Lake Constance: Cycle Tour for connoisseurs
Discover Lake Constance on this round trip with all its sights and beauties. You will enjoy many included services such as the Zeppelin Museum, a pedal boat ride, the Bodensee-Therme, the Sealife Center, coffee and cake in selected cafés, a gourmet fish dinner and wine tasting. Look forward to a stroll through Lindau and a boat trip to the Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall. Visit the monastery island Reichenau and the flower island Mainau, stroll through the lively town of Überlingen and marvel at the beautiful location of Meersburg with its romantic corners and many museums.
1. day Friedrichshafen Arrival
Upon arrival at the hotel you will receive your rental bikes. Explore the Zeppelin city Friedrichshafen on your arrival day. Visit the historic Schlosssteg, the landmark of the city, the Schlosskirche, which today is one of the famous Upper Swabian Baroque buildings, and the Zeppelin Museum, which has the world's largest collection of airships.
2. day Friedrichshafen – Bregenz 40 km
Today you cycle comfortably on the Lake Constance cycle path past the holiday resort of Langenargen to Lindau and further to the festival city of Bregenz. Do not miss to cycle to the harbor entrance of Lindau, which is guarded by two six-meter high lion statues. It is probably the most well-known sight in Lindau as well as on the entire Lake Constance. Look forward to the festival city of Bregenz, to a dreamy old town and in the evening to a gourmet fish meal. Please note that during the Bregenz Festival from 19.07.-19.08.2018, overnight stays can also be made in nearby locations in the immediate vicinity, such as in Hörbranz, Lustenau or Dornbirn.
3. day Bregenz – Arbon 41 km
Through the nature reserve Rheineck you cycle to Rorschach, nestled between the rolling hills of the Appenzellerland and the vastness of Lake Constance. Already in 947 Rorschach got the market right and developed in the Middle Ages to an important trading place. Today the stately citizen houses in the lively town center testify that. After a rewarding break, you finally cycle in the direction of your cozy hotel in Horn or Arbon.
4. day Arbon – Stein am Rhein/ Gaienhofen 59-69 km
Passing Romanshorn with the largest seaport in Switzerland, you cycle on the southern shore of Lake Constance through a magnificent landscape to the Untersee, where Lake Constance once again becomes the Rhine. Happily you reach Stein am Rhein. Marvel at this small town, over pretty facades, many small bay windows, quiet corners, stately half-timbered houses and colorfully painted town houses. Stroll through the city and along the inviting waterfront. Very convenient that you stay here or in Gaienhofen directly on the lake for two nights in a row.
5. day Excursion Rhine Falls 65 km
Look forward to your bike tour to medieval Schaffhausen and on to the Rhine Falls. The Rhine Falls is 23 meters high and 150 meters wide, the largest and most water-rich waterfall in Europe! It is one of the major attractions around Lake Constance. From several platforms you have a fascinating view of the water masses between the rocks. If you participate in one of the many boat tours offered here, you will experience the falling water masses even from very close proximity!
6. day Stein am Rhein/ Gaienhofen – Constance 45 km
Through the nature reserve Radolfzeller Moos and Wollmatinger Ried you cycle to the monastery island of Reichenau. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List on 30.11.2000, as a cultural landscape that gives an outstanding testimony to the religious and cultural role of a large Benedictine monastery in the Middle Ages. Visit the well-preserved churches of the island and marvel at the monastic architecture from the 9th to the 11th century and the carefully restored murals. From here you continue cycling to the Konzilstadt Konstanz or to Kreuzlingen. You stay overnight at the 3-star Hotel am Hafen (on the shores of Lake Constance, about 10 minutes on foot from the old town of Konstanz in a picturesque setting with parkland and maritime flair) or in the Hotel Graf Zeppelin in the old town of Konstanz.
7. day Constance – Friedrichshafen 46 km + Ferry
On Lake Constance cycle path, you start cycling to the flower island of Mainau. Here it is worth taking a long visit, even if you can explore only on foot. You will be rewarded by a true floral splendor: tulips in spring, roses in summer and dahlias in autumn. In addition to these seasonal flower highlights, the island of Mainau offers a multitude of attractions and nature experiences. Marvel at the Baroque palace, the butterfly house, the Mediterranean terraces, the Italian flower water stairs or the green oasis of the roof garden. Then you cycle to the ferry to Wallhausen, which brings you to Überlingen. Past the Baroque church in Birnau and the stilt houses near Unteruhldingen you cycle to Meersburg. Do not only visit the castle, but also enjoy the flair of this lively city before you leave to Friedrichshafen.
