LindauLindau is a city in southern Bavaria on the shore of Lake Constance or the Bodensee. It lies on the border to the Austrian federal-state of Vorarlberg with its capital city Bregenz which is within walking distance (about 10km along the lake). The historic town is on an island and full of medieval and half-timbered buildings. One can also take boat tours leaving the small harbor and just sit and enjoy a Weißbier admiring the view of Austria and Switzerland and the Alps across the lake.
Every year the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings take place. These meetings are a conference with Nobel Laureates and young scientists in fields such as chemistry, medicine and physics.
phone: +49 8382 260030address: Alfred-Nobel-Platz 1
Lindau HbfThe main train station. It is on the island, and directly next to the harbour.
Lindau has direct rail EuroCity connections from Munich and Zurich, as well as regional rail services from Austria, other parts of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Frequent trains run from Bregenz to Lindau and back during the day, single journey €2.40 adult on the ÖBB machine (if you book via the DB machines its more expensive: €4.80 one-way).
Euregio train tickets are available for unlimited travel in the region (including discounts on certain ferries).
The Baden-Württemberg-Ticket is valid on regional trains between Lindau - Kressbronn, and Lindau - Wangen im Allgäu even though parts of the journey are within Bavaria.
- Bodensee-Airport Friedrichshafen (FDH) is the closest airport and easily accessible by rail.
- The next major airports with transcontinental flights are Munich airport (MUC) as well as the airport of Stuttgart (STR).
By boatLots of tourists come to Lindau from neighbouring harbour towns of Austria and Switzerland in the summer months for a short trip. BSB runs seasonal ferries between April and October.
There the main lines are:
- Konstanz / (Mainau) / Meersburg / Friedrichshafen / Lindau / Bregenz (with many stops along the German shore between Meersburg and Lindau) — the trip between Lindau and Bregenz is direct and has no other stops, takes 22 min and costs €5.70 (adults)
- Rorschach (Switzerland) / (Bad Schachen) / (Wasserburg) / Lindau — complete journey costs 12.70 EUR / 17 CHF (it's a good idea to have your passport with you); three times a day in each direction; complete journey takes about 1 hour
By footLindau is a very small town and exploring it on foot is the best idea. Many parts of the island are for pedestrians only so it is enjoyable to walk around.
By busThere are city bus lines operating on the island and mainland (Line 1 and 2) and only on the mainland (Line 3 and 4). There is one central bus stop (Anheggerstraße) where all four lines intersect. See the route map and timetables for more details. Single ticket 2.00 EUR, 24-hour ticket 5.20 EUR, other options are available.
Additionally, RBA Regionalbus Augsburg operates in Lindau (island and mainland) and connects to the surrounding area. See the route map and timetables (search for Landkreis Lindau). Line 21 goes to Nonnenhorn (westbound along the lake) and Line 14/14a goes to Bregenz (Austria, eastbound along the lake).
phone: +49 8382 943 688address: Inselgraben 14Bike shop where you can rent bikes.
phone: +49 176 51312142 or +49 175 4866072 (both are mobile phone numbers)address: Herbergsweg 11Bike rental offered in the Youth Hostel on the mainland.
Old City Halladdress: Bismarckplatz 4Construction started in 1422 and took about 14 years to complete. Make sure to also look at the south facade.
LighthouseClimb the lighthouse (33m). Views are great from that height.
address: SeepromenadeA tower (20m) that was built in the 12th century as part of the town's defence wall. The interior is only accessible as part of a "fairy tale" event - for adults May-Sep every Friday at 19:00 and for children during the summer holidays (beginning of Aug- beginning of September) every Tuesday 10:30.
Diebsturmaddress: ZeppelinstraßeConstructed in 1380 as part of the city walls. It was also used as a prison, hence the name.
phone: +49 8382 944 073address: Marktplatz 6Museum with collections about the history of the city. A collection of mechanical musical instruments can be seen on a guided tour. There are also changing art exhibitions. The building of the museum, called Cavazzen, is an impressive baroque building from 1729.
address: Büchelewiesweg, OberreutinEnjoy fields of Dahlia. The surrounding area is nice for short walks with its many apple and pear trees. The small hill close-by (towards Streitelsfingen) offers great views over Lindau and Lake Constance.
- Take cruise trips to neighbouring harbour towns like Bregenz, Konstanz or Friedrichshafen. One can plan a day trip from Lindau to Bregenz, climb the Pfänder mountain at Bregenz that offers great views of the lake.
- Rent a paddleboat or a rowing boat. This is also the only way to get to the tiny island which is just big enough for one tree. One place to rent these boats is at the entrance of the island, to the right-hand side when entering via the main car bridge (Bootsvermietung Lindau).
- Sit in one of the restaurants by the lakeside and enjoy variety of cuisines.
- On the West side of the island there are very few places giving access to the water where swimming is possible, but do not expect a beach. Also on the West side there are small grassy patches where you can enjoy the sun and have a picnic.
- Take a tour on the Lindau Science Trail and learn more about Nobel Laureates and their scientific breakthroughs. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings organise free guided tours for groups. In addition, people can explore the web-based Virtual Science Trail online.
- Go to theatre or music events .
address: Fischergasse 37
Isle of MusicMusic event happening several times a year with live music throughout the island.
phone: +49 8382 6900address: Zwanzigerstr. 3The only cinema on the island.
address: Eichwaldstraße 16-20A managed area for swimming and sun bathing. Has swimming pool areas and access to the lake.
address: Eichwaldstraße 16
address: Wildberg, WeißensbergSmall airport which offers sightseeing flights in small airplanes (one guest seat per plane).
address: MarktplatzGet local products.
- If you are looking for a cheap supermarket on the island, there is a Netto on Marktplatz 5 - it's in the basement of that building. It's open from Mon-Sat: 7:00-20:00.
There are also a few good ice-cream places on the island.
address: Marktplatz 3Great bakery which originated more than 500 years ago in Wangen im Allgäu.
phone: +49 8382 5042742address: In der Grub 28
address: Herbergsweg 11
phone: +49 8382 72236address: Fraunhoferstraße 20
phone: +49 8382 9150address: Bahnhofplatz 2Luxury hotel (5-stars) opposite the train station and facing the harbour. Adjacent to this building is their second Hotel Reutemann/Seegarten (4-stars).