Three countries. Four islands. One enormous expanse of water and perhaps Europe’s most iconic cycle route. Lake Constance combines spectacular views of the Alps with cities brimful of culture, captivating castles and the most enchanting of painted towns. Boat trips are a must and who can resist a riverside pedal to feel the excitement and spray of the famous Rhine Falls? An unmissable, classic cycling adventure full of contrasts and with plenty of scope for reflection.
is located in Konstanz (2 nights), Stein am Rhein (2 nights), Überlingen, Lindau and Rorschach/Arbon. Selected properties include 5 nights in three 4 star hotels and 2 nights in two unrated, but very comfortable and well located accommodations. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
The university town of Konstanz, Stein am Rhein’s Hohenklingen castle, the vineyards of historic Meersburg , the island town of Lindau and of course, the famous Rhine Falls – magnificent highlights of a tour around Upper and Lower Lake Constance which brings together great gentle cycling along lakeshore cycle paths and roads with so many countries, cultural influences and places to visit. This tour includes ferry crossings (for you and your bike), a boat trip and admission to attractions as stated.
Day One - Arrive and explore
Arrive in the university city of Konstanz – the biggest settlement on the shores of the lake set beside the mouth of the famous River Rhine. Take time to wander through the old town or simply sit and soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere on the café terrace. Overnight in Konstanz.
Day Two – Via Reichenau Island to Stein am Rhein
Heading out westwards from Konstanz along the northern shores of the lower lake, you arrive at the World Heritage Site of Reichenau Island down a tree-lined causeway. A land of vegetables and vineyards, this idyllic spot is famed for its monastery and its churches which date from the 9th – 11th centuries. From here a boat (included in tour price) brings you across to Gaienhofen on the Höri peninsular before you pedal on to the almost completely intact medieval town of Stein am Rhein and your hotel where you will spend the next two overnights.
Miles: 16 Kms: 25
Day Three – Land of fortresses and waterfalls
A riverside route along the Rhine leads from Stein to Schaffhausen which is dominated by the imposing Munot fortress. The largest waterfall in Central Europe awaits – just a boat trip away (included in the tour price), a great way to see the Rheinfall rocks and experience the force of the waterfall for yourself. Your return ride to Stein am Rhein takes in the imperial town of Diessenhofen with its covered wooden bridge over the Rhine and interesting Gothic architecture. Overnight in Stein am Rhein.
Miles: 31 Kms: 50
Day Four – From Swiss shores to spa town
Leaving Stein, it’s time to pedal along Swiss lakeland shores back towards Konstanz before heading northwards to discover magical Mainau, Count Bernadotte’s ‘island of flowers ‘ and its Rosengarten museum (admission to island and museum included in tour price). Then its ferry time again at Wallhausen heading across the Überlinger See (included in the tour price) to the popular spa resort of Überlingen for your next overnight.
Miles: 28 Kms: 45
Day Five – From Baroque beauty to bustling harbours
Once last chance to see the ramparts, towers and colourful streets of Überlingen before your two wheels take you past vineyard slopes to the exuberant Baroque beauty of Birnau’s monastery church – a place of pilgrimage for centuries. Next up, Uhldingen has interesting recreations of stilt houses down by the lake and Meersburg boasts two solid castles rising out of the trees in the heart of the historic town . Still hugging the ‘Bodensee’ through Immenstaad, you reach the busy harbour of Friedrichshafen, home to the fascinating Zeppelin airship museum before arriving on the island of Lindau for your next overnight.
Miles: 36 Kms: 58
Day Six – Cycling three countries
You’ll want to pay homage to the marble Bavarian lions which guard the harbour, or enjoy one last coffee on the terrace of this delightful half-timbered, floral town before you leave Lindau and Germany for the Austrian border and arrive in Bregenz, the proud capital of Vorarlberg. Look out for the famous stage on the lake which sees the most stunning theatrical performances or take the cable car to the top of the Pfander mountain for some breath-taking panoramas. A gentle stretch of cycling through the nature reserves of the Rhine delta lead round into Switzerland, to Rorschach or Arbon where you will spend your next night.
Miles: 25 Kms: 40
Day Seven – Gardens galore
From the decorated buildings of Rorschach or the half-timbered beauty of Arbon, your gentle adventure leads along the lake to the waterside gardens of Romanshorn and its harbour bobbing with private boats. Don’t miss the Seeburg Park at Kreuzlingen, the 2.5 mile stretch of lakeside gardens complete with castle, of course. Then it’s time to hop back into Germany and the city of Konstanz for your final overnight.
Miles: 25 Kms: 40
Day Eight- Depart after breakfast
Extra nights can be booked to allow more time to explore the cities and shores of Lake Constance at your leisure.
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