Rhine: High-Rhine: Constance – Freiburg
Lake Constance and High-Rhine
In 7 days from Lake Constance to Freiburg
Lets begin your bike tour in the holiday paradise Lake Constance and follow the young Rhine. You will bike through picturesque Swiss fishing villages and to the famous Rheinfall waterfalls near Schaffhausen. The boat trip to this amazing spectacle of nature will amaze you. The Rhine River will lead you the way to Germanys oldest iron-made railway bridge, to the longest tiled wooden bridge of Europe and to the bishops chair in Basel, whose medieval character makes you not want to stop taking pictures. The bike trails are mostly paved and assure comfortable cycling through the Markgräflerland passing small wealthy wine-growing villages and spas at the edge of the Black Forest. Taste wines from Baden and the delicious cuisine of the region before your trip ends in the beautiful Fribourg.
1. day Arrival in Constance
Arrive a little earlier in Constance to visit its Old Town, you will not be disappointed! This is the place where the Council, fundamentally reorganized by the Catholic Church, met between 1414 and 1418 in the cathedrale and in the council building. Its most well-known victim was the Czech reformer Jan Hus, executed here in 1415. The aquariums of the Sea Life Center and the archaeological museum are also worth visiting.
2. day Constance - Schaffhausen, 50 km
Well-established bike trails guide your way out of Constance towards picturesque Swiss dishing villages. Always staying close to the lakeside of Lake Constance, you will reach Stein am Rhein. The great number of houses decorated with frescos and other, half-timbered houses will surely impress you. Until reaching Schaffhausen, you will continuously switch sides between Germany and Switzerland. In Schaffhausen, a walk around town is absolutely worthwhile. You will be impressed by the romantic, car-free narrow streets and places, the 171 bays as well as by the ornated middle-class houses.
3. day Schaffhausen - Waldshut-Tiengen, 55-60 km
A unique spectacle is the Rheinfall, the mightiest waterfall of Central Europe! A boat takes you to the Rheinfall rocks to witness the thunderous masses of water. But even more highlights are waiting for you today. Rheinau monastery, situated idyllically in a sinuosity, was for a long time the meeting point for mercenaries coming from all over Europe. You will then pass Kaiserstuhl, Switzerlands smallest town, and Bad Zurzach with its very modern brine baths. Later on, in Koblenz, you will cross the Rhine via Germanys oldest iron-made railway bridge. Finally, you will reach Waldshut-Tiengen, situated in the formerly Austrian territories in Southern Germany.
4. day Waldshut-Tiengen - Basel, 65 km or 50 km + train journey (not incl.)
Another day with various highlights lies in front of you! Around noon, you will reach the town of Laufenburg, awarded for its exemplary public tidiness. After your break you will follow the course of the Rhine to Bad Säckingen. Marvel at the longest wooden bridge of Europe and visit the garbage museum. Just before Rheinfelden lies Beuggen castle, the former chair of the German order of knights.
our destination Basel will be reached by train to give you all the time you desire to visit the bishops chair and to dive into the rich history of the town still present nowadays in the medieval townscape. Basel is best to be discovered by foot. This concerns in particular the Old Town where many sights lie close to one another. Starting at the market place, it is best to follow the marked route in order to discover the beauty of the town in 90 minutes.
5. day Basel - Badenweiler/Müllheim, 45-50 km
Todays route continues to the other direction. The Rhine and the bike trail following it turn northwards. Back Forest and Rhine seem come closer to each other again at the Isteiner Klotz. Level bike trails show you the way to Bad Bellingen in the Markgräfler Land, famous for its winegrowing, especially for the Gutedel. The landscape reminds of fairy tales and lies there in endless beauty in every season. The Markgräfler Land is characterized by the southern climate, idyllic vineyards, meadows, fields, orchards and forests. What a pleasure to be on a bike trip in this fantastic region! You will spend the night in Badenweiler, a town of very elegant flair. It is one of the spas with the most tradition in Europe.
6. day Badenweiler/Müllheim - Freiburg, 35-40 km
Ever since the course of the Rhine has been artificially corrected in Napoleonic times, it flows dead straight through the landscape. To make your trip nevertheless a little more interesting, you will leave the river today to ride along the edge of the Black Forest where small spa towns and wealthy winegrowing villages complete the picture. Where the Höllental opens towards the Rhine, you can already perceive the tower of the Fribourg minster. The Old Town seems to spread a kind of magic attraction almost pulling you closer. It is now time to enjoy the town, former residence of the Zähringer sovereigns, with its numerous tiny water streams and the beautiful half-timbered houses. Let your day end with local delicacies and wine.
