Bavaria itself is beautiful enough, but the island city of Lindau on the shores of Lake Constance is the pinnacle of Alpine romance. Historic houses in warm pastel shades sit alongside the banks of the lake, with snow-capped mountains providing a picturesque backdrop. The iconic Lindau Lighthouse, which dates back to the medieval era, is an ever-present fixture on the Lindau skyline, welcoming visitors at the entrance to the harbour. If you're travelling around southern Germany or embarking on a day trip from Zurich, Switzerland, trust us - it's worth making a detour to Lindau.
Lindau is situated in the middle of Lake Constance, known as Bodensee to locals. Famously, the stunning harbour is guarded by the Neuer Leuchtturm - Germany's southernmost lighthouse - on one side and a majestic Bavarian Lion statue on the other. If you're visiting Lindau, hop on a ferry tour to get some of the best views of the city. You can even travel by boat to other cities around the lake like Bregenz, Konstanz and Friedrichshafen, as well as crossing over into Austria and Switzerland. And be sure to climb the 139 steps to the top of Lindau Lighthouse for spectacular views and a chance to see the tower's unique clock face up close.
If you'd rather explore at your own pace, rent a boat and sail around the island yourself. In the summertime when the lake is warm, everyone flocks to the sandy and pebbly beaches. The water is super clear and not too deep, making it the perfect place for a refreshing swim.
Apart from water-based activities, there are plenty of other things to do in Lindau. You can start by exploring Altstadt, the old town. Here you'll find cobbled streets, quaint half-timbered homes and atmospheric marketplaces. The distinctive Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), which dates back to the 15th century, is worth a visit to see its intricate cherub frescoes. And the 1,000-year-old Peterskirche (Church of St Peter) houses famous paintings of the Passion.
When you need a break from sightseeing, head to one of the many delightful restaurants dotted around the island. Plump for a seafood restaurant like Valentin to sample fish freshly caught right from the lake.
By train: Lindau is 2 to 3 hours away from Munich by train.
By plane: The nearest major airports are Munich, Innsbruck, Stuttgart and Zurich.
By car: The city has great road connections and is easy to access via the A96 and the B31.
By bus: Long-distance bus lines connect Lindau with Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Freiburg and Strasbourg, among other big cities .