It was love at first sight when I set my eyes upon Lindau, a gasp-inducingly beautiful town that charmed me from the minute I visited.
Located in Bavaria, Lindau is an island city best known for its harbour with the Bavarian Lion statue and the Lindau Lighthouse, which both stand proudly for all to see, with the stunning Austrian mountains serving as a jaw-dropping backdrop.
I felt a wave of serenity wash over me as I walked along the promenade next to the marina. I could have spent all day watching the small boats bobbing in the sea and gazing at the mooring poles peeking out of the water, which reminded me of the times I've spent in Venice.
Lindau has a very continental feel to it and boasts a wide variety of cute shops and restaurants, ensuring you won't have a shortage of things to do during your visit. I loved strolling along the streets, happily snapping away at all of the gorgeous buildings just begging to be photographed - especially the pastel buildings, which helped to make even a dreary winter's day feel cheerful.
If you visit Lindau near Christmas time, then you're in for a treat as Lindau's Harbour Christmas market is one of the most magical of the German Christmas markets. On all four advent weekends, the harbour promenade is busy with Christmas shoppers who come to visit the lovingly decorated stalls.
Where to stay in Lindau
During our visit, we stayed at the Hotel Noris, a simple, no-frills hotel within walking distance to all of all of the sights. We found the hotel manager to be very friendly and she was always on hand with a smile to ensure that guests are well looked after.
Alternatively, if you're looking for a hotel with a bit more going on, stay at the Hotel Engel, a 3-star hotel that has a rooftop patio and two restaurants, including one with a Bavarian tavern.
Where to eat in Lindau
If you're into top-notch fish and seafood, then there's only one place to go - Zur Fischerin. This cosy fish restaurant in the heart of the town has a wealth of well prepared dishes to sink your teeth into and is a great place to catch up with friends after exploring all the city has to offer.
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