7. day Departure from Freiburg
Your bike trip ends after breakfast. It is possible to prolong your stay.
prices & services
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.
Prices are per person.
09.04. – 30.04.2023
08.10. – 15.10.2023
01.05. – 10.05.2023
15.09. – 07.10.2023
11.05. – 25.05.2023
11.06. – 30.06.2023
01.09. – 14.09.2023
26.05. – 10.06.2023
01.07. – 31.08.2023
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Overnight stays in hotels on the national 3 *** - Nievau
- Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- GPS tracks on request
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the bike tour Constance - Freiburg
Please find more information about the bike tour Constance - Freiburg below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
Arrival by train
Constance is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Konstanz. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Parking facilities at the hotel
There are free parking spaces on public roads, alternatively you can use public parking garages (Fischmarkt, Dammgasse, Lago, Altstadt, Benediktinerplatz - each approx. 10-25 EUR per day).
You can find free parking spaces on public roads.
A few hotels have paid parking spaces, details can be found in the travel documents.
It is also possible to park the car in a fenced parking lot for the duration of the bike tour (costs: EUR 45 per trip / per car). Reservation through Velociped is required.
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle on mostly flat cycle paths or separate cycle lanes. The last two stages are much more hilly; from time to time small climbs have to be mastered.
Trip with children: Due to the more demanding stages, we only recommend the trip for young people with good stamina.
Available rental bikes
27-speed touring bikes with derailleur gears (unisex) are available. Men's bikes can be booked from 1.75 m tall. All bikes are equipped with speedometers and handlebar bags. 8-speed electric bicycles with freewheel can also be booked.
Transfer back to the starting point
Back to Constance you can travel by train on your own. Trains leave every hour (duration 2,5 - 3 hours). For more information please visit the following website:
Currencies in Switzerland
For Switzerland, it is advisable to exchange it in swiss franc (Franken), although you can pay in euros. Swiss franc can be conveniently withdrawn from the ATM using an EC or credit card.
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.
Any visitor's tax that may arise is not part of the tour price and must therefore be paid on site at the hotel.
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.
Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.
Information on current decisions of the German Federal Government can be found here:
Current information on entry requirements to Germany can be found here:
An up-to-date overview of applicable measures and travel and safety advice regarding Covid-19 for all countries in the EU and Switzerland can be found here:
You can also find more information on our website at:
Corona virus and holiday planning
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.
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 historic 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.
The Archaeological Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg is responsible for the archaeological archaeological discoveries of Baden-Württemberg, archiving the archaeological finds and presenting them in special exhibitions and several museums. The Austentelle in Constance houses the most important permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of Baden-Württemberg.
Old town Schaffhausen
Enjoy the old town of Schaffhausen on a tour. You will be delighted by the romantic and car-free alleyways and squares, the 171 windows, as well as the decorated citizen houses.
The Rhinefall is the second largest waterfall in Europe, with a height of 23 meters and a width of 150 meters
The old administrative district of Waldshut was one of the most important among the four Upper Austrian Waldsteuern Laufenburg, Rheinfelden, Säckingen and was founded in 1240 by Count Albrecht von Habsburg in the western part of the Alpgaus.
Castle park Badenweiler
250 years ago from the margrave of Baden to the model of English parks laid out and lovingly maintained over the centuries, the Badenweiler spa and castle park has become a unique paradise for nature lovers and explorers.
Roman bathing Badenweiler
With the discovery of the Roman bathing-ruins of 1784, the best-preserved Roman spa resort north of the Alps, Badenweiler was suddenly known throughout Europe as a thermal bath with a Roman tradition. The importance of this bathing ruins in the history of the town has influenced the entire development of the town to a modern spa with a great tradition.
Historical merchants hall Freiburg
For the municipal market administration Lienhart Müller built between 1520 and 1532 the department store at the Münsterplatz. The coats of arms and the figurine of the main façade of Hans Sixt von Staufen represent a reverence for the House of Habsburg.
Historical merchants hall Freiburg
Every visitor to Freiburg is immediately drawn to the cathedral as soon as he sees the open pyramid of the slender tower above the roofs of the old town. Then he stands in astonishment at the most beautiful tower of Christendom, as the famous Basel historian and writer Carl Jakob Burckhardt has called him.