|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||20 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 17-Sep 27, 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 discover three countries (Austria, Germany, and Switzerland) and four islands (Reichenau, Mainau, Lindau and Werd).
The main highlights are the medieval towns of Konstanz, Stein, Meersburg and Lindau.
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 will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
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Day 1: Constance
The European church convention chaired by the German Kaiser Sigismund which fundamentally changed the Latin church, met here from 1414-1418 in the cathedral and the council building. The aquariums in the Sea Life Center and the Archaeological Musuem are also recommended.
Overnight in Constance
Day 2: Constance - Isle of Reichenau - Diessenhofen (12-19 mi/20-30 km)
This stage leads you on to the island of Reichenau, whose monastery was extremely influential in the 10th Century and was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. A boat will bring you across to the Höri Peninsula and you will cycle towards Gaienhofen, where Hermann Hesse lived from 1904 to 1912. You will continue over the border to the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein with its picturesque old town.
Overnight in Diessenhofen
Day 3: Diessenhofen - Schaffhausen - Diessenhofen (12 mi/20 km)
Today will be an easygoing, relaxing day. In the morning you will cycle to Schaffhausen and have enough time to take a stroll through the beautiful capital city of the Swiss Canton with its 170 oriels, numerous wells and picturesque house facades. You will continue on to Neuhausen and the Rhinefall, the largest waterfall in Central Europe. A boat will bring you close to the waterfall so you will experience the full force of the thunderous waters.
Overnight in Diessenhofen
Day 4: Diessenhofen - Schaffhausen - Constance (22 mi/36 km)
You will cycle up along the Rhine today back to Stein am Rhein. Due to its many buildings decorated with frescoes, its city gates and medieval laneways, the town deserves its name "Rothenburg of the High Rhine." Numerous picturesque Swiss fishing villages lie along your return path through the peaceful countryside of the Lower Lake. Napoleon's stepdaughter Hortense de Beauharnais made this area her adopted home. You will visit her former home in Arenenberg, which is now a Napoleon museum.
Overnight in Constance
Day 5: Constance - Mainau Island - Radolfzell (19 mi/30 km)
Today you will explore the "flower island" of Mainau. Make sure you take enough time to enjoy this paradise-like island on the Überlingen Lake with its luxurious, colourful flowerbeds, towering mature trees, shady forests and sweet scented roses. After your visit you will have a short cycle through Allensbach, which is well known due to its public opinion research institute, to the former imperial town and modern Kneipp health resort of Radolfzell.
Overnight in Radolfzell
Day 6: Radolfzell - Uhldingen/Meersburg (25 mi/40 km)
After leaving Radolfzell you cross the Bodanrück ridge near Stahringen to cycle to the Überlinger See part of the lake via Bodman. You pedal along the lakeshore towards the former imperial town of Überlingen with its gothic cathedral and famous lakeside promenade. Next pedal on towards Meersburg. The Baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the reconstructed lake dwellings near Uhldingen are both worth a visit.
Overnight in Uhldingen/Meersburg
Day 7: Uhldingen/Meersburg - Friedrichshafen (14 mi/22 km)
Meersburg, the well known wine growing area, awaits you today with numerous attractions. Accompanied by a beautiful panoramic view of the Alps, you will cycle towards the lively town of Friedrichshafen where you can visit the Zeppelin museum.
Overnight in Friedrichshafen
Day 8: Friedrichshafen - Lindau - Bregenz (25 mi/40 km)
You will cycle through expansive orchards and reach the Bavarian metropolis of Lindau, whose protected old town is on an island. After a few kilometres you will find yourself on Austrian soil and cycle directly along the lakeshore towards the drama festival town of Bregenz with its unique lakeside stage.
Overnight in Bregenz
Day 9: Bregenz - Pfander - Rorschach (12-19 mi/20-30 km)
The cable car will bring you and your bicycle up to the summit of Pfänder Mountain. From here you will be able to enjoy the beautiful view before making your ½ hour descent down along a well-tarred road towards Bregenz. You will then continue along the Lake through the delta of the Alpenrhein, and near Altenrhein with its Hundertwasserhalle you will reach the Swiss border.
