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Friedrichshafen is a city on the northern shoreline of Lake Constance in Southern Germany, near the borders of both Switzerland and Austria. It is the district capital of the Bodensee district in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Friedrichshafen has a population of about 58,000.

It was formed in 1811 by Frederick I of Württemberg through unification of the former free imperial city (1275–1802) of Buchhorn and the monastery and village of Hofen. Hofen (from 1050 a Benedictine convent) became a provostship of monks in 1420, was suppressed in 1802, and passed to Württemberg in 1805. Buchhorn was assigned to Württemberg in 1810. Before World War II, in which the city was heavily damaged, Zeppelin airships were built there, and it now has a Zeppelin museum. It is a lake resort with an active convention centre, an annual fair, and ferry connections to Switzerland. Industries include electronics and communications. The city also produces machinery, motors, gears, turbines, and bicycles. Friedrichshafen contains research institutes and a trade school. Pop. (2003 est.) 58,041.

 

Currency

 

The German currency is the Euro. Actually, the Euro is not “German money”, but it is the currency we use in this country, and in other countries of the Euro zone. ATMs are available in many parts of Cologne – ensure you inform your bank before travelling abroad, and be aware you may be charged for cash withdrawals. It is advisable to exchange some cash before arriving in Cologne.
 
The Euro replaced the German Mark (Deutsche Mark) and it is the official currency of the European Union.
If you visit Germany from a country within the euro zone, you are a happy traveller! No need to worry about the best exchange rates before you leave home. While you travel in Germany, you don’t need to calculate prices into another currency.

weather

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN CLIMATE SUMMARY

Friedrichshafen is 407m above sea level. The climate in Friedrichshafen is warm and temperate. Friedrichshafen has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. This is true even for the driest month. According to Köppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as Cfb. The average annual temperature in Friedrichshafen is 9.8 °C | 49.7 °F. Precipitation here is about 1220 mm | 48.0 inch per year.

Climate graph // Weather by Month, Friedrichshafen

Languages

The official language of Germany is Standard German, with over 95 percent of the country speaking Standard German or German dialects as their first language. This figure includes speakers of Northern Low Saxon, a recognized minority or regional language that is not considered separately from Standard German in statistics. Recognized minority languages have official status as well, usually in their respective regions.

Health and security

There’s a threat of terrorist attack in Germany. This includes by right-wing extremists and people motivated by conflict in Iraq and Syria.

The German Government has increased security measures, including at airports and major train stations.

Authorities continue to arrest and charge suspected terrorists.

Recent attacks include:

  • October 2020 – a stabbing attack in the street in Dresden killing one person and  injuring another
  • August 2020 – an extremist deliberately drove a car into several others on a Berlin city motorway injuring several people
  • February 2020 – an extremist opened fire on two shisha bars in Hanau near Frankfurt, causing several deaths and injuries
  • December 2016 — a truck drove through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, causing several deaths and injuries
  • November and December 2016 — several attempted attacks at Christmas markets, despite tightened security
  • July 2016 — a stabbing attack on a train in Bavaria, injuring 5 people (Daesh claimed responsibility)
  • July 2016 — a suicide bomber injured 15 at a bar near a music festival in Ansbach, Bavaria

Terrorists may plan more attacks that could happen anywhere at any time.

Recent attacks in European cities have targeted:

  • planes and airports
  • public transport and transport hubs
  • places of worship
  • sporting venues
  • major events that attract large crowds

Christmas markets and New Year’s celebrations remain vulnerable.

To protect yourself from terrorism:

  • be alert to possible threats
  • be cautious around known targets, including in crowds and public places
  • report suspicious activity or items to police
  • monitor the media for new threats
  • take official warnings seriously
  • follow the advice of local authorities

If there’s an attack, leave the area as soon as it’s safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.

If you visit Christmas markets, avoid busy times. Have an exit plan if there’s a security incident.

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

Violent crime

Violent criminal attacks, not linked to terrorism, have occurred:

  • February 2020 – a man drove his car into a crowd at the Rose Monday Parade in Volkmarsen injuring more than 60 people
  • December 2018 – a man drove his car into a crowd in Bottrop injuring 4 people
  • October 2018 — a hostage was taken at a train station in Cologne
  • July 2018 — a man stabbed and injured 12 people on a local bus in Lübeck
  • October 2017 — a man stabbed and injured 8 people in Rosenheimer Platz in Munich

Despite these incidents, violent crime isn’t common.

Monitor the media for news on crime.

Petty crime

Street crime, such as pickpocketing and theft from unattended vehicles can occur. Bags and personal items are sometimes stolen on trains.

To protect yourself from petty crime:

  • pay attention to your personal security, particularly at night
  • secure your valuables when visiting the central districts and larger-city train stations

Harassment

Extremist youth groups have harassed or attacked people for racial reasons or because they seem foreign. This occurs more often in urban areas and in the former East Germany.

Drink spiking

Drink spiking can occur at popular nightclubs and markets, often leading to sexual assault.

To protect yourself from drink spiking:

  • don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks alone
  • stick with people you trust in bars and nightclubs

This advice pre-dates COVID-19 

Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.

If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you’re not insured, you may have to pay many 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.

Confirm:

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you’ll be away
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19.

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.