Friedrichshafen Travel Guide

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Friedrichshafen Things to Do


    Friedrichshafen's most famous citizen, Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin has been remembered in many ways in the city. There is the Zeppelin fountain from 1909 near Central Station, then take a short walk to the town gardens to see the tall bronze column that has Ferdinand Graf Zeppelin's words inscribed upon it --- "It is enough to...


    If I haven't sold the Zeppelin Museum to you yet, then I will tell you some other interesting sights you see in the Museum.The Hindenburg Airship wasn't like a Aeroplane, where people sat in rows, instead it was like a luxurious Hotel! It had a Dining Room, Lounge, Writing Room, Port and Starboard Promenades, Smoking room and 25 double-berth inside...


    To visit the Zeppelin Museum was our reason for coming to Friedrichschafen. The modern, fairly new Museum, is located next to the harbour in the Hafenbahnhof (harbour railway station). I was interested in learning more about the Zeppelin Hindenburg, an Airship which intrigued me, what I didn't know, was there were many Airships that used to ply the...

  • Visit Affenberg Salem

    A little monkey park/zoo where the monkeys run free in the forest and you are allowed to walk though it and even feed them some popcorn.Nice half day trip for a family with small children. Has a nice play ground as well in the Restaurant area. From the amount of tables that were there. I guess it can get really packed though. We were there early in...

  • Enjoy a classical concert at the...

    Although the Schlosskirche is located on the lake shore a couple of kilometres west of Friedrichshafen's town centre, its distinctive 'pepperpot' twin towers are visible from some distance, so it's easy to find.We visited late in the evening, so the church wasn't open (anyway, I imagine that the interior would be baroque, which by now you will have...

  • The extraordinary Zeppelin museum

    Despite having one of the dullest website sites I've ever had the misfortune to peruse, the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen is an absolute 'must see' if you're in the Bodensee region. It is one of those rare attractions that should appeal to all members of the family: kids will love the novelty of airship travel, whilst their parents (especially...

  • Stroll along Friedrichshafen's lovely...

    The problem with having a single major tourist attraction in a town is that people tend to simply 'tick it off' and move on. Such is Friedrichshafen's dilemma.And yet the town has so much more to offer. The lake shore is lovely, and significant effort has been made to develop a multifunctional public space. It is a congenial and safe place to...

  • Zeppelin museum

    A visit to the Zeppelin museum was a must for me, I'm interested in anything that moves!This museum shows the history of Zeppelin manufacture in Friedrichshafen right up to the present dat, they still make them - trips can be arranged too. Fortunate to see on fly over while we were there.

  • Zeppelin Museum

    A very important part in the history of Friedrichshafen is the work of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin. Dedicated to him and his creation, the Zeppelins, you will find the interesting Zeppelin museum in the center of Friedrichshafen.It includes a partial model of a Zeppelin in original size. You can enter the longe, the cabins and have a look at the...

  • Dornier Museum - Aircraft pioneer

    In Friedrichshafen you can visit the Dornier museum. It shows the work of Claude Dornier and the company named after him. The exhibition includes models of airplanes but also several real planes in a hangar and in open air.I think the exhibition is really interesting, not only because Dornier was born in my current home town Kempten.About the...

  • Watch out for blimps!

    Friedrichshafen is home to the Zeppellin factory, as well as an airport.Keep your eyes on the sky, they are a frequent sight.

  • Go for a drive!

    The roads near Friedrichshafen are prime for driving! Take a good rip past Markdorf to Heiligenberg, grab lunch there at a deli, and catch a good view of the local area from the castle. There, lunch, relaxed exploring, and back in about three or four hours.

  • Catch a good view!

    There is a large platform tower set up off a pier, near to the ferry dock. Climb up quite a few stairs, and you have a spectacular view of the town.

  • Zeppelin Museum

    Friedrichshafen was home to the Zeppelin airship company and many were launched from a floating assembly hall on the lake. This is an excellent museum in which to spend a few hours.From their web site, listed below: "In six major departments the technological collection of the Zeppelin Museum brings all aspects of the history and technology of...

