Lake Constance cycling vacation: around the lake from Constance to Constance in 7 days

7 Days

Your trip

Lake Constance by bike ?

Of course – from Constance to Constance in 7 days!

We start this technically and physically simply beautiful lake tour in the old council and university town of Constance. First you cycle around the Untersee to Stein am Rhein, then to Radolfzell, Überlinger See, Unteruhldingen, Meersburg, Friedrichshafen and cycle along the Obersee via Friedrichshafen to Lindau and Bregenz in Austria. The route then follows the southern shore of Switzerland via Romanshorn and Kreuzlingen (CH) back to Constance.

You will spend seven days and six nights by the lake, starting from this city that boasts more than just a “paradise” district. Somewhere here it must have been, once.

Six full days belong to the saddle. You may plan the day of arrival and departure, if at all possible, so that you still find a little time for the lake and its uniquely beautiful city on the outflow of the Rhine. Small tip: The lido Hörnle – at the horn of Constance Staad. Simply fantastic – and completely free of charge – even after the cycle tour with a one-day extension!

Accommodation

On this tour you have the choice between three different categories. We book for you according to your wishes
> in the“Standard” category, good 3-star inns and mid-range hotels or
> in the“Comfort” category, good to very good inns and comfort hotels at 3- and 4-star level or – if you are looking for something special –
> in the“Premium” category, comfortable, very good hotels at 4-star level.

An extensive cyclist’s breakfast is included on all our cycle tours in all hotels.

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The route

In five full cycling days, you will cycle a total of around 230 km and almost 1000 meters in altitude, mainly on the Lake Constance cycle path on its own route and not on the main roads. Almost all daily stages can also be shortened by boat or train – at your own expense. The routes are designed so that you can enjoy the lake from all sides on your bike and still have enough time to enjoy all the tourist and culinary attractions around it.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Travel documents

Before the start of your trip, we will send you a link by e-mail where you will find the digital travel documents such as your hotel list, voucher, route map, travel information and GPS data to help you prepare for your bike tour.

You will also receive a printed package of documents at the start hotel. Among other things, it contains all the map material.

Maps and navigation

You can find the entire tour as a collection at komoot . If you want to use the maps for navigation, please install – if not already done – the komoot app on your mobile device a few days BEFORE your trip. To do so, please register at komoot.de. Then download the tours from this collection to your device. Please contact us with any questions in advance of your trip.

You can find the Komoot app at the following link: https://support.komoot.com/hc/de/articles/4402496387098-Komoot-App-herunterladen.

You need the Komoot app and the tour descriptions from this collection if you want to ride according to navigation prompts. Of course, you can also follow “free nose” the excellent Beschliderung of the Bodenseeradweg. However, please note to always be on time at the boat docks. Especially on the first day, you should allow some time before the tour starts to exchange your vouchers / value coupons for the ships for tickets.

We provide you with a Komoot app tour package for this trip. Please book this as an additional service once per trip and receive it in return:

> The komoot – world package with unlimited use …

> Your bike navigation for this trip for your cell phone as a supplement to your travel documents.

> With just a few clicks, you can call up the ready-made cycle tours.

> The maps can be called up at any time, even without Internet reception.

> They use the app for a lifetime of precise navigation and great adventures.

> You will find highlights and recommendations from the komoot community at great locations worldwide.

> You receive topographical maps with free updates.

BodenSeeCard Plus

If you would like to book many of the tourist attractions around the lake at a low all-inclusive price, we recommend the BodenseeCard Plus for 3 or 7 days per person. It includes, among other things:

160 sights & free boat trip included!

> Nature & leisure experiences

>Entrance to museums & city tour

> Boat trips & mountain railroads

Bicycle transport on the scheduled boats and the ferry trips from Constance to Meersburg are not included in the basic tour price. The course boat trips can be taken several times a day (free use of the boat trip on 4 days).

> Experience destinations: ONE TIME completely free admission

> for mountain railroads: ONE TIME free ascent and descent

Rental bicycles

Robust touring bikes: 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur gears and freewheel, comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights.

Electric bikes:

With your electric bike, unisex bike with freewheel, you will feel the lightness of traveling. You have your eyes open to the world around you. The electric bike is particularly advantageous for cyclists with different levels of physical fitness and ensures that everyone can ride at the same speed.

