Friedrichshafen in the state of Baden-Württemberg enjoys a special place on the map of Germany due to its association with the Zeppelin airships. In fact you’ll be surprised to know that the Zeppelin is an integral part of the town’s psyche even today.
There must be a reason they call it Zeppelin City. :-)
Visit the Zeppelin Museum to see what I mean. Here you’ll learn all about the origins of this magnificent flying machine and the visionary Count who dreamed it all up. They have modern versions that give you a flying tour, in case you’re interested.
While on the topic, there’s also the Fountain, the Monument and the Village, each with an interesting Zeppelin saga attached.
With the Zeppelin part taken care of, let’s move on to the magnificent landmark — the twin towered Palace Church which can be seen for miles around. If you thought the exterior is impressive, wait till you’re inside. It’s simply awesome!
While at the Zeppelin Museum, you might want to go up to the top floor where there is a great collection of local art ranging from the medieval to the present. The School Museum is not something you come across every day. Here you’ll be amazed to see school systems of almost a thousand years exhibited, down to the school cards and modes of punishments. This is indeed an education in itself.
Take a walk by the blue waters of Lake Constance (Bodensee) on the beautiful promenade with glorious views of the Alps for company. You can have a great time here browsing around the little boutiques for that perfect little gift or any old thing you suddenly realize you can’t live without.
For a vantage point from which to view this stunning area, you could climb the lookout tower in the harbor. Hang on to your camera!
Oh, and while you’re in that area, why not taking a look at other towns of the Bodensee district. Many of them are located at or near Lake Constance.
And don’t miss the Friedrichshafen Airport [FDH] a.k.a. Bodensee Airport, where you can check in via boat, literally. ;-)