Castle garden in Meersburg

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Castle garden, Meersburg, March 29, 2015.

I’m sorry that I had no porch for you on Sunday; we spent a long weekend in the town of Meersburg on Lake Constance, about an hour and a half south of Stuttgart.

Aside from its lakefront location (and a beautiful view of the Swiss Alps across the water), the town’s principal feature is the medieval Alte (old) Burg — Germany’s oldest inhabited castle.*

Its sweet little garden, tucked along a high wall, seems to reflect the presence of the castle’s most distinguished resident, the romantic poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. She frequently stayed there in the 1840s, when her brother-in-law owned it.

Her pretty rooms with their floral wallpapers have been carefully preserved — she died there in 1848.

You can see the position of the garden along the castle walls in this Wikipedia photo.

*Sections date as early as the 7th century.