Here’s a great little idea for those who fancy cycling Lake Constance and exploring the diverse three country culture, but want just that bit more flexibility. With a single centre stay in the vibrant Konstanz, you get to choose totally where your discovery days by bike take you. There are six circular cycle routes, with a range of ferry transfers/ trips and attraction admissions included in the tour price, so you can simply hop on your bike and head off on great days out. With gentle cycling all the way, the trickiest bit is picking which of the great routes you’d like to do! There’s even a choice of accommodation too, so you can find the formula that’s best for you and really relax into your ‘Bodensee’ stay.
is located in either a 3 star hotel in the old town of Konstanz, or in an unrated but very comfortable apartment hotel in the more modern and suburban area of the city. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
The university city of Konstanz, Stein am Rhein’s Hohenklingen castle, the vineyards of historic Meersburg, the island town of Lindau, Austria’s capital of Vorahlberg – cultural Bregenz, Friedrichshafen and the charming town of Radolfzell - just some of the highlights of a tour around Upper and Lower Lake Constance which brings together great gentle cycling with so many countries, cultural influences and places to visit. This tour includes ferry crossings, boat trips and admission to attractions as stated.
There is a choice of excellent circular day rides around the Lake, each covering between 31-44 miles / 50-70 kms. Most include a passage by ferry across the water to ensure that you can enjoy a wide range of lakeside destinations, fantastic views of the Alps and three countries-worth of culture without too long in the saddle.
Your base on this holiday is either in a selected 3 star hotel or unrated, but very comfortable and well-located hotel in the central, historic quarter of Konstanz. Alternatively you can choose to stay in an apartment hotel in a more modern part of town. We are pleased to discuss accommodation options with you.
Day One - Arrive, relax or 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, visit the Sealife Centre (admission included in tour price) or simply sit and soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere on the café terrace.
Days Two to Four – Choice of circular rides
Miles: 31-44 Kms: 50-70
Day Five- Depart after breakfast
The circular rides
We offer a choice of 6 circular routes with distances between 31 and 44 miles (50 to 70 kms), with each ride carefully planned to make sure you see the best of the area and that you travel the distance you are most comfortable with.
Please see below for details of ferry transfers and attractions admissions included in the tour price.
Circular ride 1
Head out by boat and bike from Konstanz to Meersburg on the northern shore, then on to the famous castle at Salem and the ‘Affenberg’ ape sanctuary at Mimmenhausen. The pilgrimage road leads down to Birnau’s wonderful Baroque masterpiece amidst the vineyards. Then there’s an opportunity to visit the reconstructed stilt houses at Unterruhldingen before returning to Konstanz by boat.
Circular ride 2
Travel by boat from Konstanz to Meersburg to visit the castle, then on through orchards to Markdorf, descending down into Friedrichshafen, the areas second largest town, once noted for its construction of the Zeppelin airships. Visit the Zeppelin museum perhaps before pedalling through vineyards back to Meersburg for your return by boat to Konstanz.
Circular ride 3
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 brings you across to Gaienhofen on the Höri peninsular where you can visit the house of the famous author, Herman Hesse, before you pedal on to almost completely intact medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Your return is along the southern shore of the lower lake passing through Steckborn and the small village of Gottlieben on the way to Konstanz.
Circular ride 4
A boat trip over to Meersburg is followed by a pedal to the bustling port of Friedrichshafen, where you pick up the Lake Constance Cycle Path to Langenargen . Here 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. You return to Konstanz by boat from Lindau after enjoying an afternoon in this historic island town.
Circular ride 5
A boat trip to Bregenz starts the day, the proud capital of Austria's Vorarlberg region. 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 delta of the Alpen Rhine, an important bird sanctuary, leads round into Switzerland , past Rorschach and Arbon, an old Roman settlement on the way back to Konstanz.
Circular ride 6
Heading out northwards, it’s time to discover the magical island of Mainau, Count Bernadotte’s ‘island of flowers‘before cycling through Allensbach on the way to the small, charming town of Radolfzell. A route through orchards leads via Ludwigshafen to the popular spa resort of Überlingen with its ramparts, towers and colourful streets. From here, your two wheels take you along the Lake Constance Cycle Path past vineyard slopes to the exuberant Baroque beauty of Birnau’s monastery church – a place of pilgrimage for centuries. Finally you head into Meersburg which boasts two solid castles rising out of the trees in the heart of the historic town, before taking the boat back to Konstanz.
Boat /Ferry transfers and attractions admissions included in the tour price are:
Ferry: Reichenau to Gaienhofen (excl. bike)
Ferry: Unteruhldingen - Konstanz (excl. bike)
Ferry: Konstanz to Bregenz (excl. bike)
Ferry trips: Meersburg to Konstanz (excl. bike)
Herman Hesse House in Gaienhofen
Affenberg Salem (Monkey Park)
Unteruhldingen Lake Dwelling Museum
Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen
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