- Ride Europe's most popular cycle path
- Easy going cycling through Austria, Germany and Switzerland
- Visit the 'Bavarian Riveria'
- Medieval towns of Stein am Rhein, Constance & Überlingen
- Lakeside beaches & Alpine mountain views
Cycle the most popular route in Europe, following a flat easy going, dedicated cycle path around the sparkling shores of Bodensee, also known as Lake Constance. Straddling Austria, Switzerland and Germany Lake Constance is peppered with fairy tale villages, medieval towns and inviting lakeside beaches to soak up far reaching Alpine views.
From the charming town of Constance ride near free traffic roads and explore the 13th century healing spa town of Überlingen. Cycle the northern shores and take a trip to Lindau's old town island, before passing through the Austrian shoreline of Bregenz. Cross into the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein where it's worth sampling a Swiss chocolate bar or two! Round off your riding with a visit to Europe’s largest falls, the thunderous Rhine Falls.
Day 1 Arrive Constance
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. You can spend the afternoon exploring the maze of little alleyways and squares or relax at its Mediterranean style harbour.
Day 2 Cycle to Uberlingen
Your first day’s cycling takes you along the shore line and via the north west corner of Lake Constance to the waterside town of Uberlingen. The gothic style cathedral and beautiful lakeside promenade are perfect for exploring foot before settling into a local bar for a picturesque evening drinks.
Cycle: 50 km
Day 3 Cycle to Kressbronn region
The route leads you to the baroque pilgrim church of Birnau, the reconstructed lake dwellings in Uhldingen and then onto Meersburg with its ancient Merovingian castle. Continue through the wine growing villages of Immenstaad and Hagnau, where in 1881 the German winegrower’s association was founded. Cycle on to the town of Friedrichshafen; here you will find the world's largest collection of aviation exhibitions at the Zeppelin Museum—well worth a visit!
Cycle: 60 km
Overnight: Kressbronn Region
Day 4 Cycle to Hochst / Rorscach Region
Today you will cycle through sprawling orchards and vineyards towards the Bavarian town of Lindau, whose old town is a protected site and located on an island! After a few kilometres more you’ll cross the border into the Austrian town of Bregenz. If time permits you can take the cable car up Pfander mountain, (1,050m), for a fantastic vista of your entire route - a real achievement!
Cycle: 50 km
Overnight: Hochst / Rorschach Region
Day 5 Cycle to Constance
Today cycle through the Swiss canton of Thurgau, a well-known apple growing region. You can admire the small, neat villages and typical half-timbered houses as you cycle along the lakeshore back into the Mediterranean style harbour of Constance.
Cycle: 35 – 55km km
Day 6 Cycle to Schaffhausen
A day pedalling the historic fishing villages of Lake Constance as you make your way to the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein. Boasting a picturesque old town decorated by numerous well preserved fresco paintings Stein am Rhein is also a great town to sample Swiss chocolate before finishing your day further down the lake at Schaffhausen.
Cycle: 50 km
Day 7 Cycle to Rhine Falls & Return to Constance
Ride to Europe’s largest waterfalls, Rhine Falls. From here, cycle back along the Hori to the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein, with its picturesque old town. A must see, with well preserve fresco’s decorating the town walls. Finish the day with the boat to Reichenau Islanden-route to Constance town.
Cycle: 55km km + boat trip
Day 8 Onward travel
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* and 4* hotels. Many are renowned for their excellent cuisine and all offer a warm welcome to cyclists, traditional hospitality and an authentic experience. 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 and all accommodations listed are examples of some of the hotels we work with.
Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists
Single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists and is perfect as the route is popular so there are plenty of people to chat with every day.
Apartment Hotel - Constance
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.
Hotel Garni - Uberlingen
A family run business Hotel Garni is located in the centre of historic Uberlingen and only a 5 minute walk from the waterfront and wharfs.
Wassersport - Kressbronn
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!
Das Smarte Hotel - Höschst
A modern hotel with traditional Austrian hospitality, Das Smarte is only a couple of KM’s from the Rhine Delta and Swiss Border.
This trip is available to start on any day from late April to early October. For current availability, please click here.
If you would like to cycle Lake Constance with your family but feel this route might be too challenging for your clan, please click here for our family friendly itinerary.
This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate. The first stage in the areas around Hörli is moderately hilly, otherwise the route is mainly even, along tarred cycle paths and is very well signposted all the way around.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
The route is well signposted and way marked and your info pack along with maps will be suffice for directions to your each destination. There will be the occasional other cyclist around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be included in the trip.
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
All bikes 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.
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 Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Getting to/from Constance
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).
- 7 Nights in 3* hotels.
- 7 Breakfasts.
- Entrance to Rosgartenmuseum.
- Baggage transfers.
- Boat trip to Rhine Falls.
- Detailed information pack and maps.
- 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and local partners.
- Travel to and from Constance.
- Dinners and lunches.
- Drinks and snacks.
- Personal Equipment.
- Travel insurance.
- Bike Helmet.
- Additional nights pre / post travel
- Single room supplement
- Solo traveller supplement
- Bike hire
- Airport transfers or travel with Deutsche Bahn.
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.
How fit do I need to be?
This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate. The first stage in the areas around Hörli is moderately hilly, otherwise the route is mainly even and along tarred cycle paths. Daily distances are between 20 km and 55 km.
How far in advance do I need to book?
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.
When is the best time of year to go?
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.
What personal equipment do I need?
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.