Meersburg Castle on Lake Constance

Product ID: 763

19,90 EUR

incl. 19% VAT. plus. Versand
Weight: 0.452 kg

scale 1:200
length 51 cm
width 26 cm
height 22 cm
degree of difficulty 2
number of sheets 9

Meersburg Castle has grown: in order to do justice to its significance, the model has been enlarged to the scale of 1:200 (formerly 1:300). It now presents in a far better way the fortified walls which withstood cannon fire when the castle was attacked and besieged in 1334.

Hoary walls made of big uncut stones joined for powerful protection and defiance: that”s how King Dagobert”s Tower greets the visitors from the center of Meersburg Castle. With pride it bears the name of its builder, the Merovingian King Dagobert I said to have founded the castle in the 7th century. Located high above Lake Constance, the “Meersburg” as it is called has witnessed more than one thousand years of European history: kings, emperors, bishops have added to its construction. After the Merovingians came the Carolingians, the Guelfs and Hohenstau-fens, and, from 1268, the prince bishops of Constance owned the castle. No one has ever been able to take the Meersburg. In 1334, it withstood a siege of 14 weeks although the first gunpowder cannons on German territory were fired at it. The cast- le”s lord had seen to its safety with farsightedness and cunning, of which one can get a clear picture still today. Owing to the great expense of maintaining the Meersburg, it was put up for sale or demolition by way of tender in 1838. Since then, it has been privately owned. Since 1878 already, it can be visited as a museum on a well-explained tour. This includes the room where Annette von Droste-Hulshoff worked and died. The German poetess was a welcome guest of her sister Jenny who was married to Joseph Baron von Lassberg, the lord of the castle. Annette von Droste-Hulshoff let herself be enchanted by the castle and the lake so that the period she passed at the Meersburg ranks high in her works. Large parts of her works edited in 1844 were written here during winter 1841/42 alone.

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