|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||29 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 17-Oct 11, 2014|
|Start city:||Constance, Germany|
|End city:||Constance, Germany|
The Lake Constance cycle route is the most popular cycle route in Europe.
On this tour you will cycle around the entire lake and get to know three countries and four islands (Reichenau, Mainau, Lindau and Werd). The main highlights are the medieval towns of Konstanz, Stein, Meersburg and Lindau.
In comparison to other cycle routes the daily routes are relatively short as there are a variety of places and attractions waiting to be discovered. You will be able to enjoy the amazing landscape of the lake against the backdrop of the Alps. The Alps, romantic villages and sleepy towns around the glistening lake.
Be impressed by an unforgettable and fascinating landscape.
Learn more about self-guided tours.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Konstanz/Constance
Take the chance to visit Mainau island or take a walk through the old town of Constance. The aquariums in the Sea Life Center and the Archaeological Museum are also recommended.
Overnight in Constance.
Day 2: Constance – Region Stein am Rhein (12-18 miles/20-30 km)
The first highlight is Reichenau Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. A boat will then bring you over to the Höri peninsula where the writer Hermann Hesse and the artist Otto Dix once lived. You will stay in the region of Stein am Rhein.
Overnight in Stein am Rhein.
Day 3: Region Stein am Rhein – Überlingen (28-34 miles/45-55 km)
The start of today‘s tour will lead you through the almost completely preserved medieval town Stein am Rhein. You will cycle along the Swiss shores of the lake back to Konstanz. In Wallhausen you will board a boat and disembark in Überlingen with its late gothic style cathedral and beautiful health resort park and lake walkway.
Overnight in Überlingen.
Day 4: Überlingen – Region Kressbronn (31-34 miles/50-55 km)
From Überlingen you will cycle to Friedrichshafen. You will pass by the baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the ancient town of Meersburg on the way. In Friedrichshafen the Zeppelinmuseum is worth visiting.
Overnight in Region Kressbronn.
Day 5: Kressbronn – Region Hochst/Rorschach (27-34 miles/44-55 km)
Today you will travel towards the Bavarian town of Lindau, which is picturesquely situated on an island. Then you will head on towards Bregenz. The capital town of Vorarlberg is famous for its annual drama festival on the largest lake theater in the world. You will then pass through an important nature reserve on the Rhein delta.
Overnight in Rorschach.
Day 6: Region Hochst/Rorschach – Constance (22-35 miles/35-55 km)
The last day of your tour leads you through Romanshorn, with most important Swiss harbour on Lake Constance. You will pass many villages full with wooden framed houses on your way back to Konstanz. You can visit Mainau island today if you haven’t already done so.
Overnight in Constance.
Day 7: Departure from Constance
After breakfast you may return home or extend your stay.
Daily: Apr 17-Oct 11, 2014
|Low season:||Apr 17-May 8; Sep 28-Oct 11, 2014|
|Shoulder season:||May 9-May 20; Jun 22-Jul 4; Aug 24-Sep 27, 2014|
|High season:||May 21-Jun 21; Jul 5-Aug 23, 2014|
|Category A: 3- and 4-star hotels|
|Category B: 3-star hotels|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Category A: mix of 3- and 4-star hotels
Day 1: Hotel Viva, Constance-Litzelstetten
Day 2: Seminarhotel Unterhof, Stein am Rhein
Day 3: Parkhotel St. Leonhard, Uberlingen
Day 4: Wassersport Schattmaier GmbH & Co.KG, Kressbronn
Day 5: Die Linde Hotel u. Landgasthof, Hochst
Day 6: Hotel Viva, Constance
Category B: primarily 3-star hotels
Day 1: Hotel Barbarossa, Constance
Day 2: Hotel Roseberg, Stein am Rhein
Day 3: Hotel Zum Romer, Uberlingen
Day 4: Dorfkrug der Landgasthof, Kressbronn
Day 5: Das Smarte Hotel, Rorschach
Day 6: Hotel Barbarossa, Constance
Available bikes to rent include:
Bikes feature comfortable saddles and grips.
All bikes are equipped with:
You can also rent an handlebar bag with a pocket for the maps upon request (no additional charge).
Additional specifications on the Hybrid touring bikes:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Helmets are NOT available to be rented. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.
The first stage is moderately hilly in the Höri region, otherwise the route is mainly even along tarred cycle paths. The path runs partially along the lakeshore and partially along lakeshore roads. Sporadically there are short, unfortified sections, around Friedrichsha- fen the cycle path runs parrallel to the highway. The lakeshore is mostly open to the public.
