- Ride Europe’s number 1 cycle route, Lake Constance Cycle Path
- Enjoy being based in the town of Constance
- Easy cycling through Austria, Germany and Switzerland
- Medieval towns of Stein am Rhein & Lindau
- German Apfelkuchen & Kaffe
Explore the easy cycle routes of Europe’s most ridden cycle path, Lake Constance. From the comfort of being based in the waterside town of Constance explore historic German and Swiss towns, lakeside beaches and soak up far reaching Alpine views.
Using a combination of bike and lake ferries visit the Swiss medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Take a trip over to the botanical wonder of Mainai Island, flourishing with flora no matter the season! Ride from the Megovian Castle of Meersburg via the Bavarian Riviera old island town of Lindau before crossing the lake again by a relaxing ferry journey. Round each day off with locally brewed lakeside beer and without having to worry about reaching the next hotel, you may have time for more than one!
Day 1: Arrive Constance
On arrival into the town of Constance you could easily think you’re on the waterfront of Mediterranean. This thriving, unofficial capital of the region is has a wonderful maze of alleyways, squares and a bustling harbor. Once settled into your hotel, you can either collect your hire bike today or tomorrow depending on your arrival time.
Day 2: Loop Ride to Lindau
A boat trip across to the waterside town of Meersburg, with it’s ancient Merovingian Castle. Continue pedaling onwards through the wine growing villages of Immenstaad and Hagnau and Zeppelin Museum of Firedrichshafen. Before arriving at the Island Port Lindau, the route leads through enticing beaches of the Bavarian Riviera. From Lindau, you’ll return to Constance by boat.
Cycle: 50 km + boat trip
Day 3: Mainau Island Cycle
This easy going day takes you over the Mainau. Owing to the Lake’s Mediterranean style climate the island is teeming with vast array of Tulips, Hyacinths from spring into summer whilst later in the year, Rhododendrons, Dahlais and Roses can be found in their thousands.
Cycle: 15 km
Day 4: Salem Loop Ride
A combination of boat and bike will take you over to Überlingen on the other side of Lake Constance. The easygoing cycle path will take you to the pilgrimage church of Birnau. From here, follow the Prälaten path to Salem. Here you can visit Salem Castle, which is an impressive example of Southern German Baroque architecture. Pedalling onto Meersburg leads where it’s back onto a boat over the water to Constance.
Cycle: 55 km + boat trip
Day 5: Lower Lake Loop Ride
The first destination of the day is Reichenau Island, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. From here you will get a boat across to Gaienhofen. Here you will be able to visit the Hermann-Hesse-House. You will then continue cycling along the rolling Höri Peninsula. Stein am Rhein has a number of attractive painted house facades. The last leg of the trip leads you along the Swiss, southern shore of the Lower Lake before returning to Constance.
Cycle: 50 km + boat trip
Day 6: Onward Travel
Depending on your onward travel arrangements, you may have time to soak up the relaxed lakeside atmosphere of Constance.
Additional Nights and Extensions
You can add additional nights at any point along the route. Please contact us if you would like to do so.
The accommodation on this trip is a 3* hotel in a central location and offers a warm welcome to cyclists, traditional hospitality and an authentic experience.There is the option to upgrade to a 5* hotel if you wish, which is again in central Constance. On occasion, especially during peak season, an alternative hotel may be used. In such cases, we will discuss options with you and the hotel will always be of the same, if not better grading.
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.
Hotel ABC - 3* Hotel. Comfort Option
Inspired by the 18th century Karlsruhe Palace the ABC Hotel has been converted from a French Officers second world war mess hall to a family run hotel. Maintaining the traditional exterior, the interior is a contemporary design with personal touches from the owners. Focusing on intimate service and hospitality also has a car park on site if required.
If you prefer a little more creature comfort it is possible to upgrade to the Steinenberger Hotel.
Hotel Steinenberger - 5* Hotel
The waterside 5* hotel of Steinenberger is located on a small private island of the lake. A former Dominican Monastery, the hotel is only a few minutes walk from the train station and old town centre. Relax each evening in the serenity of the Lakeside terrace before deciding on dinner at the hotel or the streets of Constance.
This trip starts every Sunday between April and October. If you would like to cycle Lake Constance with your family please click here for our family friendly itinerary.
This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate. Following a well signposted
near-traffic free route you will predominately follow the flat lake
shoreline through farming regions, towns and villages, so please be
mindful of other road users on the approach to towns. You don’t have to
be an experienced cyclist but leading an active lifestyle which includes
cycling will help you enjoy the trip. It’s always a good idea to get on
the bike for several back to back days in the lead up to the trip.
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.
You can 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.
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).
- 5 nights 3* hotel
- 5 breakfasts.
- Boat trip Reichenau-Gaienhofen & Wallhausen-Uberlingen.
- Boat trip to the Lindau-Constance (inc bike)
- Ferry between Constance & Meersburg
- Entrance to Salem Castle
- Entrance to Rosgartenmuseum Constance.
- A detailed information pack and maps.
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support
- 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
- Hotel upgrade
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 route is mainly even and along tarred cycle paths. Daily distances are between 35 km and 55 km. You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist but leading an active lifestyle which includes cycling will help you enjoy the trip. It’s always a good idea to get on the bike for several back to back days in the lead up to the trip.
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.