Statue of Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Friedrichshafen is very proud to be the birthplace of the Zeppelin, the rigid airship conceived and designed by the city's native Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917). These airships seemed very promising for passenger transport until the fire of the LZ 129 Hindenburg in 1937, which definitively ended the history of large airships for commercial use. Today's much smaller Zeppelin NT is only used for tourist flights.


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