Say “Lake Constance” in southern Germany, and people usually think summer resorts and apple juice.
But it wasn’t tourism, fruit and wine that made the region that spans the industrial city of Friedrichshafen immensely prosperous.
The district’s auto parts suppliers, machine manufacturers and aerospace industry helped give the region its high rating in economic potential according to the Future Atlas 2016, an innovation ranking by Prognos, a research institute.
One of the region’s most famous forefathers summed up the region’s can-do attitude.
“You only have to want it and believe in it, and then it will succeed,” was one of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin’s favorite sayings. He lent his name to the rigid airships that achieved high-flying success, if only for a short time, at the beginning of the 20th century.