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A hotel in Lindau is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Lindau hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Lindau are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Lindau hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Lindau hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Lindau have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Lindau
An upscale full service hotel facility in Lindau that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Lindau hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Historic inns and boutique hotels in Lindau
Boutique hotels of Lindau are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Lindau boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Lindau may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Lindau
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Lindau travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Lindau focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Lindau
Small to medium-sized Lindau hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Lindau traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Lindau hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Lindau
A bed and breakfast in Lindau is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Lindau bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Lindau B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Lindau
Lindau hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Lindau hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Lindau
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Lindau hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Lindau lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Lindau
Lindau timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Lindau often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Lindau on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Lindau
A Lindau motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Lindau for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Lindau motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Lindau
Aerial view of Lindau Island
Aerial view of Lindau Island
Coat of arms of Lindau
Coat of arms
Lindau  is located in Germany
Lindau
Lindau
Coordinates:  / 47.54722; 9.68333  / 47.54722; 9.68333
Country Germany
State Bavaria
District Lindau
Government
• Mayor Dr. Gerhard Ecker (SPD)
Area
• Total 33.18 km (12.81 sq mi)
Elevation 401 m (1,316 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)
• Total 25,132
• Density 760/km (2,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 88131
Dialling codes 08382
Vehicle registration LI
Website lindau.de

Lindau (officially in German: Lindau (Bodensee)) is a major town and an island on the eastern side of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German). It is the capital of the Landkreis or county Lindau, Bavaria, and located near the borders of Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland (St. Gallen and Thurgau). The coat of arms of Lindau town is a linden tree, referring to the supposed origin of the town's name (Linde means linden tree in German). The historic town of Lindau is located on an 0.68-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) island, which is connected with the mainland by a road-traffic bridge and a railway dam leading to Lindau station.

Lindau: History

Lindau in winter
Lindau in the 16th century

The first use of the name Lindau was documented in 882 by a monk from St. Gallen, stating that Adalbert (count of Raetia) had founded a nunnery on the island. However the remains of an early Roman settlement dating back to the 1st century have been found in the district of Aeschach.

In 1180, St. Stephan's church was founded. In 1224 the Franciscans founded a monastery on the island. In 1274/75 Lindau became an Imperial Free City under King Rudolf I. The terminology 'city' here means German Große Kreisstadt, which is an exception due to Lindau's rather small population of only c. 24454. In 1430, about 15 of Lindau's Jews were burned at the stake after being accused of murdering a Christian child. In 1528, Lindau accepted the Protestant Reformation. Lindau first followed the Tetrapolitan Confession, and then the Augsburg Confession. In 1655, after the Thirty Years' War, the first Lindauer Kinderfest (children's festival) was held, in memory of the war. This festival introduced by Lindau councillor Valentin Heider makes up an important part of the town's identity nowadays, too.

Lindau lost its status as an Imperial Free City in 1802, after the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. The city went to Karl August von Bretzenheim who gave Lindau and the monastery to the Kingdom of Austria in 1804. In 1805 Austria returned Lindau to Bavaria.

In 1853 a dam was built to connect the railway from Munich to the island. In 1856 a new harbour was built, with its characteristic landmarks, the lion sculpture and Bavaria's only lighthouse.

In 1922 the independent districts of Aeschach, Hoyren and Reutin merged with the Lindau district. After World War II, Lindau fell under French administration and went firstly to Württemberg-Hohenzollern and then to the State of Baden-Württemberg. In 1955, Lindau returned to Bavaria.

Lindau is located near the meeting point of the Austrian, German and Swiss borders and is nestled on the lake in front of Austria's Pfänder mountain. Lindau is popular with sightseers and holidaymakers for its medieval town centre and picturesque location on Lake Constance. The Nobel Laureate Meetings at Lindau began in 1951 and brings many Nobel Prize laureates to Lindau each year.

Lindau: Tourist attractions

The famous harbour entrance of Lindau
The back of the old town hall of Lindau

Lindau is the most popular tourist attraction in the South of Germany. The gardens of Lindau are best in spring or summer blossom and summer is the peak tourist period. Lindau is famous for its architecture and outdoor attractions such as cycling, sailing, hiking, swimming and camping are also popular.

