Friedrichshafen is located on the northern shores of Lake Constance and it belongs to the federal state of Baden Württemberg. The city is the second city after Constance in the region of Lake Constance. Above all, Friedrichshafen has become more well-known as a result of the Zeppelinbau from the year 1900. The Luftschiffbau meant that the city was an important part of the industrialisation process. Since the year 2011, it has also made a name for itself as a university city. In connection with Friedrichshafen, you must not forget that it is an important trade fair location in the federal state as well as on a national level.
Several motorways pass through Friedrichshafen. However, they all end a few kilometers before the city boundary. In the urban area, the two important thoroughfares are the B 30 and the B 31. The city-centre of Friedrichshafen is a traffic-calmed zone.
Friedrichshafen has its own airport which is located in the North East of the city boundary. It is situated in direct proximity to the exhibition centre and the distance from the city-centre amounts to only 3 km which you can travel by train or taxi.
Friedrichshafen comprises the central city and four additional urban districts. In these districts, further subdivisions have been made in accordance with living space.
The district of Ailingen is situated North of the city-centre, around 4 km away. It is the largest district and it was first mentioned in around 900 AD. The inhabitants of Ailingen still live in a very rural manner. It is nature that represents this district. The view of the mountains and the water as well as an extensively developed range of local supplies, make this district what it is.
In terms of surface area, the largest district in Friedrichshafen is Ettenkirch. However, comparatively few inhabitants live here. It is a scattered settlement which is typical in Upper Swabia. This district is still shaped by the agriculture and the land is very fertile. It is fruit cultivation above all that is still carried out here.
The Schlosskirche „Palace Church“, or rather both towers of the palace church are a landmark of Friedrichshafen. Both of the onion domes, with their height of 55 meters, can be seen even from afar and the palace church is one of the most significant baroque buildings in the region. The church, which has been evangelical since 1812, was built between the years 1695 and 1701. Parts of the palace church were destroyed during air raids in the year 1944, but they were able to be rebuilt by 1951. You should make use of the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the church. Alternatively, you can independently visit the palace church from April to October between 9am and 6pm.
In close proximity to the palace church is the Schloss von Friedrichshafen “Friedrichshafen Palace”. However, it is not accessible to the public because it is occupied by Friedrich Herzog von Württemberg and his family. In spite of this, you must go and see the outside of the building which was once a monastery and was then transformed into a palace.
The city of Friedrichshafen and aviation are closely interconnected with one another. It was the Zeppelin above all that was very important in the history of the city. Thus, you should definitely go visit the Zeppelin-Museum in Friedrichshafen. It is located in the former port station with a direct position on Lake Constance. On the lower floor, the works explain the history of airship aviation are exhibited here. It is the largest collection of this kind on a world-wide scale. You should not miss the 33 meter-long reconstruction of the LZ 129 Hindenburg, which is considered to be the star attraction. The art collection for the city of Friedrichshafen is housed on the upper floor.
The company named Dornier exercised great influence on the history of the city. The Dornier Museum, which is located directly by the airport, invites you to come and experience 100 years history of fascinating aviation and space travel. There are 400 exhibits presented here, including original aircraft and helicopters.
Around 300 cultural events take place in Friedrichshafen on a yearly basis. That is a lot for a city of its size. The entire Lake Constance region likes to meet up in Friedrichshafen, which has developed as an interesting cultural site with the Graf-Zeppelin-Haus. The programme offers diverse performances and exhibitions in the areas of theatre, concerts, cabaret and ballet performances. The "Bodensee-Festival", or the "Hafenkonzert" are broadcast by television and radio from the culture centre.
You can enjoy good regional cuisine in the Gasthof Ailinger Hof „Häfler Schnitzelhaus“. The Gasthof is well-known for its no-nonsense food. The diverse range of schnitzel and the selection of steaks are especially popular. You will be inspired by the large portions, each piece of meat weighs at least 300 grams, as well as the affordable prices. A schnitzel and a side order of your choice will only set you back 11.90 euros and for a steak you will pay 15.90 euros.
A somewhat different restaurant can be found at the Restaurant des Dornier Museums. If the weather is good, you can eat on the terrace and in front of which you look directly onto the runway. You will be offered a lunchtime menu that alternates on a weekly basis and a large buffet on a Sunday.