Meersburg in Germany. Photo via Flickr:Bern Thaller

Rosti - traditional Swiss dish. Photo via Flickr:t-mizo
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Around Lake Constance - 12 Day

Austria, Germany, Switzerland Bike Tours

Bike around one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe!

Bordered by three countries, Lake Constance occupies an extremely beautiful corner of Central Europe and provides the perfect backdrop for this scenic bike tour. This bike tour around Lake Constance includes the most important areas of interest. You will have an active and enjoyable holiday between the Pfänder mountain and the Rhine Falls, the flower island of Mainau and the Appenzeller countryside. Boat trips and ferry rides will allow you to experience the lake and numerous towns and villages are waiting to be discovered. This extended bike tour along Lake Constance is also suitable for those not accustomed to cycling long distances.

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Where You’ll Stay

Overnight stays in good quality 3 star guesthouses and hotels with private bath

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 11 nights at 3* hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • 7 or 24 speed unisex bicycle
  • Boat trip Reichenau-Gaienhofen incl. bike
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock
  • Entrances to Rosgartenmuseum, Mainau Island, the Lake Dwelling museum, and the Zeppelin museum.
  • Journey by cable car to Pfänder excluding bike (bike transport is free between 8-10 am)
  • Train ride Altstätten-Gais incl. bike
  • Comprehensive cycling route description with maps (1 set per room)
  • 7-day Service-Hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrive to hotel in Constance (train from Zurich airport, approx €21)
  • Lunches and Dinners (dinners available for supplement)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights available and recommended in Lake Constance.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length12 days
From1189 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily from April 15 to October 8, 2017

Skill Level

Easy to moderate self-guided bike tour on mainly flat, paved cycle paths along the shore of the lake or on paved lakeside roads. Total distance covered is approximately 181 miles with the opportunity for a 5-mile hike. Average daily distance is approximately 22 miles.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Around Lake Constance - 12 Day Map

Day 1: Arrival in Constance
Day 2: Constance - Isle of Reichenau - Gailingen/Stein am Rhein, 25/19 mi. (40/30 km) + boat trip
Day 3: Visit to Rhine Falls - Gailingen, 19 to 31 mi. (30 to 50 km)​
Day 4: Gailingen - Constance, 25/19 mi. (40/30 km)
Day 5: Constance - Insel Mainau (Mainau Island) - Radolfzell, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 6: Radolfzell - Bodman - Ludwigshafen - Uhldingen/Meersburg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Uhldingen/Meersburg - Friedrichshafen, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 8: Friedrichshafen - Lindau - Bregenz, (25 mi. ) 40 km
Day 9: Bregenz - Pfänder - St. Gallen, 34 mi. (55 km) + train ride
Day 10: Leisure day in St. Gallen or hiking tour in the Appenzell region
Day 11: St. Gallen - Constance, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 12: Individual departure or extension of stay

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
After arrival in Constance, the largest city around the lake, there is free time to explore the European church convention chaired by the German Kaiser Sigis­mund which fundamentally changed the Latin church, met here from 1414-1418 in the cathedral and the council building. The aquariums in the Sea Life Center and the Archaeological Museum are also recom­mended.

Day 2: Constance - Isle of Reichenau - Gaienhofen - Gailingen, 25/19 mi. (40/30 km) + boat trip
The first highlight is Reichenau Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. A boat will then bring you over to the Höri peninsula. You will continue along the High Rhine to Gailingen.

Day 3: Visit to Rhine Falls - Gailingen, 19 to 31 mi. (30 to 50 km)​
Today you will cycle to Schaffhausen, overlooked by the Munot fort. Then you will visit Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Central Europe. After visiting Schaffhausen, you will return to Gailingen.

Day 4: Gailingen - Constance, 25/19 mi. (40/30 km)
You will cycle up along the Rhein today back to Constance. Nu­merous picturesque Swiss fishing villages lie along your return path through the peaceful countryside of the Lower Lake. Napoleon‘s step­daughter, Hortense de Beauharnais, made this area her adopted home. You will visit her former home in Arenenberg, which is now a Napoleon museum.

Day 5: Constance - Mainau Island – Radolfzell, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today you will explore the "flower island" of Mainau. After your visit, you will have a short cycle trip through Allensbach, which is well known due to its public opinion research institute, to the former imperial town and modern Kneipp health resort of Radolfzell.

Day 6: Radolfzell - Bodman - Ludwigshafen - Uhldingen/Meersburg, 25 mi. (40 km)
You cross the "Bodanrück" and reach the „Überlinger See“ (part of Lake Constance) near Bodman. Visit the Lake Dwelling museum in Unteruhldingen.

Day 7: Uhldingen/Meersburg - Friedrichshafen, 15 mi. (25 km)
Meersburg awaits you today with numerous attractions. Accompanied by a beautiful panoramic view of the Alps, you will cycle towards the lively town of Friedrichshafen where you can visit the Zeppelin museum.

Day 8: Friedrichshafen - Lindau - Bregenz, 25 mi. (40 km)
You will cycle through expansive orchards and reach the Bavarian me­tropolis of Lindau, whose protected old town is on an island. After a few kilometers, you will find yourself on Austrian soil and cycle directly along the lakeshore towards the drama festival town of Bregenz with its unique lakeside stage.

Day 9: Bregenz - Pfänder - St. Gallen, 34 mi. (55 km) + train ride
Recommended is a visit to Pfänder in the morning, after that cycle along the Alpine Rhine to Altstätten. Take the train to Gais in the Appenzell region and through picture-perfect landscapes to St. Gallen.

Day 10: Leisure day in St. Gallen or hiking tour in the Appenzell region
Today you discover St. Gallen. Alternatively you can go on a hiking tour in the Appenzell region.

Day 11: St. Gallen - Constance, 28 mi. (45 km)
Cycle downhill to Arbon where you hit the lake again. The route takes you along the banks of the lake through small villages back to Constance.

Day 12: Individual departure or extension of stay

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  • Sally S. 2 months ago

    This was the BEST bike trip! Lake Constance is a beautiful setting, lodging was terrific, loved my e bike and food was good. Thanks to you and Radweg-Reisin for making the arrangements.

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