The Great Lake Constance Cycling Holiday
Experience all the highlights waiting for you
Constance – Stein am Rhein – Bregenz – St. Gallen – Constance
- Many admission tickets included: the island of Mainau, Pile Dwelling Museum, the Zeppelin museum...
- Constance, the Rhine Falls, Appenzellerland
- Daily routes ●●○○○
- Altitude profile ●●●○○
- Trips up to the mountains Pfänder, Säntis and Hoher Kasten included!
km / day avg.
On our Lake Constance Cycling Holiday, in 14 exciting days you get to experience one of the most popular holiday regions in Europe. Constance, where the Council of Constance was once held, is both your start and your final destination. Get to know the biggest town on the lake, the flower island of Mainau and the island of Reichenau. A Lake Constance Cycling Holidays offers you almost hill-free cycling, which is great for the unpracticed cyclist. Relax and enjoy cycling the 350 kilometres round the lake. You'll diverse countryside and feel the maritime flair of larger and smaller towns on Lake Constance - and no time pressure whatsoever. Go on a wonderful boat trip to the Rhine Falls, visit the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen, float up the Pfänder mountain in a cable car and find out the secret of making Swiss chocolate. And you can park your bike any time throughout the trip to enjoy some pedal-free time. It's worth it. Some of the many sights around Lake Constance are even better when explored by foot. Sophisticated wines from the lakeside vineyards, mature Appenzeller cheese and delicious whitefish - Felchen - give a culinary polish to your Lake Constance Cycling Holiday.
- Booking Code
- Start / Destination
14 days / 13 nights
approx. 345 km
Daily routes ●●○○○
between 25 and 55 km, Ø 40 km
Altitude profile ●●●○○
Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
Welcome to Lake Constance! Your Lake Constance Cycling Holiday starts in Constance. Known as the town that held the Council of Constance (1414 – 1418), in its historic quarter and in the Niederburg area you'll still find traces of this medieval world event. Climb the Münster church tower and enjoy the views of the town and the surrounding countryside. But Constance' real landmark is at the harbour. The Imperia, a nine-metre high statue that is a satirical monument to the Council of Constance.
Day 2: Constance – Reichenau – Gailingen / Stein am Rhein, approx. 40 / 30 km + boat trip
Your first section starts by taking you to the island of Reichenau. Crossing a dam, lined by poplar trees, you reach the island - home to a monastery and lots of vegetables. Before you leave by boat for Gaienhofen, visit one of the three Roman churches and the historic herb garden of Abbot Walahfrid Strabo. Once you've arrived in Gaienhofen, cycle along the Höri peninsular, known for being liked by artists. Today, your overnight accommodation is in either Stein am Rhein, in Switzerland, whose old town is pretty thanks to its colourfully painted facades, or you'll stay in Gailingen, one of the southernmost places in Germany.
Day 3: Trip to the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, approx. 30 / 50 km
Today you pedal to Europe's biggest and most voluminous waterfall. Close to Schaffhausen, several hundreds cubic metres of water per second roar over the Rhine Falls down 23 metres. You can get up close to this mass of water on a boat trip to the Rhine Falls (included in price). On the way back, stop in Schaffhausen for a look around. The fortress Munot is the town's landmark. From the fortifications, enjoy the view over the town's historic quarter before returning to your hotel in either Stein am Rhein or Gailingen.
Day 4: Stein am Rhein – Constance, approx. 40 / 30 km
You cycle along the Swiss side of the Rhine along almost entirely level ground back to Constance. Stop in Salenstein for a more extensive break. From the Lake Constance cycle path it's only a short incline up to the Napoleon museum in Castle Arenenberg (not included in price). Queen Hortense once lived here, step-daughter and sister-in-law to Napoleon I. On a walk through this large park, enjoy the views of the lower lake over to the Höri peninsular and the island of Reichenau.
Day 5: Constance – Flower Island of Mainau – Radolfzell, approx. 30 km
On your Lake Constance Cycling Holiday a visit to the flower island of Mainau (included in price) is one of the real highlights. Become immersed in the beauty of the blossoming flowers and many varieties of plants and admire the giant sequoias trees reach into the sky. Visit the exotic butterfly house, the Italian floral water cascade and the baroque castle of Count Bernadotte. Via Allensbach on the Gnadensee part of Lake Constance, you reach Radolfzell, today's destination. The distinctive heart of the old town is the Church of Our Dear Lady, a late gothic building featuring Lake Constance's highest church tower.
Day 6: Radolfzell – Uhldingen / Meersburg, approx. 30 / 40 km
From Radolfzell your route next takes you to Bodman via Stahringen. Continuing to follow the Lake Constance cycle path, you reach Überlingen. This townscape, once an Imperial Free City, is shaped by its historic patrician houses and St. Nicholas cathedral. The lake promenade extends five kilometres and is perfect for a walk. Back in the saddle, it's worth taking a trip to the richly decorated pilgrimage church at Birnau. Your overnight accommodation is in Uhldingen or Meersburg. In Unteruhldingen, visit the Pile Dwelling museum (admission included). In Meersburg you can toast your eventful day wonderfully in any of the town's wine cellars.
