The Bodensee

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  • 1. Alemannenmuseum

    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 in the...Read More

  • 2. Altes Rathaus

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

  • 3. Altes Rathaus

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

  • 4. Altes Rathaus

    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

  • 5. Blaserturm

    Ravensburg is home to a remarkable collection of well-preserved medieval towers and city gates. Highlights include the Grüner Turm (Green Tower), so called for its...Read More

  • 6. Burg Meersburg

    Majestically guarding the town is the original “Meersburg” (Sea Castle). It's Germany's oldest inhabited castle, founded in 628 by Dagobert, king of the Franks. The...Read More

  • 7. Der Bayerische Löwe

    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 out...Read More

  • 8. Dornier Museum

    Explore a century of pioneering aviation history. Along with the main focuses on Claude Dornier and his company, restored classic Dornier aircraft and Dornier's explorations...Read More

  • 9. Humpis-Quartier Museum

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

  • 10. Mangturm

    At the harbor's inner edge, across the water from the Neuer Leuchtturm, stands this 13th-century former lighthouse, one of the lake's oldest. After a lightning...Read More

  • 11. Münster

    Konstanz's cathedral, the Münster, was the center of one of Germany's largest bishoprics until 1827, when the seat was moved to Freiburg. Construction on the...Read More

  • 12. Münster St. Nikolaus

    The huge Münster St. Nikolaus was built between 1512 and 1563 on the site of at least two previous churches. The interior is all Gothic...Read More

  • 13. Neuer Leuchtturm

    Germany's southernmost lighthouse stands sentinel with the Bavarian Lion across the inner harbor's passageway. A viewing platform at the top is open in good weather...Read More

  • 14. Neues Schloss

    The spacious and elegant "New Castle" is directly across from its predecessor. Designed by Christoph Gessinger at the beginning of the 18th century, it took...Read More

  • 15. Pfahlbauten

    As you proceed northwest along the lake's shore, a settlement of "pile dwellings"—a reconstructed village of Stone Age and Bronze Age houses built on stilts—sticks...Read More

  • 16. Schloss Friedrichshafen

    A short walk from town along the lakeside promenade is this small palace that served as the summer residence of Württemberg kings until 1918. The...Read More

  • 17. Schloss Montfort

    Twelve km (7½ miles) west of Lindau (about midway between Lindau and Friedrichshafen) is the small, pretty town of Langenargen, famous for the region's most...Read More

  • 18. Vineum Bodensee

    Take a fascinating look into Meersburg's cultural—and vinicultural—history at this museum space housed in the city's historic hospital building, the Heilig Geist Spital (Hospital of...Read More

  • 19. Wallfahrtskirche Birnau

    Just northwest of Unteruhldingen, the Wallfahrtskirche Birnau stands among vineyards overlooking the lake. The church was built by the master architect Peter Thumb between 1746...Read More

  • 20. Weingarten Basilica

    At 220 feet high and more than 300 feet long, Weingarten Basilica is the largest baroque church in Germany. It was built as the church...Read More

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