Tower: Mangenturm
  • Harbour entrance with lighthouse and Bavarian Lion sculpture (Island of Lindau)
  • Church of St. Stephan (Evangelical Church), c. 1180 with remodelling in 1782
  • Church of St. Peter (founded about 1000), became war memorial church in 1928
  • Minster 'Unserer Lieben Frau' former church of the monastery 'Maria Himmelfahrt' (which is German for Assumption of Mary), with St. Marien (Stiftskirche)
  • Maximilianstraße (main street through the Island of Lindau with shops and restaurants)
  • Historic Town Hall
  • Casino Spielbank Lindau
  • Gardens and Parks of Lindau, e.g. Lindenhofpark
  • Museum 'Haus zum Cavazzen'
  • Theatre Lindau
  • Boat trips by Bodenseeschifffahrt
  • Lindau's Old Book Archive (ERB - Ehemals Reichsstädtische Bibliothek) with books from the 15th to 18th Century inside the historic town hall
  • Hoyerberg near Hoyerberg Schlössle is a scenic lookout with views of the surrounding area

Lindau: Economy

Historically, the trading route from Nuremberg to Italy passed through Lindau; fishery has also played a big role in the economy of the city and in the 19th century, Lindau was an important location for textile industries. Tourism (including restaurants and accommodation) and industrial production are the main industries in contemporary Lindau. Lindau has a very low unemployment rate, likely the result of a diverse economy and proximity to the Alpine Rhine Valley.

Lindau: Larger corporations

  • Lindauer Dornier (Textile machines)
  • Liebherr Electronics
  • Cooper-Standard Automotive (former Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems)
  • CMORE Automotive GmbH (located in Tanner AG building 'Denkfabrik')
  • Cofely Refrigeration (former Axima Refrigeration, which was former Sulzer Escher-Wyss, a refrigeration and air conditioning plant)
  • Lindauer Fruchtgarten (former Lindavia, manufacturer of fruit drinks)
  • Continental AG, BU ADAS (ADC Automotive Distance Control GmbH)
  • Faurecia Automotive (former Angell-Demmel GmbH)
  • Crane Co. ChemPharm Energyy (former Xomox GmbH now part of Crane)
  • Tanner AG (Technical documentations); Tanner is also a major office complex which hosts several other companies
  • Duwe 3D
  • Tecnotron Electronics in Weißensberg, close to Lindau

Lindau: Other local economy

  • Numerous farms around town, producing apples, pears, strawberries and related products e.g. Schnapps, wine or fruit juices.
  • Local hairdressers, gyms, bakeries, butchers, ice cream and coffee shops
  • Variety of car dealers (major VW, BMW and Renault with subsidies to other car makes), petrol stations, etc.
  • Care homes, Hospital

Lindau: Districts

Lindau is split into several districts. A search for 'Lindau Stadt' will reveal the town's bordering to the neighbour parts of Lindau.

  • Central: Island, Aeschach
  • East: Reutin, Zech
  • West: Bad Schachen, Unterreitnau
  • North: Oberreitnau, Hochbuch, Hoyern, Schönau

Lindau: Transportation

Lindau Hauptbahnhof

Lindau: Railway

Lindau Hauptbahnhof is Lindau's main station and is located on Lindau Island, however it is planned that the station will be improved and compliemented by development of a station in Reutin district on the mainland by 2018. Lindau Hauptbahnhof has trains to and from Friedrichshafen, Munich, Ulm, Augsburg, Bregenz with OBB and Zürich and further afield serviced by SBB.

Lindau: Bus - Stadtbus Lindau

Lindau's bus system is called Stadtbus Lindau, which departs from all stations every 30 minutes and runs until 22.30 daily, with special services for events. The bus system is run by the main local utility provider Stadtwerke Lindau.

Additionally RBA and the Zweiländer-line of Austrias "Landbus Unterland" also operate from Lindau. Recently long-distance coaches have started running to distant German cities, an alternative to Deutsche Bahn trains.