The tour is ideal for cyclists in average physical condition.
Tour start and end
Nearest Airport: Zurich (ZRH)
Nearest train station: Konstanz
Trains run frequently between Konstanz and Zurich (airport and city). It's about 50 minutes between the airport and Konstanz and 65 minutes between downtown and Konstanz.
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"The bike trip was fabulous. We had a great time, and covered about 200 km. Not bad for three people in their early (and LATE) 70s!! All of the hotels were really nice. The luggage was always there when we arrived and the hotels were always ready for our bikes and us. We thought the itinerary was so carefully chosen, with enough time to enjoy the gorgeous scenery along the way, and the opportunity to get the ferry the few times we chose not to bike. The bikes were fabulous! The trails were very well marked and the weather was sensational until the last day when we hiked in the rain, but that was fun, too. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Thank you for all your wonderful planning."
- Melinda Harrison
"We absolutely loved our trip - it was a lot of fun and even more enjoyable than I was expecting.
"We liked the bikes - they were very comfortable and we appreciated the storage that was provided. The customer service was excellent - the bike that was first delivered to me at the hotel was too big, and the gentleman was very gracious about making another trip to bring me a bike that fit me better. I also experienced a flat tire and he delivered a new bike to me at the museum I was at.
"The hotels that were picked out for us were terrific - very nice accommodations and friendly staffs.
"I have been telling everyone I know about what fun it was and I would like to do another trip next year. Need to pick out the right one. The Lake Constance trip was perfect for my level of fitness.
"Thanks for everything you did to give us a great, memorable vacation!"
- Tony S.
Germany's fairytale castles, romantic villages and bustling cities are surrounded by a wealth of pristine natural landscapes. Only a unified nation since 1990, Germany now boasts Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation. Within its unified boundaries, Germany remains a nation of diversity. Northern Germany’s coastal terrain along the Baltic Sea includes Hamburg, a harbor city of canals and waterways. Southern Germany's Bavaria region, known as "the green roof of Germany," features snow-tipped Alps, the Black Forest, Neuschwanstein Castle and the historic, picturesque city of Munich. Cruise the Rhine River through the western regions and visit Cologne's famous Gothic Cathedral built in 1248. Experience the arts, fashion and music in the capital, Berlin, and see the revitalized city of Dresden destroyed during World War II.
The Bodensee-Radweg Service GmbH is one of the largest German operators of cycling holidays and is located in Konstanz. We offer you well organized and bookable cycle trips in 19 Central European holiday regions. For every one of these regions we operate an information portal, where you will not only find our services but also a variety of free information to assist you in planning your holiday.
The company was founded in 2002 and has established itself as an important tour operator in the market. In 2007 the activities were classified as Tourism service provider in a limited company. We also work in cooperation with the Berufsamademie in Ravensburg to train young people as Bachelors of Tourism Management.
Lake Constance – no other holiday destination in Europe symbolises such a classical bicycling region as the landscape surrounding the lake between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A compact network of good quality and signposted cycle paths, along the lakeshore and the attractive surrounding countryside, promise visitors an enjoyable and undisturbed cycling experience. First class hotels, cosy country guesthouses, first class cuisine and local dishes ensure physical well being, along with a stylish mix of vineyards, orchards, the glimmering surface of the lake and the fascinating panorama of the Alps. Swimming beaches, thermal baths, activity parks and wildlife parks provide plenty of relaxation and recuperation from saddles and pedals.
Naturally the majority of holiday makers concentrate on probably the most famous cycle path in Central Europe - the Lake Constance Cycle Path. The route is 273 kilometres long and circumnavigates the lake almost always along the lakeshore and passing by the majority of the well known visitor attractions. Whether you wish to visit the historical council town of Konstanz, the garden island of Mainau, the world heritage site Reichenau Island, the pilgrim church in Birnau, Meersburg, Lindau or Bregenz – there is enough to discover for two to three holidays directly on the lake. Have a look through our pages, whet your appetite and visit Lake Constance with us this summer!
Cancellation and booking changes
You may cancel your holiday at any time before the start of your trip and all payments will be returned to you minus an administrative charge. Your cancellation should be in written form and it comes into force the day we receive it.
Our cancellation charges are as follows:
Our cancellation charges for bike and ship tours are as follows:
Of course you still have the right to prove that the charges incurred by us due to your cancellation are less than those listed. Every traveller can be replaced by a third person at any time for a fee of €50. Up to 28 days before travel other booking changes (insofar as they are possible) will cost €50, after this period the fee rises to €100. The subsequent booking of rental bikes costs an extra €10 per booking.
