Tulpen auf der Insel Mainau

Around Lake Constance on a low budget

You've just started planning your Lake Constance cycling tour and a bit shocked at the prices for hotels and accommodation? And you keep hearing how expensive Lake Constance is supposed to be. You're not sure how much money you need to plan for a tour along the Lake Constance cycle path? We've got some tips on how you can keep the price of your cycling trip as low as possible.

5 tips:
1) Switzerland is expensive

You will soon realize on your Lake Constance bike tour: The high prices in Switzerland are not an untenable prejudice, but a reality. In particular, services such as restaurants and accommodation often cost more in Switzerland than in Germany or Austria. Even the otherwise inexpensive youth hostels along the Swiss shores of Lake Constance are no exception: overnight stays in the dormitories in Romanshorn or Stein am Rhein cost almost as much as a guesthouse or hotel in Germany.

So if your accommodation budget is not too big, avoid spending several nights in Switzerland when planning your stages.

2) Cycle outside the high season

Lake Constance has always been a popular tourist destination and attracts more and more people every year. Especially in the summer months of July and August, there is a lot of traffic on and around the Lake Constance cycle path. Due to the high demand, accommodation costs are significantly higher during this time than in the early or late season. Your cycle tour is therefore particularly inexpensive in late spring and early fall. During these months, you can also enjoy a little more peace and quiet on the Lake Constance Cycle Path.

3) Stay overnight outside of larger towns or in youth hostels

Outside the larger towns around Lake Constance, there are numerous guesthouses and hostels whose prices are much cheaper than those of the central old town hotels.
For example, an overnight stay in Bregenz during the festival season is very expensive. It makes sense to cycle the few kilometers to Hard, where you will find hostels and family hotels at reasonable prices.
The accommodation options along the Lake Constance cycle path are listed according to price.

4) Take provisions with you on your stages

If you stock up on provisions for your upcoming stage at a bakery or supermarket in the morning, you won't have to rely on expensive restaurants throughout the day. The cost of eating out is high, especially in Switzerland. If you start your cycle tour prepared in this way, you can treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream, a slice of cake or admission to a museum on the way without feeling guilty.

5) Consider hidden costs

Tourist tax, short stay surcharge, bed linen - these and other hidden costs can add up to the price of your overnight stay. Be careful with overly cheap offers and read carefully what is included in the apparently low prices and what additional costs may be incurred on site.
When planning a Lake Constance cycle tour, it's easy to lose track of the total costs. If you book each hotel individually, you will also receive the bills separately. So always make a note of how much each hotel costs, what is included in this price and what is not.

If you want to travel on the Lake Constance cycle path on a low budget, it is particularly important that you do not lose track of your expenses. Overnight stays, boat trips, entrance fees and meals can otherwise quickly add up to an unexpectedly high amount. If you plan for all these costs in advance and follow our tips and advice, you can expect to pay a certain amount. Nasty surprises for your wallet will be kept within limits on site.

Once your budget is set, it is also worthwhile to take a look at the bookable offers. Our bicycle tours not only include the accommodation costs and the luggage transport, but often also come with boat trips and entrance fees for certain sights. Here you will not be surprised by any unexpected amounts, you will only receive a bill. And this often turns out cheaper than the total amount of your private planning.

Insel Mainau
Insider tip: In the evening to the Mainau Island.

No Lake Constance bike tour is complete without a visit to Mainau Island. But the entrance fee (approx. 25 euros p.p.) is not that cheap. Visit the flower island in the evening, then you can purchase a sunset ticket!
From 5 p.m. to closing of the island you only pay half of the original ticket price.