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Lake Constance Cycling

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With over 155mi/250km of gentle cycling trails – plus the option to hop on/off the local train (with your bike) – this region is perfect for exploring by bike. You’ll visit Baroque churches, Gothic cathedrals, fairy tale palaces – and the views are pretty special too!

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All about the Lake Constance Cycling.

Flanked by the majestic Alpine peaks of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the turquoise shoreline and pebbly beaches of Lake Constance are shared between three countries.
Exploring by bike is by far the best way to travel here as a 270km cycling path leads from country to country, taking in daisy-strewn meadows, billowing wheat fields, Bavarian vineyards and picturesque marinas. The routes have been specifically designed by our local partner, Donau Touristik, and checked by our managers. This is a region brimming with history and cultural highlights such as the fairytale castle in Meersburg, the flower-decked palace in Konstanz and books dating back over 1,000 years in St Gallen’s UNESCO library.
Not only does this itinerary offer easy, level cycling on lakeside paths, the flexibility of our route notes is also a huge bonus. We give you fully detailed cycling notes to take you from each hotel to the next; if however, you wish to shorten, or lengthen, your route at any point, simply hop on the local train or boat – taking your bike with you – and tailor your journey to suit.
Your accommodation is varied too; you stay in an old coaching inn, a riverside hotel that used to be a C15 customs warehouse, and a luxury lakeside mansion. We’ve tried to ensure that you are never far from the waterfront, with its pebble beaches, colourful marinas and half-timbered houses.
We have included eight evening meals, leaving you free to try some of Konstanz’s many restaurants. Look out for local specialities like kretzer (perch) and zander (pike-perch) on the menu, accompanied by fine local wines.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • 10 nights accommodation, hotel-to-hotel
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Ferry ticket from Staad to Meersburg included
  • Local bike rental
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Cycle through postcard-pretty villages and stunning mountain views
  • Visit Baroque churches, Gothic cathedrals, fairytale palaces, romantic castles
  • Swim every day
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Bregenz

    You arrive at your hotel, a historic coaching inn, in the centre of Bregenz. Explore the ancient cobbled streets of the old town before dinner on the courtyard terrace. (Staying at the Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Bregenz to Arbon 24km/15mi or 41km/26mi

    Cycle west along Lake Constance’s southern shore before crossing the mighty Rhine delta that straddles the border between Austria and Switzerland. It’s an area of great natural beauty and a refuge for wildlife – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers in the reeds. Your final stretch takes you around the lake to Arbon where you’ll find pretty half-timbered houses and a C16 castle. (Staying at the Hotel Seegarten, Half Board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 At Arbon

    It’s easy to spend a morning exploring Arbon’s historic old town with its well-preserved buildings. After lunch at one of the many lakeside restaurants, hop on the bus for the 35 minute ride (10km) to historic St Gallen, a bustling market town packed with C18 merchants’ houses and open-air cafes. Visit the C8 Benedictine abbey’s fabulous UNESCO library, then blow the cobwebs away by freewheeling back down to the lakeside. There’s lots of swimming possibilities before an easy waterfront cycle back to the hotel. (Staying at the Hotel Seegarten, Half Board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Arbon to Stein am Rhein 42km/26.5mi or 59km/37mi

    There’s an option to take the train to Guettingen this morning and shorten your route. Otherwise, pedal clockwise around the lake and pass numerous waterfront villages affording lots of panoramic sun terraces for coffee stops and lunch. In the afternoon, you coast effortlessly between sleepy harbours before arriving at the riverside Hotel Rheinfels where you spend the next two nights.(Staying at the Hotel Rheinfels, Half Board)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 At Stein am Rhein

    It’s easy to spend the day in mediaeval Stein am Rhein with its C11 monastery, beautiful frescoed square and lovely chocolate shops! Alternatively, Schaffhausen, a lively German town full of street theatre in the summer, is ideal for a day trip – it’s great for shopping and has riverside cycle paths to Schloss Laufen, a tiny castle perched precariously above the tumbling Rheinfall waterfall, the biggest in Europe! (Staying at the Hotel Rheinfels, Half Board)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Stein am Rhein to Konstanz 45km/28.5mi

    Freewheeling east this morning, you’ll soon cross the border to enter Germany – look out for cormorant and red-crested pochard in the Hornstaad Nature Reserve. Cycling along the Gnadensee you’ll soon reach the UNESCO Heritage Site of Klosterinsel Reichenau, the first populated area on Lake Constance and home to an impressive C8 Benedictine abbey. It’s then on to Konstanz, the unofficial regional capital. (Staying at the Hotel Halm, Breakfast only)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 At Konstanz

    Spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Konstanz: visit the Altstadt, Munster and lively centre crammed with quirky shops and museums. Alternatively hop on a boat (payable locally) to visit Mainau Island’s palace and landscaped rose gardens. If you take your bike, you can pedal back at leisure along traffic-free lakeside cycle paths. (Staying the Hotel Halm, Breakfast only)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Konstanz to Friedrichshafen 25m/16mi

    It’s a short ride through oak forest to catch the 15 minute ferry ride (included) to fairytale Meersburg with its twin castles, steep streets and hillsides of vines. It’s a perfect place for a lunch stop! Then, pedalling south, it’s a gentle cycle into Friedrichshafen. (Staying at the Hotel Buchhorner Hof, Half Board)

