Castles, cities, crystal clear waters, inspiring alpine views and lakeside pathways to pedal on. Who can resist Lake Constance, one of Europe’s most iconic cycling experiences? This tour of the lower lake brings all the beauty of the ‘Bodensee’ together with the rocky excitement of the Rhine Falls. A comfortable, classic cycle route combined with a number of ferry/boat trips makes this a real voyage of new discoveries.
is located in Konstanz (2 nights), Stein am Rhein (2 nights)and Überlingen. Selected properties include four 4 star hotels. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
The university town of Konstanz, Stein am Rhein’s Hohenklingen castle, the beautiful floral island of Mainau, the vineyards of historic Meersburg, bustling Friedrichshafen a and of course, the famous Rhine Falls – magnificent highlights of a tour around Lower Lake Constance which brings together great gentle cycling with so many cultural influences and fascinating 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 – Lower Lake Constance : 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 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 it's 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 – Baroque beauty, bustling harbours and boats
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 lakethrough Immenstaad, you reach the busy harbour of Friedrichshafen, home to the fascinating Zeppelin airship museum, where you take the ferry (included in the tour price) back across the ‘Bodensee’ to Konstanz for your final overnight.
Miles: 21 Kms: 33
Day Six - 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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