Lindau Travel Guide

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Lindau Highlights

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    CatherineReichardt says…

     Beautiful, historic and just begging to be explored on foot 

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     Can get extremely crowded in high season, when accommodation is at an absolute premium 

  • In a nutshell
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     A caricature of perfection - the stuff of which postcards are made! 

Lindau Things to Do

  • Explore lovely Lindau on foot

    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...

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  • Diebturm (Robber's Tower)

    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...

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  • The moving Peterskirche war memorial

    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...

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  • Explore Lindau harbour

    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...

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  • Lindau Rathaus (Town Hall)

    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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  • Promenade

    Walking along the promenade is very exciting. There you can have wonderful view of the lake and of the Switzerland mountains.

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  • Harbour

    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

    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

    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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  • Neues Rathaus

    The New City Hall was built between 1706 and 1717 and modified by Friedrich von Thiersch in 1885. The facade of the building is decorated with vases and obelisks.

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  • Maximilianstrasse

    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...

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  • Haus Zum Cavazzen

    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

    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...

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  • Stephanskirche

    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

    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...

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Lindau Hotels

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Lindau Restaurants

  • 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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  • 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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  • Allte Post

    We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and each night we ate there too. This is a first and so far only for us. It's not that other places in town were not enticing, just the food was excellent here and the menu warranted several visits. Lucky enough to eat outside each evening too. a favourite spot for us.

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  • Enjoy a delicious lunch @ an outdoor...

    Many of the outdoor cafes in Lindau serve up traditional Bavarian cuisine. Be sure to have a nice beer with your meal as the locals do... I am constantly seeking out vegetarian, poultry or seafood dishes when in Germany and without fail, everything I've ordered has been delicious.... look beyond the bratwurst friends! ;-)Also... salads in Germany...

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  • Restaurant Bayerischer Hof

    I LOVE this place. In the summer, it's lovely to sit on the terrace and watch the lighthouse and the water. it's also a great place to people watch. In the winter, especially when it's snowing, I like to sit in the window and watch the winter scenes outside. Fantastic menu, great chocolate mousse, and a good wine selection. A little more upscale...

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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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  • Explore Bodensee by boat

    By far the nicest way to explore Bodensee (Lake Constance) is by ferry. There is an extensive network of ferry routes crisscrossing the lake, which services a limited number of towns on the Swiss side as well as many more towns on the German side.Konstanz is the hub of BSB's network, and other larger towns such as Meersburg and Friedrichshafen have...

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  • By boat to Rorschach

    In the summer there are 4 boats per day to Rorschach, Switzerland, 11 Eurohttp://www.schifffahrt-rorschach.ch/onlinefahrplan

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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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    Smallest Steamboat on Lake Constance

    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...)

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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.

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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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