Lindau: Road

Lindau is connected to the Autobahn A96 (E43). Main roads (German Bundesstraße) include B31 and B12. The A96 links to the Austrian Autobahn A14 starting right after the joining with the 7 km long Pfändertunnel. The tunnel has been expanded into 4 lane, 2 tunnel road which was opened in 2013 to accommodate increased north/south traffic.

Lindau: Airports

Lindau does not have its own airport, however is close to Friedrichshafen Airport and Memmingen Airport, which usually serve tourist arrivals and European destinations. The nearest major airports are Munich Airport, Stuttgart Airport or Zürich Airport.

Lindau: Utilities

Lindau's local utility provider is called Stadtwerke Lindau. Stadtwerke Lindau provides electricity, water, telecommunications, public baths, and some other services to Lindau.

Lindau: Telecommunications

The local utility provider Stadtwerke TK-Lindau has started deploying fibre-optic internet to major businesses, and new housing development areas. Other networks include cable television by Kabel Deutschland, which is available in some streets and xDSL, by many providers. Some systems have seen upgrades of the ADSL standard in the last years to cope with the high bandwidth demand. There are plans to deploy a WiFi hotspot network (or WLAN, as it is more commonly known in German) across the Island of Lindau.

Lindau: Property, redevelopment and other major projects

Lindau is currently planning several redevelopment projects across the city. The following is a list of projects that are planned for redevelopment.

  • New train station - Lindau has been planning a new train station for many years. Currently there is agreement between the major stakeholders is to build a new station near the shopping mall Lindaupark (Reutin district) and refurbish the station on the island. Both stations will remain active.
  • Electrification of the Train tracks to Munich (connecting Munich and Zürich) - this major project is sponsored by large external stakeholders such as the State of Bavaria, Switzerland and Deutsche Bahn.
  • Lindau Inselhalle - Lindau's main hall which is used for conferences is due to be rebuilt soon.
  • Multi-storey car park - related to the redevelopment of Lindau Inselhalle on the island
  • Property developments near the train station on the island are planned, after rail tracks have been removed
  • A New Fire station was completed in September 2014 near Auenstraße (outside the island) - a major headquarters for all the former stations across town, including the Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) unit of Lindau.
  • Property developments connected to area which belongs to Deutsche Bahn near Reutin, once the new train station is completed
  • Property developments in Aeschach district - including some major buildings, including luxury apartments and offices
  • Railway underpass near the entrance of the island - Lindau is planning two railway underpasses for cars to ease congestion, partly caused by tourists visiting by car causing frequent crossing closures
  • Several company extensions or relocations are planned - as of September 2014 Continental AG is extending into a third office complex
  • Lindau Utility is deploying optical broadband across the city
  • Lindau Strandbad, the major public bath is in discussion of being refurbished
  • Major redevelopment of REWE Supermarket in Bodolz - New interior, new shops. It will be closed from December 2014 until April 2015

Lindau: Local news sources

Lindau has a well established newspaper called Lindauer Zeitung, which is part of the Schwäbische Zeitung, which is released daily. Another newspaper is the Bürgerzeitung Lindau (BZ) which is released by the city council. It is released biweekly and contains announcements to the town by the Mayor and local news. The paper is free, sponsored by advertisements and can usually be found in shops. Both newspapers are available in print and online.

Lindau: Schools and Kindergartens

Lindau has two main high schools: Bodensee-Gymnasium and Valentin-Heider-Gymnasium. With one middle school for girls (Maria-Ward-Realschule Lindau) and one middle school for boys (Staatliche Realschule für Knaben Lindau) there are several primary schools across the town. Lindau recently completed construction of a new Kindergarten, which also included a Kita Kindertagestätte, which is a baby nursery for children aged 2–3. There is high demand for childcare in Lindau and providers are obliged by the State of Bavaria to provide for every child.

Lindau: Hospitals, Civic Offices

  • Asklepios Krankenhaus Lindau
  • Bürgerbüro Lindau, the local office for all legal matters, e.g. passports, registration, etc.
  • KFZ-Zulassungsstelle, registration office for cars
  • Finanzamt (tax office), location in Lindau

Lindau: Shopping

Lindau's large shopping centres and supermarkets like Aldi, Lidl, REWE are off Lindau Island. However, the Island has many different shops, which sell clothing, cosmetics, gifts, toys, antique items and local products such as cheese and vine. Lindau's main shopping mall is called Lindaupark and hosts larger shops such as Müller Drogerie and a supermarket.

