Those who imagine Lindau as a historical jewel with picturesque charm are certainly not wrong – but the city does not only offer an exciting past,
but also a highly entertaining present. Its diverse cultural program makes the island in particular a center of attraction for guests from near and far. The art and cultural offerings of the island and garden city in Lake Constance are surprisingly high-caliber and hold true treasures.

International art exhibitions

Compared to art metropolises such as Zurich or Munich, Lindau may seem manageable – but the exhibitions of classical modern art are of the highest standard and can easily keep up with the offerings of the big cities. Because the art exhibitions in Lindau are as international as its visitors: After Picasso, Chagall, Miró, Matisse, Nolde, Klee, Macke and Hundertwasser, in 2020 works by Paula Modersohn-Becker and Otto Modersohn will be on display at the Art museum at the island station.

In addition, Lindau also has many smaller galleries – both on the island and on the mainland.

If you are looking for antiques, you will find a renowned auction house as well as numerous small stores offering antiques.

Unique museums

In addition to the art museum you will find two other exhibitions in Lindau, which surprise with extraordinary presentations.

In the former Reichsstädtische Bibliothek you can embark on a journey into the literary past: The exhibition in the Old Town Hall on the Lindau Island houses around 13,000 historical volumes on natural history, alchemy, dogmatics, civil and canon law. The ERB is one of the largest historical council and public libraries on the northern shore of Lake Constance – a colored copy of Martin Luther’s first complete German Bible translation from 1534 is also on display.

On the mainland, the “peace rooms” in the Lindenhofpark offer thinking spaces in the reading, work, intermediate and garden areas. The main topic is peace and justice. In the historic villa, everyone can find their own personal access to the presented contents. There is no fixed order in which the rooms are to be visited. What is presented in the interactive museum leaves room for own interpretations – children, young people and adults can form their own opinions.

Artistic diversity in the municipal theater

The Lindau Theater has found its home in a former 13th century monastery church: The listed building was rebuilt after the Second World War, is accessible without barriers and offers seats for around 700 guests.

Although the city does not have its own ensemble, every season renowned artists such as Iris Berben or Senta Berger, as well as ensembles such as the Bavarian State Opera or the Deutsches Theater Berlin, give highly acclaimed guest performances on the island. National and international ballet companies also continue to thrill audiences time and again. For example the performances by the international solo-dance-theatre festival Stuttgart are very popular among culture lovers in Lindau. Chamber concerts as well as cabaret and cabaret events are also offered.

In addition, the Lindau Theater, opened in 1951, serves as the venue for the Lindau Marionette Opera.

Lindau's puppet opera

Lindau’s puppet opera opened in the summer of 2000 and is the only puppet stage in Germany where only music theater is performed. In addition to operas such as “The Magic Flute”, “La Traviata” or “Carmen”, two operettas, the ballet “Swan Lake” and one children’s play per season are also performed.

On July 2, 2000, the curtain rose for the first time on the Lindau Marionette Opera at the Stadttheater. In 2020 – about 2,500 performances later – the unique institution celebrated its 20th anniversary with a big special party.

After the performance, guests may look backstage and ask the ensemble their questions. If you would like to attend one of the approximately 120 performances per year, we recommend that you buy your tickets as early as possible. The minimum age for visitors is five, the recommended age is eight years.