Lake Constance Single Centre Cycling Break

Base yourself in a comfortable hotel in Constance and explore the lake by bike using a menu of cycle routes and the extensive ferry services. A great way to enjoy Lake Constance by bike without moving on each day.

Constance is a lovely, bustling lake-side town on the Swiss/German border with a delightful old-town full of twisting alleyways, lined with quirky shops, taverns, restaurants and cafes. It has a pleasant harbour and a delightful lakeside promenade.

Lake Constance

On this 5 night holiday you will have 4 days to explore the lake by bike, selecting daily rides from a list of suggested routes.

Take the ferry to Meersburg and then follow the cycle path along the northern shoreline to Lindau, an idyllic little town seeming to float in the lake on its own tiny peninsula. Another ferry delivers you back to Constance in the afternoon.

A visit to the botanical island of Mainau where your senses will be saturated with colourful blooms and heady scents is a must and don't miss the enchanting butterfly house and elegant castle.

The ride on to Reichenau Island and then along the banks of the Rhine to the beautiful medieval town of Stein-am-Rhein is another highlight, as is the ride to the Birnau Monastery with its sensational views across the lake.

Most of the rides follow clearly marked cycle paths, often beside the lake itself. There are some undulations here and there but on the whole the going is easy and this holiday will be well within the capabilities of most leisure cyclists. E-bikes are an available option on this route.

Lake Constance Single Centre Cycling Break

Base yourself in a comfortable hotel in Constance and explore the lake by bike using a menu of cycle routes and the extensive ferry services. A great way to enjoy Lake Constance by bike without moving on each day.

Constance is a lovely, bustling lake-side town on the Swiss/German border with a delightful old-town full of twisting alleyways, lined with quirky shops, taverns, restaurants and cafes. It has a pleasant harbour and a delightful lakeside promenade.

Lake Constance

On this 5 night holiday you will have 4 days to explore the lake by bike, selecting daily rides from a list of suggested routes.

Take the ferry to Meersburg and then follow the cycle path along the northern shoreline to Lindau, an idyllic little town seeming to float in the lake on its own tiny peninsula. Another ferry delivers you back to Constance in the afternoon.

A visit to the botanical island of Mainau where your senses will be saturated with colourful blooms and heady scents is a must and don't miss the enchanting butterfly house and elegant castle.

The ride on to Reichenau Island and then along the banks of the Rhine to the beautiful medieval town of Stein-am-Rhein is another highlight, as is the ride to the Birnau Monastery with its sensational views across the lake.

Most of the rides follow clearly marked cycle paths, often beside the lake itself. There are some undulations here and there but on the whole the going is easy and this holiday will be well within the capabilities of most leisure cyclists. E-bikes are an available option on this route.

Itinerary

Because you are based in one hotel you can do any of the following routes in any order you choose, it's also possible to extend or curtail them somewhat to your particular taste and ability.

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.

Day 2 : Meersburg - Lindau
31 miles/50 kms plus 2 ferry trips

After a short ride to the ferry dock you cross the upper lake to the medieval town of Meersburg, from here you follow the lake shore to Friedrichshafen. We recommend visiting the Zeppelin Museum where the history of these famous airships is depicted. Continue along the lake shore past extensive orchards and many bathing beaches - is it warm enough for a dip, you decide? Your destination is Lindau, a very pretty little town that sits on it's own tiny peninsula jutting out into the lake. A boat trip carries you back up the lake to Constance and your hotel.

Day 3 : Mainau Island
9 miles/15 kms

A short ride from Constance you will find the flower island of Mainau. Park your bikes and walk across the bridge into another world. A myriad of blooms create a kaleidoscope of colour in the well kept gardens. There's also a castle, a palm garden an arboretum and an enchanting butterfly house.

Day 4 : Überlingen - Salem
34 miles/55 kms

Cycle the few kilometres to Wallhausen and catch the ferry across the lake to the grand old town of Überlingen. After a look around follow the route to the Birnau Monastery from where you can enjoy a fabulous view across the lake. From here a leisurely cycle leads you inland past Affenberg (Monkey Mountain), home to some 200 Barbary apes, to Salem Castle and its magnificent monastery. The route then leads you back to the lake and you catch the ferry from Meersburg back to Constance

Day 5 : Reichenau - Stein am Rhein
31 miles/50 kms plus ferry trip

Cycle to Reichenau island, now joined to the mainland by a causeway, and catch the ferry across to the Höri peninsula at the western end of the lower lake. You disembark in the charming little village of Gaienhofen and follow the lake shore as it slowly narrows and once again becomes the Rhine River (Lake Constance is actually a huge bulge in the river). After some pleasant cycling along the shoreline you reach the beautiful medieval town of Stein-am-Rhein. It’s worth spending a bit of time here so park the bikes and take a wander through the lovely old square lined with ornately muralled townhouses. There’s also a lovely riverside promenade with plenty of inviting cafes and restaurants. You then follow the southern bank of the river back to the Lake and Constance itself.

Day 6 : Constance - end of trip

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 hub dynamo, luggage rack, waterproof pannier, waterproof handlebar bag with map holder, mileometer, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available as are children's bikes, weehoo tag-alongs, child trailers. and even e-cargo bikes with two child seats.

Child seats for adult rental bikes are also available at no extra charge.

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 3 star hotels

Constance: ABC Hotel

Superior: Good quality 4 star hotels

Constance: Hotel Halm

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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