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Sitting on the banks of Lake Constance, Friedrichshafen is a vibrant and modern city and the birthplace of the Zeppelin airship. With a large waterfront promenade, a handful of excellent museums and facilities offering visitors the chance to ride a Zeppelin above snowcapped Alpine ridges and the dark blue waters of Lake Constance, Friedrichshafen makes for an exciting weekend break jam-packed with adventure. The best places to stay in Friedrichshafen tend to be chic boutiques, ideal for getting a real feel of the city.
Much activity bustles around Lake Constance. Vendors offer holidaymakers the chance to take guided canoeing tours of the lake, while from the promenade itself, you can see a beautiful backdrop of Alpine mountains, and even Austria and Switzerland. Be sure to check out Starrschorsch, a bar and beer garden overlooking the lake, where you can enjoy some of the most spellbinding views the city has to offer; the view from Haldenberg Chapel and the pier tower are no exception.
Friedrichshafen suffered all forms of hellfire during WWII, having been utterly ruined by Allied bombing, and as such few sites of historical interest remain, leaving aside the Schlosskirche, a church built in the early 18th century and subsequently rebuilt after WWII, an excellent example of baroque architecture. While this is true, the museums are top-of-the-range and seriously make up for the city's lack of physical heritage. Make sure you buy a joint ticket for both the Dornier Museum and the Zeppelin Museum, both of which are dedicated to the history of aviation, while the latter ingeniously blends technology and art - a museum like no other - showing the history of aviation from late medieval art to the present day.
What not to miss
- Go for a ride in a Zeppelin, high above the Alps and Lake Constance.
- Have a drink at the Starrschorsch beer garden overlooking the lake.
- Immerse yourself in aviation history at both the Dornier Museum and the Zeppelin Museum.
- Check out the Schlosskirche, a Baroque church built in the 18th century.
- Book a canoe tour of Lake Constance.
- If you're there in the springtime, be sure to check out the International Lake Constance Festival.
Friedrichshafen is a great place to go for a weekend break. Browse through our collection of the best places to stay in Friedrichshafen to start planning your trip.
The best places to stay in Friedrichshafen
City break chic
- Hotel City Krone: a modern and stylish property ideally located near Lake Constance, offering light and minimalist rooms, a stylish bar with evening entertainment and plush luxury bathrooms. Absolutely divine.
For an apartment or villa
- Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.
- The city has a small international airport, with flights to Dublin, London and Berlin among others.
- If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
- The best time to go is during the summer when the temperature ranges between 13 and 25 degrees.
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Best Hotels in Friedrichshafen
Hotel City Krone Friedrichshafen 106 rooms from £138
A chic contemporary hotel located near the picturesque Lake Constance. Smart bedrooms, designed in a minimalist style, feature crisp white linen, parquet flooring and uber modern bathrooms. A stylish bar offers evening entertainment. Placed within easy access of many of the town's sights. Fabulous.Local exploring - Well situated in Friedrichshafen, near to Lake Constance and ideal for town and country sightseeing.Sights nearby - Anyone with an interest in local history and culture should visit the striking Castle Church.Sailing - Try your hand at sailing on Lake Constance, or charter a skipper to take you around.Great walks - Take a scenic saunter along the lake shore for the perfect start to your day.