2022
Lake Constance Cycle Tour

Lake Constance Cycle Tour

Short tour from Constance, longer sections

 Constance – Stein am Rhein – Höchst – Constance

  • Painted house fassades, vineyards and panoramic views of the Alps
  • Daily routes ●●●○○
  • Altitude profile ●●○○○

days
6

km / day avg.
55

On this Lake Constance cycle tour you pedal around Lake Constance in four sections that take you six days. You cycle through three countries - Germany, Switzerland and Austria. There is a lot to see and explore along the way. With its slightly longer sections, this tour is aimed at cyclists how spending time on their bike and cycling a little faster than some. That way there is still enough time for all the sights along the way. On the first section of the Lake Constance cycle tour, you will get to know the lovely countryside of the Lower Lake. Along the Überlingen part of the lake, you are cycling round the Upper Lake. From here you have wonderful panoramic views of the Swiss alps. You get to explore the medieval towns of Constance, Stein am Rhein, Meersburg and Lindau, not forgetting the festival town of Bregenz. On this Lake Constance cycle tour you will definitely not get bored.

Lake Constance Cycle Tour
  • Booking Code
    BO-B5
  • Start / Destination
    Constance
  • Duration
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Length
    approx. 225 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 50 and 60 km, Ø 55 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
Constance

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance

Your cycle tour starts in the medieval town of Constance. The town is full of witnesses of its history. In the oldest quarter, the Niederburg, you'll find lots of houses which date right back to the late Middle Ages. All kinds of different events are held today in the Council of Constance Building. It is also home to a restaurant, which has a lovely terrace. The only ecumenical council to have been help north of the alps took place here between 1414 and 1418. Not far away is the nine-metre high statue of the Imperia, which stands at the harbour. The statue represents a noble courtesan from the time of the Council of Constance. On the palms of her hands, sit King Sigismund and Pope Martin V, elected during the council. To get a good view over the town, you should climb the 200 steps up the Münster church tower. The panorama is simply stunning.

Berlingen
Berlingen

Day 2: Constance – Radolfzell, approx. 50 km

On today's route, first of all you cross the border to Switzerland. You cycle through idyllic little towns along the Swiss bank. On the way, take a detour to see the Napoleon museum in Castle Arenenberg. The climb is steep, but it's worth visiting the former residence of the French President, Napoléon III. The fittings in the museum are almost entirely from the original furnishings. Right where the Lower Lake merges with the Rhine river is Stein am Rhein. Take a break here and admire the wonderfully colourful houses on the main square over a pleasant cup of coffee. Continue on your tour, now cycling through German countryside on the Höri peninsular. Hermann Hesse used to live in Gaienhofen. His house still stands and has been lovingly restored. Today's destination is the former Imperial and now spa town of Radolfzell.

Sipplingen
Sipplingen

Day 3: Radolfzell – Friedrichshafen, approx. 60 km

Between the Lower Lake and Überlingen Lake is the Bodanrück range of hills. The peninsular's highest point is 300 metres above Lake Constance. But don't worry! You cross the Bodanrück hills to the west and only have a short hill to tackle. In Bodman-Ludwigshafen, you have reached Überlingen Lake. Always pedalling along the northern bank, with views of the lake, you soon reach the town of Überlingen. Enjoy the hustle and bustle on the promenade as you treat yourself to an ice-cream or a cup of coffee. It's that holiday feeling! Now it's time to hop back into the saddle on your Lake Constance cycle tour! On the way to Meersburg, it's worth stopping to see the pilgrimage church in Birnau and the pile dwelling museum. The museum tells you how people lived on Lake Constance in the Stone and Bronze Ages. The eldest lived-in castle in Germany is in Meersburg! And it's worth a visit! At the end of this varied section, you cycle through vineyards to Friedrichshafen. In the Zeppelin museum you can learn all about the exciting history and technology of these airships.

Langenargen
Langenargen

Day 4: Friedrichshafen – Höchst, approx. 60 km

Instead of vines and grapes, today orchards are the backdrop to your tour. You cycle through pretty little villages to Lindau. The Swiss mountains seem so close you could almost touch them. When visibility is good you'll hardly be able to tear yourself away from these stunning views! The historic quarter of Lindau is on an island. You shouldn't miss taking the detour over the bridge to see it. At the harbour, boats arriving are greeted by a 33-metre high lighthouse and a six-metre high Bavarian lion. Climb the 139 steps up the lighthouse and enjoy the view. A lovely path right alongside the lake takes you to Bregenz. In this Austrian capital, the Bregenz festival takes place each year. On the world's biggest lake stage well known operas such as Carmen or Turandot are put on every two years. Now only the nature reserve in the Rhine Delta separates you from today's destination, Höchst.

Altnau
Altnau

Day 5: Höchst – Constance, approx. 55 km

In Höchst, you cross the Swiss border again. And cycle back to Constance today, through the Canton of Thurgau. Fruit-growing is important in Thurgau, particularly apples. Sometimes right alongside the lake, and then through idyllic streets of houses, you are gradually getting closer to where you started your Lake Constance cycle tour. Walk through the old town and enjoy the lovely atmosphere at the harbour. Watch the busy to-ings and fro-ings of the pedal boots in the Gondelhafen over a drink on the historic ferry. It started operations in 1928 and was the first car ferry to run on an inland lake in Europe. Today it has been completely renovated and during the summer months can be found in Constance' harbour next to the Imperia. Let your last evening of Lake Constance cycle tour come to a pleasant close in one of the many wine cellars or beer gardens in the town.

Constance
Constance

Day 6: Individual departure or extension of stay

Your Lake Constance cycle tour comes to an end after breakfast. We would be happy to extend your stay in Constance if you like.