Lake Constance Cycling Break

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, but with slightly longer daily rides than our other tours of the lake. 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.

Meersburg - Lake Constance

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.

Lake Constance Cycling Break

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, but with slightly longer daily rides than our other tours of the lake. 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.

Meersburg - Lake Constance

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

Day 1 : Arrive Constance

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Constance, the largest town on the lake or Kreuzlingen. 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
32 miles/50 kms

Start your cycling adventure with a 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 Höri peninsula to Radolfzell, a popular health resort and a pleasant spot to spend the night.

Day 3 : Radolfzell – Überlingen – Friedrichshafen
38 miles/60 kms

Today you’ll cross the Bodanrück hills to reach the lake shore at Bodman. You then follow the lakeside cycle path to Überlingen, 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 – Höchst
37 miles/60 kms

ou’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 Höchst where you’ll spend the night.

Day 5 : Höchst – Romanshorn – Constance
35 miles/55 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 or Kreuzlingen.

Day 6 : Constance - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes and bikes for teenagers are also available.

All rental bikes provided on this tour come with bike insurance. Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses

Constance: ABC Hotel

Radolfszell: Hotel Zur Schmiede

Friedrichshafen: Hotel Waldhorn

Höchst: Die Linde Hotel und Landgasthof

Local taxes

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.

Getting there

Fly to Zurich airport. Innsbruck, Munich and Stuttgart airports are also viable alternatives but slightly further away.

Research flights from the UK here.

From Zurich airport there are regular trains to Constance and the journey time is around 1 and a half hours.

Research train times here.

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