The recent history of Friedrichshafen, located on the shores of Lake Constance in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg, is closely linked to the development of airships. Indeed it is here that Ferdinand von Zeppelin established his airship factory at the end of the 19th century and where the first flight of the LZ1 happened on July 2 1900. With the success of the airships, many additional companies were created in Friedrichshafen such as Maybach, Dornier and ZF. Today, Friedrichshafen has a population of over 50000. Architecturally, its most iconic building is the Zeppelin Museum.