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Since 1993 airships have been built again in the Zeppelin town of Friedrichshafen. Modern, innovative, unique: the Zeppelin NT. Its quiet, smooth floating gives the feeling of lightness, its superior flight characteristics open the door to many different fields of operation.

ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG

ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG was founded in September 1993 and is based in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. The objective of the company comprises the development, manufacturing and sale of Zeppelin airships of New Technology.

Founded over 100 years ago by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917), the business combination for airship development and manufacturing still exists today. From the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH founded in 1908 the international industrial companies Zeppelin GmbH and ZF Friedrichshafen AG and others derived. Today, the main shareholders of the ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG are the ZF group with 49 % and the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH with 51 %.

The application range of present airships was considerably extended by introducing the semi-rigid structure as a new construction principle, an innovative propulsion system and fly-by-wire control systems. Furthermore, the staff-intensive ground handling during take-off and landing typical for normal airships could be dropped.

In 2001, the receipt of the type certification for the Zeppelin NT and the certification for ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG as an airship manufacturing company laid the foundations for the future of airship manufacturing in Friedrichshafen.

Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH

The Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH (DZR) was founded as an operating company for the Zeppelin NT in January, 2001. The company is a fully-owned subsidiary of the ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG and operates the Zeppelin airships, comparable to an airline in conventional air traffic.

The Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei GmbH was re-established in 2001. In 1935, the Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei had originally been founded by the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH as an airline for Zeppelin airships with the aid of governmental funding.

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Zeppelin NT

The concept of the semi-rigid airship was re-defined with the development of the Zeppelin NT. It is the only kind of airship worldwide that has a rigid internal structure, in contrast to a blimp (non-rigid airship).

The maiden flight of the Zeppelin NT was on September 18, 1997. Apart from its shape, the Zeppelin NT is completely different from earlier airships. The ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG combined experience with state-of-the-art technology to get the Zeppelin airship airborne again.

A maximum of safety and comfort is the most important feature of the design concept of the Zeppelin NT. NT means New Technology. It stands for a high-tech approach that has set new standards.

The rigid structure has a triangular shape and is made of aluminum and carbon fiber. With its very low weight of 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs) it meets the highest demands concerning stability and maneuverability. The lift is provided by non-flammable helium, which is contained in an envelope made of extremely tear-resistant material. Thanks to an innovative propulsion concept employing swiveling propellers and the latest avionics equipment with fly-by-wire flight controls, pilots can conduct maneuvers similar to a helicopter. Furthermore, a holding crew is not necessary during take-off and landing. Even lightning strikes have hardly any influence on the flight characteristics – an uncompromising safety concept, which is part of every technical detail.

Zeppelin flights

With its authentic, soft motor sound, the Zeppelin NT majestically takes to the air. Shortly after take-off, the Zeppelin reaches a height of about 300 meters (1,000 ft). Now you can unfasten your seat belt and move around freely in the spacious cabin of the airship. Look over the pilot’s shoulder and keep close track of what is going on in the cockpit. You are floating softly through the air and the world lies at your feet.

Fly with the Zeppelin NT and experience the Lake Constance region from a new perspective. The low flight altitude allows you to see all the details down on the ground. Enjoy the fascinating countryside through enormous panorama windows: the green hills of the Allgäu region, castles around the Lake Constance, the typical architecture of the Vorarlberger Land, vibrantly colored islands and the Alpine foothills. You have the choice between 11 routes including the Lake Constance and selected city trips within Germany.

The world of Zeppelin in Friedrichshafen

With the Zeppelin NT you can not only take off. The versatile world of topics around the Zeppelin NT enables you to dip into interesting facts, fascinating technology to explore and delightful experiences. We offer shipyard tours from April to October. The entrance is always combined with a guided tour.

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Welcome to the Zeppelin Hangar FN!

Measuring 110 meters (361 ft) long, 69 meters (226 ft) wide and 34 meters (111 ft) tall, the hangar of the Zeppelin NT is one of the largest halls in southern Germany. Dip into the fascinating world of the new generation of Zeppelin airships and let the shipyard guide lively introduce you to the history of the Zeppelin NT.

During your shipyard tour you will very closely explore the unique technology of the most modern airship in the world. You will experience things to know about the construction and the operation of the Zeppelin, learn more about the material used and touch and explore original components.

Thanks to the stylish ambience, high-quality cuisine and unique sensation in the Zeppelin Hangar FN restaurant we can make you get away from everyday life. Passengers can indulge in pleasant anticipation. But also for their companions the day will turn into an adventure. Whether in the restaurant, the lounge or on the wide terrace – the exceptional scenery seduces to stay. You have a direct view over the Zeppelin airfield and one thing is for sure – every take-off and landing of the Zeppelin will be like a magical eye-catcher.

The restaurant is also available for both small and big events. Invite your guests, customers or employees to an event at an extraordinary location, whether in the Zeppelin Hangar FN or in the Zeppelin shipyard, to give them a lasting impression. In combination with an exclusive Zeppelin flight your incentive will be kept as a wonderful memory.


There is a special sort of experience for pilots – a flight training including a training flight with the Zeppelin NT.

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