You gotta respect a place like Markdorf, a location so steeped in history and tradition. It’s more than 1200 years old and has aged as wonderful as a locally made fine wine. Even better, the town lies near the super cool Lake Constance.
On the Baroque Route, you’re guaranteed to see some of the best architecture of the day. While traveling on the James’ Way, you’re following in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims to churches & monasteries on their holy route to Santiago de Compostella in Spain.
When in Markdorf, you’ll find a great combination of both when you visit the Gothic church of St. Nikolaus (1370), the ornate Baroque church of Sts. Peter & Paul (1689), and St. Mauritius Chapel that was built in the 15th century.
More medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque places can be found around town if you know where to look. The Hexenturm or Witches Tower (can you ominous?) is now a cheery craft museum.
Don’t forget the old Bishofsschloss, where the monks from the old monastery used to summer. You don’t have to join any orders to stay there now, it’s a hotel. One look at just the center of town and you’ll know why they wanted to come here. It’s just so gosh darn pretty with its brick lined lanes and small shoppes!
When you’re not out for a day on the water, or visiting every church & chapel within a 20 km radius; there’s always a show or concert at the Small Art Stage. The City Museum is another treat filled with some great contemporary art.
Markdorfers also have an affinity with their friends from across the pond. The Dixiefest is a fun-filled celebration with the sounds of Dixie Land Jazz. You’ll be wondering if you’re in a small town in South Germany or walking the streets of New Orleans!
It’s possible that good German wine could have the same effect. Now, that’s a vacation!