Rotating statue at Lake Constance, Konstanz, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Bernd Thaller

The iconic lighthouse on Lindau Island in Germany. Photo via Flickr:R.Massi
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Around Lake Constance

Austria, Germany, Switzerland Bike Tours

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

To cycle Lake Constance, you will 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.

Once a Roman fort, then a thriving medieval town, Constance, the beginning and end of your tour, is now a vibrant university town. The city's palatial mansions and colorful gables will immediately impress you.

The route takes you from Germany over the border, into Switzerland, through towns and countryside, and then, to the Austrian town of Bregenz. Crossing the Rhine, you find yourself on Swiss soil once again, passing through Rorschach, with its 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.

Highlights:

  • Half-timbered houses with cascading terraces
  • Zeppelin museum
  • Island town of Lindau
  • Cable car in Bregenz

We have many selections of Lake Constance bike tours from which to choose. Although we feature the 7 days / 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!

Want to see more bike tours in Austria? Also, check out our full list of bike tours in Germany.

Tour Dates

7 Day Tour: Daily departures from April 1 to October 24, 2017
7 Day Family Tour: Daily departures from April 1 to October 24, 2017
8 Day Tour: Daily departures from April 1 to October 24, 2017
5 day Sporty Tour: Daily departures from April 1 to October 27, 2017

Where You’ll Stay

Charming 3 and 4-star hotels and guesthouses close to city center in Category A or 2 and 3 star hotels in Category B

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 4 to 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Comprehensive travel info and maps (1 set per room)
  • 7 or 24-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transportation
  • 7-day service hotline
  • 7 day Tour
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee incl.
  • Boat trip Wallhausen - Überlingen incl. bicycle
  • 7 Day Family Tour
  • Boat trip Wallhausen - Überlingen incl. bicycle
  • Boat trip Immenstaad - Friedrichshafen incl. bike
  • Entrance Lake Dwelling Museum Unteruhldingen
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee incl.
  • Entrance Sea Life Center Constance
  • 8 day tour
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee incl.
  • Boat trip Gaienhofen-Reichenau incl. bike
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rocks
  • 5 Day Sporty Tour
  • Car ferry from Constance - Meersburg incl. bicycle

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to hotel in Constance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip 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.

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length5–8 days
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Skill Level

This is an 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 tour:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Day 2: Constance - Radolfzell - Stein am Rhein region, 28/34 mi. (45/55 km)
Day 3: Stein am Rhein region - Überlingen, 28/34 mi. (45/55 km) + boat trip
Day 4: Überlingen - Kressbronn region, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Kressbronn - Höchst region/Rorschach, 22/32 mi. (35/50 km)
Day 6: Höchst region/Rorschach - Constance, 22/35 mi. (35/55 km) 
Day 7: Departure or extended stay in Constance

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Take the chance to visit Mainau island or take a walk through the old town of Constance. The aquariums in the Sea Life Center and the Ar­chaeological Museum are also recommended.

Day 2: Constance - Radolfzell - Stein am Rhein/Gailingen, 28/34 mi. (45/55 km)
From Constance, you will cycle along the Gnadensee and into the old im­perial town of Radolfzell. You will continue on along good pathways over the Höri peninsula to Stein am Rhein, which is full of beautiful houses adorned with frescoes.

Day 3: Stein am Rhein - Konstanz - Überlingen, 28/34 mi. (45/55 km) + boat trip
The start of today‘s tour will lead you through the almost completely preserved medieval town Stein am Rhein. You will cycle along the Swiss shores of the lake back to Constance. In Wallhausen, you will board a boat and disembark in Überlingen with its late gothic style cathedral and beautiful health resort park and lake walkway.

Day 4: Überlingen - Kressbronn, 32 mi. (50 km)
From Überlingen, you will cycle to Friedrichshafen. You will pass by the baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the ancient town of Meersburg on the way. In Friedrichshafen the Zeppelin museum is worth visiting.

Day 5: Kressbronn - Höchst/Rorschach, 22/32 mi. (35/50 km)
Today you will travel towards the imperial island town of Lindau,  known for its lavish gardens, historic medieval town center, and its great location nestled under Pfänder Mountain. Then you will head on towards Bre­genz. Be sure to take the cable car to the top of Pfänder Mountain, especially on a clear day! The capital town of Vorarlberg is famous for its annual drama fe­stival on the largest lake theater in the world. You will then pass through an important nature reserve on the Rhein delta.

Day 6: Höchst/Rorschach - Constance/Kreuzlingen, 22/35 mi. (35/55 km)
The last day of your tour leads you through Romanshorn, with most im­portant Swiss harbor on Lake Constance. You will pass many villages full with wooden framed houses on your way back to Constance. You can visit Mainau island today if you haven’t already done so.

Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast, you may return home or extend your stay.

8 Day tour:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
You start the tour in Constance, the largest city around the lake.

Day 2: Constance - Radolfzell - Überlingen, approx. 50 km
On your way to Überlingen you pass through the old imperial city Radolfzell and then cycle across the “Bodanrück“.

