The idyllic High Rhine

Cycle Tour along the High Rhine

Following the Rhine from Constance to Freiburg

Constance – Rhine Falls – Basel – Freiburg

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • From Lake Constance via the border triangel with Basel to the Black Forest
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○


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Left unscathed for hundreds of years, the High Rhine region presents itself in all its glory. Small medieval towns such as the bishoprics of Constance, 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 High Rhine cycle path, between Constance and Freiburg, takes you to the area of Germany that has the most hours of sunshine.

High Rhine Cycling Trip
  • Bookingcode
  • Start / Destination
    Constance / Freiburg
  • Duration
    7 days , 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 255 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 45 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance

You start your cycle tour along the high Rhine 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 are cycling to Bad Säckingen via Laufenburg, where you 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 later cycle along the Rhine’s northern bank toward Rheinfelden, from where you are 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.