The Great Lake Constance Cycling Holiday
Holiday in three countries
- Radweg-Reisen Tour
- Admission included for: Island of Mainau, Zeppelin Museum, Bregenz cable car and more!
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On our longer bike tour around Lake Constance you will get to know all about the region: you cycle from Bregenz to Schaffhausen, pedal through the Appenzellerland region and will become acquainted with historic towns such as Konstanz, Stein am Rhein and Meersburg. You will be tossed around in a boat near the Rhine Falls, follow Napoleon's traces, visit the flower island of Mainau, set sail across Lake Constance and discover the town in which James Bond chased villains over Bregenz' fabulous floating stage. The legs of the route have been chosen to enable you to enjoy them too: the Great Lake Constance Cycling Holiday is not just an active holiday but a relaxing one too and is also great for inexperienced cyclists.
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12 days / 11 nights
approx. 345 km
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between 25 and 55 km, Ø 40 km
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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 and marks kilometre 0 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 ‒ Reichenau Island ‒ Gailingen / Stein am Rhein, approx. 40 / 30 km + boat trip
This stage leads you on to the Reichenau Island. Its monastery was extremely influential in the 10th Century and was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. A boat will bring you across the lake to Gaienhofen. You cycle along the Höri Peninsula and continue over the border to the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein with its picturesque old town. Soon after you will cross the border once again and reach Gailingen.
Day 3: Day trip to the Rhine Falls, approx. 30 / 50 km
Today you will stay on the north bank of the Rhine and follow the course of the river into the town of 171 bay windows: Schaffhausen. The Rhine Fall is not far and you can get up close to it on a boat tour. Castle Laufen thrones high above the waterfall and from the viewing platform you will have a breath-taking view of the surroundings. In the afternoon you cycle back to Gailingen.
Day 4: Gailingen ‒ Constance, approx. 40 / 30 km
You will cycle up along the Rhine today back to Stein am Rhein. You pass numerous picturesque Swiss fishing villages on your way back to Constance through the peaceful countryside of the Lower Lake. Napoleon's stepdaughter Hortense de Beauharnais made this area her adopted home. You can visit her former home in Arenenberg, which is now a Napoleon museum.
Day 5: Constance ‒ Mainau Island ‒ Radolfzell, approx. 30 km
Today you will explore the flower island of Mainau. Make sure you take enough time to enjoy this paradise-like island on the Überlinger See with its luxurious, colourful flowerbeds, towering mature trees, shady forests and sweet scented roses. After your visit you will have a short cycle in the direction of Allensbach, which is well known due to its public opinion research institute, to the former imperial town of Radolfzell.
Day 6: Radolfzell – Uhldingen / Meersburg, approx. 40 km
After leaving Radolfzell you cross the Bodanrück ridge near Stahringen to cycle to the Überlinger See part of the lake via Bodman. You ride along the lakeshore towards the former imperial town of Überlingen with its gothic cathedral and famous lakeside promenade. Next pedal on towards Meersburg. The Baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the reconstructed lake dwellings near Uhldingen are both worth a visit.
Day 7: Meersburg – Friedrichshafen, approx. 25 km
Meersburg, the well known wine growing area, awaits you! You can visit the old castle, which is the oldest inhabited castle in Germany. Further attractions include the new castle with its amazing staircase and the market place which is surrounded by picturesque wooden-framed houses. Accompanied by a beautiful panoramic view of the Alps, you will cycle to Friedrichshafen where you can visit the Zeppelin museum.
Day 8: Friedrichshafen – Bregenz, approx. 40 km
Today the tour first takes you through Langenargen. This is where you'll find Montfort Castle, built according to the old Moorish style. Next, cycle through orchards and arrive after a relaxed pedal to the Bavarian town of Lindau. The harbour is watched over by a 6 meter high lion. Soon you'll arrive in the Festival Town of Bregenz. The wonderful stage on the lake is a sight to behold at any season of the year.
Day 9: Bregenz – St. Gallen, approx. 55 km + train ride
Near Fußach you reach the Alpine Rhine which you follow to Altstätten. From here you take the train right up into the Appenzellerland and then down through picturesque Swiss countryside to St. Gallen, home to a monastery. You have enough time there to visit the historic centre and the baroque monastery library.
Day 10: St. Gallen
Discover Sankt Gallen! The library of the collegiate church is unique all over the world. In these breath-taking Baroque style rooms, you will recognize the handwriting of the early Middle Ages. A short round bike trip or a hike are also good alternatives. The nearby Appenzellerland could be out of a picture book of Switzerland – grazing cows on green hills and in the background, the snow-covered peaks of the mountains on the horizon.
Day 11: St. Gallen – Constance, approx. 45 km
Enjoy the downhill stretch to Lake Constance and your arrival near Arbon. Next, cycle along the lake through cultivated little Swiss villages and orchards, back to Constance. Take a break wherever you want in any of the many cafes along the lakeside, or jump into the water to be refreshed! Finally, there should still be time for a visit to Rosgartenmuseum or a relaxed wander through the old quarter of Constance.
Day 12: Individual journey home or extension of stay
After breakfast your Great Lake Constance Cycling Holiday comes to an end. We would be more than happy to extend your stay along the Lake.