  • Zeppelin Museum

    In the town centre, in the former Zeppelin terminal building is a really intersting museum all about the company that did so much more than make airships. Their succesors are still a major employer in the town. You can go into a full size mock-up of part of a dirigible which for those who never saw a real one is amazing. They must have been huge....

  • City of the Zeppelin

    Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the inventor of the Zeppelin air ship, was born in Friedrichshafen and built his first air ship here. Zeppelins are still being built here today, and you can often see one flying around.

  • Old City

    The old city of Friedrichshafen is located right by the lake - with lots of little shops, restaurants and ice cream places. Great views on the lake and over to Switzerland. And from the lake tower you have a great view over the old town.

  • LZ129. Luxury Air Travel.

    The Zeppelin Museum houses a marvelous reconstruction of part of the passenger accomodation on Hindenburg. Lounge, Library, Smoking room and bar, Cabins etcAir travel as it should be !This pic of the lounge is from altfrankfurt web site.


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Friedrichshafen Restaurants


    We had come across similar Bakeries as we travelled different countries, so when we saw one here in Friedrichschafen, we headed there straight away to buy our lunch. This is a chain store with good quality fresh food.The Bakery is self-serve, you just walk around and pick out what you want with a pair of tongs, put it in a bag and then pay at the...

  • While waiting at the airport.

    There is a very stylish restaurant on the first floor of the airport. During the day it is self service and of an evening it is table service. The day time food is nothing to write about, although the salad bar is good.Reasonably priced and a relaxing place. The evening bar looks quite up-market with buckets of champers and a wide range of drinks.

  • Ferry good lunch

    There are bars and restaurants on the Lake Ferries. If you are travelling to other lakeside towns ( depending on the crossing times ) you can eat in the ferry dining rooms, which are quite nice. Waiter/waitress service.You don't have to have a full meal, you can just stuff yourself with ice cream or cakes !Service is good ( depending on how busy )...


Friedrichshafen Transportation

  • 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...

  • very south of germany

    many trains coming from the west and tou can reach very easily Lindau , in Bavaria , then AustriaBaden-Württemberg ticket by train : 20 euros for the whole day in the whole regionBodo-regio ticket : 15 euros to travel by train around the Constance lake (germany, austria, switzerland ) this includes the boat from Friedrichshafen to Romanshorn,...

  • Friedrichshafen Stadt Railway Station

    The main railway station in the centre of town. Rebuilt after WW2, there is a waiting hall, bar and cafe with shop. Ticket machines and timetables are in the main hall. Press for english instruction, enter number of your destination ( see list next to machine, the airport is Friedrichshafen Flughafen?. I just look for the picture of an aeroplane )...


Friedrichshafen Shopping

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    banana milk

    by fabrice Written May 5, 2010

    What to buy: everywhere in germany, you can find in shops in railway stations, they have delicious milk+banana bottles

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Friedrichshafen Warnings and Dangers

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    Guidance on photography in churches:...

    by CatherineReichardt Written Oct 17, 2011

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    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 vast majority of Christian churches will allow tourists to visit at most times, including routine services (although some may charge an admission fee for doing so, and access may be denied for private events such as weddings and funerals). However, tourists should realise that most churches are still active places of worship, and so visitors need to exhibit a certain sensitivity to display respect to the culture and avoid giving offence to people at prayer.

    The following guidelines are based on wonderful advice offered by Homer (homaned) - who does this for a living - in a forum response, and although specifically written for Christian places of worship, would apply equally to places of worship for other religions

    So, here is a general list of do's and don'ts for people wishing to photograph during a church service:

    If photography is not permitted - because, for example, it may damage paint on delicate murals - this will usually be indicated by a pictogram of a camera with a red line through it. Under most circumstances, you can assume that photography will be allowed (unless otherwise indicated), but may not be permitted during services. If in doubt, ask for clarification - this shows respect and will very seldom be met with anything other than a helpful response.

