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Cycle around the shores of Lake Constance, Europe’s most popular cycleway on a flat, easy going dedicated cycle path. With tiny wheels in tow, pedal through Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Visit fairy tale villages and lakeside beaches fuelled by the delicious regional sweet treat of apfelkuchen.
From the charming town of Constance, hop on a ferry and cycle back in time to experience the Lake Dwellings museum at Überlingen where you can discover family life dating back several thousand years. Soar with Zeppelins at the Friedrichshafen museum and explore the waterside castle of Montfort. Cycle to the old town island of Lindau, perfect for a picnic. At Bregenz take a cable car trip for high lake panoramic views to see family’s cycling achievement of pedalling around Lake Constance - wunderbar!
Your family cycling trip will begin in Constance, the largest town on Lake Constance and unofficial capital of the region. You can spend the afternoon exploring the maze of little alleyways, seek out an ice-cream shop or two or head over to the lively harbour of Kreuzlingen .
Within a few km’s of cycling you’ll hop onto your first boat journey across to the northern shores of Lake Constance as you head for Überlingen. From Überlingen it’s a short cycle to Ühlginden. Visit the Lake Dwellings museum where you can discover family life on Lake Constance dating back 6000 years ago. A few km’s more, arrive into Meerburg, just in time for German afternoon tea!
Cycle: 25 -30 km + boat trip
Overnight: Meersburg Region
Following the Lake Constance cycle path pedal through the vineyards of Immenstaad (a possible break for mum and dad!). With only a short ride today, you will have you plenty of time to visit the Zeppelin Museum of Friedrichshafen where you can get up close to a life size replica of the largest commercial airship, the mighty ‘Hidenburg’. Why not end the day lakeside at one of the promenade cafes.
Cycle: 15 km + boat trip
Cycling to Langenargen discover Montfort Castle, sitting at the water’s edge. Ride through the Bavarian villages of Wasserburg and Nonnenhorn as the route opens out to the welcome of Lindau harbour, guarded by a 6m high lion. The old quarter sits on an small island just off shore and is perfect for an afternoon of exploration.
Cycle: 30 km
Within few kilometres of cycling, pedal across the border into the Austrian waterside town of Bregenz, famed for its panoramic views and family friendly lido. If time permits you can also take the cable car up Pfander Mountain (1,050m), for a fantastic vista of your entire route - a real achievement! Beyond Bregenz, save enough energy for the easy going ride into Swiss region of Rorschach for your overnight stay. There is also a train journey you can hop on (payable locally) from Bregenz to the Rorschah region if you are short or time or have tired legs.
Cycle: 40—50 km
Overnight: Rorscach Region
Returning to Constance today the route passes through chocolate box Swiss villages including the small settlement of Arbon. Visit the medieval castle and discover the local history spanning back to the Stone Age. Beyond Arbon at Romanshorn (about half way) a train service runs direct to Constance. Otherwise the final stretch of cycling into Constance leads to a number lakeside cafes - perfect for a family celebratory selfie!
Cycle: 35-40 km
Your final day is a day on foot to explore Constance, take a trip to Stein Am Rhein or enjoy a boat tour of the Lake. Alternatively, there are plenty lakeside spots close by or if you prefer something for all the family the Bodensee Therme Spa has extensive outdoor and indoor pools, including a spa for parents to recharge.
Depending on your onward travel arrangements, you may have time to soak up the relaxed lakeside atmosphere of Constance.
The accommodation on this cycling trip consists of small charming, often family-run 3 star hotels. Many are renowned for their excellent cuisine and all offer a warm welcome to cycling families. The differing distances each day reflect the fact that the accommodations are located in different areas within a certain region/town area each night. We work with a number of accommodations along the cycle path, so all distances are an approximation of the recommended routes.
Family rooms are subject to availability and child prices are based on up to 2 children sharing a room with 2-full paying adults. On occasion family rooms might not be available. Children sharing a room with 2 full paying adults receive the following discounts: 0-5 yrs 100%, 6-13 yrs 50%, 14-17 years 25%.
If friends or other family members are joining you and they would like their own room throughout the trip, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment.
Apartment Hotel dates back over a century and was constructed on the style of Karlsruhe Castle. With a contemporary interior, this historic building meets the needs of the modern day traveller.
Nestled in the heart of the busy town of Rorschah means you don’t have to wander far for any attractions. This hotel takes on the traditional themes of its namesake!
On arrival at the Wassersport, it’s hard not head straight for the sun terrace at the water’s edge where just beyond is a very inviting beach!
This trip is available to start on any day from late April to early October. For current availability, please click here.
This is a self-guided cycle tour. The vast majority of the cycle paths are clearly waymarked and we supply you with detailed maps and route notes so you will be able to easily find your way.
Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg)
rent comfortable unisex bikes with deep step-through frames, optionally with a
24-gear derailleur and rim brakes or 7 speed hub gears and back-pedal brakes. You can bring your own saddle if
you wish. Please bring your own helmet or buy one on arrival. Helmets cannot be supplied for adults or children.
come equipped with panniers, mileometer, bicycle lock and puncture repair kit.
A handlebar bag with map compartment is
available, please advise at the time of booking if you require this. If you would prefer to take your own bike, do let us know at the time of booking.
Children’s bicycles suitable for 6 to 16 year olds
(depending on size and weight)
Children’s bicycle seats suitable for children weighing
up to 22 kg
Children’s trailers for maximum 2 small children
weighing up to 25 kg
Trailer bike for children, connected to parent’s bicycle
suitable for children up to 28 kg
Weehoo Trailer: for children from 2-9 years old weighing up to
30kg. (The children sit in the trailer comfortably and are secured with a
safety belt. They can decide whether they want to pedal or not). Limited availability.
All bike tours are unescorted. The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes. Travel to and from Constance is not included in the tour price and must be arranged on your own. In Austria it is mandatory for children under 12 yrs to wear a helmet when on a bike.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Your cycling trip will begin in Constance, the largest town on Lake Constance and the town which gave the lake its name. It is a thriving university town and the unofficial capital of the region.
Zurich is the closest large airport and direct flights from the UK are available with Easyjet, British Airways or Swiss. Constance is an easy approx. 1hr direct train journey from Zurich Airport (see www.bahn.co.uk). Alternatively, you can fly into Friedrichshafen and take a 40 mins ferry across the lake.
The train stations in the airports are well sign-posted. It is an approx. 1hr train journey from Zurich Airport to Constance (Konstanz). More information can be found at www.bahn.co.uk.
Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais (approx. 35 minutes) and then drive to Zurich (approx. 8 hours).
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
You would think Lake Constance was made for families! As there are number of children's bikes and trailer options available for rent, this trip is suitable for toddlers upwards. If your children are old enough to ride solo, they don’t have to been on a cycling holiday before but going out and being able to ride the distances will help your family enjoy the trip so much more. The route is planned around quiet roads, dedicated cycle lanes and some natural paths. The distances are fairly short but there are plenty of museums, lakeside beaches and delicious ice-cream parlours to break up each day of cycling. On the longer days of cycling, there is always the option to hop on a train and reduce some of the distance.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season from July to August.
Spring at Lake Constance is from around May to June. Flowers quickly blossom and timbered houses over spill with colourful flower boxes. July and August is the best of the weather but can be busy. September is just in time for end of the wine season and can also have superb weather without the crowds.
You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.