Friedrichshafen

Friedrichshafen is a town on the northern side of Lake Constance (Bodensee) in southern Germany, near the borders with Switzerland and Austria. It is the district capital of the Bodensee district in the federal state (Bundesland) of Baden-Württemberg. Friedrichshafen is best known for having been home to the Zeppelin airship company and the Dornier Flugzeugwerke as well as ZF Friedrichshafen AG, manufacturer of transmission systems. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was born in Konstanz (Constance), originally had his airships built in a floating assembly hall on the lake which could be aligned with the wind to support the difficult starting procedure.

Visitors can learn more about the history of Zeppelin airships in the large Zeppelin Museum sited near the lakeshore. In recent years a number of small Zeppelin airships have been constructed using modern technology (Zeppelin NT) and these can be booked for sightseeing tours. The town enjoys regular-interval train services to Lindau and Ulm, as well as to Basel in Switzerlandd. A car ferry service links Friedrichshafen to Romanshorn in Switzerland, and various other towns around the lake can also be reached by ferry. Since 2005 a fast ship connection has been in service between Friedrichshafen and Konstanz. The presence of an expanding local airport which offers, amongst other services, a daily international connection to London Stansted Airport operated by Ryanair is a factor which has recently contributed to new growth in the town.

17 °C


Clouds, few clouds


Wind1.54 m/s
Cloudiness20 %
Temperature (min/max)16/19 °C
Pressure1011 hpa
Humidity63 %
Last update: 22 May 2022 @ 22:40

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