View of the island of Lindau on our Lake Constance Cycling Tour Lindau Lighthouse - photo via Flickr:R.Massi Stein am Rhein - Photo via Flickr: Simon Aughton

Around Lake Constance

Austria, Germany, Switzerland Bike Tours

A 3 country Lake Constance cycle tour around the beautiful Bodensee…

To cycle Lake Constance, you must travel through the countries of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. The unique location of this bike tour has made it one of Europe's most desirable cycling destinations. Around 100 AD, the Romans established a fort at the spot where the Rhine River joins the lake, and this fort later became the medieval town of Constance (Konstanz), which is now a university town. The city's palatial mansions and colorful gables will immediately impress you. Constance also has interesting neighbors including the island Mainau, Europe's most beautiful tropical garden park filled with flowers, butterflies and a Baroque castle and also the island of Reichenau, made a World Heritage Site in 2001 with its great monastery, the Abbey of Reichenau. Other highlights found cycling Lake Constance include the Romanesque church of Saints Peter and Paul, South Germany’s oldest half-timbered buildings, and a large nature reserve for birds.

The route takes you from cycling in Germany over the border into Swiss towns of Stein am Rhein and Ludwigshafen to Überlingen (frequently referred to as the Nice of Germany) and on into Meersburg, where you'll find half-timbered houses with cascading terraces.

Via Friedrichshafen, with its castle church and the famous Zeppelin Museum, the journey continues to the imperial island-town of Lindau, which is known for its lavish gardens, historic medieval town center, and its great location nestled under Pfänder Mountain. From Bavaria into the Austrian town of Bregenz, we highly recommend taking the cable car to the top of Pfänder Mountain, especially on a clear day. Bregenz is world famous for its annual summer music festival, Bregenzer Festspiele that is held on and around Lake Constance. The old Swiss harbor town of Rorschach has perhaps the prettiest Kornhaus in Switzerland. There is also a lovely lake promenade as well as the abbey Mariaberg, and Sulzberg and Wartegg castles. Then via Arbon, the oldest settlement on Lake Constance, and Romanshorn, the route will take you back to the start.  Cycling around Lake Constance is a wonderful tour for a cycling enthusiast.

We have many selections of Lake Constance bike tours from which to choose.  Although we feature the 7 day / 6 night tour in detail, we can also offer a "sportier" 5 day tour, a longer distance 7 day tour and an 8 day tour. Upon request we can also send you details about a single hotel based tour!  

You may also want to look at our other Switzerland bike tours or our selection of German Bike Tours!

Tour Dates

7 Day Family Tour: Daily departures beginning April 17 to October 11, 2014
7 Day Tour: Daily departures beginning April 17 to October 11, 2014
8 Day Tour: Daily departures beginning April 17 to October 11, 2014
5 day Sporty Tour: Daily departures beginning March 15 to October 27, 2014

Where You’ll Stay

Charming 3 and 4-star hotels and guesthouses in Category A or 2 and 3 star hotels in Category B,

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 4 to 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transportation
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Family Tour
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee incl.
  • Boat trip Wallhausen to Überlingen incl. bicycle
  • Boat trip Immenstaad to Friedrichshafen incl. bicycle
  • 7 and 8 day Tour
  • Entrance to Mainau Island (only if booked in Cat. A)
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee incl.
  • Boat trip Wallhausen - Überlingen incl. bicycle
  • Boat trip Reichenau - Gaienhofen incl. bicycle
  • Boat trip to the Rhinefall rocks
  • 1 bottle of wine (only when booked in Cat. A)
  • 5 Day Sporty Tour
  • Car ferry from Constance - Meersburg incl. bicycle

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to hotel in Constance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Optional bicycle protection, €16 per bike
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length5–8 days
From384 Rates
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Skill Level

Easy, self-guided hotel tour with average daily distances of 13 to 35 miles (20 to 55 km). Route runs predominantly flat, with an occasional rolling hill, and along good asphalt roads and bike paths.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Around Lake Constance Map

7 Day Family tour:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance.
Day 2: Constance - Mainau Island - Unteruhldingen, 13 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Unteruhldingen – Friedrichshafen - Kressbronn, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Kressbronn - Lindau - Bregenz, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 5: Bregenz - Arbon, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Arbon - Constance, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Departure or extended stay in Constance.

