Lindau is a city in southern Bavaria in Germany on the shore of Lake Constance or the Bodensee. It lies on the border to the Austrian federal-state of Vorarlberg and the nearby Austrian town of Bregenz is within walking distance. The historic town is actually an island and therefore technically called Lindau im Bodensee, (Lindau in Lake Constance). Full of medieval and half-timbered buildings it is quite the tourist atttraction. One can also take boat tours leaving the small harbor and just sit and enjoy a Weissbier admiring the view of Austria and Switzerland and the Alps across the lake.
Lindau is not a very known tourist attraction to people living outside of Europe. Nevertheless, it is filled with tourists all throughout the summer. Even on cold or rainy days there are many tourists on the island. It is a great place to be. The town is old and very beautiful and has a good market.
Lindau has direct rail Eurocity connections from Munich and Zurich, as well as regional rail services from Austria, other parts of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The main station is on the island city. Friedrichshafen Airport is easily accessible by rail.
Trains are available and Eurgio train tickets are available for unlimited travel in the region. Frequent trains run from Bregenz to Lindau and back during the day, single journey €2.4 adult on the OBB machine.
Lindau is a very small town and exploring it on foot is the best idea. Bikes would work great too and give you an opportunity to travel on to Bregenz along the scenic lakeshore.
First step after reaching Lindau should be to contact the tourist info centre just outside the train station, where one can get a list of beautiful buildings in the town and a free map too. On a sunny day, the views that this town offers are awesome.
Take cruise trips to neighbouring harbour towns like Bregenz, Konstanz or Friedrichshafen. One can plan a day trip from Lindau to Bregenz, climb the Pfander mountain at Bregenz that offers great views of the lake.(http://wikitravel.org/en/Bregenz)
Sit in one of the restaurants by the lakeside and enjoy variety of cuisines.
Climb the lighthouse for a nominal fee. Views are great from that height.
The market place of Lindau is a beautiful street that offers lots of souvenirs at cheap prices. Branded cloth and accessories shops are quite a few in number. Number of shops sell hats, sunglasses and other accessories etc. One should consider buying Swiss Knives as they are at fair prices.
There are many restaurants in the market and near the shore that offer variety of cuisine. There is a Mc Donalds approximately 200 metres from the train station.
Plenty of hotels available in Lindau, one can get a listing of these hotels at the tourist info point.