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Autobau – the hidden gem

Autobau, Romanshorn, Switzerland
The front door of Autobau, which is built inside a turn of the 20th century alcohol storage facility

There is a collection of cars that every racing and car enthusiast should see. It is at the Autobau, located in Romanshorn, Switzerland. On the southern shore of Lake Constance, the Autobau is easily accessible by train (it is located right next to the Romanshorn main train station) and is close to Zurich. It is also easily reached via lake steamer from Friedrichshafen Germany.

Martin Raffauf, Fredy Lienhard Sr and Fredy Lienhard Jr
(From L-R) Martin Raffauf, the author, with Autobau hosts and tour guides, Fredy Lienhard Sr and Fredy Lienhard Jr

Autobau was originally Fredy Lienhard’s idea, the Swiss Industrialist and auto racer for many years, but it is now run by his son, Fredy Jr. Fredy has amassed a very nice collection of cars and he views the Autobau as a way to ‘share the passion’, so to speak. There are guided tours available with docents who can explain the cars. It is also open to the general public twice a week for self- tours. Frequently it is used for private events, weddings, business meetings etc, more information as to times and schedules is available at

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