Lindau Travel Guide

  • Inside the Train Station
    Inside the Train Station
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  • German and Austrian Ticket Machines
    German and Austrian Ticket Machines
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  • Minifrosch ponders Daddy's beer
    Minifrosch ponders Daddy's beer
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Lindau Things to Do

  • HARBOUR, PORT, MARINA

    As Lindau is an island, it's no wonder that boating plays a big part of getting to and from Lindau. Ferries go to most larger towns around Lake Constance, a really nice way to sit back and to enjoy the views. At Lindau, the ferries arrive at the central port, Lake Constance harbour where the Lion and Lighthouse is situated.For the people of the...

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  • THE STADT THEATRE

    First look, and you see a Church, but this 13th century Convent Church is no longer, for now it's the Stadt Theatre. It was part of the former Franciscan monastery, founded in 1224 and closed in 1528, at the time of the Reformation. It happens to be the largest Theatre on Lake Constance and was the first Theatre building in Germany after WWII. The...

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  • LINDAU ABBEY

    The Lindau Abbey, is the former Kanonissenstift in Lindau. There is a legend to how this Monastery was founded around 817 to 822, by Coundt Adelbert of Raetia. The legend tells of the Count crossing to the Island during a dangerous storm, how he vowed he would build a Monastery where he first set foot on land on the Island of Lindau. This he did,...

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  • ISLAND OF LINDAU - PARKS & GARDENS

    What a way to enter Lindau! Pretty flowers, lawns and fountains, is what we first saw when we came off the bridge. It was May, and the Tulips were in flower, there were many colours and some were striped. This wasn't the only park, I found many more with lawns to the water -front, seats scattered around to enjoy the view. Even where there were...

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  • FOUNTAINS IN LINDAU

    As with many old towns, there is a never a shortage of fountains. Lindau is not an exception! I found many fountains scattered all around the old town. These are some others I found.Photo 1 The Neptune fountain, a cast iron statue of Neptune with trident and dolphin, standing on a column in a fountain basin, can be found at the marketplace.Photo 2...

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  • DISCOVER THE LESSER KNOWN SIGHTS

    If your at Lindau, after seeing the major tourist sites, do try and walk some of the side lanes and find and see lesser known parts of Lindau which are still enchanting!I found so many distinctive buildings in this city, many "off the beaten track." What you must do, is keep and eye out for the wonderful old time frescoes that are on many of the...

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  • DISCOVER LOWER SCHRANNENPLATZ

    The Lower Schrannenplatz is where I found the fountain of Fools and many interesting buildings. The house (no.6) behind the fountain was one of them. Named the "house for Glogge," it just isn't one house, but four houses assembled together, and with each story, the eaves are at a different height. The house dates back to 1578.Others of interest, is...

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  • CHURCH OF ST. STEPHEN

    The Church of St. Stephen from 1180, is situated right next to the Cathedral of Our Lady, in the market square of the city. I visited one after another and found a big difference between the two! Where-as the Cathedral is Catholic and "over the top" baroque, St Stephens is Lutheran and sparsely decorated, but still attractive. White inside, with...

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  • MAXIMILIAN STREET

    Maximilian street, is a pedestrian Boulevarde in Lindau. The walk is along a cobble-stoned street that has been here since the middle ages. Every now and then, small streets run off Maximilian street, these too are worth exploring. It was a miserable, dull day and had rained just before we arrived. Because of this, all the outdoor table settings...

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  • THE HARBOUR ENTRANCE

    Another way that would be nice to enter Lindau, is on one of the ferries that ply Lake Constance. I can just imagine coming through the entrance and into the harbor, considered the most beautiful on Lake Constance. On one side is the Lighthouse,, and on the other is a huge 6 metre high and weighing 50 tons, sitting Lion guarding the harbour...

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  • STADT MUSEUM

    The Stadt Museum is another beautifully decorated baroque Town House in Lindau. Known as the "Cavazzen," it is quoted as being the "most beautiful house on Lake Constance." With its hipped roof and wonderful painted façade, perhaps it is! A swiss architect built it between 1728 to 1729. Since 1929, its been the town Museum where a permanent...

