I let out a hearty laugh when reading about the history of Meßkirch; a town between Lake Constance and the mighty Danube, on the classy Hohenzollern Route. It actually said that the town’s “modern” history started sometime in the early 16th century. Modern? 16th century? Are they nuts, or am I?
Silly me, I am the crazy one.
You see, Meßkirch’s history spans back to prehistoric times. More precisely the Bronze Age, more than 3,000 years ago, so in that light, the 16th century is quite modern.
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After the Bronze Age ended, along came the Celts and then the Romans. Their leader, Emperor Vespasian had his guys build a Roman road (a highway, really) and the rest was history.
No, wait, it wasn’t. There’s a lot more to the tale — but, if I tell it that leaves me no time to tell you about the place.
All right, I’ll tell you about the Roman Estate with a Diana Temple, one of the largest within Baden-Württemberg.
But, I know you came to this area to see the Schloss Meßkirch, a very early 15th century castle with one of the largest Renaissance ballrooms in the country. Within its stable and she is a vintage car museum. And as with most castles, it has its very own chapel, this one in an ornate Rococo style.
Over at the Parish Church of St. Martin, you’ll marvel at this late-Gothic basilica with Rococo artwork. You’d never guess a church has been on this very spot since the mid-8th century, would you?
The other churches in Meßkirch shouldn’t be missed, either. The Church of Our Lady is more than 700 years old, then there’s the Sacred Heart Church, the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and the Cemetery Chapel is a Gothic church from the 16th century.
For normal “everyday” houses, look no further than at the corner of Main and Canal Streets, it’s an old pharmacy dating to 1594. Neither would I leave out a visit to the Town Hall, a neo-Renaissance building that’s only a little more than a hundred years old.
As old as Meßkirch is, it can still throw a fabulous party. During the annual Summer Festival, there’s a Flea Market with lots of eating, drinking, and music.
During Carnival (usually February) is when everyone gets in on the action of dressing up, while drinking and eating to their heart’s content.
FYI, folks during Carnival are usually eating a sponge cake with cream, butter, nuts, and chocolate. Its name doesn’t translate very nice into English, so don’t ask just eat & enjoy it. ;-)
I’d wager that those Romans didn’t have anything nearly as good to eat as this. After you’ve tried them, you’ll come back again and again just to have them.