Look forward to the cycling paradise of Lake Constance. The 570 km² large Swabian Sea connects Germany with Austria and Switzerland and is nestled between the lovely panorama of the Alps. On the excellently signposted cycle route and by using the very good boat connections from the Weiße Flotte you discover almost the entire Lake Constance on this bike tour. Marvel at the island of Reichenau, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001 and at the profusion of flowers on the island of Mainau, which is considered a magnet for visitors of Lake Constance. An other great sight is of course the Old Town of Lindau, which is completely located on an island and stands under monument protection since 1976. Explore the small pilgrimage church Birnau, a baroque jewel on Lake Constance and look forward to Salem Monastery and Palace. The impressive ensemble of medieval church and Baroque monastery buildings is a cultural monument of the highest order. Every day offers new surprises. You discover worth seeing places like Stein am Rhein, Überlingen, Meersburg and Friedrichshafen. We promise that you will not be bored at this holiday in Constance and Lake Constance!
1. day Constance Arrival
Look forward to Constance, the largest town on Lake Constance with all its sights. They range historically back almost as far as the history of the city. From the late antique Roman castle and early medieval churches over the patrician and guild houses of the medieval town citizens to large contiguous Nouveau and Gründerzeit ensemble. As a former episcopal town the city has a rich sacral heritage, which includes among other things the former Episcopal Cathedral, the Konstanz Cathedral and a number of former convents and canons'. Landmark of the city is the statue of Imperia, which is a monument to the prostitutes of the council time. Highly recommended and modern are also the aquariums of the Sea Life Center and the Archaeological Provincial Museum.
2. day Meersburg and Lindau 50 km + boat trip
With the boat from Konstanz you cross over to Meersburg, which is famous especially because of the beautiful location and the romantic angle, but also because of the many museums. Explore the beautiful medieval town on the vineyard slopes and then cycle through Friedrichshafen to Langenargen. On your way you cross neat little villages such as Wasserburg and Nonnenhorn and there is always an opportunity for a break at the beer garden or the beach. Do not dawdle too much, because your milestone Lindau, the Bavarian "Metropolis in the lake" has many attractions. Stroll along the promenade, where Lighthouse and Lion frame the famous harbor entrance and the massive old lighthouse, also called Mangturm, rises. Visit the Old Town Hall, stroll through the medieval Maximilianstrasse to the marketplace with the two churches and marvel at the city museum with its murals. Also take a look at the Peter Church, which is one of the oldest buildings in the area. Back it goes quite comfortably by boat to Meersburg, and from there by ferry to Constance.
3. day Island Mainau 15 km
Today you will cycle to Mainau Island, which attracts large numbers of visitors all year round. In spring it is particularly colorful with 15,000 tulips, the roses in the summer and the dahlias are serious competitors in the autumn. With its planting and cultural exhibitions, the Butterfly House and the Palm House, the Flower island is worth seeing throughout the year. Since so many visitors enjoy the floral splendor of the island, it is explorable only on foot. After your worthwhile tour you go back on your bike and whiz back to Constance to the hotel.
4. day Ueberlingen and Salem 55 km + boat and ferry
Start the morning comfortably to Wallhausen. By boat you go from there to Ueberlingen. Visit the well-preserved old town and stroll through the almost Mediterranean waterfront, before you continue cycling on the cycle route to the monastery church Birnau. From here you take the Prälatenweg to Salem with its famous castle, which is among the finest and most important cultural monuments of the Lake Constance region. Maybe you want to take a break in the tavern of the 'Affenberges'? In the afternoon in Meersburg you take ferry back to Constance.
5. day Island Reichenau and Stein am Rhein 50 km + boat trip
Today you have two beautiful goals in your program. First you will cycle to the island of Reichenau, since 2001 UNESCO - World Heritage Site. The island with the monastery of Reichenau is according to the UNESCO an outstanding witness to the religious and cultural role of a great Benedictine monastery in the Middle Ages. After a worthwhile tour you sail from Reichenau to Gaienhofen. Then you will cycle an the beautiful Lake Constance Cycle Route along the peninsula Höri to Hemmenhofen where Otto Dix lived temporarily. Your second big day destination Stein am Rhein presents itself with many picturesque house facades around the town square. Stroll through the town and enjoy a nice Cafe break. The way back leads along the southern shore of the Untersee via Steckborn and the small village of Gottlieben to Constance.
6. day Constance departure
After breakfast your beautiful holiday ends at the Hotel in Constance. For whose who don't want to leave jet have the possibility to extend their stay.
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.
26.04. – 10.05.2020
14.06. – 21.06.2020
13.09. – 27.09.2020
17.05. – 24.05.2020
23.08. – 06.09.2020
31.05. – 07.06.2020
05.07. – 16.08.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Accommodation in a 3* niveau hotel
- Boat trip Reichenau-Gaienhofen incl. bike
- Boat trip Wallhausen-Überlingen incl.bike
- Boat trip Lindau-Constance incl. bike
- 2 ferry trips Constance - Meersburg incl. bike
- entrance fee Rosgartenmuseum Constance incl. 1 cup of coffee
- entrance fee Castle Schloss Salem
- entrance fee Island Mainau
- travel documents incl. maps
- 7-days hotline service
Worth knowing about the Lake Constance radial tour
Please find more information about the Lake Constance radial tour below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
Your hotel for the radial tour at Lake Constance
We are pleased to offer you the following hotels for booking:
You are welcome to tell us your favorite hotel for booking. But hotels may deviate - depending on availabilities.
Arrival by train
Konstanz 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: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
At the hotel paid parking is possible, partialy.
Furthermore, it is possible to park in a fenced parking lot for the duration of the bike tour (cost: EUR 39, - per trip / per car). Reservation required.
It is also possible to use free parking spaces on public roads or public parking spaces / car parks.
Parking garages (fish market, Dammgasse, old town, Benedictine square), costs apprx. 10-20 EUR per day / car.
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle mostly on flat, paved bike trails near the shore around the lake. Occasionally there are short sections of unpaved roads.
In the area of Friedrichshafen, the bike path goes along the main road. The lakeshore is largely open to the public.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 8-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 27-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height. Men's bikes are suitable for all gentlemen from 175 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
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.
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.
Sea-Life Center Konstanz
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.
The Meersburg Castle, also the Old Castle or the Old Castle in Meersburg on the Lake Constance, is the oldest inhabited castle in Germany in the 7th century. A tour of the Burgmuseum gives an insight into more than 30 rooms. Including the old Burgküche, the Dürnitz, the Palas, the Brunnenstube, the Waffenhalle, Wehrgangs, Rittersaal, Burgverlies, two chapels, stable, Nordbastion and much more. Also the living rooms and the dying room of the poetess Annette von Droste-Hülshoff are included in this tour. In addition, you can climb the "Dagobertsturm" with a view of the city, the lake and the Alps. In the tower is a 19th century prison room as well as the Renaissancesaal with treasure chamber. In the deepest part of the tower, the torture chamber gives insight into the jurisdiction of the Middle Ages.
With an area of about 45 hectares, the Mainau is the third largest island in Lake Constance. Because of its extremely rich subtropical, partly also tropical vegetation, the Mainau is also known as the flower island in Lake Constance
The Affenberg Salem is an animal park and Germany's largest monkey reserve. The main attraction of the over 20 hectares of woodland are 200 berberoes who can move freely there and can be fed by the visitors with specially prepared popcorn.
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.