Meßkirch – Where the past is all around you

Strolling round the Late Medieval town centre of Messkirch, you can't fail to notice the all-pervading sense of history in this former administrative Baden town. The cityscape is defined in particular by the Baroque Church of St. Martin and by Messkirch Castle. With its museums and a wide range of events on offer, the Renaissance castle has evolved over the years into a cultural centre for the region.

The "Master of Messkirch" (c. 1490 – 1543), court painter to the Counts of Zimmern, is one of Southern Germany's most prominent representatives of the transition from Late Gothic to Renaissance art. Much of his life's work was produced in Messkirch. Of the ten winged altarpieces which he created for the parish church, one can still be seen in the Baroque Church of St. Martin –the "Three Kings" panel depicting the Adoration of the Magi.

An insider tip for nature enthusiasts is the "Sauldorf Lakes" bird sanctuary. The opportunity to watch great crested grebes, ospreys, hobbies, common tern or sometimes even black storks is guaranteed to gladden the heart of every nature lover.


Our holiday region belongs to the Upper Danube Nature Park, one of Southern Germany's loveliest and most impressive scenic areas. The countryside in the north captivates visitors with its unique views over the Danube Valley and a landscape full of rocky outcrops. Gently rolling hills, fragrant meadows and woodlands are typical of the transition from the north to the south of the region, where the "Sauldorf Quarry Lakes" nature reserve is an ideal place to relax. This mosaic consisting of forests, wetlands, meadows and shallow lakes is a veritable paradise for birds of passage and endangered bird species, colourful butterflies, rare dragonflies, fish and aquatic plants.
In our region the annual calendar of events begins with what we call the "Fifth Season" – i.e. "Fasnet" (Carnival). Thousands of costumed carnivalists celebrate and lark around in the streets. Messkirch especially is one of the main strongholds of the Swabian-Alemannic Carnival, and the "Messkirch Cats" are an eyecatcher in every carnival procession.
But the other seasons of the year have just as much to offer. Spring and summer are the seasons for festivals here. One of the highlights of autumn is Wildenstein Fair, a festivity which involves the whole of Leibertingen, pervading the village with medieval flair. Messkirch Castle is a hub of activity all year round, with a wide range of events. The programme includes exhibitions, concerts, fringe theatre and cabaret.

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