This itinerary cycles along lakeside paths and detailed notes allow you to cycle at your own pace. Your accommodation is as varied as your cycling days; you’ll stay in a coaching inn, a grand riverside hotel and a luxury lakeside mansion. We’ll ensure you’re never too far from the waterfront. You’ll also have the opportunity to try regional delicacies at local restaurants. This is a fun way to discover a beautiful part of the world.

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Exploring by bike is the best way to travel around this region, along easy cycling paths with detailed cycling notes.

Stay in diverse accommodation; from an old coaching inn to a grand riverside hotel and luxury lakeside mansion.

The region is brimming with highlights such as fairytale castles, gothic cathedrals, baroque churches and palaces.

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Lake Constance Cycling

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Day 1

Bregenz

You arrive at your hotel, a historic coaching inn, in the centre of Bregenz. Explore the ancient cobbled streets of the old town before dinner on the courtyard terrace.

Day 2

Bregenz - Arbon

Cycle west along Lake Constance’s southern shore before crossing the mighty Rhine delta that straddles the border between Austria and Switzerland. It’s an area of great natural beauty and a refuge for wildlife, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers in the reeds. Your final stretch takes you around the lake to Arbon where you’ll find pretty half-timbered houses and a 16th Century castle.

Day 3

Arbon

It’s easy to spend a morning exploring Arbon’s historic old town with its well preserved buildings. After lunch at one of the many lakeside restaurants, hop on the train (option to take your bike too), for the 20 minute ride (10km) to historic St Gallen - a bustling market town packed with 18th Century merchants’ houses and open air cafes. Visit the 8th Century Benedictine Abbey’s fabulous UNESCO library, then blow the cobwebs away by freewheeling back down to the lakeside. Lots of swimming possibilities before an easy waterfront cycle back to the hotel.

Day 4

Arbon - Stein am Rhein

Option to take the train to Guettingen this morning and shorten your route. Otherwise, pedalling clockwise around the lake, you’ll pass numerous waterfront villages affording lots of panoramic sun terraces for coffee stops and lunch. In the afternoon, you coast effortlessly between sleepy harbours before arriving at the riverside Hotel Chlosterhof where you spend the next two nights.

Day 5

Stein am Rhein

It’s easy to spend the day in mediaeval Stein am Rhein with its 11th Century monastery, beautiful frescoed square and lovely chocolate shops! Alternatively, Schaffhausen, a lively German town full of street theatre in the summer, is ideal for a day trip. It is great for shopping, has riverside cycle paths to Schloss Laufen, a tiny castle perched precariously above the tumbling Rheinfalls waterfall, the biggest in Europe!

Day 6

Stein am Rhein - Konstanz

Freewheeling east this morning, you’ll soon cross the border to enter Germany - look out for cormorant and red crested pochard in the Hornstaad Nature Reserve. Cycling along the “Gnadensee” you’ll soon reach the UNESCO Heritage Site of Klosterinsel Reichenau, the first populated area on Lake Constance and home to an impressive 8th Century Benedictine Abbey. It’s then onto Konstanz, the unofficial regional capital.

Day 7

Konstanz

Spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Konstanz: visit the Altstadt, Munster and lively centre crammed with quirky shops and museums. Alternatively hop on a boat (pay locally) to visit Mainau Island’s palace and landscaped rose gardens. If you take your bike, you can pedal back at leisure along traffic-free lakeside cycle paths.

Day 8

Konstanz - Friedrichshafen

It is a short ride through oak forest to catch the 15 minute ferry ride (included) to fairytale Meersburg with its twin castles, steep streets and hillsides of vines. It’s a perfect place for a lunch stop! Then, pedalling south, it’s a gentle cycle into Friedrichshafen.

Day 9

Friedrichshafen

There are superb wine tasting opportunities on your doorstep today - local Müller-Thurgau wines come from Riesling and Silvaner grapes for which Lake Constance is famous. Or visit Friedrichschafen’s amazing Zeppelin Museum, full of fascinating knick-knacks, including an original menu and wine list from the Hindenburg!

Day 10

Friedrichshafen - Bregenz

Past the pretty village of Langenargen and through peaceful vineyards and cherry orchards en route to lovely Lindau, a gorgeous island village surrounded by cobalt blue waters with long distance views of razor-edged peaks across the lake. There are lots of idyllic choices for lunch then, keeping the lake at your side, a final swoosh takes you back down to Bregenz. Time permitting, perhaps, take the cable car up Pfander mountain, (1064m), for a fantastic vista of your entire route, a real sense of achievement!

Day 11

Bregenz

Your journey ends after breakfast.

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