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  • THE TOWER OF THIEVES (Diebsturm)

    Lindau is a town with umpteen Towers! I really haven't seen so many in such a small area before, at least they are interesting!The one I have come across at the west end of Old Town of Lindau, was built in 1380 as a Watchtower along the town's fortifications. I loved its octagonal roof complete with four filigree six-sided corner towers. Later on,...

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  • FOOLS FOUNTAIN

    After viewing the Diebsturn, I followed the old city wall along past St. Peter's church to the Unterer Schrannenplatz, where bell ringers used to live. It was here, I saw a very unusual fountain, which was named Narren Brunnen, according to the wall plaque. There were five interesting figures, which are carnival figures, each wearing masks worn by...

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  • CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY

    The Catholic Cathedral of our Lady, is also known as St. Mary's or Collegiate Church. The first church was built here in 810, only fire in 1728 destroyed much of it. The present church was built between the years 1748 to 1752 by a baroque architect.The inside is richly decorated with white stucco, many beautiful frescoes and carvings in the Rococo...

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  • LINDAVIA FOUNTAIN

    After viewing the old Town Hall, it was time to walk a few steps to see what the Lindavia Fountain was all about, it looked rather interesting!The fountain was made from red marble, and has the woman, "Lindavia," the guardian of Lindau, standing with a linden twig in her hand. I could see the Lindau coat of arms, which happens to be a Linden tree,...

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Lindau Hotels

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  • Hotel Helvetia

    Seepromenade , Lindau, Bavaria, 88131, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Reutermann

    Seepromenade, Lindau, Bavaria, 88131, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Bad Schachen

    Bad Schachen 1, Lindau, Bavaria, 88131, Germany

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

Lindau Restaurants

  • Beer Garden in Lindau

    Wandering around searching for a place serving lunch (harder than you think!), we stumbled across this beer garden. The place was crowded and filled with people who appeared to be locals (or at least didn't look like standard Lindau tourists). The attached restaurant features pizza and Balkan dishes, but the beer garden seemed to cater to more...

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  • GOOD FOOD!

    Where to eat without paying a fortune for lunch when holidays, is always a problem! It was time for lunch when we were at Lindau, so as the passenger in the car, I had to be on the look-out. I happened to see LINDAU PARK SHOPPING CENTRE, so we headed in there as we knew we could find a car park easily, always a problem! There were a few food...

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  • Gut bürgerliche Küche

    Our hotel had a very nice restaurant on the ground floor. For the sake of simplicity, we had lunch here... and when it turned out the place we planned to have dinner was closed, we came back and had dinner here as well. There is no exact translation for "gut bürgerliche Küche" (I literally translate it as "Good citizenly cooking," while Google...

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  • get the best food on the whole island!

    Wonderful mediterranean kitchen, a lot of vegetarian dishes and the mixed starters are absolutely delicious! Everything is prepared freshly without any preservatives or artificial flavours. The plates also look very nice with lovely decoration. The service is very friendly and the prices are moderate. Just go there and enjoy! I loved the mixed...

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  • Don´t go here!

    I can´t belive my eyes, when I saw Trip advisor-users giving 5 stars to this place!!!!!!!!!!Firstable: Service was very poor (maybe we didn´t look good enough for this place, but in 5 star hotels restaurant they really shouldn´t give us bad servise based on what we were wearing!! I know many rich people wearing very common clothes, at least at hot...

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  • Go here instead ;)

    We went here straight from restaurant Helvetia, and we were hungry and angry and it was raining "cats and dogs". We asked the weither could we please have some pommes frites and weissbier. He said "Of course" (There was no pommes frites on the menu, but we just asked, because we didn´t feel like trying anything we might get wrong..)The portion was...

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Lindau Transportation

  • Take the Train

    Lindau has its own train station, right on the island in the Old Town. Lindau is a major station on the Munich-Zurich line, with even the "fastest" trains stopping here. If you're coming from Munich, however, you'll save a lot of money and not lose a lot of time by taking slower trains and using a "Bayern-Ticket." For example, if you take the...

