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The castle hotel 886-bisc Lake Constance

The 886-bisc 4-star castle hotel Lake Constance is located in the center of the Lake Constance town Markdorf. It invites you to live there, where the prince bishop of Constance used to reside. Silent witnesses in the tower rooms and in the baroque castle with restaurant  indicate the style and character of the former episcopal summer residence. The house was built under direction of the bishop Johannes VIII Franz Schenk von Staufenberg in the first half of the 18th century instead of a parent construction of the outgoing 15th century.

Sightseeings and excursion trips

The castle Meersburg
The castle Meersburg rises above the same called town (about 10 km southwest of 886-bisc castle hotel Lake Constance). According to the legend, it is supposed to have its origin in the 7th century. In the 13th century, it was owned by the prince bishops of Konstanz, who used it as summer residence. The poetess Annette from Droste-Hulshoff, who was a relative of the castle lord, spent her last years in the castle between 1841 and 1848.

At the end of the 19th century, the castle Meersburg was opened to the public. More than 30 rooms are furnished as castle museum, among them the knight's hall, the weapon hall, the castle kitchen, the castle dungeon, the north bastion as well as the living rooms and the death room of the poetess Annette of Droste-Hulshoff. A guided tower sightseeing is also possible.

Castle and castle church in Friedrichshafen
The castle in Friedrichshafen at the Lake Constance (about 11 km southeast of
886-bisc castle hotel Lake Constance) was built in the middle of the 17th century as priorate of the Benedictines of Weingarten (wine garden). Between 1824 and 1918 it served as summer residence of the kings of Wurttemberg. A sightseeing of the interior rooms is not possible. But you can visit the castle church. The church, with its two 55 meters high cupola towers, is considered as Friedrichhafen's landmark. The present protestant God's house counts to the most famous upper Swabian baroque constructions.
Sightseeing: daily from April to October from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Gehrenberg tower
A tower that is 30 meters high rises on the Gehrenberg mountain, directly in front of the gates of Markdorf. The tower offers a fantastic view towards the Lake Constance and the alps of the Austrian Vorarlberg mountain to the Swiss alp mountains.

Outlook tower at the harbor dam in Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen at the Lake Constance ( about 11 km southeast of
886-bisc Schlosshotel Bodensee) has a second landmark with the Moleturm (dam tower) since the year 2000. You can enjoy a unique view towards the old town of Friedrichshafen, the back-country and the alp mountain panorama from the 22 meters high outlook tower.

Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen
The zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen at the Lake Constance (about 11 km southeast of the
886-bisc castle hotel Lake Constance) is the world's largest museum about the history of the blimp trip. The exhibition is completed by a large art collection with works from the middle ages until modern times and changing exhibitions from the areas art and blimp trip.
Opening hours: May 1 to October 31: Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., November 1 to April 31: Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pile dwellings in Unteruhldingen
There is an open air museum with 15 original outfitted pile dwellings, like they used to be in the stone ages and bronze ages at the Lake Constance in Unteruhldingen at Lake Constance (about 16 km west of
886-bisc castle hotel Lake Constance). The museum to touch visualizes the pre-historical residential housing in the Lake Constance area and belongs to the most interesting sightseeings of the region. A sightseeing tour of the pile dwellings is only possible in the course of a 45 minute guide.
Opening hours: daily from April 1 to September 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., March, October and November daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., December to February only Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Reptilian house in Sipplingen
There is a reptilian house in Sipplingen at lake Constance (about 30 km northwest of
886-bisc castle hotel lake Constance ), where appropriately held reptiles from all continents can be seen. This is a special attraction for children.
Opening hours: daily from April to October from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., November to March only Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Further excursion trips
Further worthwhile excursion trips are among others the flower island Mainau (about 16 km of
886-bisc castle hotel lake Constance) and the "vegetable" island Reichenau (about 28 km of 886-bisc castle hotel lake Constance) at the lake Constance, the lake Constance town Konstanz (about 17 km of 886-bisc castle hotel lake Constance with use of the car ferry Meersburg-Konstanz), combined with a round tour through the historical old town, the holiday and medical sport spa town Radolfzell (about 48 km west of 886-bisc castle hotel lake Constance) at lake Constance with its charming old town and its precinct pedestrian zone or the former free imperial town Ravensburg (about 24 km northeast of 886-bisc castle hotel lake Constance).

