Friedrichshafen, located in southern Germany close to the Austrian and Swiss borders, is a popular destination for tourists and business travellers alike. Due to the fact that Friedrichshafen hosts a number of conferences and trade fairs each year, it can sometimes be difficult to predict when prices of travel may or may not be high, since the occurrence of a major exhibition in the city will inevitably make it more difficult to book a hotel room and a flight to Friedrichshafen. For example, in June, thousands of Ham radio enthusiasts descend on the city to experience the International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs. Typically, the most expensive period to visit Friedrichshafen will be during the summer months of July and August, when the temperatures reach a comfortable mid-twenties degrees C, and both tourists and business travellers compete for hotel rooms and flights. Therefore, it is certainly advisable to try to book your trip well in advance in order to find cheap flights to Friedrichshafen; flexibility on travel dates will certainly help to keep the costs low.
One of the reasons many tourists choose to take a flight to Friedrichshafen is due to its central location. Not only is Friedrichshafen on the banks of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) which offers many tourist activities but it is also close to Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein, so it makes a great base to explore this part of Europe. Friedrichshafen itself has a relatively short history, having been established in 1811. Largely rebuilt after heavy bombing during Second World War, Friedrichshafen is arguably most famous for its connection to Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the founder of the Zeppelin airship company. In fact, it is possible to take a flight in one of these magnificent airships from Friedrichshafen airport. The flights last up to a couple of hours and, due to the big demand for seats, need to be booked months in advance. For fans of this airship and aeronautics in general, a trip to the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen is also a must. It holds the largest aviation collection in the world alongside an impressive art collection of pieces created in Friedrichshafen and the region over the last 500 years.
There is an extensive bus network operating in and around Friedrichshafen. Given its proximity to the lake, there is also the option of catching various ferries to other destinations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Many travellers chose to purchase all day travel cards (tageskarte) which give unlimited travel on buses, trains and ferries for a set period of time. Also, bikes are a popular means of transport for some visitors; these can be hired from shops in Friedrichshafen.
Most travellers visiting on flights to Friedrichshafen land at the nearby Friedrichstafen Airport (FDH), which is just 2 miles (3 km) away. There are hourly train services from the airport to the city’s main train station in the centre of Friedrichstafen. The journey shouldn’t take more than around ten minutes. Alternatively, travellers can catch a bus service or a taxi cab outside the airport to take them to Friedrichshafen.