Day 3: Überlingen - Kressbronn, approx. 50 km
Today you cycle to Friedrichshafen via Meersburg with its old Castle. From Friedrichshafen through orchards to Kressbronn.

Day 4: Kressbronn - Höchst/Rorschach, approx. 35/50 km
The first highlight is the Bavarian city Lindau – visit the city center on the island. Soon after you reach the Austrian border and Bregenz, where you should visit the lake stage. Your destination for the day is Höchst in Austria or Rorschach in Switzerland.

Day 5: Höchst/Rorschach - Constance/Kreuzlingen, approx. 35-55 km
You cycle through the Canton of Thurgau with its huge apple orchards. The route takes you through small villages back to Constance.

Day 6: Constance - Schaffhausen, approx. 50 km
Through picturesque Swiss fishing villages along the South shore of the Untersee via Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen.

Day 7: Schaffhausen - Rhine Falls - Constance/Kreuzlingen, approx. 55 km + boat trip
Today you cycle to the Rhine Falls, the largest European waterfalls. On the other side of the Rhine back to Stein am Rhein and along the “Höri“ to Gaienhofen and by boat to Reichenau Island. From there back to Constance.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

7 Day Family Tour:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Day 2: Constance - Unteruhldingen/Meersburg, 16/19 mi. (25/30 km) + boat trip
Day 3: Unteruhldingen/Meersburg - Friedrichshafen, 9/6.2 mi. (15/10 km) + boat trip
Day 4: Friedrichshafen - Lindau, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 5: Lindau - Rorschach, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Rorschach - Constance/Kreuzlingen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Departure

5 Day Sporty tour:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Day 2: Constance - Radolfzell - Stein am Rhein - Constance, 50 mi. (80 km)
Day 3: Constance - Bregenz, 42 mi. (65 km) + ferry trip
Day 4: Bregenz - Constance/Kreuzlingen, 44 mi. (70 km)
Day 5: Departure or extended stay in Constance.

*All distances are approximate.

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Customer Feedback

  • Sinéad D. 4 months ago

    This was my 4th cycling holiday but this year the quality of bikes was poor, only had 7 gears, had 21 gears every other year and did not like the back pedal brake.

    Most memorable part was Stein am Rhein, and also liked the fact we could stop cycling and jump into the lake whenever we wanted.

  • Shirley P. 4 months ago

    Hotels varied. My daughter stayed at Hotel Krenn-- not great. Food in Rhein am Stein not good. Hotel St Leonard and Hotel Cholsteroff had the best food. The rides were fantastic, would say the last day was a bit boring and less scenic (especially the second half). Would have been nice to include the Rhine falls. Would love to do it again as there were many sights we didn't get to see! Loved the trip and have highly recommended it back home.

  • Shirley Pollock 4 months ago

    6 of us did this tour and pretty much have only good things to say about it. The scenery was breathtaking, the sightseeing good, although we didn't always have enough time to see everything recommended. The last day was a bit boring as we seemed to ride alongside the railway a large amount of the time. Our luggage was always at the hotel on arrival. Booking the dinner option was well worth it as after a long day one doesn't feel like having to find somewhere to eat that is agreeable to all. All in all the hotels were good. My daughter and niece had to stay in a different hotel on one occasion and it was not good. Breakfasts were generally good. Our hotel in Kressbonn was actually a little before the town and wasn't well described in the directions but 10km later we got there! We would like to do the trip again as we felt there is so much to see. I think one could spend an extra day in some places if time permits.

  • L. Zantingh 6 months ago

    This was the most amazing vacation we have had. For our 40th we decided to do a self- guided bike tour around Lake Constance. The first day was a struggle due to many hills, but that was by far the most difficult day. The hotels were clean and the breakfast was fantastic. When biking you see so much more of the countryside, the historical towns were simply breathtaking. On one day we needed to take a boat from point A to B due to an injury and it was very easy to access. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.

  • hermann friedmann 11 months ago

    Great trip, through beautiful area. No problems with bikes or hotels. Staff at all hotels was helpful, accommodations great and all our luggage was always waiting for us.

    Strongly recommend emailing pdf version of bike route maps and direction two weeks prior so they can be read and the directions studied. This is especially important in the city of Konstanz and suburbs due to lack of bike route signs in those areas. Had it not been for some friendly English speaking locals, we would have been seriously lost several times.

    Also would be a good idea to provide directions to the next bike path segment from the each hotel as well as the from the end of each bike path segment to the next hotel.