The well-sprung bike lets you cycle comfortably, even if the terrain is a little bumpier for a short time. With the electric bike, you can experience assisted cycling on a whole new level. Despite the motor assistance, it is a bicycle in the legal sense. There is therefore no requirement for a driver’s license or helmet. However, we strongly recommend wearing a helmet on all trips, regardless of the type of bike.

The carrier shown at the front is equipped with one handlebar axle per room, in which you can comfortably transport your navigation device and light day luggage.

Accessories, insurance, breakdown assistance for rental bikes

Each rental bike on this tour is equipped with a waterproof, spacious saddle bag as well as a tool set, an air pump, an odometer and a lock. You will also receive a handlebar bag per room, and a second saddle bag per bike on request.

If you rent a bike, rental bike insurance against theft and damage is automatically included. In the event of theft or damage to the rental bike, you will not incur any costs. Of course, negligent or willful acts are excluded from the comprehensive cover. The bike must be locked and the keys to the rental bike must still be in your possession. Please refer to the information in the travel documents. Also excluded are accessories such as saddlebags and handlebar bags incl. Contents, odometer, e-bike display, etc.

Should damage occur to a rental bike, simply call the service hotline provided to you. In the rare event of a flat tire, a puncture repair kit is available for every rental bike. Tools and a spare hose are available for self-help.

Own bikes

It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk. The hotel offers free lockable and covered bicycle parking. You will find the bike room in the hotel’s own parking garage directly opposite the main entrance. Please ask for the key at the reception. Please lock bikes in the bike room again specifically.

For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable. For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Please note that we do not provide a breakdown and emergency assistance service on this tour if you are using your own bike. In the event of a breakdown, please try to get to the next stage hotel by public transport or cab. Along almost the entire Lake Constance Cycle Path, there are emergency aid posts and bicycle self-repair tool posts at quite a few locations.

You will also find bike stores along the way again and again. Almost the entire way you can shorten by public transport (train, bus, boat).

Dates

We offer the tour from April to October.

Arrival

Constance is very well accessible by train.

We therefore recommend that you start your vacation at home. Relax during the train ride against the magnificent backdrop of the lake and mountains. Rent the bikes and ride the train without stress. Info at www.bahn.de.

For the duration of your stay, your Bodenseekarte is valid as a free local transport ticket for the entire public transport system in the city area!

Car / Parking

In some cases, parking is available directly at the hotels or public parking is available in the surrounding area. Advance reservations are not possible. Please pay all costs incurred directly on site. For further information, you can contact the respective arrival hotel after receiving your hotel list.

Alternatively, you can park your car for the duration of the bike tour on the premises of our local partner at a flat rate per car. The number of parking spaces is limited. Please state your parking requirements when booking.

Notes

Please note our information on entering Germany, Austria and Switzerland under our country information. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Tops of the tour

  • Three countries and one bike path
  • The Konzilsstadt Constance with its Mediterranean harbor flair
  • The old town of the Bodenseeperle Stein am Rhein
  • The old town island of Lindau with its magnificent mountain panorama and Mediterranean flair
  • The festival city of Bregenz with the world famous opera stage in the lake
  • Beautiful old towns and harbor towns Meersburg, Radolfzell Friedrichshafen

Day by day

Individual arrival in Constance (D) :
Day 1

Individual arrival in Constance (D)

Hot tip: Whenever possible – travel by train – to one of the most beautiful train stations in Germany right at Rhine kilometer zero between the old town and the harbor.

Constance is worth the trip for the train ride alone. If you are coming from the northwest – then take the Black Forest Railway. If the Black Forest is already a dream with all its viaducts and tunnels, the first sight of Lake Constance after Singen near Radolfzell makes every railwayman’s heart beat faster.

Enjoy your first evening by the lake, the beautiful harbor flair between the train station and the world-famous Konzilsgebäude. Stroll through the old town with its winding alleyways and proud cathedral. Pay your respects to the Rhine at Rhine kilometer 0 under the Konstanz city bridge. Do you have a little more time? Try a sip of lake water at Strandbad Horn, probably the most beautiful natural bathing area on Lake Constance. Cheers!