    Every camera on the market has a button on it which will turn off the flash. The number one most alarming and distracting thing that can happen during a liturgy, and one which will even get you kicked out of some churches, is the bright flash that goes off when you take a picture. Not only is it distracting, but it usually makes the picture turn out dark, because your camera's flash only has about a 10-15' range. Turn off the flash, and hold the camera up against your eye, using the viewfinder, and you will likely get a better picture (and you definitely won't have any red-eye problems!).

    Instead of walking all over down the main aisle and in front of everybody, pick a good place from which to take a picture at the beginning of the liturgy, and stay there. Unless you're a professional photographer with practice at stealthily moving during liturgies, you're a distraction, and you're being disrespectful. Even if you're a pro, try to stick to one out-of-the-way place, and use a zoom lens and zoom in to get pictures. Walking in front of people is a surefire way to distract and disrespect and closing in on priests or other celebrants just to capitalise on a photo opportunity is offensive.

    Every camera has some way to mute all its 'cute' beeps and clicking noises. If you press a button, and hear a beep, or if you take a picture and hear an obnoxious shutter clicking sound, you need to turn off those sounds (the muting option is usually in one of the menus). Along with the flashing, it's an obvious sign that someone is taking pictures and not showing much respect for those trying to pay attention to the liturgy.

    If your camera can't focus without the little laser-light that shines in everyone's eyes before your camera takes a picture, then don't use your camera. You have to turn that light off! It is very distracting to be watching a lector or priest, and see a little red dot or lines pop up on his face all of the sudden. It's as if some rifleman is making his mark! Turn the light off (again, look in the menus for the option to turn off the 'AF assist' or 'focus assist' light). If you can't turn it off, put a piece of duct tape or some other opaque material over the area where the light is, so the light won't shine on someone.

    You should never use the LCD to compose your shots anyways; just put your eye up to the viewfinder, and that will not only not distract, it will also steady your camera against your face, making for a better picture (especially if you don't have the flash on). And if you must review the pictures you've taken, hold the camera in front of you, down low, so people behind you don't notice the big, bright LCD display on your camera

    The consecration (blessing) of the eucharist (bread and wine) and distribution of communion to the congregation are considered to be particularly sacred parts of the service, and it is offensive to photograph these activities.

    The main thing is to try to be respectful of the culture and of other people present at the service. Don't distract. And, if you are asked to not take pictures, or if there's a sign saying 'no photography allowed,' then don't take pictures. You can always ask a priest's permission before the liturgy, but if he says 'No,' put away your camera and enjoy the freedom you have to focus on the privilege of being able to share an experience with people who consider these religious rituals core to their culture and identity, rather than focusing on your camera's LCD!

    Homer's Rules ... Homer rules!

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Friedrichshafen Off The Beaten Path

  • Zeppelin Fountain

    One of several fountains. This one is off FriedrichStrasse.A child standing on a globe holds an early (L1?) Zeppelin, above a large clean water fountain.Charming !

  • Fountains

    There are a lot of water features and fountains in the town.On the other side ( inland ) of the railway station is a square between blocks of flats. There is a splendid modern "tree" fountain.Three formal metal trees with radiating branches and spray heads. The water sprays like a leafy tree then falls into a small lake for children to play...

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    Zeppelin Museum

    by GrumpyL5 Updated Jun 14, 2003

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    Favorite thing: A large collection of Airship memorabilia, models and history. The "largest exhibit" being a 108ft long reconstruction of part of the ill-fated LZ 129 Hindenburg.
    Located in the former Harbour Railway Station. The impressive Bauhaus style building includes an art gallery and restaurant, lockers and giftshop.
    Information is in German but there are audio guides in English and French for E3.00 and there is a small entry charge to the Museum.
    Hrs : Tue - Sun 10.00 - 18.00 May - Oct
    Tue - Sun 10.00 - 17.00 Nov - Apr

    Fondest memory: Fodest memory is probably walking up the gangway into the "Hindenburg" reconstruction, looking into the passenger cabins and sitting in the passenger lounge looking at the murals and out of the big windows. Fab !

    Zeppelin Museum and harbour
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