Friedrichshafen – Port City famous for the Zeppelin Factory

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The famous Ferdinand von Zeppelin established his dirigible factory in this charming lakeside city, and in July 2, 1900 the first LZ1 rose from its mooring. The city continues to have a strong aviation connection, despite shutdowns after the two world wars. This university city was initially established from the city of Buchhorn in 1811 during the Napoleonic Wars as part of the Kingdom of Württemberg and named after the king. It became a free port and transshipment point, especially to trade with Switzerland. The town was incorporated into Germany after the Franco-Prussian War. The Zeppelin University, a private university that confers PhDs, has one of the best-ranked Cultural and Communication Management programs in German speaking countries.

Location: Easy to Access City on Lake Constance

Located on the northern shore of the Bodensee (Lake Constance) in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany near the borders of Austria and Switzerland, this city is easy to get to with its own airport offering daily international connections. There is also car ferry service to Romanshorn in Switzerland and other cities along the lake, as well as a regular train service from the city's station.

Business: Hold a Conference in a city rich in Aviation History

Although the aeronautics industry was banned after both world wars, aviation remains a strong industry in Friedrichshafen. Every year, there is an annual aviation conference, AERO Friedrichshafen, where the latest European aircraft designs are revealed. One of the other major industries is tourism, including periodic commercial exhibitions. The Graf-Zeppelin-Haus cultural center holds many events, conferences, and congresses.

Culture: Take Flight in a Historical Zeppelin

One of the major sites drawing tourists to the city is the Zeppelin Museum. This institution displays the largest collection focused on airship aviation history, as well as German art from the late medieval period to modern day. Visitors can do more than just visit the museum, they can also take flight in a Zeppelin. The Graf Zeppelin Haus provides an important cultural center in the area, featuring performances of theatre, concerts, and ballet.

Activities: Bike or Hike around the Lake

Cyclists can enjoy the beautiful landscape surrounding the lake on a network of connected paths, and the Weiße Flotte shipping line takes one safely across the waters. There are also beautiful hiking trails that provide the opportunity for visitors to take in the unique sights along the beautiful lake. Visitors can also enjoy canoeing in the river Schussen.