Meersburg is a medieval town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:FDelventhal
Boating on Stein am Rhein on Lake Constance, Switzerland. Photo via Flickr:Luca Casartelli

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

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.

    Highlights in addition to those mentioned:

    • Island of Reichenau, Unesco World Heritage Site
    • Arenenberg Castle, former residence of Napoleon III
    • Spa town of Radolfzell
    • Swabian Sea
    • Old town of Meersburg
    • Zeppelin Museum
    • Bavarian town of Lindau
    • Stunning Swiss countryside
    • Hiking in in Appenzell
    • Lake Constance Cycle path

    Looking for more? Check out our full list of bike tours in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

  • 2020

    Season A: $ 1975 £ 1029 $ 1,787 1198 $ 2063 kr 12796 $ 1,355

    Season B: $ 2222 £ 1158 $ 2,011 1348 $ 2322 kr 14399 $ 1,525

    Season C: $ 2387 £ 1244 $ 2,160 1448 $ 2494 kr 15467 $ 1,638

    Season D: $ 2552 £ 1330 $ 2,310 1548 $ 2666 kr 16535 $ 1,751

    Season A: April 19 - April 24, 2020
    Season B: April 25 -  May 15 + June 14 - June 26, 2020
    Season C: May 16 - May 28 + June 1 - June 5 + June 27 - July 3 + August 23 - September 12, 2020
    Season D: May 29 - May 31 + June 6 - June 13 + July 4 - August 22, 2020

    extra options

    Single supplement: $ 575 £ 300 $ 521 349 $ 601 kr 3728 $ 395

    Electric touring bike with high handlebar and upright seating with deep step-through frame: $ 191 £ 100 $ 173 116 $ 200 kr 1239 $ 131

    Tandem bike rental: On request

    Child's bike or youth bike from 20 to 26 in. frame height: on request

    Child trailer, up to 2 children with a combined weight of 45 kg: on request

    Trail-Gator bicycle tow bar (converts child bike into a towable trailer bike) with capacity of 28 kg: on request

    Wehoo (a type of tagalong) with capacity up to approx. 30 kg, 2 - 7 yrs. of age: on request

    Child's seat, capacity 22 kg: Free

    Extra nights:

    Constance, Stein/Gailingen/Radolfzell: 
    Double:  $ 107 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 694 $ 74 Single: $ 157 £ 82 $ 142 95 $ 164 kr 1015 $ 107 Uhldingen/Meersburg:
    Double: $ 114 £ 59 $ 103 69 $ 119 kr 737 $ 78 Single: $ 173 £ 90 $ 157 105 $ 181 kr 1122 $ 119 Friedrichshafen:
    Double: $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 801 $ 85 Single: $ 180 £ 94 $ 163 109 $ 188 kr 1164 $ 123 Bregenz:
    Double: $ 140 £ 73 $ 127 85 $ 146 kr 908 $ 96 Single: $ 196 £ 102 $ 178 119 $ 205 kr 1271 $ 135 St. Gallen:
    Double: $ 163 £ 85 $ 148 99 $ 171 kr 1057 $ 112 Single: $ 223 £ 116 $ 201 135 $ 233 kr 1442 $ 153

     

    please note

    *Children Discount 
    0 - 5 years are Free
    6 - 13 years 50 %  
    14 - 17 years 25 % 

    *If booked in triple or quad room.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Zurich International Airport (ZRH) located approximately 8 mi. (13 km) north of Zurich City center.

    Local Travel

    Zurich Airport railway station (German: Bahnhof Zürich Flughafen) is a railway station serving Zurich Airport in Switzerland. The station is located underneath the Airport Center, the main ground-side passenger terminal of the airport. Train from Zurich airport to Constance (Konstanz), 1-2 hr. with zero to one transfers. Cost is approximately €25 per person

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The warm season in Constance is from the end of May until mid-September with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year generally occurs in August with an average high of 77° F and low of 59°F. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather-related facts is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    You should bring your personal helmet as helmets are not available to rent or borrow on this tour.

    Remarks

    Tandem, child bike, Intermediate bike (for teenagers), child’s trailer, E-cargo-bike with seats for 2 children are available. Children’s discounts available (apply for accommodation in rooms with two full-paying guests.) Ask us for pricing.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Overnight stays in good quality 3 and 4 star guesthouses and hotels with upgraded accommodations possible. We can provide a sample hotel list for you upon request. Please note: it is not always possible to confirm twin bed rooms.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 11 nights in 3 and 4* hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 24-speed city touring bicycle (high handlebars and very upright riding position). Available in men's and deep step-through frames.
  • Accessories: Luggage rack, rear pannier, handlebar bag, odometer, bike lock, and one repair kit with pump per booking
  • 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)
  • GPS tracks available. Please ask!
  • 7-day Service-Hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrive to hotel in Constance (train from Zurich airport, approx €21)
  • Remaining meals
  • City tax, if applicable (to be paid at each hotel) approximately €2 per night
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

This tour is very flexible. The cycling days can be shortened or lengthened, and you can usually book an extra night in any of the towns. You can also begin in any of the towns listed in the itinerary.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length12 days
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily arrivals from April 19 to October 4, 2020
Due to local festivals July 29, August 5, August 8, and August 27 - August 30 are not available

 

Skill Level

Easy to moderate self-guided bike tour on mainly flat, paved cycle paths along the shore of the lake or on paved rurual 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: Overnight stay in Gailingen or Stein am Rhein, day trip to Rhine Falls, 19/31 mi. (30 - 50 km)​ + boat trip
Day 4: Stein am Rhein or Gailingen - Constance, 25/19 mi. (40/30 km)
Day 5: Constance - Isle of Mainau - 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 - 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 in the Appenzell region
Day 11: St. Gallen - Constance, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 12: Individual departure or extension of stay

*Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions, or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by construction or road repairs that cannot be foreseen.

