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Friedrichshafen
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Coat of arms of Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen is located in Germany
Friedrichshafen
Coordinates 47°39′15″N 09°28′45″E / 47.65417°N 9.47917°E / 47.65417; 9.47917
Administration
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Bodenseekreis
Lord Mayor Andreas Brand (FW)
Basic statistics
Area 69.91 km2 (26.99 sq mi)
Elevation 400 m  (1312 ft)
Population 58,068  (31 December 2005)
 - Density 831 /km2 (2,151 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate FN
Postal codes 88045–88048
Area codes 07541, 07544
Website www.friedrichshafen.de
Location of the town of Friedrichshafen within Bodenseekreis district
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Friedrichshafen is a town on the northern side of Lake Constance (Bodensee) in southern Germany, near the borders with Switzerland and Austria. It is the district capital (Kreisstadt) of the Bodensee district (Landeskreis) in the federal state (Bundesland) of Baden-Württemberg. Friedrichshafen has a population of c. 58,000.

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Zeppelin

Church of St. Nicholas.

Friedrichshafen is best known for having been home to the Zeppelin airship company and the Dornier Flugzeugwerke as well as ZF Friedrichshafen AG, manufacturer of transmission systems. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was born in Konstanz (Constance), originally had his airships built in a floating airship hangar on the lake which could be aligned with the wind to support the difficult starting procedure.

Visitors can learn more about the history of Zeppelin airships in the large Zeppelin Museum sited near the lakeshore. In recent years a number of small Zeppelin airships have been constructed using modern technology (Zeppelin NT) and these can be booked for sightseeing tours.

Economy

Airship construction in the first third of the 20th century attracted considerable industry and contributed significantly to Friedrichshafen's relative prosperity, yet also exposed the town to air strikes (such as Operation Bellicose) by the Allied Forces in the latter part of World War II which almost completely destroyed its historical centre. During the war, a subcamp of the Dachau concentration camp was located in the town. It provided slave labour for local industry.[1]

Apart from industry and tourism, various regular commercial exhibitions, such as Aero (aviation technology), InterBoot (water sports) and EuroBike are important economical factors. Furthermore, the Graf-Zeppelin-Haus cultural centre has become a popular location for congresses, conferences, and other events.

Transport

Map of Friedrichshafen.

The town enjoys regular-interval train services to Lindau and Ulm, as well as to Basel in Switzerland.

A car ferry service links Friedrichshafen to Romanshorn in Switzerland, and various other towns around the lake can also be reached by ferry. Since 2005 a fast ship connection has been in service between Friedrichshafen and Konstanz.[2]

The presence of an expanding local airport which offers, amongst other services, a daily international connection to London Stansted and Dublin operated by Ryanair. It also acts as the hub for the airline carrier InterSky, which is a factor that has contributed to recent growth in the town.

The nearest big cities are Konstanz, St. Gallen, Ravensburg, Ulm, Munich, Zurich, and Dornbirn.

Amateur Radio

Friedrichshafen is the location for Europe's largest Ham radio convention.[3]

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Friedrichshafen is located at the northeastern corner of Lake Constance (Bodensee), near the lake's widest point in the German federal-state of Baden-Württemberg. This mostly modern city was almost completely rebuilt after bombing in World War II. It has one of the longest waterfront promanades of any town along the lake. It also has a nice view of Austria and Switzerland and the alps across the lake on a clear day. In addition, the town's other highlights are two interesting museums and the dome-capped Schlosskirche, the premier remaining reminder of Friedrichshafen's baroque past.

Get in

By airplane

Friedrichshafen's small international airport [1] with direct flights from Dublin, London, Berlin, Prague.

By car

22km (14 miles) West of Lindau, 20km (12 miles) South of Ravensburg

By ferry

A 45-minute car ferry service links Friedrichshafen to Romanshorn, Switzerland. From there, you can board express trains to Swiss cities like Zurich, Lucerne and Berne.

A 40 minute ferry service also links Friedrichshafen and Konstanz. You can then enter Switzerland from Konstanz.

  • Zeppelin Museum, Seestrasse 22,[2]. This is the town's top tourist attraction. The museum is built around a full-scale recreated section of the Hindenburg, at 245m the largest airship ever made. Take note however, that most signs are in German only. Its worth the price of admission.
  • Schlosskirche, Klosterstrasse. The twin onion-domed, baroque Schlosskirche was built between 1695 and 1701 by the Christian Thumb.
  • Schulmuseum, Friedrichstrasse 14. This museum traces the development of education between 1850 (when classes were taught by monks and nuns), and 1930 (when education was the responsibility of the German state)
  • Pension Wurster, Georgstr. 14, 88046 Friedrichshafen, +49 7541 72694 (PensionWursterFN@t-online.de, fax: +49 7541 33970). A pleasant, well-kept place that's just a short walk away from downtown Friedrichshafen. A doubleroom with shower, WC and TV costs € 50.
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, a town of Germany, in the kingdom of Wurttemberg, on the east shore of the Lake of Constance, at the junction of railways to Bretten and Lindau. Pop. 4600. It consists of the former imperial town of Buchhorn and the monastery and village of Hofen. The principal building is the palace, formerly the residence of the provosts of Hofen, and now the summer residence of the royal family. To the palace is attached the Evangelical parish church. The town has a hydropathic establishment and is a favourite tourist resort. Here are also the natural history and antiquarian collections of the Lake Constance Association. Buchhorn is mentioned (as Buachihorn or Puchihorn) in documents of 837 and was the seat of a powerful countship. The line of counts died out in 1089, and the place fell first to the Welfs and in 1191 to the Hohenstaufen. In 1275 it was made a free imperial city by King Rudolph I. In 1802 it lost this status and was assigned to Bavaria, and in 1810 to Wurttemberg. The monastery of Hofen was founded in 1050 as a convent of Benedictine nuns, but was changed in 1420 into a provostship of monks. It was suppressed in 1802 and in 1805 came to Wurttemberg. King Frederick I., who caused the harbour to be made, amalgamated Buchhorn and Hofen under the new name of Friedrichshafen.

FR1EDRICHSRUH, a village in the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein, 15 m. S.E. of Hamburg, with a station on the main line of railway to Berlin. It gives its name to the famous country seat of the Bismarck family. The house is a plain unpretentious structure, but the park and estate, forming a portion of the famous Sachsenwald, are attractive. Close by, on a knoll, the Schneckenberg, stands the mausoleum in which the remains of Prince Otto von Bismarck were entombed on the 16th of March 1899.


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Friedrichshafen

Friedrichshafen
Coordinates 47°39′15″N 09°28′45″E / 47.65417°N 9.47917°E / 47.65417; 9.47917
Administration
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Bodenseekreis
Lord Mayor Josef Büchelmeier (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 69.91 km2 (26.99 sq mi)
Elevation 400 m  (1312 ft)
Population 58,068  (31 December 2005)
 - Density 831 /km2 (2,151 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate FN
Postal codes 88045 – 88048
Area codes 07541, 07544
Website www.friedrichshafen.de
Location of the town of Friedrichshafen within Bodenseekreis district

Frierichshafen is a city in Germany. It is located at the north shore of the Lake of Constance. It is the second largest city at the lake, after Konstanz. About 58.000 people live there. The city is famous for having one of the first Zeppelins.








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