What to expect
Circumnavigate one of Europe’s largest freshwater lakes, starting and finishing in the German city of Constance and following the sparkling shoreline through Austria and Switzerland. A well-signposted, car-free cycle path makes Lake Constance an easy tour whatever your ability and you can take the day at a leisurely pace.
Touring through green landscapes with a backdrop of the snow-capped Alps, you’ll stop off in enchanting towns and lakeside resorts, each with unique appeal – the medieval town of Stein am Rhein, the spectacular Rhine Falls, the castle of Kirchberg and the Swiss harbour of Romanshorn are some of the best bits. The wooden slopes and nature reserves of the Höri Peninsula have inspired artists and writers for centuries.
Prefer a shorter break? Try our 6 night Lake Constance tour.
At a glance
- Blue lakes, green landscapes, Alpine backdrops
- Lakeside resort towns and Europe's largest waterfalls
- Green nature reserves and dramatic waterfalls in the Höri Peninsula
- Well-signposted and mainly traffic-free cycle path, for all abilities
Arrive in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Make your way to the lakeside city of Constance and take a stroll around the historic centre or cross the bridge to the flower island of Mainau.
Constance – Radolfzell - Überlingen
31 miles (50 km)
Pedal along the lake shore to the old imperial town of Randolfzell before cycling through the Bodanrueck peninsula to the health resort of Überlingen with its lakeside promenade.
Überlingen - Region Kressbronn
31 miles (50 km)
Pass the Baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the ancient town of Meersburg with its castle on route to the lakeside city of Friedrichshafen where you can see the world's largest collection of aviation exhibitions at the Zeppelin Museum. Continue on through the orchards to Kressbronn.
Kressbronn - Region Höchst/Rorschach
22/31 miles (35/50 km)
Cycle to the island town of Lindau before crossing the border into Austria and on to Bregenz at the lake’s eastern tip, a city famous for its annual drama festival in the world's largest lake theatre. Ride through a beautiful nature reserve as you cycle past the Rhein delta. Overnight at Höchst in Austria or Rorschach in Switzerland.
Region Höchst/Rorschach – Constance/Kreuzlingen
22/34 miles (33/55 km)
Cycle through the apple orchards of Thurgau, passing through Romanshorn, the most important Swiss harbour on Lake Constance. Discover authentic villages and wooden framed houses as you ride along the Swiss banks of the lake before hopping across the border back into Germany and returning to Constance.
Constance – Stein am Rhein - Schaffhausen
31 miles (50 km)
Cycle through picturesque Swiss fishing villages along the southern shore of Lake Constance. Take your time in the medieval town of Stein am Rhein before cycling on to the Swiss town of Schaffhausen with its beautiful pedestrianised Old Town.
Schaffhausen – Rhine Falls – Constance/Kreuzlingen
34 miles (55 km) + boat trip
From Schaffhausen cycle along the river and visit the impressive Rhine Falls, Central Europe’s largest waterfall. Take a boat (included) to the foot of the falls to experience the sheer force of the water up close. Ride along the other bank of the River Rhine before reaching the pretty town of Stein am Rhein. Pedal along the Höri Peninsula, where the writer Hermann Hesse and the artist Otto Dix once lived, and then along the lake to Gaienhofen before taking a ferry across to the monastery island of Reichenau, a World Heritage site since 2001. Cycle across the bridge back to the mainland and into Constance.
Depart from Constance
Enjoy a final breakfast before checking out and returning home or continuing your holiday.
3 Star Hotels
We use a pool of 3* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- 3* hotels
- Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information
- Local contact number for assistance
- Entrance to Rosgarten Museum in Constance including a coffee
- Boat trip: Rhine Falls Rock
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Tourist tax (small charge, payable locally)
Child reductions (3rd and 4th in room)
- Up to 5 years: 100%
- 6 to 13 years: 50%**
- 14 to 17 years: 25%
*Twin rooms in Germany (and also Switzerland) usually consist of one bed with separate mattresses and bedding. Some hotels do have twin beds but these are exceptions.
**discount already applied for triple & quad rooms
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, bike computer and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.
Child tag-alongs, trailers and bike seats available on request.
Hybrid 24 or 7 gear with pannier
8 gear with pannier
20, 24 or 26 inch wheels
You can add these when you price your trip
Board upgrade (B&B included)
News, Reviews & FAQs
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What other customers have said
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So glad I picked an active holiday, we did so much and had so much fun, that we didn't want the holiday to finish.Antonia Chamorro , October 2016
A fantastic trip.Really glad we choose the longer trip to include the Rhine falls. Would recommend it - although not sure it is that suitable for families as there were quite a few sections on roads/ by roads. Wouldn't go later than mid September as a lot of the boats are not running.Maggie Chapman , September 2016