Day 1: Constance
Arrive in Constance and check into your hotel. Inspired by late classicism and neo-renaissance architecture, the hotel was first opened in 1874. After the bike fitting and tour briefing, take time to visit the island of Mainau or the convent on Reichenau island.
Day 2: Constance –Stein am Rhein region/Schaffhausen (19-31 mi/30-50 km)
Today you will cycle along the Lower Lake to the picturesque village of Gottlieben. The architecture of this former fishing village is really impressive and is one of the nicest in the area. The Drachenburg castle and the Waaghaus are worth a visit too. The Waaghaus, a Gothic building in the Old Town, was originally a weighing house but is now a puppet theatre. Cycle on to the famous Rhine Falls. In the summer, roughly 600,000 liters of water per second crash over Europe’s biggest waterfall.
Day 3: Stein am Rhein region/Schaffhausen – Bodman-Ludwigshafen region (25-37 mi/40-60 km)
Make sure you spend some time in Stein before beginning to cycle – it's one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Switzerland and worth taking the time to explore. From Stein am Rhein you continue your journey across the Höri Peninsula to Radolfzell, home to the fantastic Radolfzell Basilica and the "Austrian Castle“, both absolute must-sees for any visitor!
Day 4: Bodman-Ludwigshafen region – Friedrichshafen/Lindau (22-42 mi/35-68 km)
Your first stop today is the stunning Birnau Conven and then it's on to Unteruhldingen, famous for its pre-historic stilt houses which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on through the fishing and viticultural village of Hagnau.
From here the Lake Constance bike trail leads you to Friedrichshafen, also known as the Zeppelin city. For those interested in this early form of aviation, a trip to the Zeppelin Museum is highly recommended. If not, then perhaps enjoy a stroll along the lakeside promenade, or head up to the lookout point (72ft/22m) and enjoy a majestic view of the Alps!
As you continue on your loop of Lake Constance, you'll cycle through the most important nature reserve on the north shore: Eriskircher Ried. Once out the other side, your path leads along the lakeshore to Lindau. This stage can be shortened by 21km if you opt for a train transfer (ticket not included).
Day 5: Friedrichshafen/Lindau – Bregenz region/Horn (13-33 mi/20-53 km)
The old town of Lindau, which is located on an island on the lake, the lighthouse with lions (Lindau's landmark), and the town hall shouldn't be missed. From Lindau, pedal to Bregenz, capital of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. Parts of the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” were filmed at the festival here in Bregenz. Make sure you explore the old town before moving on.
Crossing the Rhine Delta you then reach the old harbor town of Rorschach, where you can visit one of Switzerland’s beautiful corn houses that includes a museum. From here, continue along Lake Constance until you reach the pleasant village of Horn.
Day 6: Bregenz region/Horn – Constance (19-43 mi/31-69 km)
On your last day of cycling, you pedal through the canton of Thurgau passing many beautiful, small villages on the way to Romanshorn. After Romanshorn, continue to cycle on the bike trail back to Constance thus completing your loop of the Lake. Enjoy a final night's stay here.
Day 7: Constance
After breakfast, you may return home or extend your stay.