Friedrichshafen is located at the northeastern corner of Lake Constance (Bodensee), near the lake's widest point in the German federal-state of Baden-Württemberg. The city has played a vital role in the history of aviation, as this is where Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin developed and built his famous airships which dominated the skies in the early 20th century, and where similar smaller airships are made to this day. Friedrichshafen features a wealth of aviation-related attractions and museums. It also has one of the longest waterfront promenades along the Bodensee.


This mostly modern city was almost completely rebuilt after bombing in World War II. It also has a nice view of Austria and Switzerland and the alps across the lake on a clear day. In addition, the town's other highlights are three interesting museums and the dome-capped Schlosskirche, the premier remaining reminder of Friedrichshafen's baroque past.

Get in

By plane

Friedrichshafen has a small international airport,   Bodensee-Airport Friedrichshafen (IATA: FDH), with direct flights from Dublin, London, Berlin and Prague. From the airport's train station (Friedrichshafen Flughafen), there are regular commuter trains to Friedrichshafen, and in the opposite direction to Ravensburg and an hourly service to Ulm. A cab from the airport to downtown will cost between €10-15, depending on where you go.

You could also consider to fly to Zürich Airport in Switzerland and take one of the hourly trains to Romanshorn, and the take the ferry over the Lake Constance. Since the last ferry in the off-season period leaves around 19:30 this is not an option for late arrivals.

Another option is to fly to Allgäu Airport Memmingen (IATA: FMM) and take the train from Memmingen to Friedrichshafen. The train ride takes between 2 and 3 hours.

By car

22 km (14 miles) West of Lindau, 20 km (12 miles) South of Ravensburg

By ferry

There is a ferry port in the very centre of Friedrichshafen with many frequent services to other ports on Lake Constance shores:

By train

There is a regular train service from Stuttgart and Ulm to Friedrichshafen. Another train line runs along Lake Constance (though mainly inland and not very scenic) from Lindau via Friedrichshafen to Radolfzell, Schafhausen and Bale. The main train station is   Friedrichshafen Stadt, but there is also a small train station very close to the ferry terminal called   Friedrichshafen Hafen. Both train stations are within walking distance of the city center. In summer time, the trains to and from Friedrichshafen might be crowded with groups of cyclists.

Get around

The town of Friedrichshafen covers a fairly large area along the lake side and the hinterland. There is public transportation, including a fairly priced night-bus system, but the best way to get around is by bike or car. During high-season in summer roads can get quite crowded and traffic jams getting in and out of Friedrichshafe are frequent. In particular on the B31 (Lindau-Friedrichshafen-Immenstaad-Hagnau-Meersburg-Überlingen).

There are plenty of opportunities to rent bikes in Friedrichshafen.


Dornier Museum at night
The Zeppelin Museum is housed by the historic modernist building of the Friedrichshafen Hafen railway station right at the lakeside




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