Harbour entrance of Lindau - The Bavarian lion to the east side, the lighthouse to the west side

Lindau is a city in southern Bavaria on the shore of Lake Constance or the Bodensee. It lies on the border to the Austrian federal-state of Vorarlberg with its capital city Bregenz which is within walking distance (about 10km along the lake). The historic town is on an island and full of medieval and half-timbered buildings. One can also take boat tours leaving the small harbor and just sit and enjoy a Weissbier admiring the view of Austria and Switzerland and the Alps across the lake.


On a sunny day in summer Lindau is a great place to be. The town is old and very beautiful and has a good market.

Every year the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings take place. These meetings are a conference with Nobel Laureates and young scientists in fields such as chemistry, medicine and physics.

Get in

By train

Lindau has direct rail Eurocity connections from Munich and Zurich, as well as regional rail services from Austria, other parts of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg. The main station (Lindau Hbf) is on the island city, and within walking distance to the harbour.

Frequent trains run from Bregenz to Lindau and back during the day, single journey €2.40 adult on the ÖBB machine (if you book via the DB machines its more expensive: €4.80 one-way).

Euregio train tickets are available for unlimited travel in the region (including discounts on certain ferries).

By plane

Bodensee-Airport Friedrichshafen (IATA: FDH) is the closest airport and easily accessible by rail (see Friedrichshafen).

By boat

Lots of tourists come to Lindau from neighbouring harbour towns of Austria and Switzerland in the summer months for a short trip. Check the ship schedule (valid in 2015) for more information.

There are two boat lines operating to/via Lindau (from about April till October):

Get around

By foot

Lindau is a very small town and exploring it on foot is the best idea. Many parts of the island are for pedestrians only so it is enjoyable to walk around.

By bus

There are city bus lines operating on the island and mainland (Line 1 and 2) and only on the mainland (Line 3 and 4). There is one central bus stop (Anheggerstraße) where all four lines intersect. See the route map and timetables for more details. Single ticket 2.00 EUR, 24-hour ticket 5.20 EUR, other options are available.

Additionally, RBA Regionalbus Augsburg operates in Lindau (island and mainland) and connects to the surrounding area. See the route map and timetables (search for Landkreis Lindau). Line 21 goes to Nonnenhorn (westbound along the lake) and Line 14/14a goes to Bregenz (Austria, eastbound along the lake).

By bicycle


First step after reaching Lindau should be to contact the tourist info centre just outside the train station, where one can get a list of beautiful buildings in the town and a free map too. On a sunny day, the views that this town offers are awesome.

Old City Hall





The market place of Lindau is a beautiful street that offers lots of souvenirs at cheap prices. Branded cloth and accessories shops are quite a few in number. Number of shops sell hats, sunglasses and other accessories etc. One should consider buying Swiss Knives as they are at fair prices.


There are many restaurants in the market and near the shore that offer variety of cuisine.

There are also a few good ice-cream places on the island.


Plenty of hotels available in Lindau, one can get a listing of these hotels at the tourist info point.

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