Friedrichshafen (German pronunciation: [fʁiːdʁiksˈhafn̩]) is an industrial city on the northern shoreline of Lake Constance (the Bodensee) in Southern Germany, near the borders of both Switzerland and Austria. It is the district capital (Kreisstadt) of the Bodensee district in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Friedrichshafen has a population of about 58,000.
Friedrichshafen in August 2009
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|Coordinates: 47°39′N 9°29′E|
|• Lord Mayor||Andreas Brand (FW)|
|• Total||69.91 km2 (26.99 sq mi)|
|Elevation||400 m (1,300 ft)|
|• Density||870/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||07541, 07544|
Friedrichshafen was established in 1811 as part of the new Kingdom of Württemberg, an ally of France during the Napoleonic Wars. It was named for King Frederick I of Württemberg, who privileged it as a free port and transshipment point for the kingdom's Swiss trade. Friedrichshafen was created from the former city of Buchhorn, whose coat of arms it adopted. The new city also incorporated the former village of Hofen, whose monastery was refurbished to serve as the summer residence of the Württemberger kings.
King William I continued improving the city, including the purchase of the steamship Wilhelm. Ministers and senior officials built villas around the royal castle, and many foreign tourists visited the city as well, including Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The first track laid by the Royal Württemberg State Railways connected the port to Ravensburg in 1847. Heilbronn was connected in 1850, and a ferry to Romanshorn in Switzerland began operating in 1869. Despite their previous opposition to Prussia, under the federal structure of the German Empire, Württemberg and Friedrichshafen continued to enjoy some special privileges following their incorporation into Germany following the Franco-Prussian War.
Ferdinand von Zeppelin established his famous dirigible factory at the end of the 19th century. The 128m-long LZ1 airship rose from its mooring on July 2, 1900. Other aviation companies, including Maybach, also arose in Friedrichshafen to help service the industry, which received a major impetus from World War I. Following the Treaty of Versailles, the Kingdom of Württemberg was dissolved but the deposed royal family continued in their possession of their castle in Friedrichshafen, despite a workers' revolution there in November, 1918.
In the aftermath of the war, Maybach and many other aviation companies turned to automobile construction, while Claudius Dornier purchased Theodor Kober's failed Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen and established Dornier Flugzeugwerke. Owing to the provisions of the Versailles treaty, many of the planes were initially produced in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands or Japan, but resumed work at its Friedrichshafen and other German factories following the rise of the Nazi regime. The 1937 Hindenburg disaster and a subsequent embargo on sending American helium to Germany, however, effectively ended the production of German dirigibles. The Zeppelin manufacturing company Luftschiffbau Zeppelin (LZ) was re-established in 1993, and a commercial airline Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei (DZR) began flying passenger service from Friedrichshafen Airport in 2001. As of 2012, 12 scheduled routes were offered with additional flights to selected cities.
Presently, a yearly aviation conference hosts the latest in European aircraft designs. AERO Friedrichshafen hosted an attendance of 33,400 in 2011, and 30,800 in 2012. Aero 2013 took place on 24–27 April 2013 at Friedrichshafen Airport.
World War II
Friedrichshafen served the Nazi regime as a resort for workers. The presence of Zeppelin, Maybach, Dornier, and Zahnradfabrik made it an important German industrial center during World War II. Between 1942 and 1945, the factories used slave labor of hundreds of concentration camp prisoners from Dachau and Dora-Mittelbau. They were housed first at Zeppelin's hangar and then, following its destruction during a raid, the V-2 factory Raderach. The prisoners were also used to dig tunnels near Friedrichshafen to protect production sites from the repeated bombing.
Between June 1943 and February 1945, the city was targeted for Allied bombing attacks. The most accurate took place on April 28, 1944, and destroyed most of the old town center. Approximately two-thirds of the city was destroyed over the course of the war.
Following World War II, Friedrichshafen was part of the French occupation zone before its incorporation into Baden-Württemberg, West Germany. The German aeronautics industry was again banned for many years after the war, and companies again failed or shifted production. The city's principal recovery dates to its establishment as the administrative seat of the Bodenseekreis district of West Germany, in 1973.
The last French troops withdrew from their "Durand de Villers" Quarter (Quartier Durand de Villers) in 1992.
Airship construction in the first third of the 20th century attracted considerable industry and contributed significantly to Friedrichshafen's relative prosperity. Friedrichshafen is best known for having been home to the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin Airship Company, the aircraft manufacturer Dornier Flugzeugwerke, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a manufacturer of transmission systems and MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, the engine manufacturing company founded by Wilhelm Maybach.
Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was born in Konstanz (Constance), originally had his airships built in a floating airship hangar on the lake which could be aligned with the wind to support the difficult starting procedure. Today there is a large Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen sited near the lake shore. In recent years the company ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH, also located in Friedrichshafen, is the constructor of small, semi-rigid airships designed by the Zeppelin firm, named (called Zeppelin NT), by using modern technology. These airships can be booked for sightseeing tours above Lake Constance.
Airbus Defence and Space maintains a site outside Friedrichshafen in Immenstaad am Bodensee, which is considered today as the successor of the Dornier Flugzeugwerke company. The Dornier Museum is located at the Friedrichshafen Airport and displays restored Dornier aviation technology as well as modern space technology.
Apart from industry and tourism, various international regular trade fairs, such as Aero (aviation technology), Interboot (water sports), OutDoor, Motorradwelt (Motorbikes), Eurobike (bicycles) and Tuning World Bodensee (car tuning) are important economical factors. There is a large fair ground (Messe Friedrichshafen) near Friedrichshafen airport where all these and many more trade fairs take place every year. Furthermore, the Graf-Zeppelin-Haus cultural centre has become a popular location for congresses, conferences, musical and other events.
