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Tucked away in the furthest southwest corner of Bavaria is Lindau (Lindau vacation rentals | Lindau travel guide). This quaint lake town is a wonderful place to relax while taking in the sites and soaking up the atmosphere of Lake Constance.
Historically Lindau was home to a 9th century nunnery and later became an important trading stop due to its ideal location on Lake Constance (also known as Bodensee). Lindau is the only part of Bavaria that touches the lake; the majority of the German side of the lake is in the Baden-Württemberg region, just west of Bavaria. Lindau officially became part of Bavaria in the early 1800s and was occupied by the French after WWII.
Today the town is abuzz with visitors soaking up the prime lake-front location. Lindau’s Alstadt is situated on a tiny island that can be reached on foot or by car (or with the train). The island itself is made up of mainly pedestrian areas, though there are a few parking lots where you can park for a nominal fee. Wander the cobblestones street and grab an ice cream cone while window shopping on Maximilianstrasse, the main street in the Alstadt. A bike is a great way to get around and can be rented easily in the town.
Lindau is a perfect base from which to explore Lake Constance. Boat tours run many times throughout the day and can take you to neighboring Austria and Switzerland. If you’d enjoy something a bit more athletic, you can go sailing, windsurfing, or even just rent a paddle boat and explore a small part of the lake on your own. As the day winds down, head to Lindau’s harbor. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse for a gorgeous view of the Alstadt and the lake itself. Dining and drinking options abound around the harbor, so find a choice spot and watch the sunset over the lake.
How to get there: Lindau is the final southwest stop in the Bavarian transit area, so a Bayern Ticket is a great way to travel. The ticket covers up to 5 people traveling on regional trains in the area. The train takes about 2.5 hours from Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide). Driving time is about the same; simply follow the A96 to the B31. You can also get direct trains to Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide) from the Lindau station.
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This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.
Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.
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