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    Friedrichshafen – a brief overview

    In European terms, Friedrichshafen, on the shores of Lake Constance, is a modern city, having only been founded in 1811 by King Friedrich I of Württemberg, who named it in his own honour. In the 20th century it played an important role in Germany’s aeronautical history: Zeppelin airships were developed here before WWI (and were once launched from a floating hangar on the lake), while Dornier seaplanes were built and tested here in the 1920s and 1930s.

    Consequent wartime raids on its factories flattened the city, and most of what stands today is modern. Despite that, this is a warm and friendly place with a lively atmosphere.

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    Bodensee (Lake Constance)

    Uferpromenade
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Friedrichshafen sits on the northern shore of a 500-sq-km lake on the Swiss border. The promenade that stretches along the city’s waterfront is a great place to stroll and admire the views. There are also plenty of cafés for distraction.

    Dornier Museum

    Claude-Dornier-Platz 1
    88046 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
    Tel: +49 7541 487 3600
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700 (May-Oct)
    Tue-Sun 1000-1700 (Nov-Apr)

    Dedicated to one of Germany’s most famous aeronautical engineering companies, this hangar museum has displays outside and in, tracing Dornier’s history from pioneering pre-war days to the space age.

    Viewing Tower

    Seestraße
    Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    There are great views of the city, the lake, and the Swiss and Austrian mountains on the far shore, from the viewing platform atop this 22m-high tower. It’s built at the end of a pier in the harbour.

    Zeppelin flights

    Messestrasse 132
    88046 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
    Tel: +49 7541 59000
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    Opening times:
    By advance reservation (Mar-Nov)

    For a unique perspective and experience, book a scenic flight out of Friedrichshafen airport aboard a modern Zeppelin airship; flights last 30 minutes to two hours. Landlubbers can tour the Zeppelin NT (New Technology) moored in its hangar.

    Zeppelin Museum

    Seestrasse 22
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
    Tel: +49 7541 38010
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700 (May-Oct)
    Tue-Sun 1000-1700 (Nov-Apr)

    Graf von Zeppelin launched his first airship in Friedrichshafen in 1900. This museum now houses the world’s biggest collection of Zeppelin-related artefacts, including a part reconstruction of the ill-fated Hindenburg, which exploded infamously in 1937.

    Schlosskirche and Castle

    Schlossstrasse 2
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
    Tel: +49 7541 21308
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    Opening times:
    Thu and Sat-Tue 0900-1800 (Easter-Oct)
    Wed 1430-1800 (Easter-Oct)
    Fri 1100-1800 (Easter-Oct)
    Sun 0900-1800 (Nov-Easter)

    Beside a privately owned castle by the lakeshore, the twin-towered church is a grand example of baroque architecture, and has a remarkable white stucco interior.

    Klangschiff

    Uferstraße 1
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    The ‘Sound Ship’ sculpture, created by Helmut Lutz in 2000, sits in the water by the shores of Lake Constance. The 40m wood and steel ‘ship’ was built to be an ambassador for peace, and was inspired by the 1990s wars in the Balkans.

    School Museum

    Friedrichstrasse 14
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
    Tel: +49 7541 32622
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700 (Apr-Oct)
    Tue-Sun 1400-1700 (Nov-Mar)

    This small city centre museum shows how schools developed over time, and what classrooms would have looked like in 1850, 1900 and 1930. Try your hand at writing on slates.

    Zeppelin Fountain and Memorial

    Uferstrasse 1
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    The city pays tribute to the famous industrialist and local resident with a fountain and monument near the railway station. The fountain was created in 1909, and escaped war damage despite everything around it being destroyed.

    Haldenbergkapelle

    Kirchweg 10
    88048 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Just north of Friedrichshafen in the village of Ailingen, the tiny Haldenberg chapel is notable for its rural hilltop setting and its magnificent views of Lake Constance and the Alps.

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    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

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    Population: 81147265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    Note: Regional observation only.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Good Friday: 25. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Ascension Day: 5. May 2016
    Whit Monday: 15. May 2016
    Corpus Christi: 26. May 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    Day of German Unity: 3. October 2016
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Repentance Day: 16. November 2016
    Christmas Day: 25.-26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Good Friday: 14. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Ascension Day: 25. May 2017
    Whit Monday: 5. June 2017
    Corpus Christi: 15. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    Day of German Unity: 3. October 2017
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Repentance Day: 22. November 2017
    Christmas Day: 25.-26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Friedrichshafen

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    Friedrichshafen has a lively nightlife scene for all tastes, from a relaxed glass of wine in a traditional Weinstube to a cocktail in a trendy lounge bar.

    For those preferring something louder, there are a host of discos, clubs and music bars.

    K42

    Karlstrasse 42
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    A chic modern bar with a lakeside terrace, this is part of Felder’s Restaurant.

    Tiffany’s Lounge Bar

    Friedrichstrasse 73
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Modern, trendy and bijou café, billing itself as the smallest cocktail bar in town.

    Café Bar Belushi

    Montfortstraße 3
    88046 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Bustling, down-to-earth student bar that welcomes everyone.

    Graf-Zeppelin-Haus

    Olgastrasse 20
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Cultural centre with regular musical performances covering everything from opera and classical to rock and pop.

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    Restaurants in Friedrichshafen

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    Friedrichshafen is filled with great places to eat in every budget range. Many have harbour or lakeside settings, and serve lake-caught fish.

    Most others focus on local Swabian or more general classic German cuisine.

    Goldenes Rad

    Karlstrasse 43
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    High-class fish restaurant with large glass windows to maximise the lake views.

