged from the merger of the fool's association from the 19th century and the association of the shirt glonkers from 1922. Its members shape the course of the Meersburger Fasnet.
The Fanfarenzug Meersburg e. V. upholds the tradition of the Alemannic carnival. The Meersburg Museum Association e. V. documents Meersburg's past.
Meersburg as a film set
Meersburg and its cityscape have so far (as of 2015) been the backdrop for 36 feature films and 114 documentary films.
In the fall of 1933 the film Elisabeth and the Fool , original title Elisabeth. The white sister of St. Veith , in the lead role with Hertha Thiele , directed by Thea von Harbou in front of the backdrop of Meersburg. The market square, castle, mill, bear fountain, Kirchgasse (today Winzergasse), Steigstrasse and the vineyards are shown here in their state of preservation from 1933.
Six films were made between 1935 and 1945. Among them were three films influenced by the National Socialists, which are still banned today.
In 1956 Die Fischerin vom Bodensee was filmed with Marianne Hold and Gerhard Riedmann in Meersburg and traditional hats and historical buildings in Meersburg in the state of preservation from 1956 were documented.
In 1973 the cult music film Alter Kahn und Junge Liebe was shot, in which Roy Black and other artists sing home and contemplative songs in front of the backdrop of the market square in Meersburg, the Obertor, the ports of the lower town and the Rhine.
Painting by Meersburg
Paintings by Meersburg are also available in foreign museums:
- Johann Martin Morat (1805–1867): Meersburg , between 1825 and 1827. Augustinermuseum Freiburg . (View of the lower and upper town from the lake).
- Karl Weysser (1833–1904): View into Steigstrasse , 1904, oil on canvas, 49 × 37 cm.
- Hermann Stenner (1891–1914): Meersburg , 1914. Oil on canvas, 120.5 × 105 cm. In: Kunsthalle Bielefeld . (View of the old castle from the harbor).
- Willy Seilnacht (1887–1962): Meersburg, view of Grethaus and castle.
- Fritz Heinsheimer (1897–1958): Weinberge am Bodensee (I) , 1927. Oil on canvas, 60 × 70 cm. Cultural Office of the City of Meersburg, in front of that New Castle (Meersburg).
- Waldemar Flaig (1892–1932): Mondnacht in Meersburg , 1931.
- Karl Hubbuch (1891–1979): Meersburg around 1935. In: Art collection of the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen. (Harbor with a simple pier in ashlar stones).
- Wolf Röhricht (1886–1953): Meersburg, 1950. In: Joseph Hierling Collection. Expressive realism . Kunsthalle Schweinfurt . (View of the harbor, Grethaus and Oberstadtfelsen with the New Castle).
- Hermann Kegel (1913–2004): View of the Meersburg.
- Terrace of the New Palace : View of the castle, lower town and Lake Constance.
- Känzele , located between the seminary (today Droste-Hülshoff-Gymnasium) and Reithof (today state winery ): Above the Rieschen vineyards , there is an impressive view of the harbor and the lake.
- Giant staircase, which with 171 steps leads up directly from the landing stage to the upper town: Halfway up in the middle of the Rieschen vineyard there is a viewing platform with benches, as well as at the top of the stairs (at the so-called Glatten Stein ), with a view of the harbor and lower town.
- Lake promenade in the lower town: lake, ships, fish, waterfowl and with good visibility the panorama of the Alps.
- Meersburg – Hagnau high trail with views of the lake and the Swiss banks. In the course:
- Friedrichshöhe along Von-Laßberg-Straße: The elevated water tank was built in 1897 and artistically designed in honor of Friedrich I (Baden, Grand Duke) . From the platform above there is a panoramic view of the city, lake and Alps.
- Ödenstein , Droste-Hülshoff-Weg: View of Obersee, the Alps with Fernsicht, Mainau and the Konstanz – Meersburg car ferry . Location of the imperial oak.