These terms of travel and payment will form part of the holiday contract you enter into with our company. Please note that text is a translation of the original German text. The original German text is the only one which is legally binding.
Holiday bookings can be sent in writing by post, fax or by internet. Your booking is an offer to us of a binding contract. The contract comes into force when we accept your booking. This acceptance, which does not require any particular form, will be communicated to you in a written booking confirmation from us. If you do not receive our travel and payment conditions by registration we will send you these with your booking confirmation. If you do not contradict these within ten days of receipt, with short term bookings (10 days or less before travel) immediately, the holiday contract comes into force according to these conditions. If the contents of the booking confirmation differ from the content of registration, we are bound by this offer for ten days. The contract comes into force according to this new offer if you communicate acceptance to us within this period, this can also occur by payment. If you register other people, you take on all contractual duties for your fellow travelers. Other arrangements and changes to the concluded contract of travel must be in writing.
The basis of the holiday services are the individual tours described in our catalogue, our official brochures, and descriptions given on our internet pages and confirmed in the contract. Modifications of individual trips, which become necessary after the contract is concluded and which are undertaken in good faith are allowed, insofar as the changes are not substantial and do not change the total character of the trip. We do not accept liability for any information contained in hotel brochures etc., even if we provide customers with such brochures. The price of services which are not used by guests will usually not be refunded.
We are liable in line with the duty of care of a usual businessman for the conscientious planning of the holiday, the careful selection and monitoring of service providers, the correctness of the description of the services provided and the proper provision of the agreed holiday services. Our liability for damage other than bodily damage, is limited to three times the price of the total holiday, if this damage is not caused by us directly or by gross negligence. This is also true if we are responsible for faults on the part of service providers. If we facilitate services from other companies, we are liable for this facilitation but not for the services provided or for damage caused. In case of loss of or damage to luggage, we are liable for up to €500, insofar as the damage was caused by us and this was brought to our attention without delay. We are not liable for any small scratches on suitcases, broken handles and damaged wheels. Liability is assumed from when the luggage is loaded. After delivery to the hotel liability transfers to the hotel proprietor according to paragraph 701 of the BGB (German Civil Code).
Activity holidays are physically more demanding then normal holidays. It is therefore your duty to inform us whether you are physically fit enough to undertake the trip. For cycling holidays, it is presumed that you can control a bicycle in traffic and on pathways in all types of weather. When you collect your rental bike you must ensure that it is in good working order, especially the brakes and lights. You are responsible for respecting the domestic and foreign laws, in particular the regulations regarding travel documents and the transport of goods over borders. If luggage is to be transported over the exterior borders of the EU it must be unlocked in case the custom officials wish to examine the contents. If your luggage is searched we will inform you of the fact upon delivery. You are under a legal duty to avoid damages or to keep them to a minimum and to inform us of any complaints.
Duty of care
You are liable for damage to or loss of your bike and other equipment provided for the duration of the holiday. In the case of guided tours, you are only liable if you distance yourself from the group, ignore instructions from tour guides or if you cause damage or loss on purpose, or negligently.
If the holiday is not provided according to the terms of the contract you can demand a remedy. We may be able to supply such a remedy by providing you with a replacement service of equal or of higher value. If the cost is disproportionately high then a remedy may be refused. At the end of the holiday you may demand a reduction in price for the duration of the holiday which was not in accordance with the terms of the contract. You are required to point out the defect without delay to us or your tour guide, so that we have the chance to remedy the situation. Tour guides are not authorized to recognize claims. A reduction in the price of the holiday does not effect your right to claim compensation for non-fulfillment of the contract unless we are not required to take responsibility for the particular defect.
Statue of Limitations
Claims must be communicated to us (preferably in writing) within a month of the contractual end of the holiday, unless you are prevented from doing so through no fault of your own or in the case of personal injuries. All claims arising from the contract come under the statute of limitation 1 year after the contractual end of the holiday, however pending legal actions are not extinguished by the limitation period. Claims arising from unauthorized conduct are extinguished 3 years after the end of the holiday.
All personal data, which you provide us with for the holiday transaction are protected under German law against improper use.
We strongly recommend the purchase of travel cancellation insurance. Please ensure you are adequately covered by your health and accident insurance before you begin your holiday. It may also be a good idea to take out luggage and third party (liability) insurance.
If some terms of the contract or the terms of travel are void this does not render the entire contract or terms of travel also void.
The legal domicile is Konstanz.