Lake Constance Cycling Break
Start / FinishConstance / Constance
Distance143 miles/230 kms
A wonderful short cycling break around the shoreline of beautiful Lake Constance. Scenic cycling with an unforgettable Alpine backdrop. Stay in charming lakeside towns and villages connected by a relaxing, lakeside cycling path.
This is the shortest of our Lake Constance Cycle tours with slightly longer daily rides than our other tours of the Lake but don’t let that put you off as the terrain is level and the majority is on idyllic lakeside cycle paths. From Constance, the lake’s largest, and most well-know settlement, you’ll ride in a clockwise direction, visiting the charming, medieval towns of Stein am Rhein, Meersburg and Lindau.
At the eastern end of the lake you will cross into Austria and visit the city of Bregenz, famous for its waterfront theatre. Then it’s on into Switzerland for the final sector through the peaceful villages of the Thurgau back to Constance.
This tour uses a mix of quiet country roads, and lake and riverside paths, and while it may be a bit busier as you enter and leave the larger towns you’ll be avoiding traffic as much as possible. The rides cover up to around 40 miles a day, but as the terrain isn’t challenging this will be well within the reach of most adults.
Itinerary & Map
Day 1: Arrive Constance/Kreuzlingen
On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Constance, the largest town on the lake. After check-in you are free to relax or explore the town. The medieval heart of Constance is still very well preserved and perfect for exploring on foot. The Swiss town of Kreuzlingen with its pretty harbour is also just a few minutes walk away.
Day 2: Constance – Stein am Rhein – Radolfzell, 34 miles/55 kms
Start your cycling adventure with a ride ride through pretty Swiss fishing villages to the town of Stein am Rhein. The town’s main square is lined with medieval, half-timbered townhouses many of which are painted with ornate frescos. You then cross back into Germany and cycle along the peaceful Hoeri peninsula to Radolfzell, a popular health resort and a pleasant spot to spend the night.
Day 3: Radolfzell – Überlingen – Friedrichshafen, 37 miles/60 kms
Today you’ll cross the Bodanrueck hills to reach the lake shore at Bodman You then follow the lakeside cycle path to Ueberlingen, with its imposing Gothic cathedral. You’ll also cycle past the beautiful baroque church at Birnau and the lovely old town of Meersburg. Finally, after riding past rolling vineyards you reach Friedrichshafen with its lakeside harbour – the local zeppelin museum is fascinating and well worth a visit.
Day 4: Friedrichshafen – Lindau – Hoechst, 37 miles/60 kms
You’ll be treated to some of the best scenery of the trip today, cycling through orchards and picturesque villages, with Alpine views the whole way. You’ll stop first at Lindau, situated on an island on the lake joined to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Then take the lakeside cycle path to Bregenz, famous for its lake theatre. After that you’ll head through the Rhine Delta nature reserve to the village of Hoechst where you’ll spend the night
Day 5: Höchst – Romanshorn – Constance, 31-37 miles/50-60 kms
Your last day of cycling leads you into Switzerland, specifically the canton of Thurgau. Here you will ride past orchards and peaceful lakeside villages, such as Rorschach, back to Constance to complete your trip. Your final night is spent in Constance.
Day 6: Constance/Kreuzlingen
After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
|2017 Arrival Dates|
|Arrivals daily from 01 April to 24 October|
|Low season:||01 - 28 April and 01 - 24 October|
|Mid season:||29 April - 19 May, 18 - 30 June and 27 August - 30 September|
|High season:||20 May - 17 June and 01 July - 26 August|
Per person - 2 sharing
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Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Maps and route information
Entrance to the Rosgarten museum
Bike hire (see supplements)
Tourist tax (payable locally)
Half board, superior (£139)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£67)
Electric bike (£154)
Children's bike (£34)
50% for children 6-13 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 14-17 years sharing with 2 adults
Superior: A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
Deposit per person £85
The bikes provided on this tour are comfortable unisex bikes with deep step-through frames, 24 gears and rim brakes.
Men’s specific bikes are available for heights of 6′ 1” /185 cms and taller. All bikes are equipped with a waterproof pannier, a lock and a puncture repair kit.
E-bikes are also available.
Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.
The categories of accommodation available on this tour are shown below.
Comfort: Good quality 2-3 star hotels and family run guesthouses.
Superior: A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.
Fly to Friedrichshafen or Zurich. Innsbruck, Munich and Stuttgart airports are also viable alternatives but slightly further away.Research flights from the UK here.
From Friedrichshafen airport there is an hourly shuttle to the lake, which connects with a catamaran that will take you straight to Constance. The total journey time will be around 70 minutes.
From Zurich airport there are regular trains to Constance and the journey time is around 1 and a half hours. Research train times here.
- Date - 09/12/2015
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Very good
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - Disappointed that so little of the route was along side the lake.