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  • TRANSPORT

    Lindau can be reached by many forms of transportation.As we had our own car, this is the way we arrived, quite easy as there is a bridge across to the island from the mainland.Lindau is the Terminus for many trains, including long distance and local trains. You can come from Munich to here by Train in approx. 2 hours.Bus routes 1 and 2 of Stadtbus...

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  • Euregio train ticket

    From 16 Euro (1 zone), 22 Euro (2 zones) and 29 Euro (3 zones), 1 day travel in the Bodensee area (Feldkirch, Bregenz, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, Konstance, Friedrichshafen, Ravensburg...) by train, bus and 25% off by boat (from Friedrichshafen and Meersburg only)

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Lindau Warnings and Dangers

  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the...

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  • Expensive hotels

    Accomodation can be a problem in Lindau. Of course this is very true for the island. Off the island there might be more chances, but on the island everybody is going crazy. First, the information bureau was closed in midday when we got there, because it was weekend (?!). Then, the information panel there showed vacancies and prices .. when calling...

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  • Dont stay at the small tacky hotel near...

    Try to avoid the small little tacky hotel near the bahnhof. I forget the name but it sucks in comparison to other hotels. Also dont go to the one loud disco bar on the northwest end of the island. Just a little too weird for my taste. Stick to the local beer.

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Lindau Tourist Traps

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    by Anjutka Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    when we visited the harbour there was none of the numerous excursion boats in it but a tiny real steamboat, brand new and obviously run by an enthusiast offering excursions on it. We did not ask for the price but on the boat you can find the Austrian mobile phone number to arrange a trip with this extremely silent and not very smoky boat (one is almost persuaded to assume that the boat is driven by an electric engine and the smoke coming out from the chimney is produced by other means...)

    Smallest Steamboat on Lake Constance

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Lindau Off The Beaten Path

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    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 15, 2008

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    Diebsturm (the thieves' tower) was a watch tower built in 1380 to protect the Medieval wall. Very funny is the long hair that fall down from the window like the fable.

    Diebsturm Diebsturm
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Lindau Favorites

  • Cramergasse: Boo-Yah!

    This street name got my attention because of the way it was spelled. A rather active gentleman named Jim Cramer hosts a financial show on American cable television. Known for his crazy antics and catch phrases such as "Boo-Yah," Cramer works hard to make a boring subject interesting for the masses. If you walk further down Cramergasse, you will...

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  • Swans

    These feathered locals weren't particularly impressed by our arrival. But, they were rather cute, so I took a picture.

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  • Lindau Greeter

    As we stopped for a rest along the wall on the east side of the island, a four-legged local came up to greet us. He was quite happy to spend quite a few minutes with us, sauntering between Sara and me to maximize his potential petting. Finally, satisfied by our attention, he rushed off to an urgent appointment with a field mouse.

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    Nov 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Change in pricing scheme for Bayern-Ticket:

    The fare structure has changed significantly for the Bayern-Ticket, the ticket valid on all local trains and most public transport systems in Bavaria. Instead of a two-tiered system for "single" tickets and "regular" tickets for 2-5 people, the fare now varies based on how many people are using the ticket. As of December 2012, the fares are as follows:

    1 person : EUR 22.00
    2 people : EUR 26.00
    3 people : EUR 30.00
    4 people : EUR 34.00
    5 people : EUR 38.00

    Go to Deutsche Bahn's website for details, restrictions, and further information.

    bahn.de/i/view/DEU/en/prices...

 
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ST. PETER'S CHURCH
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THE MANGENTURM
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THE HARBOUR LIGHTHOUSE
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EXPLORE ON FOOT
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Explore Bodensee by boat
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Diebturm (Robber's Tower)
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The moving Peterskirche war memorial
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Lindau Rathaus (Town Hall)
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By boat to Rorschach
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Mangturm
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Neues Rathaus
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Lindau at Bodensee / Lake Constance
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