Lake Constance Cycling Holiday

Cycle around beautiful Lake Constance on idyllic lake-shore cycle paths. Stay in charming medieval towns each evening and enjoy daily rides through sublime alpine scenery. Cool off with a dip in the lake at one of the many bathing beaches. If a ride gets too much just hop on a lake steamer and cruise to your overnight stop.

Lake Constance is actually a large bulge in the Rhine River and comprises of the Obersee (Upper Lake) and Untersee (Lower Lake). Your cycling holiday will start and finish in Constance, a pretty German town with a small harbour lined with half-timbered buildings. The route will lead you first around the Lower Lake, taking in the gorgeous medieval town of Stein am Rhein, and then the remaining 4 days are spent circumnavigating the larger upper lake.

Stein am Rhein

The daily rides unveil the lake’s many highlights including the the medieval lakeside towns of Überlingen and Lindau, the Zeppelin Museum at Friedrichshafen and the famous theatre on the lake at Bregenz.

Throughout the holiday you’ll enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the lake and surrounding countryside with the Alps providing a dramatic backdrop in the distance.

The route follows dedicated cycle paths along the lake-shore. The terrain is mostly level with very few climbs and will therefore suit anyone with a basic level of fitness. E-bikes are also available and regular ferries link the main towns, providing cyclists with a means of shortening the rides if desired.

Lake Constance Cycling Holiday

Cycle around beautiful Lake Constance on idyllic lake-shore cycle paths. Stay in charming medieval towns each evening and enjoy daily rides through sublime alpine scenery. Cool off with a dip in the lake at one of the many bathing beaches. If a ride gets too much just hop on a lake steamer and cruise to your overnight stop.

Lake Constance is actually a large bulge in the Rhine River and comprises of the Obersee (Upper Lake) and Untersee (Lower Lake). Your cycling holiday will start and finish in Constance, a pretty German town with a small harbour lined with half-timbered buildings. The route will lead you first around the Lower Lake, taking in the gorgeous medieval town of Stein am Rhein, and then the remaining 4 days are spent circumnavigating the larger upper lake.

Stein am Rhein

The daily rides unveil the lake’s many highlights including the the medieval lakeside towns of Überlingen and Lindau, the Zeppelin Museum at Friedrichshafen and the famous theatre on the lake at Bregenz.

Throughout the holiday you’ll enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the lake and surrounding countryside with the Alps providing a dramatic backdrop in the distance.

The route follows dedicated cycle paths along the lake-shore. The terrain is mostly level with very few climbs and will therefore suit anyone with a basic level of fitness. E-bikes are also available and regular ferries link the main towns, providing cyclists with a means of shortening the rides if desired.

Itinerary

The route follows dedicated cycle paths along the lake-shore. The terrain is mostly level with very few climbs and will therefore will suit anyone with a basic level of fitness. E-bike are also available and regular ferries link the main towns providing cyclists with a means of curtailing the day’s ride if necessary.

Please note that it’s possible to start this tour at any of the overnight points along the route.

Day 1 : Arrive Constance

Arrive in Constance and check-in at your first night’s hotel. After settling in we highly recommend a walk around this beautiful, lakeside town to soak up the atmosphere. The pedestrianised old town with it’s wonderful muralled buildings is gorgeous as is the promenade along the lake shore. Alternatively you could visit nearby Mainau island to see the wonderful butterfly house.

You will spend the night in Constance or a nearby village depending on availability and the accommodation standard booked – see below.

Likely accommodation location:

Comfort: Litzelstetten

Superior: Constance or Kreuzlingen

Deluxe: Constance

Day 2 : Constance – Stein am Rhein
19 to 25 miles/30 to 40 kms

Your first ride leads you along the southern Swiss shore of the lower lake. The pleasant lakeside path lads you through a succession of charming villages so typical of this region. Eventually you arrive in the picturesque old town of Stein am Rhein, an enchanting place, especially the main square lined with muralled, half-timbered buildings. You will spend the night in Stein am Rhein or a nearby village depending on availability and the accommodation standard booked – see below.

