This cycle tour begins in Constance (Konstanz), which lies on the ever-so-beautiful Lake Constance (Bodensee) in Germany. It is the largest city on the lake and remains one of the best-preserved major medieval cities in Germany.
From Constance, the tour will cross the Swiss border and cycle through small romantic villages to Stein am Rhein, a beautiful, small medieval town, before reaching Schaffhausen. As you pedal, your route crosses into a total of four countries.
After departing Walenstadt, the route runs north through Liechtenstein. Then it is over the Austrian border to Feldkirch with a nice, medieval town center. Through more small villages and protected waterways, the route will lead you back to Lake Constance via the enchanting St. Gallen.
Come cycle these countries, rich in culture and history!
- Lake Constance
- The town of Schaffhausen and the nearby Rheinfall or Rhine Falls
- Monastery of St. George
- Rapperswil, the Town of Roses
- Lake Zurich
- Lake Walen
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Day 2: Constance - Stein am Rhein - Schaffhausen, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Schaffhausen - Rhine Falls - Zurich, 43 mi. (70 km)
Day 4: Zurich - Lachen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Lachen - Walenstadt, 15 mi. (25 km) + boat trip
Day 6: Walenstadt - Feldkirch, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Feldkirch - Alstätten - Gais - St. Gallen, 28 mi. (45 km) + train ride
Day 8: St. Gallen - Arbon - Constance/Kreuzlingen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 9: Departure or extended stay in Constance.
*All distances are approximate.
DAY 1: Arrival in Constance
Individual arrival into Constance (Konstanz) with the afternoon free for sightseeing in this intriguing city. The city is the largest on the Lake and is still Medieval in character to this day. Overnight in Konstanz.
DAY 2: Constance - Stein am Rhein - Schaffhausen, 32 mi. (50 km)
Today is the first official day of cycling, and you will cross over the Swiss border and ride through small romantic villages to Stein am Rhein, one of the most beautiful remaining medieval towns in the German-speaking countries. Riding into Schauffhausen you'll see the Munot Fortress towering over the town. It is a beautiful town with many narrow streets decorated with Renaissance houses showcasing outdoor sculptures and frescos in addition to its impressive oriel windows and Munot fortifications. Be sure to enjoy a glass of local wine in the medieval Old Town. Schaffhausen became world-famous for the nearby Rheinfall or Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe that is said to be approx. 17,000 years old. You will have the opportunity to visit the falls on Day 3.
Hotel Park Villa
DAY 3: Schaffhausen - Rhine Falls - Zurich, 43 mi. (70 km)
The first highlight of today's route is the Rheinfall waterfall, which you will approach by boat. Further along the romantic river valleys of the Rhine and Glatt Rivers, this tour will bring you to Zurich, the largest of all the Swiss cities. Its Bahnhofstrasse is one of the world’s most elegant shopping streets.
Sorell Hotel Rex
DAY 4: Zurich - Lachen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today you can bike Zurich or you have sufficient time for a leisurely stroll through this great metropolitan city. Walk along the promenade, visit the beautiful old part of town and also one of its many museums or art galleries. Subsequently, you will bike following the banks of Lake Zurich which is locally known as the Gold Coast. You pass through to Rapperswil, a small town on the east side of Lake Zurich. It is frequently called Rosenstadt, the Town of Roses, and it won’t take you long to figure out why! Also of note are the 13th-century castle of Rapperswil, a wooden footbridge, and the Capuchin monastery from 1606, all mostly located within the medieval center.
DAY 5: Lachen - Walenstadt, 15 mi. (25 km) + boat trip
Cycling out of Lachen you will pedal along the man-made Linth Canal located between Lake Zurich and Lake Walenn, finally reaching Weesen. Here you will board a ferry which will take you to the other end of the Lake Walen to Walenstadt. The lake is 150 m deep and is towered by the Churfirsten Mountains, the highest peak being 1800 m high.
DAY 6: Walenstadt - Feldkirch, 31 mi. (50 km)
After a few kilometers of cycling, you will approach the valley of the Alpenrhein. From here, you will quickly reach the principality of Liechtenstein, where numerous, impressive castles decorate the valley. Moving on, you then reach the medieval Austrian town of Feldkirch.
Hotel Gasthof Löwen
DAY 7: Feldkirch - Alstätten - Gais - St. Gallen, 28 mi. (45 km) + train ride
Today's route, following the banks of the Rhine and then a cog railway will bring you through Appenzell countryside to Gais. Alpen meadows and cows, like those found in children’s books, will accompany you on your way to St. Gallen which is home to one of the former, most important monasteries in the region. The library here is a UNESCO world heritage site.
DAY 8: St. Gallen - Arbon - Constance/Kreuzling, 28 mi. (45 km)
You will cycle downhill towards Lake Constance today, which you will reach at the town of Arbon. From here you will bike along the shoreline through Swiss villages and apple orchards on towards Constance.