- Hirtle above the summer valley: panorama in the direction of the eastern Lake Constance, Switzerland and the Alps as well as Constance with the ferry service Meersburg-Constance .
The medieval town fortifications protected the castle, upper and lower town. The combination of castle, moat and city walls was used to protect against enemy attacks.
The lower town between the lake and the upper town with the old castle was fortified in the west by the Vordere Seetor (Lower Town Gate or Kugelwehrtor) and in the east by the Rear Seetor, which was demolished in 1852 due to the construction of the port. In the lower town, the outer wall of today's Hotel Schiff (former cathedral chapter courtyard) has been preserved from the western city wall and the outer wall of the Gredhaus from the eastern city wall.
In the upper town , the outer town fortifications ran to the west from the Steigtor, which was demolished in 1847, rising towards the back of the houses on Winzergasse (formerly Kirchgasse) to the tower of the Catholic parish church. She then went north from the church tower to the demolished Zwingtor (Hütlinturm) on Kirchstrasse, which was demolished in 1824 due to the expansion of the parish church. It continued to the parish tower (remains of the wall and defense tower "Am Stadtgraben") and to the Obertor. The Obertor was built around 1300. The bridge house of the Obertor was demolished in 1838. The houses on both sides of the upper gate are built directly on the city wall. In the east, the city was bounded by the back of the former hospital (formerly Schussenrieder Klosterhof, then a branch of the post office), the back of the houses on “Vorburggasse” and the vaulted cellar of today's Meersburg state winery. The vaulted cellar was created around 1720 in the deepening of the city moat during the reign of Prince-Bishop Johann Franz Schenk von Stauffenberg.
The fortifications of the outer bailey ran within the upper town . It was protected by the rear walls of the former court pharmacy, the houses on Höllgasse, the town hall (with the Falbentor gate), the houses in Vorburggasse and the Wolfenbogen gate to the east.
In the innermost area is the defensive position of the old castle. There was an escape route from the castle, the entrance to which can still be seen in the castle.
In the Middle Ages, water was collected in the Neuweiher near Daisendorf in order to fill or flood the city moat of Meersburg with water. The water from the Neuweiher now flows through the Haselbach into the Siechenweiher on the northeastern outskirts of Meersburg and from there into Lake Constance. The watercourses in Meersburg's old town were covered in the middle of the 20th century and flow into Lake Constance.
The gates and fortifications were demolished in the 19th century because the defense systems no longer offered protection due to the advancing war technology and because with the transition to the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1802, no more customs duties were levied on the city gates.
The cellar building of the Meersburg winegrowers' association is located at Unterstadtstrasse 9 in the Lower Town . It was built in 1890 and stands out for its red and yellow house front, which was decorated with paintings on the subject of wine by Berthold Brandes in 1972.
From the lake there is a unique view of Meersburg. In addition to the old castle, you can also see the buildings that were built under the Constance prince-bishops (including Johann Franz Schenk von Stauffenberg ) as a baroque ensemble in the upper town: the red new castle (1712–1762), the yellow riding and stable yard (1751 –1760) and the red former seminary (1725–1735).
The building of the former riding stables of the prince-bishop housed stables and coach houses and was later used by the wine-growing domain and the Meersburg state winery and also by the elementary school and the advanced high school. In the inner courtyard of the Reithof, the wing on the lake side was given the Baden coat of arms in the triangular gable and the crown of Friedrich I (Baden, Grand Duke) after it was partially demolished and rebuilt in 1907 .
The building of the seminary, which towers above the Rieschen vineyards and over the harbor, was always used for educational purposes: from 1735 to 1825 for the training of Catholic priests, then as a Catholic teachers' college, as the Catholic secondary school "Meerstern" (1925–1936), state secondary school (1936–1937), Reich Finance School (1937–1944), Air Force Reserve Hospital (March – May 1945), pedagogy for prospective elementary school teachers (1946–1953) and as an advanced high school (since 1952). Today the school is called Droste-Hülshoff-Gymnasium . Due to these purposes, the baroque chapel with ceiling frescoes in the seminary was never open to the public.