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance.
Use the opportunity to stroll through the Old Town of Constance, visit the aquaria of the Sea Life Center or the Ros-garten Museum.

Day 2: Constance - Mainau Island – Unteruhldingen, 13 mi. (20 km)
From Constance, you will cycle to the nearby garden island of Mainau where you will have the opportunity to experience the famous butterfly house. From there you will be transported by boat from Wallhausen to Über- lingen before cycling on towards Unteruhldingen. In the lake dwelling museum, Pfahlbaumuseum, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Lake Constance during the Stone Age.

Day 3: Unteruhldingen - Friedrichshafen - Kressbronn, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today you will cycle through medieval Meersburg and then on towards Immenstaad. From here, you will travel by boat to Friedrichshafen, where you will be able to learn more about the famous air-ships or blimps in the Zeppelin Museum. After spending time at the museum, you will then cycle through orchards on your way towards Kressbronn.

Day 4: Kressbronn - Lindau - Bregenz, 16 mi. (25 km)
The first stop today is the Bavarian town of Lindau, whose protected and listed Old Town, is located on an island. You will then follow along the lake shore and reach the festival town of Bregenz with its unique lakeside theatre stage. The Pfänder mountain towers over the town and is easily reached by cable car.

Day 5: Bregenz - Arbon, 22 mi. (35 km)
Near Hard you will cross over the Rhine which flows from the Swiss Alps. The delta where the river enters the lake is an important nature reserve. You are now biking in Switzerland and in Altenrhein you will be able to view the Hundertwasser Hall, the last building designed by the famous Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Cycling along the lakeshore, you will pass through the towns of Staad and the former harbor town of St. Gallen, Rorschach before arriving in Arbon.

Day 6: Arbon - Constance, 19 mi. (30 km)
The last day of this bike tour belongs to the Canton of Thurgau which is famous for its apple growing industry and its isolated location. You will cycle through small, well-kept villages along the lakeshore on your way back towards Constance.

Day 7: Departure or extended stay in Constance.
End of tour after breakfast

7 Day tour:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance.
Day 2: Constance - Stein am Rhein region, 13/19 mi. (20/30 km)
Day 3: Stein am Rhein region - Überlingen, 29/35 mi. (45/55 km)
Day 4: Überlingen - Kressbronn region, 32/35 mi. (50/55 km)
Day 5: Kressbronn - Höchst region/Rorschach, 25/35 mi. (40/55 km)
Day 6: Höchst region/Rorschach - Constance, 35/22 mi. (55/35 km) 
Day 7: Departure or extended stay in Constance.

8 Day tour:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
Day 2: Constance - Stein am Rhein region, 13/19 mi. (20/30 km)
Day 3: Day trip to Schaffhausen and the Rheinfalls, 19/32 mi. (30/50 km)
Day 4: Stein am Rhein region - Überlingen, 29/35 mi. (45/55 km)
Day 5: Überlingen - Kressbronn region, 32/35 mi. (50/55 km)
Day 6: Kressbronn - Höchst region/Rorschach, 25/35 mi. (40/55 km)
Day 7: Höchst region/Rorschach - Constance, 28/19 mi. (45/30 km) 
Day 8: Departure or extended stay in Constance

5 Day Sporty tour:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
Day 2: Constance - Radolfzell - Stein am Rhein - Constance, 50 mi. (79 km)
Day 3: Constance - Friedrichshafen - Bregenz, 42 mi. (65km)
Day 4: Bregenz - Constance, 43 mi. (69 km)
Day 5: Departure or extended stay in Constance.

*All distances are approximate.

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