Lake Constance Cycle Path: The Classic Way
"All the way round"
- Round trip from Constance
- Time for all the sights: flower island of Mainau, medieval town Meersburg, Zeppelin museum Friedrichshafen, Lindau, Bregenz
- Daily routes ●●○○○
- Altitude profile ●●○○○
- Boat trip included!
km / day avg.
On the classic Lake Constance Cycle Path you cycle all the way round the lake in a week: from Constance you can easily explore the three parts of this great lake. First the Lower Lake with the idyllic Höri peninsular and the colourful frescoes in the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. You cross the Überlinger See part of the lake by boat! And the Upper Lake awaits you with a wonderful alpine panorama, pretty little vineyards and extensive orchards.
Along the cycle path are familiar Lake Constance towns, which all want to tempt you to stop for a break: Meersburg Castle, the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen, the harbour wall complete with lighthouse and lion in Lindau, the lake stage in Bregenz, the rack and pinion train in Rorschach...
A stroke of luck that the sections along the Lake Constance Cycle Path aren't too long. That gives you plenty of time to discover and explore the familiar and not so familiar sights.
- Booking Code
- Start / Destination
Constance / Kreuzlingen
7 days / 6 nights
approx. 210 / 250 km
Daily routes ●●○○○
between 35 and 55 km, Ø 45 km
Altitude profile ●●○○○
- Route condition
Mostly along level ground, slightly hilly on the first three days, on cycle paths that take you either directly next to the lake or along waterside roads.
- Parking information
Fenced parking at our office, cost: 40 € / booked holiday, can be booked online.
Free parking on public roads.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
After arriving, take some time to wander through the medieval old quarter of Constance. Many restaurants, cafes and beer gardens tempt tourists and locals out into the little streets of this university town. Have a look at the historic buildings, the lively harbour and the rotating statue of Imperia. Enjoy a fascinating panoramic view of the town from the Münster church tower or sip an elegant glass of Lake Constance wine at the waterside.
Your Lake Constance cycling holiday starts in a very relaxing manner!
Day 2: Constance – Radolfzell – Stein am Rhein / Gailingen, approx. 45 / 55 km
After you've handed in your luggage at reception, you leave Constance heading for Radolfzell. This little town is great for a first stop. The views of the Lower Lake and the Swiss banks opposite are wonderful.
Next, you cycle on to the Höri peninsular, once home to Hermann Hesse and Otto Dix. In Stein am Rhein, the Rhine river leaves Lake Constance on its long journey to the North Sea. You won't be able to take your eyes off the colourful frescoes on the medieval timber-framed houses on this little town.
Day 3: Stein am Rhein – Constance – Überlingen, approx. 45 / 55 km + boat trip
Before the route takes you along the Swiss bank to Constance, you should visit the island of Werd. It is home to a tiny Franciscan monastery of seven monks. On the Lake Constance Cycle Path, you cycle via Steckborn to Gottlieben and then back to Constance. By now you're already familiar with the big town on the lake. Passing the flower island of Mainau, you pedal to Wallhausen from where you cross over to Überlingen by boat. On board, you have wonderful views of the lake - a stunning backdrop to your cycling holiday along the Lake Constance Cycle Path.
Day 4: Überlingen – Kressbronn / Wasserburg / Lindau, approx. 50 / 60 km
The fourth section of your cycling holiday along the Lake Constance Cycle Path takes you to the Upper Lake, the biggest part of Lake Constance. Your first destination is the pilgrimage church of Birnau, a Baroque jewel in an idyllic location. Next, you cycle on to Uhldingen, to the pile dwellings. The few kilometres on to Meersburg are accompanied by lots of places to hop in to the water for a swim. You pedal through deep green vineyards and fragrant smelling orchards to Friedrichshafen. Once you're there, there's enough time to visit the Zeppelin museum with the world's largest exhibition on the history and technology of aviation. On the way to today's destination, you cycle over the old Argen bridge - a role model for the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Day 5: Kressbronn – Höchst / Rorschach / Arbon, approx. 35 / 60 km
The first bigger destination on today's section is Lindau: this island town on Lake Constance is home to an exceptionally pretty historic quarter. Now only a few kilometres are between you and Austria. Bregenz, capital of Vorarlberg, is quite a magnet especially in the summer months, not least because of the festival concerts that take place on its magnificent lake stage. From Bregenz' local mountain, the Pfänder, you have sensational views over this corner of the world - home to three countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland! If you're staying the night in Arbon or Rorschach, cross the border now to Switzerland. And treat yourself to some original Swiss chocolate!
Day 6: Rorschach – Constance / Kreuzlingen, approx. 35 / 55 km
When asked what was the best part of the Lake Constance Cycle Path many of our guests name the route between Rorschach and Constance: great places to go for a swim, ice-cream parlors and impressive old and new buildings are all along the cycle path. Add to that the snow-topped peaks of the alps that rise majestically in the distance. Allow yourself enough time for the last section of your cycling holiday and enjoy the views. Back in Constance, you can be proud of your achievement:
in the last seven days you've cycled over 200 km all around Lake Constance - and it was easy!
Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay
On the seventh day, your cycling holiday on the Lake Constance Cycle Path comes to an end with a relaxing breakfast. If you want to stay a little longer on Lake Constance, we are happy to extend your stay in Constance or any of the other towns here.