Lindau Things to Do

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    Explore lovely Lindau on foot

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    The beautiful streetscapes of Lindau invite even the least athletic of visitors to explore on foot. Although there are a few major tourist attractions, the most attractive aspect of Lindau is the beauty of the whole old town, so walking becomes a pleasure rather than a chore.

    Lindau is essentially flat, so unlike Meersburg (which is located on a steep slope), it is easy to negotiate even for people with limited mobility or those travelling with small children. The port is also very close to the centre of town, so within a few minutes of your arrival by ferry, you can be in the heart of Lindau, soaking up the historical ambience!

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    Diebturm (Robber's Tower)

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    Despite its rather grim history as a prison, the Diebturm (Robber's Tower) was the building in Lindau that I liked most.

    The thin, circular tower with its steep conical roof put me in mind of an illustration from 'Rapunzel' and the tiles on the roof have weathered to a range of different shades of brown and green, which reminded me of the scales of a dragon - or maybe I have just been overdosing on the fairytales of late!

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    The moving Peterskirche war memorial

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    Of all the historic buildings in Lindau, Peterskirche (also known as the Fisherman's Church) is the one that I found most moving.

    The ancient Peterskirche is the oldest church in the entire Bodensee region - an area that does not suffer from a shortage of old churches (see my Reichenau page) - and dates back to about 1000 AD. The Romanesque architecture of the building is exquisitely stark, and the interior is a haven of tranquility. One of the interior walls features the only known fresco by Hans Holbein the Elder dating from the 15th century.

    Peterskirche has been used as a war memorial since 1928, and there are simple but moving memorials to war casualties from a number of armed conflicts.

    We visited Lindau on a very hot day, and found Peterskirche to be a cool oasis of calm amid the onslaught of high season tourists in the rest of town. This is a very special place to retire, reflect and recharge your batteries, if only for a few minutes, and is not to be missed.

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    Explore Lindau harbour

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    Everything about Lindau's harbour is lovely, from the elegance of the lighthouse to the massive statue of the Lion of Bavaria which guards the harbour entrance and the view across the lake to the mountains.

    Approaching Lindau from the water is very special, and I would recommend that any visitor does this at least once, even if it means taking a short ferry trip for that express purpose!

    When we visited, it was also possible to swim at a Lido on the eastern edge of the harbour - I'm not sure whether it is still possible to do so. This was a strange but enjoyable place, and the waves generated by the ferries as they shuttled in and out of the harbour added an extra, unexpected dimension to the experience. It was a baking hot day, so we lingered in the water as long as possible, and only caught the last ferry back to Meersburg by the skin of our teeth. I can still recall our panic sprinting along the quay towards the imminently departing ferry with our small daughter and her pushchair in our arms as the crew started to draw up its gangplank!

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    Lindau Rathaus (Town Hall)

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    With its intricate stepped profile and ornate murals, Lindau's Rathaus (Town Hall) bears more than a passing resemblance to an ornate lebkuchen (iced gingerbread confection).

    It is a beautiful Gothic structure that dates back to the 15th century, and was later extended to include an unusual Renaissance-style exterior staircase.

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    Harbour

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 16, 2008

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    The picturesque harbour of Lindau was built on the south coast of the island in 1811. At the entrance of the harbour there is a Lion (the symbol of Bavaria) 6 meters tall, and a lighthouse 35 meters tall. Both of them are one of the symbol of the town.
    From here departed the ferry to Bregenz (Austria) and Switzerland.

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    Mangturm

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 16, 2008

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    Walking along the promenade of the Harbour you can see the nice Mangturm, one of the best known monument of the town. It was built in 1200 as watch tower of the medieval fortifications of the town. Following it became a lighthouse. During the 19th century was added a steeple cover of green and yellow tiles.

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    Altes Rathaus

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 15, 2008

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    The Old City Hall was built between 1422 and 1436. It was modified several times during the 16th century and in 1865. In 1885 the architect Friedrich von Thiersch rebuild the pediment and the external stairway which were removed in the past years. The facade has got fantastic paintings made by Joseph Widmann.

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    Maximilianstrasse

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 15, 2008

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    Maximilianstrasse is the main street of the Medieval town. Along its sides you can see many shops located in wonderful houses built in the 15th and 16th century. The houses are small and compact with windows divided from columns. A lot of of them have a bovindo on the facade. The loggiatis and the old pulleys in the garrets testify the commercial origin of the town.

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    Haus Zum Cavazzen

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 15, 2008

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    This wonderful palace was built by the De Cavazzo familly between 1540 and 1617. It was modified in a Baroque style by the von Seutter family in 1730. The facade is completely painted with figures of ermeses, atlases, sphinxes and fruit. Today the house is center of the Stadtisches Museum (museum of local history).

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    Munster "Zur lieben frau" Lieben

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 15, 2008

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    The church was owned by the Benedictine monks here installed from the seventh century. Along the west wall of the church you can see some parts of the Pre-Romanesque church built in 948. In 1100 the Benedictine built the Romanesque Basilica which was destroyed by the big fire in 1728. It was rebuilt according the Romanesque shape but in a Baroque style with plasters, frescoes and sculptures made by Johann Caspar Bagnato between 1748 and 1755.

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    Stephanskirche

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 15, 2008

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    Stephanskirche is first monument that you meet crossing the bridge that connects the medieval town with the new one. The church was built in Romanesque style but in the following centuries it was modified in the actual architecture with three naves.

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    Lindau's Casino

    by travelfrosch Written Sep 30, 2007

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    Spielbank Lindau

    Do you feel lucky? Well, try your luck at Lindau's Spielbank (casino). The modern building on the north side of the island offers high-rollers ample opportunity to part with their money. Be aware this is strictly a Black-Tie affair. I left my tuxedo in my other backpack, so I didn't enter. It was fun to stroll by and imagine what was going on inside, though...

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    Pulverturm

    by travelfrosch Written Sep 30, 2007

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    The Pulverturm, or powder house, is located on the western edge of the island. First constructed in 1508, the tower was a originally part of the city's walled fortifications. During the Thirty Years' War, the pointed roof was actually lowered in order to create a smaller target for Swedish cannons. During the early 19th Century, the building was used for gunpowder storage, which is how it received its current name. Nowadays, the building is used for meetings and conferences.

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    Walk Around the Island

    by travelfrosch Written Sep 29, 2007

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    Follow the signs!
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    A very nice walk is to stroll the perimeter of the island. While not terribly long (maybe 45 minutes if you stop for photos), it is very scenic. If it has rained recently (as it had when we made the walk) some parts of it can be a bit muddy and/or "buggy." Just work your way through those parts quickly and linger in more pleasant places. We especially enjoyed the railroad dam and the flowers near the bridge.

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