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Check out Germany's GA show, Aero Friedrichshafen

If you love a big aviation show and traveling abroad, fly to Germany to visit Aero Friedrichshafen!

Aero Friedrichshafen rises to the top for several reasons. The airy, modern exhibit halls are located next to the airport, so visitors can roam the halls and walk to the static display. As far as exhibits go, a special segment called e-flight expo has been growing steadily over the years, showcasing the latest electric vertical-lift aircraft and power, (including manned and unmanned varieties). All the traditional manufacturers are also present with aircraft displays. There’s a special area for gliders, and then there are the inspiring, beautiful designs like the Horten flying wing and the new Junkers F 13.

Should you tire of all that buzz, step out to the courtyard between the exhibit halls, and enjoy pretzels, authentic German cuisine, and maybe a beer. When you stroll over to the static display, don’t forget to peek into the huge hangar housing the gentle giants of the air, the Zeppelin NTs. You’ll probably spot them overhead as well: They fly several trips a day.

Bring the family, because part of the beauty of Aero is its location. Friedrichshafen lies on the shore of Lake Constance in the foothills of the Alps. The alpine lakeshore is shared by Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, making the area a year-round vacation destination. The city itself offers boardwalks, lakeside dining, and breathtaking views, as well as the Zeppelin museum. The area is a paradise for hikers, bicyclists, in-line skaters, and mountain climbers. Hop on one of the boats crisscrossing the lake and visit the island of Mainau, famous for its gardens, orchid and butterfly houses, or explore charming Lindau or the Austrian city of Bregenz. Wineries and distilleries abound, and welcome visitors

If you want to spoil yourself, book a ride on a Zeppelin NT. It’s hands-down the best and most relaxing way to appreciate the beauty of the area. Trips vary in length, but even the shortest one will give you a wonderful view over Lake Constance and the majestic peaks of the Alps. The ticket office is right next to the hangar, so you can’t miss it. Book early—trips sell out quickly.

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