Cycle Tour along the High Rhine
Following the Rhine from Constance to Freiburg
- Radweg-Reisen Tour
- Constance – Freiburg
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Ø km pro Tag
Left unscathed for hundreds of years, the Hochrhein region presents itself in all its glory. Small medieval towns such as the bishoprics of Konstanz, Basel and Freiburg complement the impressive landscape around Lake Constance and the countryside of the foothills of the Black Forest and the Jura mountains. History has left its marks in towns both large and small along the Rhine here. Discover the young Rhine river and the famous Rhine Falls, the gentle Markgräfler countryside and the charming cultural metropolis of Basel. Your cycling holiday along the Rhine cycle path, between Konstanz and Freiburg, takes you to the area of Germany that has the most hours of sunshine.
- Start / Destination
Constance / Freiburg
7 days , 6 nights
approx. 255 km
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between 45 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
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- Route condition
Mainly flat route along mostly asphalted paths. At narrow stretches of the Rhine there are some hills and in towns and villages some of the routes run along roads.
- Parking information
Fenced parking at our office, cost: EUR 40 / booked holiday, can be booked online. Free parking on public roads.
- Returning to Constance
Travel by train (on your own initiative). Connections available every hour, duration approx. 2.5 – 3.5 hours. Includes 2 – 3 changes of train.
- Tour operated by
Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
You start your tour in Constance, Lake Constance’s biggest town. 600 years ago this was where the Council of Constance took place, the only council to elect a pope that was held north of the Alps. The Rhine leaves Lake Constance here: 0 kilometres on its way to the North Sea. Only a few minutes by foot from the medieval town centre is the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen with its lively harbour.
Day 2: Constance – Schaffhausen, approx. 50 km
Your bike tour takes you out of Konstanz, off through picturesque Swiss fishing villages. Along the waterside, the path takes you to Stein am Rhein with its beautiful fresco-decorated, medieval houses. Switching several times between Germany and Switzerland you reach the canton's capital, Schaffhausen. The town, whose citizens competed in building numerous gables on their houses, is overlooked by Munot fort.
Day 3: Schaffhausen – Waldshut-Tiengen, approx. 60 km
After only a few kilometres, you reach the Rhine Falls, which happen to be biggest water falls in Europe. If you like, take a boat right up close to the roaring mass of water. On your bike, you continue along the Rhine, passing Rheinau monastery on through the beautiful Rhine countryside to today's destination. There are a few hilly bits on your route, but you are rewarded every time with amazing views.
Day 4: Waldshut – Basel, approx. 50 km + train ride
Today you will be cycling to Bad Säckingen via Laufenburg, where you will find Europe’s longest covered wooden bridge. The town also has two exceptional museums on offer, the Rubbish Museum and the Trumpeteer Museum, which tells the romantic story of the Bad Säckingen Trumpeteer. You will later cycle along the Rhine’s northern bank toward Rheinfelden, from where you will be taking the train to Basel.
Day 5: Basel – Badenweiler / Müllheim, approx. 50 km
You will now be leaving the lively city of Basel behind you and cycle toward the Isteiner Klotz. Once upon a time, it was surrounded by the floods of the Rhine, but now – after Tulla’s Rhine rectification – it sits quietly secluded from the river. This area of the Black Forest’s edge is home to water with healing properties and thus ideal for spas – some of them date back to Roman times.
Day 6: Müllheim – Freiburg, approx. 45 km
The Markgräflerland seems very charming. The large amount of sunny days and the remarkably pure water mean that many special wine grapes grow here. Baden’s tranquillity can be found in villages and towns on the edge of the Black Forest. Later, you will reach Freiburg, Germany's southern-most large city. Art historian Jacob Burkhardt called the gothic church tower the most beautiful tower in the world in 1869.
Day 7: Individual journey home or extension of stay
After breakfast your romantic High Rhine cycle tour comes to an end and you will make your way back to Constance or home. We would also be more than happy to extend your stay along the Rhine or along Lake Constance.