The island and garden town
The scene is unforgettable – a crystal-clear lake, snow-covered mountains in the background, lush green land all around and at the centre a historical island with a unique charm.
The old quarter of Lindau is situated on a picturesque island of around 70 hectares on Lake Constance. Its vibrant squares and rambling alleys give it a mediterranean feel, and the historical town centre is just waiting to be explored – the patrician town houses in Maximilianstrasse, the old town hall, the Gerberschanze bastion and Haus zum Cavazzen. The latter is considered to be one of the prettiest baroque houses on Lake Constance and is home to the municipal museum. Over the years, it has hosted special exhibitions of original works by famous modernist artists. Before closing for renovation work in autumn, the museum will host an exhibition of Expressionist paintings by August Macke entitled ‘Flâneur in the Garden of Art’, which will run from 24 March to 26 August 2018.
The highlight of any visit to the island must be the glorious entrance to Lindau harbour. It features a statue of the Bavarian lion on one side, and the new lighthouse on the other, with glorious views of Lake Constance and the Alps in the background.
Lindau is also a garden city – despite the limited space on the island, there are green oases of calm such as mediterranean Stadtgarten park and Luitpold Park. Visitors to mainland Lindau can enjoy the extensive lakeside areas and gardens, and Lindenhof Park, nestled within the charming villas of the Bavarian Riviera, is perfect for cycling. The park is also an idyllic and popular place for a swim thanks to the public access to the lake and the large trees that provide shade from the sun.
Many festivals and events take place on or near the water, and some of the highlights include the ‘Rund Um’ sailing regatta, the Stadtfest festival, the ‘Komm und See’ wine festival and Lindauer Hafenweihnacht, the popular Christmas festival. In the autumn, as well as the annual fun fair, Lindau celebrates apples during the Apfelwochen festival and regional food and drink during the Genussherbst festival.