Day 7: Meersburg – Friedrichshafen, approx. 25 / 20 km
Start with a pleasant walk through Meersburg's windy little streets in the historic quarter. Visit Meersburg Castle, Germany's oldest castle that is still lived in (price not included). We can also recommend a visit to the Vineum (price not included). The museum tells you everything you need to know about the cultural history of wine interactively and sensually. Pedal on now at a leisurely pace to Friedrichshafen. Close to the harbour is a building that is historically very interesting; located in the old harbour station is the Zeppelin Museum (included in price), home to the world's largest aviation collection chronicling the history of the Zeppelin airships.
Day 8: Friedrichshafen – Bregenz, approx. 40 km
Today's section of your Lake Constance Cycling Holiday starts by taking you to Langenargen. Not far from the harbour is Castle Montfort, built in a Mauritanian style. Following the cycle path along the railway embankment, you reach Lindau's old town, on an island. On both sides of the jetty are Lindau's landmarks - a six-metre high Bavarian lion and a 33-metre high lighthouse, opened to visitors. Bregenz is only a few kilometres away. Situated between Lake Constance and the alps, this festival town connects modern architecture and medieval flair.
Day 9: Stay in Bregenz, excursion to Pfänder Mountain
The Pfänder is not just Bregenz local mountain, but at over 1000 metres in height, it is the most famous viewing point in the Lake Constance region. The Pfänder cable car (included) takes you up to the top in just six minutes. Just below the top station is an alpine wildlife park. Enjoy watching ibex goats, mouflon sheep and woodchucks. As you're wandering around the park, enjoy the unique views of Lake Constance and the many Alpine peaks. If you've taken your bike up the Pfänder you can try out any of the different bike tours all around the mountain - speedy downhill freewheel included!
Day 10: Bregenz – St. Gallen, approx. 55 km + train ride
Leaving Bregenz, you set off today for Switzerland. You cross the Bregenz Ach River and then the Alpine Rhine. From Fußach, follow the Rhine to Altstätten. Once you're in the middle of the St. Gallen Rhine Valley, you board the rack-and-pinion Altstätten-Gais train. It takes you to Gais in Appenzeller Land. Covering a distance of just a few kilometres, you climb several hundred metres of altitude. You explore St. Gallen, along some quite hilly sections. On an evening walk, reconnoitre the streets of the historic quarter and admire the artistically decorated gables, witness to the many-year tradition of textile manufacture.
Day 11: Stay in St. Gallen
St. Gallen offers countless possibilities for a stroll on foot. In the monastery quarter (Stiftsviertel) with the impressive cathedral you will find the famous Baroque library.
The lavish interior will put a smile on the face of anyone interested in old manuscripts. However, St. Gallen isn’t just a great destination for book lovers: At the Textile Museum visitors can marvel at delicate lace, historic embroidery and costumes. At the Historical and Ethnological Museum the global history and the history of eastern Switzerland is brought to life with 70.000 objects. Your Oskar guest card gives you free entry to these three museums!
Day 12: Take the cable car up to the Säntis or the Hoher Kasten
You have probably marvelled at the striking peak of the Säntis on which the mountain station sits countless times during your bicycle journey. At the peak you will enjoy a breath-taking view of the Appenzell region and Lake Constance. Your Oskar guest card includes free travel on trains, busses and the Säntis cable car, which will take you up to 2502 metres above sea level in no time. Your Oskar guest card also includes the cable car up to the Hoher Kasten, 1794 metres above sea level. You’re spoilt for choice!
If you prefer to stay in the valley, why not direct your attention to the things that truly matter in life. Use your Oskar guest card to visit the chocolate factory in Flawil. Of course you will be able to try some of the delicious treats!
Day 13: St. Gallen – Constance, approx. 45 km
On the last stage of your bicycle holiday at Lake Constance you will once again return to the lake. You’ll receive many advantages with your Oskar guest card. For example you will be able to visit the fruit-press and distillery museum in Arbon, the Locorama railway experience and the Sea Life aquarium in Constance free of charge. You can also take one of the Swiss ships that operate on Lake Constance and sail directly into Constance’s harbour. If you prefer to keep cycling, it will be worth it: the stage along the Swiss shore of Lake Constance is said to be one of the most beautiful stretches along the lake. There are countless great spots for you to take a break. You can stop off at one of the lidos or one of the many ice cream parlours that line your way.
Day 14: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast, your Lake Constance Cycling Holiday comes to an end. We would be happy to extend your stay on Lake Constance.