Well, are you enjoying the walk along Lake Constance? It’s beautiful here, isn’t it? I simply love my city and the promenade is one of my absolute favourite places. It does not make you wonder why the King of Württemberg chose this city for his summer residence anymore, does it? Holidaymakers came here from all over Germany to bathe in the lake and enjoy the beautiful city.
Before the city became as large as it is today, there used to be a large forest that surrounded the city, like a green coat. The King would often go hunting there with his friends and the women would walk along the promenade. Friedrichshafen was such a holiday paradise that it became widely known as the ‘Swabian Nice’ – and one of the most popular beaches in France is in Nice. Such a title is a great honour.
For a long time, there was even a building ban on the area around the lake, so that the beautiful landscape would not be ruined. Beautiful townhouses used to stand all along the street in the so-called new town. The street names were dedicated to the city’s founders, as well as names from the House of Württemberg in Friedrichshafen, such as Karlstraße, Paulinenstraße and Olgastraße. There also used to be some townhouses here along the promenade, such as Villa Scupin. Important people gathered in this exquisitely built house, and it was always a very sociable house. Numerous events were held here as part of the thriving social life, such as poetry readings, theatre productions and concerts. Unfortunately, an aerial mine blew up the entire house, along with 14 people, during an air raid in April 1944.
Everything used to be rather splendid and magnificent here – and then came the Second World War. The forest surrounding the city was chopped down in order to build factories, and the city and its beautiful villas were completely destroyed. In many places it is very hard to imagine how it would have once looked – only the promenade still has the same beautiful view as before. And now, once again, you can swim in the lake in summer. Many bathers come here especially to do so.
In the 19th century Friedrichshafen became known as the "Swabian Nice".
Yacht harbour, restaurants, relaxation pools, elegant guest houses – tourism in Friedrichshafen was already then a booming economic force.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes