2019
Cycling from Lake Constance to the Alps

Cycling from Lake Constance to the Alps

Rhine Falls and Swiss lakes route from Constance to Interlaken

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Constance – Interlaken
  • Many benefits included!
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○

7
days

60
km / day avg.

This cycling tour From Lake Constance to the Alps leads you to Lake Thun, passing 7 further lakes along the route and enabling you to discover the beautiful Swiss countryside near the Alps. Impressive highlights include the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, the cosmopolitan city of Zurich with its well-preserved old town and the monastery of Einsiedeln. Lucerne, which is famous for the oldest covered wooden-bridge should also not be missed. The Swiss Lakes Route requires a certain level of basic fitness or you could use our electric bicycles.

Cycling Tour from Lake Constance into the Alps

Brief Information

  • Booking code
    CH-KI6
  • Start / Destination
    Constance / Interlaken
  • Duration
    7 days, 6 nights
  • Length
    approx. 290 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 75 km, Ø 60 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Route condition
    The route runs mainly along its own tarred cycle paths and separate cycle routes. The route is quite hilly between Einsiedeln and Lucerne and you will have to dismount and push at times.
  • Parking information
    Fenced parking at our office, cost: 40 € / booked holiday, can be booked online.
    Free parking on public roads.
  • Returning to Constance
    Optional: travel by chartered minibus (only Saturdays), duration approx. 2.5 hours. Please include this option in your original booking.
    Alternative: travel by train (on your own initiative). Connections available every 30 minutes, duration approx. 3.5 – 4  hours, 1 – 2 train changes.
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen
Trainstation Konstanz
Konstanz

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance

You start your tour from Lake Constance to the Alps 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.

Stein am Rhein
Stein am Rhein

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.

Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen
Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen

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Day 3: Schaffhausen – Zurich, approx. 65 km

The first highlight of your trip are the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, which you will approach by boat. The valley of the Glatt will lead you on to Zurich. Modernity and tradition unite in this fascinating cosmopolitan Swiss city. Why not visit the well-preserved old town and make sure that you experience the cultural life of the city.

Einsiedeln Monastery
Einsiedeln Monastery

Day 4: Zurich – Pfäffikon – Einsiedeln, approx. 35 km + train ride

Today you will cycle along the northern shore of Lake Zurich, which is also known as the Gold Coast, towards Rapperswil with its old castle and will then cross over the lake along a dam. You will be taken by train to Einsiedeln, which to this day is still a popular place of pilgrimage. The Einsiedeln Monastery is a significant point along the Way of Saint James and attracts many pilgrims and tourists with its black Madonna.

Lucerne
Lucerne

Day 5: Einsiedeln – Lucerne, approx. 75 km

The most demanding stage of your trip awaits you today as you will have to cross over mountain ridges en route to Lake Zug. Küssnacht, Wilhelm Tell and Hohle Gasse Ravine are all Swiss national symbols which you will see today before cycling along Lake Lucerne and reaching the city of Lucerne. Regional, culinary specialities such as Luzerner Chügelipastete (a puff-pastry shell filled with diced veal and mushrooms in a creamy sauce) should not be missed.

Lake Brienz
Lake Brienz

Day 6: Lucerne – Giswil – Brienz – Interlaken, approx. 65 km + train ride

The mountains to the right and left of Lakes Lungern and Sarnen are getting taller. In Giswil, you will get on the train, to overcome the famous, 1000 m (3280 ft) high Brünig pass. Past Lake Brienz you will reach today’s destination. The holiday resort of Interlaken, located between Lakes Brienz and Thun, offers great views onto the Jungrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains. If you want to enjoy a picturesque view of the town, go to the Schynige Platte station.

Interlaken
Interlaken

Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast your cycling holiday from Lake Constance to the Alps comes to a close and you begin your homeward journey or your journey back to Constance. We would however, be more than happy to extend your holiday in Switzerland.