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Gasthof zum Bären


The Bären is the oldest inn in Meersburg, its foundation can be assumed to have been around 1250, at that time still outside and only with the new, extended town wall in 1300, inside the town fortifications. One of the two vaulted cellars as well as the foundation walls are still from the first house and are over 750 years old. The oldest preserved document is the prince-bishop’s Berain (house interest book) from 1456.

In the period between 1457 and 1510, when there were armed conflicts between the citizens and the bishop of Constance because of the city rights, the bear gained a special, local significance. In 1510, Bishop Hugo von Hohenlandenberg granted the bear the real rights that are still valid today. The lintel above the Renaissance portal with the five angel heads bears the date 1605, when the bear, some sources also speak of a fire, was enlarged to its present size. In 1680 the inn was extended by the house at the upper gate. When the Thurn und Taxis’sche Reichspost established a postal line from Lindau to Constance in September 1688 and turned the Bear into a post office, a golden age dawned for the inn. In the following 200 years the Bear accommodated the travellers of the stagecoaches and today’s garage was a horse stable. Around the year 1838, a so-called museum (reading room) was established in Bären by citizens, including Joseph von Lassberg. Lassberg came daily to read the newspaper and his sister-in-law Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, followed in 1842 in the Bear the first print of her ”Judenbuche” in the Cotta’schen Morgenblatt.

In 1952/54 a general renovation became necessary, the supporting structure had to be repaired, the rooms had to be modernized. It was not until 1960 that the building was extended again, the half-timbered house was acquired and assembled with the Bear.

In the 1980s, as part of the urban redevelopment, the supporting structure was strengthened again, the rooms were extended and modernised. In 1989 and 2000 2 new garage buildings were built in the immediate vicinity.

Before 1605 the owner of the inn was the Bären-Gesellschaft, the ”Gemeinesellen der Trinkstube im Behren”, today the ”101 Bürger von Meersburg”. Since then the Bären serves the society as a guild house. From 1605 to 1728 the Bear Society was the owner together with the town parish, from 1728 to 1768 the town parish alone, and from 1768 to 1832 the Hospital zum Heiligen Geist. In 1832 Georg Eberle and his wife Notburga Eyselin became the first private owners. After several changes of ownership, the Bear finally came into the possession of the Keller-Karrer-Gilowsky families in June 1851.

Today, 20 rooms, all with shower, WC, telephone and television, are available to our guests.

… we are looking forward to your visit!


Gasthof Zum Bären
Michael Gilowsky e. Kfm.
Marktplatz 11
88709 Meersburg

Tel: +49 7532 43220
Fax: +49 7532 432244


All 3 single and 17 double rooms have shower (bath), WC, TV, telephone. Hotel garages available. Free WLAN. Bicycle cellar. Closed from 01.01.2020 – 21.03.2020 and 04.11.2020 – 31.12.2020. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

  Family friendly

  Quiet location

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