  • Tammy Schmidt 1 year ago

    We used Tripsite for two trips this past summer. Our first trip was a barge/boat trip from Bruges to Amsterdam. Hans the boat owner/Captain was a fantastic host along with his lovely wife. The guide Felix was very experienced, fun and funny. My husband had a bike accident on a remote path in Belgium and needed medical attention Felix went beyond what a guide might do to make sure he was attended to and that he received the proper medical attention. On the boat, Hans really made everyone feel very comfortable, every night he gave a little talk about the region and our plans for the next day. He as was very gracious offering everyone a complementary glass of wine to toast our days ride. I would recommend the Gandolf boat to anyone. We are in the habit of choosing a comfort plus boat but our options were limited this summer so we had to choose a comfort level boat, the Gandolf. Traveling on both comfort plus and now on the Gabdolf, I believe the Gandolf level could be raised to the next level of Comfort Plus. The chef was excellent, and the boat with it's two decks to be able to use made the evening very comfortable. On one night Felix had a sing along on the deck. It was so fun.
    This was our third Pack and Pedal (barge/boat) trip that we booked through Tripsite. We first took the Elodie for the northern Holland trip. That trip was awesome. In 2008 we went to Croatia and traveled on the Romantica. There is no better way to see the countryside than by traveling by boat and then getting off and hopping on a bike to see the nook and crannies of the villages and towns. We saw parts of Croatia that would not have been possible if we were not on the Romantica. On theses trips boat trips you also get a chance to meet the local people. The crew are local and the ports the boats are able to use often bring you to the small villages you might not even know existed. I find the whole cultural experience to be one of the big draws of traveling on a boat/bike tour.
    Our second trip this summer was a self-guided bike trip around Lake Constance (The Bodensee). We could not have had such an amazing trip without the help from Tripsite. Anna from Tripsite worked with me on all of my hotel request, allowing us to customize our trip. We were able to choose the towns we preferred to stay in around the lake. Anna recommended hotels over other hotels and reserved lake view rooms which we requested. Our biking trip around Lake Constance would not have turned out as spectacular if it were not for Anna's hard work. I don't think we will use another tour company. The Barge/bike trip offers it all. An added bonus of traveling by boat is that you don't have to pack up every morning like you would have to with other tours that move your stuff from hotel to hotel with a van. The stress of packing up every morning is not there with this tour.
    On the Barge/boat trips you simply wake up, go have your coffee and breakfast before you set off on your bike no packing required. When you return to the boat after the day's biking there is no unpacking or waiting to be assigned a room, it is off to the showers and out on the deck to join your new friends. We love the friends from around the world that these tours have allowed us to meet. It is a cultural exchange and add to the interest factor of traveling abroad. Thanks Tripsite, the Oppenheimers will be finding some more boat/bike tours that Tripsite offer, maybe Turkey or Greece.

  • Hazem Zayed 1 year ago

    It was a great trip very well organized the team is very supportive, will definitely repeat with my wife and kids I enjoyed big time.

  • Eileen Biggs 1 year ago

    We were pretty unlucky with the weather. Exciting trip in spite of that

  • Mari Jo Krebs 1 year ago

    We prefer guided trips because we miss the guides knowledge of area. We start riding and don't take time to check out the sights

  • Mark Hensien 1 year ago

    We had a great family adventure. We all enjoyed seeing and exploring new things while staying active. We really liked the self guided option, because it let us control the schedule and select what we wanted to see and do.

  • Cecil Harris 1 year ago

    One of our hotels was not up to our expectations or the trip rating. Most of our maps/directions were good but missed a detour/construction.

  • Nigel Finney 1 year ago

    The Konstanz trip and bikes were very good. The Danube trip bikes were not as good and the scenery needed to be varied more since riding alongside the Danube got a touch boring after a while. (Review from Around Lake Constance and Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna)

  • Ray Damijonaitis 1 year ago

    Good job in organizing the trip. The only suggestion I would have is for the route organizers to take construction projects into account when giving the directions . We encountered 2 cases which made us deviate from the stated route. One of which go us quite turned around.

    In any case it ultimately added to the adventure.

  • Hazem Zayed 1 year ago

    wonderful tour around the Constance perfect roads visited Switzerland, Austria and Germany perfect organizing and extremely caring team despite that we made the booking at the very last minute.
    Hazem Zayed

  • ryan 1 year ago

    This is an awesome bike tour, great work.

  • Harry Krebs 1 year ago

    Trip was great fun and as promised. I recommend this bike ride. We road in September and it was a little warm so I recommend an early start to enjoy all the sights along the way .

  • Chris Prince 2 years ago

    Absolutely the greatest vacation I've ever had. My wife and I did this for our honeymoon- Tripsite made planning this an absolute breeze. Picturesque sights, loads of activities and things to do. This was the quintessential vacation/honeymoon.

  • Clara Kai 3 years ago

    It's nice to jump into the lake after riding the bike under the sun. The beaches were easily accessed. The guesthouse in Arbon was very comfortable. My friend and I enjoyed the tour very much.

  • Maria Aller Huggins 3 years ago

    Beautiful ride for the whole family. Our boys are 8 and 10 and they did great because it was fun jumping in the lake. It was just right for a family of four. A lot of things to see on the way including castles, cathedrals, and the kids got to feed a monkey. The trails were well marked and we did not get lost. The accommodations were wonderful and the people very friendly. I would do this tour with my family again!

  • Donna Buck 6 years ago

    This is a beautiful tour around the lake. My girlfriend and I road this several years ago (2004) and went back to the area for another partial trip around this summer to revisit with more friends. The scenery is beautiful and it is an easy ride with much to see! I love being near the water!

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