The half-timbered houses in the upper town in Steigstrasse, Winzergasse and Kirchstrasse form a romantic ensemble. The framework was still covered with plaster around 1920. The arcades of "Abundance" were still walled up around 1900. The trade route from Konstanz to Ravensburg ran over the Steigstrasse.
The bay window of the Gasthaus zum Bären at Marktplatz 11 in the upper town was designed in 1954 by the painters Victor Mezger and August Schwarz from Überlingen with sgraffitis on the history of the house. Shown are Bishop Hugo von Hohenlandenberg as the founder of the shield rights of the inn in 1510, the bear with a walking stick as heraldic animal, the function of the inn as a drinking room for the Society of 101 Citizens and its use as a post office from 1860–1890.
Characteristic for Meersburg are the public fountains in the lower and upper town and on the Steigstrasse with water-giving fountain columns and octagonal collecting basins. Some of the fountains are expressly marked as drinking water fountains, such as the market fountain, the lower town fountain and the bear fountain.
The market fountain on the market square in the upper town with an octagonal trough and a water-giving column and a decorative ball dates from the year 1892. The lower town fountain in the middle of the lower town street was also built in 1892 with the same appearance. There was a previous well there as early as 1508. The bear fountain in the middle of the Steigstrasse connecting the lower and upper towns has an octagonal trough with a water-giving column in the middle, which is crowned by a bear with the Meersburg coat of arms in its paws. This fountain was built in 1929 by the Meersburg sculptor Josef Ehinger (1889–1955) on behalf of the Society of 101 Citizens . The bear is the heraldic animal of the 101 citizens. A previous well was mentioned as early as 1456. The Schnabelgierebrunnen is located in the Winzergasse below the town church. It consists of eight composite granite slabs as a basin. On a pillar in the middle of the fountain are the figures of the guild of fools of the beaked greed in the Meersburg carnival: Schnabegiere, dominoes, guild master and fool's council. It was built in 1964 by the sculptor Berthold Brandes (1932–2000). There was a simple predecessor well there as early as 1866/1867.
Another fountain, the Flute Player Fountain, has been located at the parish church in Kirchstrasse at the entrance to the Upper Town since 1970. As decoration he has a boy figure with a flute, which is on the left edge of the fountain. The figure and fountain were made by the sculptor Werner Gürtner . The fruit plate fountain on Glatter Stein square in the upper town above the giant staircase consists of an inclined stone plate by Elisabeth Wagner from Hamburg with a diameter of 2.80 meters, which symbolically rests on fruits and on which fruits are symbolically presented. It was dedicated to Meersburg in 1988 for the millennium of Lothar Späth . It is not used as a fountain because the drainage of the water causes damage to the wine cellar below.
The Glaserhäusle on Glaserhäusleweg 7, west of the Sommertal in Meersburg, is on the edge of the forest above the vineyards. It is surrounded by a garden with trees. At the beginning of the 20th century, an Italian-style stone veranda was built with a view of the lake. Part of its walls are half a meter thick. The name Glaserhäusle goes back to the glazier Benedikt Kern, who was given permission to serve wine in 1784. The house from the 18th century was already described by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff as a "tavern by the lake". The painter Ernst Zimmermann used it from 1889 . In 1909 it was bought by the philosopher Fritz Mauthner (1849–1923) and the writer Harriet Straub (1872–1945). They have a common grave of honor in the Meersburg cemetery . Wilhelm Restle (1884–1980) had been the parish priest of Meersburg since 1923, and in 1928 he bought the Glaserhäusle from Hedwig Mauthner, who received a lifelong right of residence. Restle contributed to the preservation of the Glaserhäusles in the difficult time up to the end of the Second World War and used it from 1952. He too has an honorary grave in the Meersburg cemetery. Felicitas Barg , the interpreter of texts by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff , lived in the Glaserhäusle from 1980–2002. The Glaserhäusle was named " Monument of the Month August 2004" by the Baden-Württemberg Monument Foundation. Since 1992 it has been used privately by the composer and conductor Hans Zender . On the property there are two wooden-clad houses next to the glass house. This is a former barn where Fritz Mauthner had his library. There is also a wooden house from the 21st century, which is equipped as a work space for Zender with Japanese art, keyboard and grand piano. The property cannot be visited and is only provided with a neutral monument protection plaque from the state of Baden-Württemberg. From the footpath between the house and the vineyard there is an unobstructed view of the Oberlinger and Überlinger See.