8. day Friedrichshafen Departure
After breakfast, you will start your journey home or treat yourself to some extra nights at the beautiful Lake Constance.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
14.04. – 16.04.2020
09.10. – 11.10.2020
17.04. – 30.04.2020
05.10. – 08.10.2020
10.04. – 13.04.2020
01.05. – 24.05.2020
15.06. – 01.07.2020
07.09. – 04.10.2020
25.05. – 14.06.2020
02.07. – 22.07.2020
24.08. – 06.09.2020
23.07. – 23.08.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- 7 nights with breakfast in 3* - 4* star hotels
- Lake Constance - gourmet fish dinner in Bregenz
- Ferry Wallhausen – Überlingen incl. bike
- Luggage transport
- Coupon booklet including the following services: coffee / tea & cake in selected cafes, pedal boat trip in Bregenz, entrance fees Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, Sealife Center, Bodensee-Therme in Konstanz, Museum Lindwurm in Stein a. Rhine, fortress ruin Hohentwiel in Singen and reptile house Unteruhldingen, wine tasting in Salem/Hagnau
- Info package with tour map
- 7-days hotline service
Worth knowing about the Lake Constance cycle tour for connoisseurs
Please find more information about the Lake Constance cycle tour for connoisseurs below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
Arrival by train
Friedrichshafen is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
You can use free parking spaces on public roads near the hotel or public underground garages (Graf Zeppelin-Haus, Parkhaus Altstadt, at the city train station), approx. € 15, - per car / day, subject to availability.
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle on flat and paved bike paths near the shore of Lake Constance most time. Occasionally there are short unpaved sections. In Friedrichshafen the cycle path leads along the main road. In the area of Höri the it leads through slightly hilly terrain.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel.
Electric bikes (Kettler or Schauff) are also available.
Currencies in Switzerland
For Switzerland, we recommend to exchange Swiss franc. Although you can pay in Euros. Franken can easily be lifted by debit or credit card at an ATM.
Extra costs which are not inculded in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.
7 days hotline service
Just in case the bike chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: you can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Opened in 1996, the Zeppelin Museum houses the world's largest collection on the history and technology of the Zeppelin airship.
The city has many sights to see, so you can get inspired by historical buildings, traditional landmarks and modern architecture. A special highlight is the Festspielhaus and the world-famous Festspiele on the largest lake stage in the world.
With the Pfänder-Panoramagondel you hover quickly and comfortably to the mountain station at Pfänder (1064m). The unique panoramic view of Lake Constance and the 240 Alpine summits of Austria, Germany and Switzerland make the Pfänder the most famous vantage point in the region.
In particular the play on the lake on the world's largest lake stage (as of 2005) in the Lake Constance is a draw for a large number of visitors. It is known for the beauty of the natural setting of Lake Constance, oversized stages, technical pieces of the cabinet and a unique acoustics achieved by the Bregenzer directional hearing technique.
Rhine falls Schaffhausen
The Rhine falls are the second largest waterfall in Europe, with a height of 23 meters and a width of 150 meters.
Island of Reichenau
The Reichenau is the largest island in Lake Constance. Since 2000, it has been listed on the UNESCO List of the World Heritage with the Reichenau Monastery. According to UNESCO, the island is an outstanding testimony to the religious and cultural role of a great Benedictine monastery in the Middle Ages.
With over 82,000 inhabitants, Constance is the largest city on Lake Constance and has maintained its long tradition as a city of trade and culture up to the present day. The cultural city is characterized by many historically significant buildings, such as the "Cathedral of Our Lady of Our Lady", which for twelve centuries was the cathedral of the Bishops of Constance and served as the meeting room of the Council of Constance (1414-1418). The Stadttheater, which is the oldest permanent stage in Germany, 400 years old, is another highlight.
Sea-Life Center Constance
In the SEA LIFE Constance, you will discover a variety of marine life: from curious and protective to rare and enigmatic animals. Many of these animals are on the red list of endangered animals. They have been saved and can not be returned to the natural habitat or have been born and raised as part of the SEA LIFE protection projects in the aquariums.