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Episcopalian Baroque residence at Lake Constance

Meersburg New Palace

A grand aura for town and lake

The structure

The New Palace for the prince-bishops of Constance is one of the most original Baroque residences in Germany. Both its monumental exterior and its original interior are sure to impress.

Staircase with richly decorated banisters, Meersburg New Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten, Achim Weischer

The gleaming white staircase makes an impression.

An imposing residence

Regardless of whether guests arrived from the lake or town, they were always greeted by a splendid facade of white pilasters. The prince-bishops’ two-story, single-wing building was designed entirely in the style of a royal Baroque structure, majestic both inside and out. Upon entering the palace, the monumental staircase makes a grand impression. It is evident how much this part of the palace served a representational function: this is where guests were received.

A special feature: unusual stucco

The heart of the palace, the bel étage, the representational main floor, is oddly located on the third floor. This is where the two prince-bishops’ apartments are located, along with the state and envoy apartments, with the ceremonial hall at their center. Almost all of the rooms on the bel étage still have original stucco decor on the ceilings, created by Carlo Luca Pozzi.

Meersburg Castle, stucco detail at Meersburg New Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten, Arnim Weischer
Side of Meersburg New Palace facing town, stucco detail at Meersburg New Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten, Arnim Weischer

The old and new residences in filigreed wall decor in the prince-bishop's study.

Antechamber on the third floor, Meersburg New Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten, Arnim Weischer

Even the antechamber is magnificently decorated.

Salons and the palace church

The rooms on the second floor were originally designed as administrative rooms. Later, some of the rooms were converted into salons and were decorated with stucco reflecting each room's new function. Dining, conference and billiard rooms The two-story palace church was built in the corner pavilion. Its magnificent decor is partially credited to the Upper Swabian master of Rococo sculpture, Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer.

Aerial view of Meersburg New Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten, Achim Mende

New town center: the palace square.

A new palace: the heart of an old town

The prince-bishops had their royal buildings arranged around the New Palace, after the last of the town houses that had stood there were torn down. This is how the present-day palace square was shaped: the Rodt palace, where Rodt and his family lived, the red house, which once served as the court legal office, and the former main guard station.

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