There’s plenty of aviation in Friedrichshafen, on the northern shores of Lake Constance — not least as it was the home of Count Zeppelin.
The adjacent Lowenthal airport is home to the modern, sightseeing Zeppelins and venue for the annual AERO light aircraft trade fair in April. The Dornier Museum is a few minutes’ walk from the air terminal, and the Zeppelin Museum is in town, by the harbour.
Monuments and plaques abound in and around the waterfront park:
1. A stature of Count Ferdinand Zeppelin
2. An obelisk adjacent to the town railway station
3. Engraving on the above “You just have to want and believe in it, then it will succeed”
4. A plaque marking the Drachenstation, or Zeppelin weather station, opened 1908
5. A plaque showing the Zeppelin fountain in its old position by the town hall
6. And the same where it currently stands, depicting a child holding an airship
7. Zeppelin Museum entrance
8. Children’s “Play Zeppelin” in harbour square
9. The gift to the town of an engraved rock from the present-day Naval Air Wing 3 “Graf Zeppelin”
10. The harbour master’s launch, named for Capt Hugo Eckener, the pilot who still holds two airship records set with D-LZ127 “Graf Zeppelin” in 1928
And in the Schlosskirche is a series of photographs showing the devastation caused to the town by an air raid on 28 April 1944. The attack on the airship sheds on 21 November 1914 seems not to have registered in the public memory.
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