Welcome to mile after mile of lakeside gardens, to a land of vineyard slopes and mountain backdrops, bustling ports and cities brimful of culture. Lake Constance might be one of Europe’s most iconic cycle routes, but the sheer variety of the offering on the shores of the upper lake make any tour very much your own. Visit Mainau’s rose gardens, Kreuzlingen’s Seeburg Park near the university city of Konstanz. Drink in the verdant vineyards by Birnau’s breathtaking Baroque church, find refreshment in Lindau’s lovely floral cascades by its half-timbered and painted house cafés. This is a cycle path full of purpose, where your gentle journey can’t help but give you time for reflection.
is located in Konstanz (2 nights), Friedrichshafen, Lindau and Rorschach/Arbon. Selected properties include 3 nights in two 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, the gardens of Mainau Island, the vineyards of historic Meersburg , the island town of Lindau, busy harbour of Friedrichshafen and beautiful Bregenz at the foot of the Alps – just some of the magnificent highlights of a tour around Upper Lake Constance which brings together great gentle cycling with the cultural delights and cuisine of three countries – Germany, Switzerland and Austria . This tour includes a ferry crossing (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 - Glorious gardens, vineyards and views
Heading out northwards, it’s time to discover magical Mainau, Count Bernadotte’s ‘island of flowers‘ and its Rosengarten museum (admission to island and museum included in tour price). Then there’s a short ferry ride across Überlinger See from Wallhausen (included in the tour price) to the popular spa resort of Überlingen with its ramparts, towers and colourful streets. From here, your two wheels take you past vineyard slopes to the exuberant Baroque beauty of Birnau’s monastery church – a place of pilgrimage for centuries, then on to Uhldingen with its interesting recreations of stilt houses down by the lake (admission to museum included in tour price). Visit Meersburg which boasts two solid castles rising out of the trees in the heart of the historic town, before taking the boat from Immenstaad to Friedrichshafen (included in the tour price) or cycling in to Friedrichshafen (additional 5 miles / 8kms) for your next overnight.
Miles: 24 Kms: 39
Day Three – From harbour to harbour
From the busy harbour city of Friedrichshafen, home to the fascinating Zeppelin airship museum and second largest settlement on Lake Constance, it’s time to hug the lake on the Lake Constance cycle path through Langenargen where you’ll find the structure which is said to have inspired San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge. Then there’s a lovely stretch through extensive orchards, with plenty of opportunities to take a break in a beer garden or even put a toe in the water, as you head towards the Bavarian ‘Metropolis on the Lake’ – the harbour town of Lindau – where you’ll spend your next overnight.
Miles: 16 Kms: 25
Day Four – 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 Five – 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 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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