The tower of the Catholic parish church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary is also characteristic of the city skyline . The tower was originally built as a defense tower and was part of the city fortifications and was later converted into a church tower.
Works of art in public space
The Droste memorial, the bronze bust of the poetess, was created by Emil Stadelhofer in 1898 , made by the foundryman von Miller in Munich and stands at the entrance of the old one after having changed location several times and after it was threatened with melting down ("metal donation") during World War II Castle.
The magic pillar on the pier was created by Peter Lenk and thus continues the series of his works of art at the landing stages of Lake Constance: after the Imperia figure at the port entrance of Konstanz, the Lake Constance rider at the landing stage in Überlingen, in 2007 the magic pillar at the port entrance in Meersburg. In this filigree work, events and personalities related to the history of Meersburg are presented. The Meersburg Cupid of the Prince-Bishop from the 13th century, Baron Joseph von Laßberg , Wendelgart von Halt ( Haltnau legend), Franz Anton Mesmer and Johann Joseph Gaßner (exorcist) are depicted on a high pole . Annette von Droste-Hülshoff floats at the upper end of the pole, symbolically represented as an attacking seagull . The monument is so transparent that the view of the cityscape is not disturbed.
The Ödenstein lookout point at the transition from Himmelbergweg to Droste-Hülshoff-Straße is marked by an imperial oak from 1888 and a memorial stone to remember that Emperor Wilhelm I (German Empire) left Lake Constance and the island of Mainau on July 12, 1882 looked at.
The graves of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff , her nephew Carl Caspar von Droste zu Hülshoff , the Germanist and lord of the castle Joseph von Laßberg , the writer Amalie Hassenpflug , are in the municipal cemetery of Meersburg , which was laid out north of the city gates in 1682 . the museum curator Helene Freifrau von Bothmer and her husband Karl Graf von Bothmer , the healer Franz Anton Mesmer , the philosopher Fritz Mauthner , the writer Hedwig Mauthner , the painter Hans Dieter and the tin smith Karl Raichle .
In the funeral hall of the cemetery there is a 3 meter high sculpture by Peter Recker in the form of a bronze sail . The fallen and missing Meersburg citizens of the Second World War are listed by name on the sail area. The names stand next to and on top of one another without any great spacing and can only be deciphered on closer inspection in favor of the overall effect as a memorial and work of art. The dead in the wars of 1870–1871, 1914–1918 and 1939–1945 are commemorated with an inscription on the left side of the funeral hall, and the living are admonished.
In the center of Schiggendorf there is a memorial stone to those who fell in the two world wars.
The small barred chapel "Zum Frieden" on the edge of the promenade "Am Rosenhag" has housed a copy of the Stalingrad Madonna in the form of a tapestry by the Russian artist Elena Kikopule since Christmas 1978 . The chapel was built in the 17th century under Prince-Bishop Franz Johann von Praßberg and relocated here before the confluence with Töbelestrasse because of road construction.
In the extreme southeast of the Meersburg area and on the southern edge of Stetten is the Meersburg-Lerchenberg war grave and memorial site ("Memorial"). It can also be reached via the Höhenweg, a footpath from Meersburg to Hagnau above the vineyards. The buried are seriously wounded captured German soldiers from the First World War who died in Switzerland when they were to be exchanged with the seriously wounded French and English soldiers across Swiss territory.
