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Located in the southernmost region of the country, Lindau is sure to be among the most unique stops during a tour of Germany. The tiny island town is located on just a 0.26-square-mile piece of land, and while its size may not be able to compete with the large tourist draws of Munich, Hamburg and Berlin, it has plenty else to make up for it. And whether you're an architecture buff or simply want to enjoy the beautiful lakeside views, there is something for everyone.
Lindau, which sits on the border with Switzerland and Austria, has become a popular destination thanks in large part to its medieval city center. Of all the center's highlights, its centuries-old lighthouse certainly stands out. Rising more than 100 feet high, the Lindau Lighthouse is the only such structure in the Bavarian region of Germany and has stood has a beacon in front of the harbor since it was officially completed in 1856.
While the lighthouse, which sits at the opening of the town's famous harbor, is a must-see attraction, it is not the only highlight of a trip to Lindau. You should also make a point to walk down the streets of Maximilianstraße, which is the heart of the town's shopping district. For those less inclined to shop, you can check out the famous Town Hall, which is one of the most unique buildings in Lindau.
After exploring Lindau by foot, you should think about ending your time there by biking along the banks of Lake Constance. Regardless of what direction you choose, the views of this pristine body of water are hard to top, and there are trails for every level of rider.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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