Constance - Stein am Rhein :
Day 2

Cycle tour Constance – Stein am Rhein – Öhningen, approx. 40 km ~ 300 vertical meters ↑↓

Your cycle tour begins at Rhine kilometer zero – on the city bridge over the Rhine at its outflow from Lake Constance.

You follow the Rhine on its southern side, i.e. the side of Constance’s old town, or cycle through the venerable center of the council and episcopal city with its winding alleyways, colorful paintings and southern harbor flair past the cathedral to the west.

Follow the cycle path in the direction of Gottlieben, Swiss borders, Stein am Rhein. From Ermatigen (CH) at the latest, you follow the banks of the Untersee and Rhine. The path is somewhat hilly and offers you wonderful views of the lake and the Hegau.

Finally, you reach the enchantingly beautiful old town of Stein am Rhein (CH).

Hop off, cross the Styrian Rhine bridge on foot, stroll along the lake and treat yourself to a moment of peace and quiet in the toilet garden on the banks.

After a tour of the beautiful old town, the monastery and castle on the Rhine, turn your back on the sun as it slants westwards and head back east towards Constance and Radolfzell on the opposite bank of the Stienernen Altstadt.

The Lake Constance cycle path takes you to your second accommodation in Öhningen, Wangen.

Congratulations! You have explored the Untersee & Rheinsee.

Breakfast
Stein am Rhein - Lake Überlingen :
Day 3

Cycle tour Stein am Rhein – Radolfzell – Bodman – Überlingen – Unteruhldingen, approx. 70 km ~ 450 vertical meters ↑↓

Radolfzell Minster and the Mettnau peninsula, one of the largest nature reserves on Lake Constance, are the highlights of this third day.

Via Bodman-Ludwigshafen and Überlingen you reach the Birnau monastery church. In Unteruhldingen, we recommend a visit to the pile dwellings from the Stone and Bronze Ages.

Breakfast
Überlingen - Friedrichshafen :
Day 4

Cycle tour Unteruhldingen – Meersburg – Friedrichshafen, 25 km ~ 150 vertical meters ↑↓

Meersburg, the town of museums, invites you back to the Middle Ages with its romantic corners.

The sea route takes you to the Zeppelin city of Friedrichshafen, where you should definitely pay a visit to the Zeppelin Museum.

Breakfast
Friedrichshafen - Bregenz :
Day 5

Cycle tour Friedrichshafen – Lindau – Bregenz – Höchst, 45 km ~ 60 vertical meters ↑↓

Today you reach the Lake Constance metropolis of Lindau, the border triangle between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Visit the old town and the lighthouses with the Löwenmole, the landmark of the city island of Lindau.

You then reach the cultural stronghold of Bregenz. Stroll through the old town or take the cable car up to the 1064 m high Pfänder and enjoy the unique view of Lake Constance. Through the nature reserve of the Rhine delta, the largest freshwater delta in Europe, you reach Höchst.

Breakfast
Bregenz - Constance :
Day 6

Cycle tour Höchst – Bregenz – Höchst – Romanshorn – Constance, 55 km ~ 150 vertical meters ↑↓

You cycle through the Rhine delta into Switzerland. In terms of landscape, the canton of Thurgau offers a wealth of variety with its small villages and huge orchards.

A fantastic view of Lake Constance and the impressive foothills of the Alps accompany you all the way to Constance. You can shorten the route by 21 km by taking the train from Romanshorn to Constance.

Breakfast
Farewell to consistency or extension :
Day 7

Individual departure from Constance – or one more day at the lake …

Do you have a little more time? We would be happy to book you an extra night in this lively student city on the lake with all its historical significance, splendor and burden. A day for Constance Minster? The museum of the Bohemian reformer Jan Hus? who was condemned for heresy during the Council of Constance and burned in front of the city. A day at the most beautiful lido in Germany or at the Lake Constance thermal baths? You are welcome to stay and linger.

We wish you a happy vacation!

