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Like a sparkling jewel, Friedrichshafen lies on the shores of beautiful Lake Constance surrounded by magnificent mountains. The untouched nature all around helps lean back and relax while explorers appreciate Friedrichshafen’s undisputed position as the birthplace of the Zeppelin. Come and discover a variety of leisure facilities, the wealth of cultural attractions and the exciting aviation history. Enjoy the Swabian cosiness associated with urban flair, plus the chance to hop over the border to Switzerland in less than an hour.

The City

Friedrichshafen, which started as a small settlement back in the 5th Century, has emerged as one of Germany’s premier holiday destinations. Nestled alongside the Northern shore of Lake Constance, and set against the backdrop of the magnificent Alps, this thriving city is the perfect place to relax and to enjoy nature. However, it has much more to show off: painstakingly rebuilt after its near complete destruction in the Second World War, Friedrichshafen has made history as the birthplace of the Zeppelin aircraft. Visit the city’s renowned Zeppelin museum or embark on an exciting voyage on board of a real Zeppelin ship to experience Friedrichshafen’s history.

Do & See

Friedrichshafen is beautifully located on the Northern banks of Lake Constance, offering unlimited possibilities: why not walk along the lake and enjoy the amazing view of the Austrian and Swiss Alps or climb up on the lookout tower to get a view over the landscape. The town also offers interesting exhibitions like The Zeppelin Museum where you can learn about the history of the flying machines, and, as so, you will certainly find yourself busy with exciting activities.


From a culinary point of view, there can be no doubt that Friedrichshafen offers the best of both worlds. Its many fine restaurants serve both traditional southern German dishes as well as fresh seafood from Lake Constance. Try the white fish fillet, which is always a popular choice.


Take a break from all the sightseeing and relax in a café and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. You will find plenty of cosy places around the town serving pastries, cakes, ice-cream and lighter meals or why not try chocolate specialties like the famous Zeppelin praline!

Bars & Nightlife

Can you think of anything nicer than quenching your thirst with a cold lager after a long day of sightseeing? Choose from a wide range of German beers, regional wines and exotic cocktails in Friedrichshafen’s numerous bars and pubs. Friedrichshafen also has a lively clubbing scene, thanks to its many visitors in the busy summer months. Plunge into a night of fun with pop music, house, hip hop or R&B.


The best place to go shopping in Friedrichshafen is the pedestrian zone in the centre of the city. Here you can buy pretty much everything from German beer to Swiss chocolate, and shops are also good for souvenir-hunting. On the other hand, the lakeside promenade is a perfect choice for local food shopping: the mouth-watering smell of fresh Lake Constance seafood is guaranteed to boost your appetite. Bargain-hunters should not forget to visit the flea market in Friedrichshafen, where thousands of merchants open up their stalls at dawn to sell off their goods. The city also has some larger department stores in the pedestrian zone as well as shopping malls outside of the city centre in the surrounding districts, such as in Fischbach.

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