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Wish You Were Here: Friedrichshafen, Germany

October 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM | by | ()

The skies are gray. The building is gray. The airships are gray. Wait—airships?! Yeah, we just said airships.

It's in the 40s here in Friedrichshafen, Germany, but we've taken this detour to the southern edge of the country for a few reasons that don't care what the weather forecast says.

For one, it's the birthplace of the Zeppelin airship, way back when Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin decided to get in the balloon business. Perhaps you're most familiar with the Hindenburg (cue "oh the humanity") as that was a Zeppelin craft, though technology means they're built far safer and better these days. At the Zeppelin Halle near Friedrichshafen-Bodensee Airport, the dirigibles still take passengers up on the same route over Lake Constance as the Count's 1900 maiden flight. In town, there's that Zeppelin Museum we've previously written about.

Another reason we're in Friedrichshafen is the Dornier Museum. More aviation-geekiness, we know, but it's awesome. Located smack-dab next to the airport terminal is this shiny building dedicated to the Dornier Flugzeugwerke, manufacturers of smaller passenger and military aircraft up until 2002. They also happened to have made the camera on the Hubble Telescope. Fun! Visitors may purchase a joint ticket to visit both the Zeppelin and Dornier Museums, so guess what we're doing?

And you know what? Friedrichshafen is also on one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe, Lake Constance/Bodensee. Bordered by Germany, Austria and Switzerland (with Liechtenstein very close by), it's possible to visit a couple countries before dinner. Now that's our kind of town.

Wish you were here.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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