Lion and lighthouse guard the entrance into Lindau harbour.
Lindau old town has retained its mediaeval atmosphere and is packed with historical interest. Of special importance is the Old Town Hall, located at the heart of the island. Built between 1422 and 1436, this was the seat of the Reichstag, and today houses the the Reichstag library, a priceless collection of books gathered over several centuries and recently restored. On the first floor, hidden behind the historical façade, is one of the best preserved examples of a Gothic hall in the entire Lake Constance area.
The symbol of Lindau is its world-famed harbour entrance, with the lighthouse and the Bavarian lion. Other places of interest include the mediaeval town towers, and the main churches: St. Stephen, the Minster of Our Lady, and the 1000 year old church of St. Peter containing the "Lindauer Passion", the only existing fresco by Hans Holbein the Elder. The "Haus zum Cavazzen" houses the town museum. This picturesque building, which also contains yearly high-calibre exhibitions, is considered to be the finest merchant house on Lake Constance.