Walks and trails
- The Bodensee-Rundweg runs from Unteruhldingen via Meersburg to Hagnau as (Höhenweg). The route near the bank is: Uferweg Unteruhldingen – Meersburg and Uferweg Meersburg – Hagnau.
- One of the routes from the network of paths of the pilgrims in the Spanish Santiago de Compostela leads as Oberschwäbischer St. James of Ulm on Oberdischingen , Bad Schussenried , Biberach , Weingarten , Mark village , Breitenbach and Meersburg (sick Weiher, cemetery) to Constance Minster with his Mauritius rotunda . From there it runs as the " Schwabenweg " via Kreuzlingen and Sirnach to Einsiedeln .
Well-known sons and daughters
Sorted by year of birth
- Stefan Lochner (also called Master Stephan) (around 1410–1451), painter
- Ambrosius Lacher (around 1470–1540), polyhistor and mathematician in Frankfurt (Oder)
- Hieronymus Harder (1523–1607), botanist (place of birth Meersburg is assumed)
- Jakob Fugger (1567–1626), Prince-Bishop of Konstanz, builder of the Fürstenhäusle , presumed to be born in Meersburg
- Stephan Enroth (1701–1746), Abbot of Salem
- Franz Konrad Kasimir Ignaz Baron von Rodt (1706–1775), Cardinal and Prince-Bishop of Konstanz 1750–1775
- Johann Baptist Lingg von Linggenfeld (1765–1842), Lieutenant General
- Johann Baptist Kolb (1774–1816), archivist and historian
- Karl von Schütz (1783 – after 1844), Oberamtmann of Hohenzollern
- Friedrich August Walchner (1799–1865), geologist, chemist and mineralogist in Karlsruhe
- Robert Eberle (1815–1860), painter
- Josef Ehinger (1889–1955), sculptor in Meersburg
- Wolfgang Baumgratz (* 1948), organist and music teacher
- Oswald Burger (* 1949), teacher , historian , literary organizer and local politician
- Alfred Fahr (* 1949), pharmacist
- Markus Baur (* 1971), handball player
- Justine Hauer (* 1971), television and film actress
- Branco Vukovic (* 1978), television and film actor, presenter
Well-known citizens of the city
- Caspar Miller (...– 1635). Plague doctor, founder in 1634/35 of the “Society of 101 Citizens”.
- Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). After his theory of animal magnetism, which initially attracted attention across Europe, met with increasing rejection, he retired from Paris to Meersburg at the beginning of the 19th century, where he died in 1815. His life's work is documented in the city museum. His grave is in the cemetery in Meersburg near the Hochkreuz, 10 meters from the western cemetery wall. The mesmerism is now regarded as precursors of hypnosis .
- The poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797–1848) lived from 1841 until her death on May 24, 1848 during her visits to Lake Constance with her sister Jenny von Droste zu Hülshoff and her brother-in-law Joseph von Laßberg . The study and death rooms have been preserved at Meersburg Castle to this day and can be viewed. Her grave is in the old cemetery, bordered by bars, on the north-western cemetery wall opposite the old cemetery chapel. Her friend Amalie Hassenpflug also lived in Meersburg for a few years and is buried in the grave next door.
- Carl Caspar von Droste zu Hülshoff (1843–1922), nephew of the poet, landowner and from 1915 owner of the Fürstenhäusle , spent the last years of his life in Meersburg, where he died. His widow, Marie von Bothmer (noble family) , founded the Droste Museum.
- Adolf Kastner (1889–1963), Germanist, historian and high school teacher; Director of the Progymnasium and city archivist of Meersburg.
- Karl Raichle (1889–1965), internationally recognized tin smith and metal artist, founded the Meersburg tin smithy in Lehrenweg in 1933. His grave is in the Meersburg cemetery on the western cemetery wall.
