Friedrichshafen Bodensee Spotting Guide

Our member Patrick is a regular visitor to Friedrichshafen Aiport and would like to share 7 Spots of the Friedrichshafen Airport with you. In 2013 the airport handled 536.029 Passengers.
Friedrichshafen airport is a base for the Airline Intersky. Lufthansa, Germanwings and Turkish Airlines serving FDH the whole year round. During the summer Air Berlin, Germania, Hamburg Airways, Sunexpress, Tailwind and Tunisair serving FDH. While during the winter British Airways, Monarch, Smartlynx, Sunexpres s Germany and Transavia serving FDH as mainly Skitouristflights. During the World Economic Forum a couple of big Buisenessjets are parked here. Also when there is the fair AERO Expo there are houndreds especially probs arround the airport. Also the “Klassikwelt Bodensee” is an interessting fair. The Dorniermuseum is also worth a visit!

Written by Patrick Weis / Visited regulary – Thanks to Kai Staesche for some of the pics

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Weather
Airport Information Runways 06/24
2.356 m (7.729ft)
Spotting Information Ladder helpful at spot 1, 4 and 5 with 3 steps
Car Not neccesary, but makes it easier. Also good accesable via public transport
Restrooms In the Terminal and at the marked bakery
Drinks/Food As shown on the map
Hotels There is an IBIS Hotel directly at the airport
Season The best month to travel are during the summer as there is not that much rain. More intresting traffic during the winter
Runway Usage 07/25 Depends on the wind direction. Used in both directions.

Spot #1 – Long Term parking
WHERE This spot is located on the longterm carpark of the airport. Park at the Terminal Parking as this is a bit cheaper for one day. Also you can reach this spot easily from the trainstation. Walk up to the fence at the longtermcarpark. Check this link fpr the parking fares: http://www.fly-away.de/reiseinfo-besucher/lageplaene/parken/
WHAT Best spot for 24 arrivals but 06 depatures are to high here. In the summer month there is often heat haze due to the distance here.
TIME Best light conditions are from sunrise till 08:00
MISC. All you need you’ll find in the Terminal
FOCAL LENGTH 55-300mm
Spot #2 – Observationdeck
WHERE Parking as written in spot 1. Just go into the terminal and follow the sings to the Observationdeck.
WHAT This spot is especially good for planes using runway 24 on arrival or depature as they taxi close past you. But also aircrafts for 06 will pass here when they’re parked at the terminal, for departures if they are not heavy the’re to high.
TIME Best light conditions are good from sunrise till 15:30
MISC. All you need you can find in the terminal.
FOCAL LENGTH 15-300


Spot #3 – Dornier Museum mound
WHERE This spot is next to the Dorniermuseum and the Terminal. You can park your car at the Dorniermuseum or at the Weekends for a short stop at the Ringeltaubeshop and walk up the mound.
WHAT From this spot you can take all plane movements on both runway directions. During the Aero Expo many planes are parked here verry close so you have to go to the highest point of the hill. Sometimes it’s slippery here!
TIME Best light conditions are from sunrise till 15:30
MISC. The next facility is the Dorniermuseum
FOCAL LENGTH 70-400mm
Spot #4 – Hamburg Airways Hangar
WHERE For this spot you have to park your car at the carpark next to the Bakery and the BMW car dealer and walk to the fence at the Hamburg Airways Hangar
WHAT From this spot you can take pictures of all Runway movements better for 06 than 24. Sometimes they are taxiing very close to you here.
TIME Best light conditions are good  from sunrise till 15:30 for the runway and sunset for parked aircrafts
MISC. At the bakery shop
FOCAL LENGTH 18-300
Spot #5 – 06 lineup and arrivals
WHERE This spot is located next to the Company ‘Carbon Fibertech’. Park your car at the side of the road and walk up to the fence.
WHAT From this spot you can shoot all plane movements on arrival and lineup to runway 06
TIME Best light conditions are from sunrise till 15:30 for arrivals and 14:00 till sunset for the lineup
MISC. No facilitys
FOCAL LENGTH 18/50-200
Spot #6 – 06 lineup and arrivals
WHERE This spot is located at a driveway of a main traffic road through Friedrichshafen and here is a lot of traffic. Park your car as marked on the map at the street in the industrial zone
WHAT From this spot you can shot all plane movements on arrival to runway 06 and aircrafts unrolling runway 24 late or bodyshots of that.
TIME Best light conditions are from surise till 15:30 and 17:00 till sunset for arrivals on runway 06 and lineup 06. Also unrollingshot and bodyhots of runway 24 can be taken here tge whole day round
MISC. No facilitys
FOCAL LENGTH 24-300
Spot #7 – 06 evening arrivals
WHERE This spot is located next to the Schlätterstraße on the side of the road. Just park your car at the side of the road.
WHAT All aircraft on arrival to runway 24 in the evening
TIME Best light conditions are from sunrise till 17:00 till sunset
MISC. No facilitys
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300

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