The island is the perfect place to start your day in Lindau – ideally with a little pick-me-up. Why not start off proceedings by treating yourself to a coffee and pastry at one of Lindau’s many bakeries? The Schönegg on Schneeberggasse, for example, offers a beautiful selection of traditional baked goods and confectionery. Simply follow the aroma of tasty croissants, delicious apple cake and fresh strawberry tarts. Or try one of the many other bakeries on the island.

Discover Lindau in 24 hours

Once you’re feeling suitably fortified, the island tour can begin. On your way round you will discover many of the island’s most popular sights  and will get a perfect introduction to the many delights of this beautiful island town. We have prepared a short walking guide with brief descriptions to help you find your way around the island’s many highlights. One place that is well worth a visit is the Haus zum Cavazzen, the beautiful building that houses Lindau’s town museum, the Stadtmuseum. The Museum is open from April to October and this year it has a special exhibition of original drawings by Emil Nolde.

After you’ve had a relaxed stroll through the picturesque streets and alleyways and along the harbour promenade, it’s time to think about seeing the island from the water. If you are already at the harbour, you can take a cruise on one of the ships belonging the White Fleet. If you happen to be near the casino, you can also start your trip from here. Ships depart daily for a 1 or 1½-hour round trip at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm until mid-October.  From mid-October onwards, they depart at 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm.

Explore the garden city

Continue your day’s adventures by taking a bus to the mainland. From Lindau’s main station you can take bus routes 1 or 2 to the ZUP (central transfer point) and then take route 4 in the direction of Alwind and get off at the Ebnet stop. From there it is a 4-minute walk to the Lindenhofpark. This historic and spacious park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy wonderful views of the lake. Whilst you’re there, be sure to visit the friedens räume (peace rooms) museum in the east wing of the Villa Lindenhof. This interactive museum gets visitors actively involved in issues relating to peace and justice.  If time permits, it’s also well worth making a trip to one of the magnificent historic villas in the area. Visit the popular café at Villa Alwind and marvel at the fabulous gardens and stunning architecture. Or take tea on the terrace of the Hotel Bad Schachen with its impressive view of the lake.

Then it’s time to head back to the island by bus or on foot. In the evening, a particular highlight for many visitors is to take in a show put on by the Lindau Marionette Opera at the Stadttheater on Fischergasse. If there is a performance that evening, we recommend having dinner no later than 6.00 pm. There are plenty of nearby restaurants to choose from in Maximilianstrasse or down by the harbour.

On one day there is much to see

Of course Lindau has so much more to offer. It’s not possible to see and do everything in a single day. Just working your way through this list of recommendations is more than enough. And if you’ve had a full and active day, why not round off the evening by treating yourself to a nightcap in a one of the many cosy pubs and wine bars on the island. The historic building at Maximilianstrasse 15 is home to the cosy Frey wine bar. Or check out the Zur Fischerin wine bar on Ludwigstrasse. Like the harbour entrance, it is an essential part of Lindau.  On the harbour promenade you’ll find hotel bars and fashionable watering holes such as Nana and the Marmorsaal.