2022
Cycling vacation along the Rhine

Cycling vacation along the Rhine

From the source of the Rhine to Heidelberg

  Constance – Chur – Heidelberg Constance

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Principality of Liechtenstein, Rhine Falls, City of Culture Basel, Freiburg, Strasbourg Cathedral, Cathedral City Speyer
  • Daily routes ●●●○○
  • Altitude profil ●●●○○

days
21

km / day avg.
50

Welcome to our cycling vacation along the Rhine! On this 3-week tour you will experience one of the most impressive rivers in Europe between the source of the Rhine in Switzerland and Heidelberg in the north of Baden-Württemberg. You start in Constance on Lake Constance. A transfer takes you to the south of Switzerland, where you start your first cycling stage not far from the source of the Rhine. On our cycling vacation along the Rhine, you will get to know impressive gorges and natural spectacles along the Vorder- and Hinterrhein, pay a visit to the Principality of Liechtenstein and reach the High Rhine along the shore of Lake Constance. You cycle to the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen and the art city of Basel before exploring the Markgräflerland region around Müllheim and Badenweiler, which is characterised by vineyards. With Freiburg, you reach the Breisgau region, which produces equally sun-drenched wines and invites you to enjoy a drop or two. Via the baroque town of Ettenheim you reach Offenburg. An excursion to Strasbourg in Alsace is the starting point for your final stages of our cycling vacation along the Rhine. Via Karlsruhe and the old imperial city of Speyer you finally reach your destination Heidelberg. A relaxed transfer takes you back to Constance on Lake Constance.

Itinerary

  • Booking Code
    RH-KH20
  • Start / Destination
    Constance
  • Duration
    21 days / 20 nights
  • Length
    approx. 895 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 30 and 70 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
Map of Cycling vacation along the Rhine

Week 1: From Constance to the source of the Rhine and back

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Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance.

Day 2: Constance –Splügen – Hinterrhein Valley – Bonaduz, approx. 45 km + transfer

Day 3: Excursion into the Vorderrhein Valley to Disentis, approx. 55 km + train ride

Day 4: Bonaduz – Vaduz, approx. 55 km

Day 5: Vaduz – Rorschach / Arbon, approx. 60 / 65 km

Day 6: Arbon – Constance, approx. 40 / 30 km

Ruinaulta Rhine Gorge
View of the Ruinaulta Rhine Gorge

Your cycling vacation along the Rhine begins in Constance, the largest city on Lake Constance. In the city of the Council of Constance, the actual kilometre count of the Rhine begins at the old Rhine bridge with the so-called Rhine kilometre 0. Explore the historic old town and enjoy the view of the Alps from the harbour. Your first cycling day begins with a transfer to Splügen in the Swiss Grisons. On your cycling vacation along the Rhine, you will cycle along the Hinterrhein to Bonaduz. On the way, you will pass the impressive Roflaschlucht gorge and the Viamala, which were cut into the rock by the water masses of the Rhine. During an excursion by train to the monastery village of Disentis followed by a bicycle tour through the Vorderrhein valley, you will get to know the fascinating landscape of the Ruinaulta. From Bonaduz you follow the Alpine Rhine through Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland, and reach Vaduz. The capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein impresses with its stately castle. Your cycling vacation continues along the Rhine back to Lake Constance. On the Lake Constance cycle path you cycle comfortably via Rorschach and Arbon to Constance.

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Week 2: From Constance to Offenburg

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Day 7: Constance – Schaffhausen, approx. 50 km

Day 8: Schaffhausen – Waldshut-Tiengen, approx. 60 km

Day 9: Waldshut-Tiengen – Basel, approx. 50 km + train ride or approx. 70 km

Day 10: Basel – Badenweiler / Müllheim, approx. 45 / 50 km

Day 11: Müllheim – Freiburg, approx. 40 / 35 km

Day 12: Freiburg – Breisach / Vogtsburg, approx. 35 / 45 km

Day 13: Breisach – Ettenheim, approx. 50 / 40 km

Day 14: Ettenheim – Offenburg, approx. 40 km

High Rhine in Laufenburg
On the High Rhine in Laufenburg

The second week of our cycling vacation along the Rhine is multi-faceted. From Constance, you follow the Lake and High Rhine and reach Stein am Rhein with its picturesque old town. Near Schaffhausen you will experience the Rhine Falls. On a boat trip you will get very close to the thundering waters of one of the largest waterfalls in Europe. Via Waldshut-Tiengen you follow the High Rhine and get to know the trumpeter town of Bad Säckingen on the way. In Rheinfelden you can shorten the stage to Basel with a train ride – just as you like. In the border triangle, the highest density of museums in Switzerland awaits you in Basel, as well as the impressive Basel Minster. Situated directly on the Rhine, the towers of the dark red sandstone building offer you memorable views all the way to the Black Forest. You leave the city of culture in a northerly direction and get to know the Markgräflerland region, characterised by vineyards and castles, away from the Upper Rhine. With Freiburg, you reach Germany's southernmost major city, which boasts a beautiful old town. On we go! Our cycling vacation takes you back to the Rhine. From Breisach you cycle through the region around the Kaiserstuhl, famous for its wines. Along the Black Forest, the baroque town of Ettenheim and the trade fair and media town of Offenburg present themselves to you.