- Cläre Maillard (1892–1966), historian and chronicler of the city of Meersburg and its residents
- Hans Günther Lehmann (1899–1976), painter in Meersburg with pictures of Lake Constance and his travels.
- Erich Geiseler (1901–1983), painter in Meersburg after the Second World War, painted pictures of Lake Constance and Hamburg.
- Helene Freifrau von Bothmer (1908–1996), heiress of the Fürstenhäusle , donor of the Meersburger Droste Prize and former US model, set up the Droste Museum after the Second World War, sold it to the state of Baden-Württemberg and acted as a curator there from 1947 to 1977. She was supported by her husband Karl Graf von Bothmer (1891–1971)
- Toni Haile (1916–1985), musician and director of the Meersburg Boys' Music from 1957 to 1979. His grave is in the Meersburg cemetery at Hochkreuz.
- Karl-Heinz Gottmann (1919–2007), medic and Buddhist superior
- Hans Zender (1936–2019), German conductor and composer.
- Monika Taubitz (* 1937), poet and author of prose
- Ralf Zacherl (* 1971) once cooked for Stefan Marquard in the Drei Stuben inn
- Ingo Lenßen (* 1961), television lawyer
- Christian Pampel (* 1979), national volleyball player
- Stefan Waggershausen (* 1949), musician
Meersburg has awarded honorary citizenship ten times :
- 1875: Johannes Flink (1811–1900), senior teacher, business manager, library manager, administrator of the seminar fund of the Meersburg teachers' college. He worked on the city's poor council, advised Annette von Droste-Hülshoff on the purchase of the Fürstenhäusle and was the legal representative of the von Laßberg family. He received the Knight's Cross II. Class of the Order of the Zähringer Lion .
- 1915: Franz Sales Meyer (1849–1927), professor at the applied arts school in Karlsruhe, painter and poet. His annual vacation stays in the city made him a consultant in the redesign of the Meersburg urban areas. The design of the factory site of the Erlanger weaving mill to create the “Burganlage” green space was shaped by his ideas.
- 1919: Fritz Mauthner (1849–1923), private scholar, writer and philosopher. He lived in the Glaserhäusle since 1909. His main research interests were language criticism and the philosophy of religion. During the time of National Socialism , he was posthumously stripped of his honorary citizenship. Under democratic conditions, in 1949, he was immediately restored to honorary citizenship. His grave of honor is in the Meersburg cemetery on the east-west axis, seen from the Hochkreuz. The grave inscription reads "redeemed from human existence".
- 1935: Hermann Schwer (1877–1936), manufacturer of radio sets. He built a rest home in Meersburg for the employees of his SABA plant in Villingen . He was a patron of the construction of the promenade and the lido. He helped to make Meersburg attractive for tourism.
- 1946: Fritz Zimmermann (1873–1959), chief physician at the Meersburg hospital. Like a “philanthropist”, he took over the surgical and medical care of the Meersburg population in the years 1918–1950.
- 1956: Hans Dieter (1881–1968), painter. He is one of the southern German landscape painters of the 20th century. He also chose Lake Constance as a motif and had a studio in Meersburg. Because of his nature-loving, light-flooded works, he was called a painter-poet. His grave of honor is in the Meersburg cemetery next to the east-west axis, seen from the Hochkreuz.
- 1961: Georg Seyfried (1889–1963), city councilor and deputy mayor, sacristan. He was a member of the civil society of the 101ers, active on a voluntary basis in several committees, a Meersburger who did a great job for the common good of Meersburg.
- 1966: Wilhelm Restle (1884–1980), parish priest. He was a Droste and homeland researcher and stood up for the needy. During the time of National Socialism he helped the politically persecuted. He has a grave of honor in the Meersburg cemetery.
- 1981: Wilhelm Schuh (1901–1994), pastor. He was respected because of his human nature and made great contributions to the preservation of the chapel below the old castle (Lower Town Chapel). He became an honorary citizen of St. Blasien in 1968 and in 1970 by Paul VI. appointed "papal chaplain".