Lindau: Festivals and events

Thanks to its location on Lake Constance, Lindau hosts a number of festivals and events, usually in summer (between May and August).

  • U&D, Umsonst & Draussen by Club Vaudeville Lindau. The festival hosts live music in a public area.
  • Nobel Laureate Meetings at Lindau, Lindau's prestigious science event. Students from all over the world are able to meet up with Nobel Laureates to discuss scientific developments. Lindau is soon to build a new conference home for this event.
  • Psychotherapiewochen, a psychologist conference
  • Rund Um den Bodensee, a sailing competition
  • Gartentage 2014
  • Lindauer Oktoberfest
  • Lindauer Kinderfest

Lindau: Famous citizens of Lindau

Lindau has a number of famous people and residents.

  • Johann Hüglin (before 1490-1527), pastor and Protestant martyr
  • Esaias Gruber (died 1595)
  • Sir John Spilman (died 1626), paper manufacturer and jeweler in England
  • Achilles Gasser, also Gasserus (1505–1577), physician and historian
  • Nicholas Varnbiiler (1519–1604), jurist and diplomat, professor at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen.
  • Valentin Erythraeus (1521–1576), studied in a storm, Luther and Melanchthon, professor at the Academy in Strasbourg
  • John Marbach (1521–1581), Lutheran theologian, reformer and sectarian
  • Johann Jakob Mirgel (1559–1629), Bishop in Konstanz
  • Jacob Ernst Thomann von Hagelstein (1588–1653), painter
  • Valentin Heider (1605–1664), lawyer, negotiator for the Protestant cities of southern Germany at Peace of Westphalia, founder of the children's party Lindauer
  • Joannis Bodler (1629–1698), Jesuit
  • Plazidus Kobolt (1642–1719), abbot
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Werner Mang (born 1949), is a world-ranked expert plastic surgeon.
  • A comprehensive list of honoured citizens of Lindau maybe found at this German site.

Lindau: Genealogy

Lindau is believed to be the origin of the Lindauer surname of Germany, Switzerland, Alsace-Lorraine, Austria and the Czech Republic. A Jewish family bearing this name is said to have descended from Suskind of Lindau, who was among those killed during the pogrom of 1430.

Lindauer is also the name of a famous wine brand from New Zealand, however there is no established relationship between Lindau and the wine, which is named after painter Gottfried Lindauer.

Lindau: Gastronomy

Lindau produces a number of local wines and beverages, there are a number of localities that produce wines (Rädlewirtschaften) from local vineyards and Schnapps made by local farmers.

Lindau: Climate

Lindau is located in a temperate climatic zone (experiencing four distinct seasons) with mountain surroundings and the freshwater lake. Winters can be cold, with temperatures reaching as low as -20 °C on occasion. In some exceptional cases, winters can be so severely cold that major parts of the lake freeze, making crossing of the lake by car possible, however this is a once in 50 to 100 year event. Summers are normally warm to hot and usually humid due to the surrounding lake.

Heavy storms, rain showers and thunderstorms are common in summer and heavy winds up to 8 on the Beaufort scale are possible. Usually the lake is calm; however, there is a warning light system for boats to indicate if heavy storms are forecast. Due to the surrounding mountains, snow is always in sight and a good indicator of weather. Lake Constance is located at roughly 400m above sea level.

Lindau: Twin towns

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany

Lindau is twinned with:

  • Serpukhov (Russia)
  • Chelles (France) Lindau was twinned in 1964 with the City of Chelles in France, which was initiated by the returned French soldiers after World War II.
  • Reitnau (Switzerland)

Lindau: References

  1. "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). June 2016.
  2. S Rieger, G Jochem [transl. HP Sinclair], "Chronology of the History of the Jews of Bavaria", 2006. http://www.rijo.homepage.t-online.de/pdf/EN_BY_JU_bye.pdf&usg=AFQjCNEAO45HwiMMJ-xTp2kRLebyl68n5Q, accessed 16 October 2008.
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  4. Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau
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