Friedrichshafen is a city in southern Germany located on the shore of Lake Constance. It is known for its important role in aviation history, which is presented in detail in the Zeppelin Museum. The lake promenade is lined with cafés. A steel tower at the harbor dam offers a view of the city and the Alps. The vaulted baroque towers of the castle church dominate the cityscape and can be admired from the air during sightseeing flights with the Zeppelin. Friedrichshafen offers a many opportunities for wonderful vacations. Friedrichshafen is also an important international trade fair site.
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1. Zeppelin Museum
With more than 1,500 original displays, authentic sound, video and picture archives, thrilling family tours and a walk-in partial recreation of Hindenburg, the Zeppelin Museum vividly tells the story of airship aviation, captivating more than 250,000 visitors of all ages each year. The Friedrichshafen Museum is not only a center of competence for the Zeppelin cult object, but also has a large collection of works of art from the Middle Ages to the modern age, particularly through impressive, interdisciplinary temporary exhibitions. The Zeppelin Museum has always been a monument for contemporary art and current themes.
The town's landmark is the Castle Church with its two 55 m high sandstone dome towers. It was built between 1695 and 1701 under the direction of Christian Thumb and is now one of the most prominent Upper Swabian buildings of the Baroque era. The Schlosskirche has been a Protestant church since 1812. In 1944, the church was partly damaged by an air attack, restored during 1947 to 1955, and then returned to the Protestant congregation.
The Friedrichshafen waterfront promenade is one of the most beautiful and longest promenades on Lake Constance. From the mouth of the Rotach to the castle, there is a fascinating panoramic view of the lake and the Alps. This lakeside square with its cozy street cafés and view of the glittering lake is a place of well-being. The ships of the "White Fleet", the catamaran and the ferry leave from the harbor and take you on a relaxed boat trip. From the 22m high observation tower at the harbor pier you have a boundless view and at the gondola harbor pedal boats, rowing boats and motor boats invite you to a spontaneous sea voyage.
4. Hafenmole Observation Tower
When visiting Friedrichshafen's Uferpromenade, you need to climb up the Hafenmole Observation Tower. From the 22-metre-high tower on the harbor pier you can enjoy is a wonderful panoramic view of the town and castle church, with the orchards in the hinterland and the amazing alpine landscape.
5. Dornier Museum
If you are interested in aviation history, you should definitely plan a visit to the Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen. Experience the dream of flying on a journey through 100 years of aerospace history. Huge flying boats, nostalgic passenger aircraft and exciting exhibits from the world of space travel make a visit to the Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance a unique experience. In the direct vicinity of the Bodensee-Airport, the museum presents a world of experience on over 6,000 square meters.
Located on the shores of Lake Constance, the Friedrichshafen School Museum offers an exciting journey through the history of school in Germany on three floors. The varied tour begins with the Middle Ages, which offers school desks, pencil boxes, slates and much more to touch and discover. At the heart of the exhibition are three originally furnished classrooms that take visitors back to everyday school life in 1850, 1900 and 1930. School benches and slates invite visitors to try them out. Historical teaching materials and beloved remnants such as pencil cases, satchels and school bags tell their school stories and encourage visitors to remember their own childhood days.
Set in Lake Constance, the island of Mainau is covered with parks and historic sites and is the perfect spot for a day trip. On your Coach Charter Europe tour bus it is a drive of half an hour from Friedrichshafen to Meersburg. From there you can take the ferry over to Mainau. You can visit the Baroque Castle of the Teutonic Order, designed in 1739, and home to the noble family who oversees the care of the island. The many parks and gardens include a butterfly house and a grand arboretum with more than 500 species of trees alone. An extensive collection of rare and exotic plants, like orchids and tulips, give the area its tropical appearance.
8. Haldenberg Kapelle
The Haldenberg Chapel in Ailingen was planned and built in 1892 by the carpenter Johann Heinzelmann. In 1921 the chapel in the Reinachmühle was neatly demolished and rebuilt on the Haldenberg. In 1996 the chapel was renovated. In summer, from June to August, there is an evening prayer every Thursday at 8 pm. With a stately height of 479 m the Haldenberg is a popular destination for excursions. Numerous hiking routes invite you to discover this unique landscape. On a clear day the hiker can enjoy a wonderful view: Lake Constance lies at the feet of the visitors of the Haldenberg. The Alps rise majestically and form an imposing panorama.
The Nikolauskirche was first mentioned as a chapel in the 14th century. Destroyed by bombs in 1944, the parish rebuilt the church from 1946 to 1949. The interior design was renewed in the 1980s and in 2011.
Since 2001, the Buchhornbrunnen, designed by the artist couple Rumpf, has adorned the Adenauerplatz right in front of the town hall. The stylized tree, the beech, and the horn lying diagonally in the fountain basin, make the word "Buchhorn." Friedrichshafen was founded in 1811 from the former imperial city of Buchhorn, merging with the nearby village and the Hofen monastery. Other figures bear witness to the industrial development of the town.
The lovely city of Friedrichshafen is a great haven to spend a few days. The city itself offers many attractions to visit, but also the surroundings are always inviting. Our tour bus company Coach Charter Europe is happy to help with your trip’s transport planning. Book an airport shuttle, your own charter bus for exploring Friedrichshafen, or a comfortable tour bus for exploring the Lake Constance area. Rely on our professional and friendly chartered bus drivers and helpful bus rental operations team to make your charter bus trip to Friedrichshafen a memorable journey.