Likely accommodation location:

Comfort: Gailingen or Stein am Rhein

Superior: Gailingen, Stein am Rhein or Wangen

Deluxe: Wangen or Hemmenhofen

Day 3 : Stein am Rhein - Überlingen
25 to 37 miles/40 to 60 kms

Today’s ride leads you around the shoreline of the peaceful Hörl peninsula. Pleasant lake views accompany your ride through this serene area. Take a break in the imperial town Randolfzell before crossing the Bodanrück, an elevated stretch of land separating the upper and lower lakes. This is the only climb you will encounter on this route and don’t worry it is not that long. You then begin to follow the shoreline of the upper lake towards Überlingen. This spa town is famous for its gothic cathedral and health treatments. It also offers a charming lakeside promenade and a bustling, pedestrianised centre with many bars, cafes and shops. You will spend the night in Überlingen or a nearby village depending on availability and the accommodation standard booked – see below.

Likely accommodation location:

Comfort: Ludwigshafen, Sipplingen or Überlingen

Superior: Überlingen

Deluxe: Überlingen

Day 4 : Überlingen – Lindau
31 to 38 miles/50 to 60 kms

Today you continue following the northern shoreline of the lake, first through the charming villages of Birnau, Uhldingen and Unteruhldingen where you can stop to admire the reconstructed lakeside dwellings at the open air museum. Further along you cycle through Meersburg, a lovely medieval lakeside town with distinct upper and lower levels joined by stairs and a rather steep street. Cycling on through vineyards you reach the university town of Friedrichshafen where we highly recommend a visit to the fascinating Zeppelin Museum that honours local inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin and his groundbreaking airships. A few more kilometers of relaxed cycling through fruit orchards delivers you to the island town of Lindau. You will spend the night in Lindau or a nearby village depending on availability and the accommodation standard booked – see below.

Likely accommodation location:

Comfort: Kressbronn or Nonnenhorn

Superior: Lindau or Wasserburg

Deluxe: Lindau

Day 5 : Lindau – Arbon
25 to 32 miles/40 to 50 kms

Today the route leads you down to the southern corner of the lake where you cross into Austria for a few kilometers. Bregenz, the capital of the Vorarlberg region is teh largest city on the lake and famous for it’s impressive annual drama productions on a stage that is set on the lake itself. Ride on through a nature reserve and into Switzerland to your overnight stop. You will spend the night in Arbon or a nearby village depending on availability and the accommodation standard booked – see below.

Likely accommodation location:

Comfort: Höchst or Staad

Superior: Arbon

Deluxe: Horn

Day 6 : Arbon – Constance
22 to 38 miles/35 to 60 kms

Your final day completes the circle back to Constance/Kreuzlingen with an enjoyable ride along the lake’s Swiss, southern shore. Pass through Arbon and Romanshorn each with it’s little harbour, and then a succession of small, sleepy lakeside villages surrounded by apple orchards. Finally you arrive back in Constance to complete the circle (comfort 60 km, superior, 35 km). Surely a celebratory meal in one of the town’s many restaurants is in order?

You will spend the night in Constance or a nearby village depending on availability and the accommodation standard booked – see below.

Likely accommodation location:

Comfort: Litzelstetten

Superior: Constance or Kreuzlingen

Deluxe: Constance

Day 7 : Departure

After breakfast it is 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 are also available.

Child seats, children’s bikes and child trailers are also available.

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 guest houses.

Constance/Litzelstetten: Hotel Volapük

Gailingen/Stein am Rhein: Hotel Rheingold

Ludwigshafen/Sipplingen/Überlingen: Hotel Rotes Haus

Nonnenhorn: Gasthof zur Kapelle

Höchst/Rörschach: Das Smarte Hotel

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Constance: ABC Hotel

Gailingen: Hotel Rheingold

Überlingen: Parkhotel St. Leonhard

Lindau: Hotel Lindauerhof

Arbon: Hotel Römerhof

Deluxe: 4 star hotels

Constance: Hotel Halm

Hemmenhofen: Das Hoeri an Bodensee

Überlingen: Bad Hotel und Villa Seeburg

Lindau: Hotel Bayerischer Hof

Horn: Bad Horn Hotel & Spa

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 direct trains to Constance and the journey time is around 1 and a half hours.

Research train times here.

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