  9. Day 9 Day 9 At Friedrichshafen

    There are superb wine tasting opportunities on your doorstep today – local Muller-Thurgau wines come from Riesling and Silvaner grapes for which Lake Constance is famous. Or visit Friedrichshafen’s amazing Zeppelin Museum, full of fascinating knick-knacks, including an original menu and wine list from the Hindenburg. (Staying at the Hotel Buchhorner Hof, Half Board)

  10. Day 10 Day 10 Friedrichshafen to Bregenz 33km/21mi

    Cycle past the pretty village of Langenargen and through peaceful vineyards and cherry orchards en route to lovely Lindau, a gorgeous island village surrounded by cobalt blue waters with long distance views of razor-edged peaks across the lake (there are lots of idyllic choices for lunch). Then, keeping the lake at your side, a final push takes you back down to Bregenz. Time permitting, perhaps take the cable car up Pfander mountain (1064m), for a fantastic vista of your entire route and a real sense of achievement! (Staying at the Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Half Board)

  11. Day 11 Day 11 Leave Bregenz

    Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Austria for all customers under 12yrs. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own. Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

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Where you stay
Hotel Weisses Kreuz
The Hotel Weisses Kreuz is an old coaching inn, and it’s central location makes it perfect for exploring Bregenz; it is only a couple of blocks from the lakeside and about a 5-minute walk from Bregenz station. Bregenz is on the eastern shore of Lake Constance, close to the ‘four-border corner’ with Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The building has been impressively modernised in the last few years – bedrooms are spacious and light with dark carpets, light wooden furniture and big windows onto the street at the front or onto courtyard and the old town at the back.
Hotel Seegarten
The 42 room Hotel Seegarten is on the outskirts of Arbon set amid large gardens and fields. It is a short 5 minute cycle to the marina and the centre of the village, and very close to the Arbon Strandbad – the waterfront swimming area that serves the village. The rooms have been furnished in a simple but modern style, with neutral colours and each of the modern rooms are equipped with direct dial telephones and televisions.
Hotel Rheinfels
Historically, this family-run hotel dates back to the C15 and was originally a customs warehouse for goods such as salt being transported up and down the Rhine River. It was also a guild house. The hotel is located right on the River Rhine at the north end of the bridge in Stein am Rhein. There are 16 spacious and light rooms with ensuite bathrooms with bathtub and/or shower, WC, hairdryer, minibar, TV, radio alarm clock, free Wi-Fi within the hotel, direct dial telephone, safe and a unique view of the Rhine. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients. There is a terrace with fabulous views over the river. The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays (excluding during July August). The hotel also has a boat for trips up the river and onto the lake – the MS St Georg, that seats up to 60 passengers.
Hotel Halm
The Hotel Halm in Konstanz is a grand central hotel separated from the waterfront by the railway station, so you can shorten the cycling on this day, as the train will drop you at the front door! It is an impressive historic building with views from many of the rooms out over the lake, and it is located right in the heart of the town, which is why dinner has been left up to you in Konstanz – the town is full of restaurants and cafes squirreled away down cobbled streets as well as along the waterfront by the harbour, so it is a pleasant place to stroll around before and after a meal out. The interior is impressive – there is a grand reception area and bar, and a rather incongruous Moroccan style dining room with very high ceilings which is rather unusual, but very lovely nonetheless. Bedrooms upstairs are light and modern, and the breakfast here is a feast fit for a king!
Hotel Buchhorner Hof
The Hotel Buchhornerhof is located overlooking the waterfront, on the road leading into the town centre – ideally situated for a stroll. It is a traditional building with a turret on the corner, and lots of attractive window boxes filled with flowers. Inside it retains a traditional charm, with wood panelled walls, stuffed animals on the walls, stained glass windows and snug corners with leather sofas where you can relax with a drink from the attractive horseshoe shaped bar. The bedrooms here are light and modern and equipped with all the mod cons you would expect in a 4 star hotel.
Hotel Weisses Kreuz
The Hotel Weisses Kreuz is an old coaching inn, and it’s central location makes it perfect for exploring Bregenz; it is only a couple of blocks from the lakeside and about a 5-minute walk from Bregenz station. Bregenz is on the eastern shore of Lake Constance, close to the ‘four-border corner’ with Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The building has been impressively modernised in the last few years – bedrooms are spacious and light with dark carpets, light wooden furniture and big windows onto the street at the front or onto courtyard and the old town at the back.
Eating and Drinking

We have included all breakfasts and eight evening meals, leaving you free to try some of Konstanz’s many restaurants. Look out for local specialities like kretzer (perch) and zander (pike-perch) on the menu, accompanied by fine local wines.

Exploring by bike is by far the best way to travel here as a 170mi/270km cycling path leads from country to country, taking in daisy-strewn meadows, billowing wheat fields, Bavarian vineyards and picturesque marinas. Not only does this itinerary offer easy, level cycling on lakeside paths, the flexibility of our route notes is also a huge bonus. We give you fully detailed cycling notes to take you from each hotel to the next; if however, you wish to shorten, or lengthen, your route at any point, simply hop on the local train or boat – taking your bike with you – and tailor your journey to suit.

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Average daily distance: 32km (20 miles).
No. of days cycling: 5
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet tarmac roads and cycle paths with a few sections on dirt roads. The terrain is mainly flat with a few undulating sections, ideal for first timers.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

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