The Lake Constance cycling tour
The Lake Constance cycle tour is the most famous cycle tour in Europe. The tour is popular because it goes around the lake through three different countries (Germany, Switzerlan and Austria) and through four lake islands (Reichenau, Mainau, Lindau and Werd). The tour offers a magnificent view of the lake and the Alps. It includes the beautiful towns of Constance, Stein, Meersburg and Lindau, but there are lots of other places and attractions to discover along the route. The Lake Constance cycling tour is a suitable for families with children as the route is easy and mainly flat.
In case you decide to go for the Lake Constance cycling tour, you should know that the standard duration is 8 days (7 nights). The total length of the tour is 200 km, but the daily route has from 20 to 50 km. The flat route follows the lake shore. The start and the end locations are usually Constance but the tour can be started from any destination along the route. You can bring your own bike or you can rent one from one of bike renters in the region.
The lake tour step by step
Once you arrive in Constance you can start by visiting the medieval city and the church council. You can also see the statue of Imperia, which is symbol of the city, the Jan Hus museum and the aquarium. The second day, you need to cycle 20-30 km to get to theisland of Reichenau. The monastery on this island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. You will get to Höri Peninsula by boat where you will cycle from Gaienhofen to Hemmenhofen, Öhningen and then to Stein am Rhein, a beautiful city on the Swiss border.
On the third day, after crossing the bridge to the island of Werd, you will see the Franciscan monastery. You will then get to the island of Mainau and take the ferry to Überlingen. On the fourth day, the route leads to the church of Birnau and to Meersburg where you can visit the Castle. The trip continues to Immenstaad and Hagnau towards Friedrichshafen with its famous Zeppelin Museum. The fifth day’s route will lead you to Langenargen and Lindau and then to the Austrian town of Bregenz.
On the sixth day you will cross the Rhineto Altenrhein in Switzerland, from where you will cycle to Rorshach. You will cycle through the beautifull Swiss villages along the lakeshore on the seventh day back toConstancewhere the tour ends. After the eighth day, you can extend your journey if you wish to stay more at the lake.