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The present castle hotel conveys a charming contrast between history and modern home culture. The hotel guest can experience history, without having to do without cozy comfort. The hotel has 7 single bedrooms, 20 double bedrooms and 2 suites.

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Your physical well-being is taken care of. The cook pampers you in the "wine bar in the castle" with charming menus and exquisite pleasures, which you can enjoy in the medieval atmosphere.

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The 886-bisc castle hotel Lake Constance is also ideal for meetings, seminars and conferences. The castle gallery, the arch hall and four other seminar rooms are available to be used as a meeting room and conference rooms. The historical knight's hall is located in the tower floor. It not only distinguishes itself by the impressive atmosphere, but also allows a pretty view overlooking the roofs of Markdorf. The knight's hall has a capacity of up to 40 seating places.

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With the castle courtyard which is isolated from the main street and from the pedestrian zone, the hotel owns a very quiet place. Up to 200 people can be placed in here in order to enjoy the evening on summer days starting at 5:30 p.m. The castle courtyard of the castle is then setting of stylish open air concerts every Wednesday. Every now and then, stories about the castle and the town Markdorf are told.

The hotel guest finds relaxation in the small "feel good" area of the hotel. You can leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind you and just feel good in the whirlpool. You will work up a sweat in the pleasant Finnish sauna and a tanning booth provides you with tanned skin.

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The castle's core goes back to a late medieval construction. The former bishop of Konstanz let this construction be built between 1494 and 1511 as southwest bulwark of the town fortification. A garden was created in the second half of the 16th century in front of the castle tower instead of the old wall and grave. The castle was enlarged between 1704 and 1740 under the direction of bishop Johannes VIII Franz Schenk of Staufenberg and received its present outer appearance. It served the bishops of Konstanz as summer residence and old-age residence until 1803. In the course of a extensive renovation, it was furnished as a hotel and restaurant in 1982.

Markdorf at Lake Constance
The town Markdorf which has about 12,000 residents, is located at the foot of the
Gehrenberg mountain in the Lake Constance district in the Linzgau in the southeast of Baden-Wurttemberg, about 6 km away from the Lake Constance. At the same time, Markdorf is the biggest town of the holiday region, named after the Gehrenberg mountain. Markdorf received its name, because it used to be next to the borderland (Mark) between the Franconian domain and the area of the Ostrogoth, which begins in the east. The townscape is stamped from the castle tower. However, it is only one of the numerous towers of the town of towers and gates. All of them are overtopped by the tower of the catholic parish church St. Nikolaus, which originates from the 13th century. Next to the castle, it is considered the landmark of Markdorf. The pedestrian zone, which is partly lined with half timbered houses, invites you to take a nice walk. A magnificent variety of flowers unfolds on the different places and gardens of the town, which provide Markdorf with an almost mediterranean flair. If you explore the town with open eyes, you will discover lots of treasures like the chapel in the Nikolaus church, the hospital with the Mauritius chapel or the residential and working quarters of the Markdorf wine growers and farmers. The surrounding area of Markdorf is influenced by the fruit and wine crop as well as by the closeness to the Lake Constance.

Ansicht Innenhof.jpg (11695 Byte)The history of Markdorf was stamped from 1414 until the secularization in the early 19th century by the membership of the convent Konstanz. However, the bishop granted the citizenship a lot of liberty rights. The citizens had free choice to vote for a mayor and the municipal council and could organize the numerous tasks of the town in personal responsibility. This also contributed to the economic blossoming in the 15th and 16th century. But the farmers suffered very much by the bondages and high tax charges. Despite the farmer rebellion in the year 1525, they did not succeed in changing their hard destiny.

The Thirty Years' War (1618 to 1648) became, just like for lots of other towns, a big catastrophe for Markdorf, which left death and devastation only. As if it had not been enough that the residents suffered from murders, plunderings and pillages, the Black Death also raged and took a bigger part of the population. Markdorf could recover only very slowly from this nightmare. The town, which became almost completely deserted, became populated by immigrants from the Alp region. One can only refer to a real revival starting in the 18th century. Today, the baroque constructions of the town bear witness of this time.

 

 

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