With the take-off of the first Zeppelin airship on 2 July 1900 a new era started in Friedrichshafen leaving a lasting impact on the town. About a 100 years after the first “flying giants“ the Zeppelin era was continued with the Zeppelin NT cruising over the Lake Constance region since 2001. Today, 12 different routes are on offer with a flight duration between 30 minutes and 2 hours. A view from above, smoothly and gently along the Alps, over towns and cultural landscapes - a unique flight adventure from a bird's eye view. Large panorama windows provide an impressive view from every seat. Enjoy a unique flying experience. Reservation required.
Info: Tourist-Information Friedrichshafen, Tel. +49 7541 30010 or
Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei, Tel. +49 7541 59000, www.zeppelinflug.de
You will get to know all about the construction of the Zeppelin NT and visit the hangar. Find out about the semirigid airship, its construction, its unique flight qualities and its applications. Dates: 09, 16, 23, 30 July an 06, 13 and 20 August, Sat 1:30pm. Also individual dates for groups. Reservation required.
Info: Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei, Tel. +49 7541 5900343, werftbesichtigung(at)zeppelin-nt.de, www.zeppelinflug.de
Situated in the historic harbour station building this museum presents the world‘s largest collection on the subject of airship history, construction and travel. Under the same roof you can visit an important collection of art dating from the late Middle Ages to the present day. The main attraction is the 33 m long reconstruction of part of LZ 129 Hindenburg in its original size, which visitors can board just as the original passengers did in the 30‘s. The authentically fitted passenger rooms give an impression of how people travelled during the period of the “silver giants”. Two entire storeys of the Zeppelin Museum are dedicated to different aspects of Zeppelin history and technology. In addition to the permanent exhibition the museum organizes special events as well as temporary exhibitions.
Opening hours: May to Oct: daily 9am - 5pm, Nov to Apr: Tues to Sun 10am - 5pm
Info: Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, Seestrasse 22, 88045 Friedrichshafen
Tel.: +49 7541 38010, Fax: +49 7541 380181, info(at)zeppelin-museum.de,
The "Zeppelin Trail" (Zeppelin-Pfad), opened in April 2008, documents important aspects of town history in Friedrichshafen at nine information points and presents thereby an attractive introduction to prominent town developments during the 20th century. The history of the Zeppelin trust plays a central role in this development.
In the year 1908, Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin founded a trust with which the Zeppelin concern was able to develop. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this foundation, the Zeppelin Trail was created, comprising nine information boards depicting the town history of Friedrichshafen. The track begins on the West side of the town, near the brickworks "Grenzhof". Here, on the stream Grenzbach, between Fischbach in Friedrichshafen and Immenstaad, was the former boundary seperating the counties of Bavaria and Württemberg. The track continues though the industrial estate in Manzell. The airship hangar for the Zeppelins was formerly situated in this bay and, on July 2nd 1990, the virgin flight of the LZ1 took place here. The Zeppelin-pfad is 12 km long altogether and runs from the centre of town to the Friedrichshafen airport. The Zeppelin Trail was created in order to complement the "Historic Trail".
Friedrichshafen pays tribute to its most famous citizen with a fountain and a monument. Not far from the central train station, you'll find the charming Zeppelin fountain (Zeppelin Brunnen), whose main figure, created in 1909, miraculously survived the War years in the demolished town virtually unscathed. In the Zeppelin anniversary year 2000, the fountain was re-erected as a reconstruction of the original.
In the middle of the town gardens and not far from the Zeppelin-Brunnen, you'll find the Zeppelin monument (Zeppelin Denkmal). The simple, but imposing bronze column rises to a height of 13 m and is adorned with an inscription of Ferdinand Graf Zeppelin's words: "It is enough to wish for something and to believe in it; then it will be a success." The monument was erected by sculptor Toni Schneider-Manzell (1911 - 1996) and inaugurated in 1985. Mr. Schneider-Manzell, by the way, came from Friedrichshafen-Manzell.
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