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The city of Lindau am Bodensee was one of the most beautiful
sights in Bavaria. Sitting on the Bodensee (also known as Lake Constance)
that straddled the German-Swiss border in the southwest
corner of Bavaria, Lindau was an island
port haven loaded with marinas, hotels, restaurants, and beautiful structures.
massive Austrian Alps majestically looming to the southeast, Lindau was a
photo-a-minute type of place. During the 2006 update to this website, we
decided to expand the Lindau page to a full photo gallery, encompassing three
different trips to this wonderful island. Even this small sampling of
photos here does not do the city justice. It has to be seen and visited to
be believed. Hopefully, those who do visit it would have a sunny day,
under which Lindau would glisten with color.
|Unquestionably, Lindau's most striking landmark
was the marina
entrance -- buttressed by a beautiful white lighthouse on the
south and a lion statue on the north. The marina was immediately to the
right as one exited the train station. Both were accessible by visitors, and
for a small fee one can climb to the top of the lighthouse. The view
||The same sight at
nighttime was absolutely wonderful. I took this shot during a
brief layover on a train ride to Austria. Also fabulous was when
the ferries, lit up for the night rides across Lake Constance, entered
or exited the marina.
|This shows the view of the marina from the base of
the lighthouse. A tour boat was just entering the marina and the crowds were
gathering in the portside restaurants and cafes. This picture was shot in
the morning. By 1PM, the cafes were utterly mobbed with
people. I tried a couple restaurants and the food was excellent.
Most of them serve 'standard fare', only a couple specialized in Bavarian
||The third and final
picture in this gallery is the Market Square, where on Saturday mornings
one could buy fresh produce, cheeses, meats, etc. The building in
the background looks quite elaborately sculpted -- but no, the wall was
flat and the decor was painted on. This was a common sight in
|Between the marina and
the market square was the main commercial district, scenes of which are
shown in these next two photographs. This shows the front of the
Lindau town hall, one of the most distinctive in Bavaria for its shape
and decor. The rear was equally as impressive.
||This shows one of the
original-style structures elsewhere on the street. It was called
the Brodlaube. The decor suggested that it once served as a
bakery, but in modern times it had become a cafe.
|Not all of the Lindau island was
built up. This shot shows part of a large park near the one
driving and walking bridge to the mainland. The park was full of
flowers and several fountains. The walking bridge to the mainland
was colorful with lots of flags.
||Of course, we could
not show pictures of the island without also showing some of the water.
This was taken on the mainland side, showing the one stretch of Lindau
island that was residential.
|We circled around the
east side of the island to the marinas. This shot shows a yachting
school held on the island. As you can see, the complex was very
large. There was also a small swimming hole nearby.
||There was a very
beautiful residential district that surrounded the market square.
It was very colorful and had restaurants, cafes, and shops that were
less expensive than the marina, just without the outdoor atmosphere.
This was also where one would find ethnic food if one didn't want
|This was one of several manor-style
houses scattered around. This one served as a gallery or museum.
||There were also
several small churches that each appeared like this one -- partially
restored with a new tower, suggesting past damage.
As said at the top, even these twelve pictures don't fully
justify the beauty of the island. We didn't show the lake side of the
island, either, leaving that for the Wasserburg chapter (coming soon).
Trip taken 23 June 2001 -- Page Last Updated
01 September 2006 -- (C) 2001,6 Tom Galvin