The Bodensee

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  • 1. Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei GmbH

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    For an unforgettable experience, take a scenic zeppelin flight out of Friedrichshafen airport. The flying season runs from March to November...Read More

  • 2. Schloss Salem

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This huge castle in the tiny inland village of Salem, 10 km (6 miles) north of Überlingen, began its existence as a convent and large church...Read More

  • 3. Affenberg

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    On the road between Überlingen and Salem, the Affenberg (Monkey Mountain) is a 50-plus-acre park that serves as home to more than 200 free-roaming...Read More

  • 4. Alemannenmuseum

    Museum/Gallery

    If you want to learn about early Germans—residents from the 6th, 7th, and 8th centuries whose graves are just outside town—visit the Alemannenmuseum...Read More

  • 5. Altes Rathaus

    Government Building

    This old town hall was built during the Renaissance and painted with vivid frescoes—swags of flowers and fruits, shields, and sturdy knights...Read More

  • 6. Altes Rathaus

    Government Building

    The Old Town Hall is the finest of Lindau's handsome historic buildings. It was constructed between 1422 and 1436 in the midst of a vineyard...Read More

  • 7. Altes Rathaus

    Government Building

    Inside the late-Gothic Altes Rathaus is a high point of Gothic decoration, the Rathaussaal, or council chamber, which is still in use today...Read More

  • Altes Schloss

    8. Altes Schloss

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Majestically guarding the town is the Altes Schloss, the original Meersburg ("sea castle"). It's Germany's oldest inhabited castle, founded...Read More

    Altes Schloss
  • 9. Barfüsserkirche—Stadttheatre Lindau and Lindauer Marionettenoper

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church, built from 1241 to 1270, is now Lindau's principal theater, and it also hosts the Lindauer Marionettenoper (Puppet Theater). Tickets...Read More

  • Das Schmetterlinghaus

    10. Das Schmetterlinghaus

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Beyond the flora, the island of Mainau's other colorful extravagance is Das Schmetterlinghaus, Germany's largest butterfly conservatory. On...Read More

    Das Schmetterlinghaus
  • 11. Defensive Towers

    Building/Architectural Site

    Ravensburg is home to a remarkable collection of well-preserved medieval towers and city gates. Highlights include the Grüner Turm (Green...Read More

  • 12. Der Bayerische Löwe

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    A proud symbol of Bavaria, the lion is Lindau's most striking landmark. Carved from Bavarian marble and standing 20 feet high, the lion stares...Read More

  • 13. Dornier Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Explore a century of pioneering aviation history. Alongside the main focuses on Claude Dornier and his company, restored classic Dornier aircraft...Read More

  • 14. Evangelische Stadtkirche

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    That ecclesiastical and commercial life were never entirely separate in medieval towns is evident in this church, once part of a 14th-century...Read More

  • 15. Fürstenhäusle

    House/Mansion/Villa

    An idyllic retreat almost hidden among the vineyards, the Fürstenhäusle was built in 1640 by a local vintner and later used as a holiday house...Read More

  • 16. Gärtnerturm

    Information Center

    At the middle of the island, the Gärtnerturm (Gardener's Tower) contains an information center, a shop, and an exhibition space. Several films...Read More

  • 17. Haus zum Cavazzen

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Dating to 1729, this house belonged to a wealthy merchant and is now considered one of the most beautiful in the Bodensee region, owing to its...Read More

  • 18. Heilig Geist Spital

    Hospital–Sight

    Take a fascinating look into Meersburg's cultural—and vinicultural—history at this museum space housed in the city's historic hospital building...Read More

  • 19. Humpis-Quartier Museum

    Historic District/Site

    Glass walkways, stairways, and a central courtyard connect the well-preserved medieval residences at this museum, where visitors can take a...Read More

  • 20. Kirche St. Peter und Paul

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just to the southwest of Ravensburg in the village of Weissenau stands this old church, which was part of a 12th-century Premonstratensian monastery...Read More

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