25th Aug., 2009 – the 9th day – Kempten (Germany) > Friedrichshafen (Germany)
早上起來, Sonja 請我們去吃早餐, 非常豐富:
由 Kempten 開去Friedrichshafen:
Friedrichshafen is a town on the northern side of Lake Constance (Bodensee) in Southern Germany, near the borders with Switzerland and Austria. It is the district capital (Kreisstadt) of the Bodensee district (Landeskreis) in the federal state (Bundesland) of Baden-Württemberg. Friedrichshafen has a population of c. 58,000.
來Friedrichshafen 主要是我們想看看 Zeppelin Museum:
Friedrichshafen is best known for having been home to the Zeppelin airship company and the Dornier Flugzeugwerke as well as ZF Friedrichshafen AG, manufacturer of transmission systems. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was born in Konstanz (Constance), originally had his airships built in a floating airship hangar on the lake which could be aligned with the wind to support the difficult starting procedure.
Visitors can learn more about the history of Zeppelin airships in the large Zeppelin Museum sited near the lakeshore. In recent years a number of small Zeppelin airships have been constructed using modern technology (Zeppelin NT) and these can be booked for sightseeing tours.
Today, most people regard Zeppelins as a short-lived phenomenon that ended with the explosion of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937. In reality, the rigid aluminum-framed airships were in service for nearly 40 years, with their development culminating in the sister ships Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin II, which carried up to 50 passengers and a crew of 40 in transatlantic service between Germany and the United States.
The first Zeppelin, the LZ1, had its maiden flight over the Bodensee (Lake Constance) in 1900–some three and a half years before the Wright Brothers flew their way into history in North Carolina. Scores of Zeppelin airships were subsequently built by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s company, which was based in Friedrichshafen, Germany on the lake’s northern shore. The Zeppelin era came to an end in 1940, when the German government had the airships broken up for scrap metal.
Today, the Zeppelin’s technology and history are on display at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, which occupies the city’s restored Hafenbahnhof (Harbor Railway Station) from the 1930s.