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Week 3: From Offenburg to Heidelberg

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Day 15: Excursion from Offenburg to Strasbourg, approx. 50 km or train ride

Day 16: Offenburg – Rastatt, approx. 60 km

Day 17: Rastatt – Karlsruhe – Ettlingen, approx. 45 km

Day 18: Ettlingen – Speyer, approx. 55 km

Day 19: Speyer – Schwetzingen – Heidelberg, approx. 30 / 40 km

Day 20: Stay in Heidelberg

Day 21: Transfer to Constance and individual departure or extension of stay

Old Bridge and Castle in Heidelberg
Old Bridge and Castle in Heidelberg

Your cycling vacation takes you across the Rhine to Strasbourg in Alsace, the capital of Europe. Absolute eye-catchers are the imposing cathedral, the tanners' quarter and the medieval old town. Stop off at one of the many winstubs, which will spoil you with Alsatian wines and delicacies, before returning to Offenburg. Via Rastatt you reach the fan-shaped baroque residential city of Karlsruhe. Visit the extensive palace gardens and the Baden State Museum before your way leads you to Ettlingen. From Ettlingen, the tour continues to Speyer. The old imperial city impresses with its imposing cathedral, the largest Romanesque church in the world. On the last stage of your cycling vacation, you say goodbye to the Rhine. You cycle through the Rhine plain via Schwetzingen to Heidelberg. The image of the renowned university town is dominated by the ruins of the world-famous Heidelberg Castle. Situated between the Neckar and the foothills of the Small Odenwald, the showpiece of German Renaissance architecture presents itself to you unmistakably above the old town. On the Philosophers' Path on the opposite bank of the Neckar, you will experience exotic plants and enjoy a fantastic view of the city. By transfer from Heidelberg you return to your starting point Constance.

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Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2022

Arrival on sundays from 14.08.2022 to 02.10.2022

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
25.04. - 01.05.
19.09. - 02.10.
from1999 €
Season B
02.05. - 08.05.
11.09. - 18.09.
from2299 €
Season C
09.05. - 15.05.
23.05. - 29.05.
13.06. - 26.06.
15.08. - 10.09.
from2599 €
Season D
16.05. - 22.05.
30.05. - 12.06.
27.06. - 14.08.
from2799 €

All prices per person in a double room

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Services

  • 20 nights incl. breakfast, national 3*-level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Transfer Constance – Splügen incl. bike
  • Train ride Reichenau-Tamins – Disentis incl. bike
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum Constance, 1 coffee included
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock
  • Transfer Heidelberg – Constance incl. bike
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included:

  • city or visitor's tax (if payable)
  • Train journey Rheinfelden – Basel, approx. 5 euros per person incl. bike
  • Train journey Offenburg -– Strasbourg – Offenburg, approx. 20 euros per person excl. bike
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For our younger cyclists

Due to the more challenging sections, we don't recommend this tour for children.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

Additional fee single room

669 €

All prices are per person

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
89 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
199 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
  • 30-gear trapezoidal frame bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • Electric bike (minimum age 16 years)
Fittings

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit

Here you find further information and pictures of our rental bikes.

Radweg-Reisen unisex bike
Unisex bike
30-gear bike, trapezoidal frame
30-gear bike, trapezoidal frame
30-gear, diamond frame
30-gear, diamond frame
Radweg-Reisen E-Bike
Unisex E-Bike, 8-speed hub gears and free-wheel
Radweg-Reisen Men's E-Bike
Men's E-Bike, 8-speed hub gears and free-wheel
Rental Bikes

27- or 30-gear Rental Bike

89 €

E-bike

199 €

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    RH-KH20
  • Start / Destination
    Constance
  • Duration
    21 days / 20 nights
  • Length
    approx. 895 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 30 and 70 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Route condition
    Depending on the region, you cycle largely on asphalt cycle paths, but expect unpaved sections as well as forest and forest roads. From Lake Constance you cycle mostly flat along the course of the river. Up to Heidelberg, there are occasional small climbs to master.
  • Parking information
    Fenced parking at our office, cost: 45 € / booked holiday, can be booked online. Free parking on public roads..
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.
Map of Cycling vacation along the Rhine

days
21

km / day avg.
50