    Buchhorner Hof

    Friedrichstrasse 33
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Classic German cuisine served in elegant surrounds.

    Weinstube Glücker

    Olgastrasse 23
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional German Weinstube with a strong emphasis on fish and seafood.

    Zeppelin Museum Restaurant

    Seestrasse 22
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Enjoy grand harbour views and classic Swabian food in this art deco eatery, part of the Zeppelin Museum.

    Café Antonius

    Karlstrasse 21
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Friendly low-budget café – a great place for coffee and a cake or a light snack.

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    Calendar of events

    Street Magic Festival and Sunday Sales (Verkaufsoffener mit Strassenzauberfestival)

    10 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: City Centre

    Shoppers are enticed into town in early April with special Sunday openings combined with enchanting magic shows outside on the street. While the conjurers create illusions and cast their spells, local bands and musical groups entertain crowds in Adenauer Platz.

    Bodenseefestival

    23 April – 16 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Taking a new theme each year, this springtime arts festival offers a delightful mix of classical concerts, literary events, theatrical productions and ballet performances staged in castles, churches, theatres and museums. Other highlights include film screenings and masterclasses from the artist in residence.

    Internationales Stadtfest

    4 – 5 June 2016

    Venue: Uferpromenade

    Visitors to this two-day lakeside festival can experience a flavour of numerous different cultures. Groups from around the globe perform folk music and dances on two stages, while visitors can wander between stalls to sample tasty international cuisine or browse original handicrafts.

    Ham Radio: International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs

    24 – 26 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Messe Friedrichshafen

    Amateur radio geeks are in for a treat at this annual show featuring over 200 exhibitors from around 30 countries. As well as sharing tips with experts and 15,000 other hobbyists, visitors can dig around for spare and rare parts in Europe’s biggest amateur radio flea market.

    Seehasenfest

    14 – 18 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Founded in 1949 to entertain children during post-war reconstruction, this festival is one of Friedrichshafen’s biggest events, featuring colourful parades and crazy water activities (jousting on the lake anyone?). The guest of honour is the seehas, the lake’s hare, a role taken on with gusto by a local resident.

    Kulturufer

    29 July – 7 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Uferpromenade

    On the go since 1985, Kulturufer transforms Friedrichshafen’s waterfront into a massive performance space every August. Over 200 artists stage cabaret acts and concerts, street circus and children’s theatre. There’s comedy, open-air cinema and dancing too, with shows taking place outdoors and in huge tents.

    Night Flea Market (Nachtflohmarkt)

    16 – 17 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Uferpromenade

    Rummaging around Friedrichshafen’s end-of-summer flea market can uncover some real gems. Bric-a-brac, vintage clothing and mismatched crockery are stacked high on stalls by the waterfront and it’s a great place to pick up unusual curios, trinkets, books, paintings and ornaments.

    Interboot

    17 – 25 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Messe Friedrichshafen

    All manner of boats are crammed into the exhibition halls and on the lake for this annual watersports marketplace. From stand-up paddleboards and sea kayaks to sleek sailing boats and swanky yachts befitting a Russian oligarch, there’s an incredible array of watercraft on show.

    City Festival and Sunday Sales (Verkaufsoffener Sonntag mit Stadtfest)

    16 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: City centre

    Local shops present their latest products and winter collections in these special Sunday openings coinciding with a city festival. As well as plenty of retail therapy and food tastings, there are kids’ crafts, a Segway course, live entertainment and competitions.

    Christmas Market (Bodensee Weihnacht)

    27 November – 20 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Buchhornplatz

    Trees are strung with twinkling lights beside traditional wooden stalls decorated with pine branches and baubles at Friedrichshafen’s lakeside Christmas fair. Shoppers can bag unique gifts from handcrafted jewellery to beautiful homeware to freshly baked pastries, then take a break with a warming cup of mulled wine.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Friedrichshafen

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    Friedrichshafen has no 5-star hotels, and few true budget options, but it does offer a broad enough selection of mid-range options to more than compensate.

    Rooms can be at a premium when a trade fair is in progress at the city’s Messe exhibition hall however.

    Ringhotel Krone

    Untere Mühlbachstraße 1
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Large and sumptuous traditional spa hotel just west of the city.

    City Krone

    Schanzstrasse 7
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Comfortable and modern spa hotel with an ideal central location.

    Zeppelin

    Eugenstrasse 41/1
    88045 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Modern, family-run, mid-sized option in a convenient central spot.

    Comfort Friedrichshafen

    Ailinger Strasse 128
    88046 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    New-build design hotel with full comforts and conveniences.

    Stadthotel Kleiner Berg

    Moltkestrasse 20
    88046 Friedrichshafen
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Simple but bright small hotel, just a five-minute walk from the lake.

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    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness “slow” periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Shopping in Friedrichshafen

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    Key Areas

    Friedrichshafen’s central pedestrianised zone is the place to look for most needs and desires. There are also several department stores here. The lakeside promenade is a great place to find local food items, with fresh-caught fish playing a central role.

    Markets

    Bargain hunters should head for the weekly market that sets up every Friday on Adenauerplatz. Every Saturday a gourmet food market appears on the same spot. Like most German cities, a Christmas market opens up in December; Friedrichshafen’s centres on Buchhornplatz in the centre, usually with over 70 festively themed stalls and musical accompaniment.

    Shopping Centres

    Most of the major shopping centres are located outside the city in the surrounding suburbs. One convenient central mall is the Bodensee Center (Meistershofener Strasse 14), with several hundred outlets. Medienhaus am See (Karlstrasse 42) is by the harbour, and is home to a host of different retail outlets as well as cafés.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

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