Please ensure you have good brakes for this descent! You can also leave your bike in the hotel or in the valley station of the cable car and make the descent by foot or by cable car.
Overnight in Rorschach
Day 10: Rorschach - Heiden - Rorschach (5 mi/8 km walking tour)
Today you will need supportive footwear! In the morning a cog railway will bring you to the Biedermeier village of Heiden in the Appenzell Region. The train journey will transport you 1312 ft/400 m high into the mountains. You will then follow along the Witzwanderweg hiking path to Walzenhausen. The hiking route takes about 2.5 hours. If you wish you can take the bus instead of walking, just know the bus ticket is not included. In Walzenhausen, the cog railway will bring you back towards the Lake to Rheineck, from where you will take a boat back to Rorschach.
Overnight in Rorschach
Day 11: Rorschach - Romanshorn - Constance (23 mi/36 km)
The last day on the Lake Constance cycle path belongs to the Swiss canton of Thurgau, which due to its many orchards and its comparative remoteness is fondly known as "Cider India".
Overnight in Constance
Day 12: Constance
After breakfast you may return home or extend your stay.
We now have 2015 information for some tours. Please contact us to inquire if you don't see 2015 dates and prices here.
Daily: Apr 17-Sep 27, 2014
|Low season:||Apr 17-May 8, 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|
Accommocations will be in quality guesthouses and hotels of 3- and 4-star ratings. All rooms have their own toilet and shower or bath.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available for rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Bikes come equipped with the following at no extra cost:
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 has a universal seat post.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
The stages are designed so that there is enough time to experience everything. The bike tour is considered easy and brings you through mostly flat terrain. This bike tour is for cyclists in average physical condition, and is a good tour for families.
"The bike trip was fabulous. We had a great time, and covered about 200 km. The luggage was always there when we arrived and the hotels were always ready for us and our bikes. We thought your 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."
- Melinda H.
Tour start and end: Constance, Germany
Nearest Airport: Zurich (ZRH)
Nearest train station: Constance (Konstanz)
Trains run frequently between Constance and Zurich. It's about 50 minutes between the Zurich airport and Constance and 65 minutes between downtown Zurich and Konstanz.
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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.
Austria sits at the crossroads of Central Europe, once the Habsburg Empire’s seat of power that ruled Europe for over 6 centuries. While Habsburg power ended after World War I, Austria remains a prominent country. Today it is known for its idyllic and majestic landscape of mountains, green valleys, rivers and storybook villages. Along with such a landscape are the cultural centers of Vienna and Salzburg. The elegant city of Vienna reveals the glory days of the Habsburg Empire, featuring the Hofburg Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and impressive Opera House. Salzburg, home of Mozart and The Sound of Music, has Europe’s largest intact medieval fortress overlooking the cobblestone streets of its historic Old Town.
For such a small country, the incredible variety of Swiss landscapes and cultures is awe-inspiring. The country has four official languages (German, French, Italian, and Romansch), with distinct regions for each language. The German-speaking portion is the largest and encompasses the capital of Bern, financial center Zurich, and many of the famed ski resort areas like Zermatt and Grindelwald.
Traveling across Switzerland, you’ll cross the "Roesti Graben" (literally - "hash-brown ditch"). It’s the imaginary, but very distinct, border between the German- and French-speaking areas. The French-speaking region is home to Geneva and Lausanne, with stunning landscapes along Lake Geneva. Lugano anchors the small Italian-speaking portion of Switzerland, known as the Swiss Riviera with its palm trees and mountain vistas alike. Romansch, a nearly-extinct derivative of Latin, is spoken only in a tiny valley in the Swiss Alps. But Switzerland is fiercely protective of its heritage and varied influences, so it's still counted among the official languages of the country. Across all of the varied landscapes and languages, there remains a distinctly Swiss flavor that sets it apart from its same-language neighbors.
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.