Services

included in the travel package:

  • 6 x overnight stays in the desired category
  • 6 x rich cyclist breakfast buffet
  • daily luggage transport without limit on the number of pieces of luggage between 09.00 and 17.30
  • Complete bike rental insurance, if booked
  • 1 x admission to the Rosgarten Museum in Constance incl. 1 cup of coffee
  • 1 x admission to the Lindwurm Museum in Stein/Rhine, if booked in the Comfort or Premium category
  • 1 x admission incl. Guided tour of the pile-dwelling museum in Unteruhldingen, if booked in the Premium category
  • Well-prepared travel documents
  • GPS data on request, Komoot navigation app, if booked
  • 7-day service hotline

not included:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Visitor's tax or tourist tax in Constance
  • All special services not explicitly listed under included services

Dates and prices

Departure 2024: daily in the …
Season 1 01.04. – 11.04.
Season 2 12.04. – 16.05., 01.06. – 27.06. and 26.08. – 20.10.
Season 3 17.05. – 31.05. and 28.06. – 25.08.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Standard double room with breakfast / pers 630 € 820 € 870 €
Standard room with breakfast 860 € 1.050 € 1.100 €
Double room Comfort with breakfast / pers 720 € 1.000 € 1.050 €
Single room Comfort with breakfast 1.030 € 1.310 € 1.360 €
Double room Premium with breakfast / pers 910 € 1.300 € 1.350 €
Single room Premium with breakfast 1.320 € 1.710 € 1.760 €
Rental bikes
Gate wheel 125 € 125 € 125 €
E-bike 250 € 250 € 250 €
Additional nights in Constance with breakfast per person and night
Standard double room / pers 90 € 90 € 90 €
EZ Standard 140 € 140 € 140 €
Double room Comfort / pers 100 € 100 € 100 €
EZ Comfort 150 € 150 € 150 €
DZ Premium 130 € 130 € 130 €
EZ Premium 220 € 220 € 220 €
Please book “Additional night at departure city” for additional nights before the start of the trip and “Additional night at destination city” for the time afterwards.
Additional services
Komoot – Navi – App 30 €
BodenseeCard Plus for 3 days / person 80 €
BodenseeCard Plus for 7 days / person 130 €
Parking lot / car in Constance 60 €

Discounts for children

> Children up to 4 years travel free of charge. Please pay any costs for a crib or meals directly on site at the respective hotel.

> For children from 5 to 13 years, we can offer you a 25% discount on this trip when sharing a 3-bed room with at least one other person. 2 full-paying guests.

Can I stay an extra night?

Yes, of course. We are happy to offer you additional nights in your home in Constance. Enjoy your time at the lake. She is beautiful! Please simply select “Extra night” when booking.

What happens if I break down or have an accident while driving?

Please note that we cannot provide on-site service for your own bikes on the road on this tour. In the event of a breakdown, please try to get back to Konstanz on your own. Along the entire cycle path there are several emergency stations, repair kits and also bicycle repair shops. Almost the entire bike path can also be shortened by public transport (train, bus, boat). If you have booked rental bikes, please call the service hotline.

What do I do in bad weather?

Well, then: Actually, you are traveling in the warmest region of Germany with the most hours of sunshine – and for the most part, the weather is better than it first appears from your hotel room in the morning. But when it’s actually freezing and frosty and windy and pouring down? Have a nice day in the destinations of your ship tours, buy a train ticket and go back to Constance a little frustrated but warm and dry. The entire lake is well connected by train, bus and boat. A special tip for particularly gloomy days are the Bodenseetherme in Konstanz. At Hörnle in the district of Staad, within walking distance from the old town along the lake path in the direction of the Meersburg car ferry, you can enjoy the gray, wet and cold lake like in hardly any other place. Stop by https://www.therme-konstanz.de/

Where can I charge my battery when I am on the road with the e-bike?

To be honest – we don’t really have a good answer to that. In your hotel, it is prohibited to charge the batteries unattended in the hotel room for fire safety reasons. In exceptional cases, you can ask the reception to charge your battery. Ask along the way at restaurants you visit. Many houses are set up for this.

Map

Please note: You can vary the tour suggestions as you wish. Just follow the excellent signage of the Lake Constance Cycle Path. If you want to follow our tour suggestions, please install the KOMOOT app on your mobile device BEFORE you start your tour. Save this komoot - collection to your device and follow the maps or use the navigation function of komoot. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer. Please see the following link for ferry schedules: https://www.personenschifffahrt-bodensee.de/fahrpläne

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