Friedrichshafen is the location for Europe's largest ham radio convention.
Zeppelin University, a private research university, is the only private university in the state of Baden-Württemberg to have received the rare right to confer PhD titles to its students. Only founded in 2003, its Cultural & Communication Management programme has been already ranked the best university programme in that field in German speaking countries, according to the prestigious CHE ranking. The programme in Public Management & Governance was ranked 4th while the programme in Corporate Management & Economics was ranked 6th among all examined German, Austrian, Swiss and Dutch universities (figures from 2011). Zeppelin University holds the title of the 'most committed' university in Germany with regard to civil society issues (Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft/Stiftung Mercator 2011). Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education also has a campus in Friedrichshafen.
A car ferry service links Friedrichshafen to Romanshorn in Switzerland, and various other towns around the lake can also be reached by ferry. Since 2005, a fast Catamaran ship connection has been in service between Friedrichshafen and Konstanz.
Friedrichshafen has a local airport called Friedrichshafen Airport which offers, among other services, daily international connections provided mainly by Lufthansa CityLine, Turkish Airlines and Germanwings.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Matteo Pertsch (1769 in Buchhorn – 1834), Austrian classical architect responsible for many historic structures in Trieste
- Frederick Miller (1824–1888), brewery owner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
- Heinrich Lanz (1838–1905), agricultural machinery manufacturers Heinrich Lanz AG, Lanz Bulldog
- Wilhelm Maybach (1846–1929), engine designer and industrialist
- Barbara Margaretha Meta von Salis (1855–1929), Swiss feminist and historian
- Hugo Eckener (1868–1954), manager of the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin during the inter-war years
- Hermann Blau (1871–1944), engineer and chemist and inventor of Blau gas
- Ludwig Dürr (1878–1956), airship designer
- Claude Dornier (1884–1969), airplane builder and founder of Dornier GmbH
- Friedrich von Arnauld de la Perière (1888–1969), aviator
- Franz-Zeno Diemer (1889–1954), flight pioneer
- Oberleutnant Hans Bethge (1890–1918), World War I flying ace and aerial commander
- Richard Vogt (1894–1979), engineer and aircraft designer
- Alfonsas Dargis (1909–1996), Lithuanian painter, graphic artist, set designer and poet
- Liselotte Herrmann (1909–1938), Communist Resistance fighter in Nazi Germany.
- Friedrich Jung (1915–1997), doctor and leading academic and research pharmacologist in the GDR
- Albrecht Roser (1922–2011), puppeteer
- Princess Marie Alexandra of Schleswig-Holstein (1929–2000), wife of local restaurateur
- Carl, Duke of Württemberg (born 1936), head of the House of Württemberg
- Nico Stehr (born 1942), university professor
- Helmut Willke (born 1945), sociologist who studies the effect of globalization on modern society
- Stefan Waggershausen (born 1949), singer, composer, and songwriter
- Laurent Gathier (born in 1953 in Friedrichshafen), French engineer and space pioneer
- Patrick A. Baeuerle (born 1957), molecular biologist
- Peter Rundel (born 1958), violinist and conductor
- Hubert Knoblauch (born 1959), sociologist
- Duke Friedrich of Württemberg (1961–2018), entrepreneur and heir to the House of Württemberg
- Alissa Walser (born 1961), writer, daughter of poet Martin Walser
- Tasos Zembylas (born 1962), philosopher and social scientist
- Stefan Sommer (born 1963), Chief Executive Officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG
- Philippe Bühler (born 1981), singer
- Alicia von Rittberg (born 1993), actress and local student
- Philipp Riederle (born 1994), author, consultant and podcaster
- Jörg Diesch (born 1951), sailor, Olympian winner in 1976
- Eckart Diesch (born 1954), sailor, Olympic athlete 1976
- John Jurkovic (born 1967), former American football player currently employed as a US broadcaster
- Stefanie Rothweiler (born 1979), Olympian participant in sailing
- Steffen Wohlfarth (born 1983), soccer player
- Kerstin Wohlbold (born 1984), handball player
- Max Günthör (born 1985), volleyball player
- Chantal Laboureur (born 1990), volleyball and beach volleyball player
- Simon Zoller (born 1991), football player
- Giulia Gwinn (born 1999), footballer
- Liane Lippert (born 1998], cycliste
Friedrichshafen is twinned with the following cities:
The relationships to the twin cities are supported by the local government together with twin city associations. In Friedrichshafen there had been founded the associations Freundeskreis Polozk, Peoria Club, Arbeitskreis S.Dié, Amici di Imperia.
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- Sport Aviation: 14. June 2012. Missing or empty
- "HAM RADIO | International Exhibition for Radio Amateurs". Hamradio-friedrichshafen.de. 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
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- "Euroflights.info - Cheap Flights to Friedrichshafen"
- https://www.peoria-club.com/ Official website of Peoria Club e.V.
- https://www.friedrichshafen.de/buerger-stadt/stadtportraet/partnerstaedte-freundschaften/saint-die-des-vosges/ Official website City of Friedrichshafen
- http://www.amici-di-imperia.de Official website of Amici di Imperia
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- Friedrichshafen Tourism
- Zeppelin museum (English version available)
- Bodensee Airport Friedrichshafen (English version)
- MTU Friedrichshafen
- ZF Friedrichshafen
- Zeppelin University
- Graf-Zeppelin-Haus cultural centre
- Count Zeppelin (Highland Pipes and Drums)
- Ham radio convention
- Zeppelin airship flights Friedrichshafen tour
- Südkurier Local newspaper for Friedrichshafen (in German)