DAY 9: Individual return home or extension of your trip.
After breakfast, your cycling tour through four countries comes to an end.
Hotels & Bikes
Accommodations in 3-star hotels including breakfast. Twin rooms are not available. Rooms generally have double beds with two separate mattresses. In each day’s detailed itinerary you will find the name of the preferred hotel list. If the hotel listed is not available, a hotel of equal standard will be offered.
Men’s and women’s hybrid bike
Men's and women's hybrid bikes featuring:
- 7-speed internal gear hub and back-pedal brakes
- 24-speed derailleur gears and caliper brakes
- Unisex bikes with deep step-through frames for all sizes
- Men's bikes from a body height of 1.75 m
- Anti-puncture Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
- Hub dynamo
- Luggage rack
- Comfortable saddle
For those who would like to have the support of a motor when they're out and about, these stable and reliable e-bikes are recommended. The e-bike features a deep step-through frame and upright sitting position. The electric support can be added as you need it to assist with longer stretches or hilly sections. The Marathon Plus tires, from Schwalbe, ensure for a safe ride even when your cycling down mountains or riding at high speeds.
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights in 3-star hotels with double bed
- 27 gear hybrid bicycle
- Luggage transportation (each piece must weigh max. 44 lbs / 20 kg)
- Route descriptions & maps (1 set per room)
- Service hotline
- Entrance to the Rosgarten museum in Constance, incl. 1 coffee
- Boat trip to the Rhinefall rocks
- Train journey from Altstätten - Gais incl. bicycle
- Boat transfer Weesen - Walenstadt incl. bicycle
- GPS tracks available on request
Dates & Pricing
Daily arrival from April 18 to October 17, 2021
*June 5 and June 12 not possible due to Flohmarkt Konstanz and August 7 and August 14 not possible due to Seenachtfest
Season A: $ 1657 £ 925 $ 1,628 € 1048 NZ$ 1770 kr 10848 $ 1,288
Season B: $ 1815 £ 1013 $ 1,783 € 1148 NZ$ 1939 kr 11884 $ 1,411
Season C: $ 1894 £ 1057 $ 1,861 € 1198 NZ$ 2024 kr 12401 $ 1,472
Season D: $ 1973 £ 1101 $ 1,939 € 1248 NZ$ 2108 kr 12919 $ 1,534
Single supplement for all seasons: $ 425 £ 237 $ 418 € 269 NZ$ 454 kr 2785 $ 331
Season A: October 1 to October 17, 2021
Season B: April 18 to May 5 | June 7 to June 10 | June 14 to June 17 | June 21 to June 24 | September 12 to September 30, 2021
Season C: May 6 to May 10 | May 16 | May 24 to May 27 | June 6 | June 11 to June 13 | June 18 to June 20 | June 25 to June 30 | August 22 to September 11, 2021
Season D: May 11 to May 15 | May 17 to May 23 | May 28 to June 5 | July 1 to August 21, 2021
Electric Bike: $ 190 £ 106 $ 186 € 120 NZ$ 203 kr 1242 $ 147
Fenced parking spot in Constance (must be reserved and paid for in advance): $ 62 £ 34 $ 61 € 39 NZ$ 66 kr 404 $ 48
Child bike or trailer: $ 63 £ 35 $ 62 € 40 NZ$ 68 kr 414 $ 49
Child seat: Free
Zurich $ 157 £ 87 $ 154 € 99 NZ$ 167 kr 1025 $ 122
Single room $ 220 £ 123 $ 216 € 139 NZ$ 235 kr 1439 $ 171
Constance/Feldkirch $ 103 £ 57 $ 101 € 65 NZ$ 110 kr 673 $ 80
Single room $ 150 £ 84 $ 148 € 95 NZ$ 160 kr 983 $ 117
Schaffhausen/Lachen/Walenstadt $ 134 £ 75 $ 132 € 85 NZ$ 144 kr 880 $ 104
Single room $ 182 £ 101 $ 179 € 115 NZ$ 194 kr 1190 $ 141
Children discount on request.
Skill Level — Easy
This is an easy self-guided hotel tour with variable daily distances from approximately 19 to 41 miles, mainly along bike paths and separate cycle routes. The route is mainly flat but you will encounter hills in Appenzeller Land.
Fly to Zurich.
From Zurich airport to Constance (Konstanz) by train, 1 hr.
Average high/low temperature in °F for the Constance area is: April 57/39, May 65/46, June 71/52, July 75/56, August 73/56, and September 68/51.
Spending an extra night after the tour in Constance.
Extra nights available in Constance.
This tour is run by Radweg-Reisen GmbH.
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We do not inflate tour prices.
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