- 2000: Kurt Kränkel (1929–2007), longtime local councilor, district councilor and deputy mayor. He was a member of the Society of 101 Citizens and volunteered in numerous associations for the city, its reputation and its citizens.
- 2018: Monika Taubitz , poet and author of prose.
On the last series of D-Mark banknotes , on the 20- D-Mark banknote, to the left of the portrait of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff , there was a collage of various historical buildings in Meersburg. There you can see the old castle , the old town upper gate and the view from the harbor onto the street with the customs house.
(sorted by year of publication)
- Ms. Xav. Conr. Staiger: Meersburg on Lake Constance, former prince-bishop's residence town, then the city of Markdorf, furthermore the localities Baitenhausen, Daisendorf, Hagnau, Immenstaad, Ittendorf, Kippenhausen, Stetten and the parishes Berkheim, Hepbach and Kluftern as well as the castles Helmsdorf, Herrschberg and Kirchberg . Based on files, chronicles and archival documents. Published by J. Stadler, Constanz 1861.
- Karl Stadelhofer: Notes about the freezing over of Lake Constance in 1880. (Showcase in the Hague Museum. Karl Stadelhofer was a citizen in Meersburg).
- Idyllic Lake Constance. Meersburg. Verlag Robert Gessler, Friedrichshafen 1976. (Photographs of Meersburg in black and white from the second half of the 20th century).
- Diethard Nowak: A guided tour through the medieval Meersburg. Meersburg 1984.
- Inge Renken: From Hülshoff to Meersburg. Stations in the life of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. 3. Edition. Wiesmoor 1985.
- Festival magazine 1000 years of Meersburg. Frank Siegfried Verlag, Konstanz 1988.
- Quick art guide: Meersburg on Lake Constance. Schnell & Steiner publishing house, Munich 1988, number 1709.
- Steven Roger Fischer: Meersburg in the Middle Ages - From the history of a Lake Constance city and its immediate surroundings. List & Francke, 1988.
- Hermann Reidel, Wolf Deiseroth: City of Meersburg. (= Baden-Württemberg town center atlas. 4.2). Landesdenkmalamt Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart 1988, ISBN 3-89021-009-0 .
- Franz Schwarzbauer: Meersburg - walks through the history of an old city. A reader. Verlag Robert Gessler, Friedrichshafen 1999, ISBN 3-86136-045-4 .
- Brigitte Rieger-Benkel: From a forgotten time - Meersburg in the local logs from 1851 to 1913. Meersburg Museum Association, 2004.
- Margret Meier, Peter Schmidt: Meersburger Fastnacht through the ages from 1360. Bodensee Medienzentrum, Tettnang 2012.
- Official homepage of the city of Meersburg (municipal, business, events, pictures from Meersburg)
- Meersburg, castle, palace and city in cultural studies online
- Bernhard Peters: Heraldry: Photos of coats of arms
- The historical architecture in Meersburg
- State Statistical Office Baden-Württemberg - Population by nationality and gender on December 31, 2018 (CSV file) ( help on this ).
- Beautification Association 1872 Meersburg e. V .: Hiking map around the city of Meersburg and the community of Daisendorf. September 1999, description of Meersburg
- Joachim Faitsch, Volker Caesar: Five to twelve for the former Schiggendorfer smithy, Meersburg-Schiggendorf, Gebhardsweiler Straße 18. In: Preservation of monuments in Baden-Württemberg. 33rd year 2004, issue 2, pp. 114–120 (PDF) ( Memento of the original from October 29, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Former smithy in Meersburg-Schiggendorf
- German Weather Service
- The state of Baden-Württemberg. Official description by district and municipality. Volume VII. Administrative region of Tübingen . Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1978, p. 583.
- Albert am Zehnthoff: Bodensee. Hallwag Verlag, Bern / Stuttgart 1978, ISBN 3-444-10233-X , p. 71.
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