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
After arrival in Constance, the largest city around the lake, there is free time to explore! The aquariums in the Sea Life Center and the Archaeological Museum are  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, well-known for the vegetables produced here. You cross over the Höri peninsula by boat. Along the High Rhine you cycle into the medieval town of Stein am Rhein with its many frescoed houses. Depending on where you are staying the night, you cross the border again for Gailingen either during the afternoon or the next morning.

Day 3: Visit to Rhine Falls - Gailingen, 19 to 31 mi. (30 to 50 km)​
Switching several times between Germany and Switzerland you reach the canton's capital, Schaffhausen. The town, whose citizens competed with each other in building gables on their houses, is overlooked by Munot fort. After just a few kilometers, you get to the Rhine Falls, one of Europe's biggest waterfalls. Going upstream along the Rhine, you return to Gailingen or Stein am Rhein.

Day 4: Stein am Rhein or 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. We recommend a visit to her former home in Arenenberg, which is now a Napoleon museum.

Day 5: Constance - Mainau Island – Radolfzell, 19 mi. (30 km)
First you explore the "flower island" of Mainau. Bikes are not allowed on the island: simply park at the entrance and access the island via the bridge. Next a short ride takes you via Allensbach to the former Imperial and now spa town of Radolfzell.

Day 6: Radolfzell - Bodman - Ludwigshafen - Uhldingen/Meersburg, 25 mi. (40 km)
From here, you cross the Bodanrück range of hills and encounter a very short incline. Arriving at the so-called Überlinger See, part of Lake Constance, you are rewarded for your efforts with beautiful views of the lake, known here as the Swabian Sea. Enjoy a break in Überlingen and an ice cream on the pretty promenade. In Uhldingen, you visit a reconstructed pile dwelling and learn how settlers lived on Lake Constance in the Stone and Bronze Ages.

Day 7: Uhldingen/Meersburg - Friedrichshafen, 15 mi. (25 km)
In Meersburg, make sure you take some time to stroll through the lovely old town. A guided tour of the castle is also a fascinating experience. Today's destination, Friedrichshafen, has a great Zeppelin Museum we can recommend visiting. It tells you everything there is to know about the history of these airships.

Day 8: Friedrichshafen - Bregenz/Lindau, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today, the tour takes you through extensive orchards to the Bavarian town of Lindau, where you should not miss visiting the old town - situated on an island. Now it's just a few kilometers to Bregenz, the capital town of the Vorarlberg region of Austria and famous for its annual festival on the world's largest lake-stage.

Day 9: Bregenz/Lindau - Pfänder - St. Gallen, 34 mi. (55 km) + train ride
In the morning you visit the Pfänder, Bregenz' "own" mountain. After that it's time to get back on your bike and cycle along the Alpenrhein to Altstätten. A train takes you up into Appenzeller Land and then you pedal through absolutely stunning Swiss countryside to St. Gallen.

Day 10: Leisure day in St. Gallen or hiking tour in the Appenzell region
Today, you leave your bike at your accommodation and explore St. Gallen. The Abbey Church library is considered one of the most important historic libraries in the world. It is home to about 160,000 books - one of which is the oldest German book. You may prefer to hike in the Appenzell region.

Day 11: St. Gallen - Constance, 28 mi. (45 km)
Enjoy the downhill stretch to Lake Constance and your arrival near Arbon. Following the banks of the lake almost all the way, you cycle through apple orchards and the small towns of Arbon and Romanshorn back to Constance. This stretch is flat and easy to cycle, unless in a stronger westerly wind. You will frequently pass places where you can go swimming and refresh yourself in the lovely cool waters of the lake.

Day 12: Individual departure or extension of stay

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Tour Reviews

  • Nancy M. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Loved going around Lake Constance. We experienced three different countries and loved the food in each one.

  • John and Janet B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part was clearly the scenic routes, food, friendly people and cities selected for lodging. Great hotels! Tripsite delivered on services as promised.
    We were disappointed/frustrated with the lack of route details and direction into and out of the cities. Despite the network of paved bike trails/paths, we spent too much time confused asking locals for direction to our destination. Perhaps for persons accustomed to biking in Europe, the vague directions presented no difficulty, but for persons from America not familiar with the signage and more accustomed to turn by turn cue sheets, we were frequently challenged to find our path. Asking directions from local residents did give us an interesting opportunity to communicate across languages. We would recommend you add more detailed directions into and out of cities.
    Thanks for your arrangements to make our trip possible. We really did enjoy our bike tour around Lake Constance.

  • Sally S. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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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