Austria / Germany / Switzerland : Lake Constance

Highlights of Lake Constance by bike

Trip code: C07LC 4.9 (20 reviews)

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

10.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

SUMMARY

  • Flat and flexible cycling along beautiful lakeside paths, wildflower fields, vineyards and cherry orchards
  • Historical and cultural: Baroque churches, Gothic cathedrals, fairytale palaces, romantic castles
  • Postcard-pretty villages, half-timbered, frescoed towns, cafe-lined waterfronts and stunning mountain views
  • Wonderful flora and fauna en route, including kingfishers, cormorants and red-crested pochards.
  • Based on our popular 10 night, Lake Constance Cycling

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Ferry ticket from Staad to Meersburg

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Bordered by the majestic Alpine peaks of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the turquoise shoreline and pebbly beaches of Lake Constance are shared between three countries. As Central Europe's third largest lake, cycling around the lake is special in that you visit all three countries in a week.

Hosting a huge 270km lakeside cycling path, it's a beautifully flat journey from one country to the next, where you'll take in the sights and scents of cherry orchards, wildflower fields and daisy-strewn meadows.

Cross the mighty Rhine Delta that straddles the border between Austria and Switzerland and encounter wonderful wildlife, including kingfishers hidden in the reeds. Take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters during stop-offs, visit half-timbered frescoed towns for lunch (kretzer (perch) and zander (pike-perch) are Konstanz specialities), and then admire the myriad of Baroque churches and Gothic cathedrals.

Brimming with historical and cultural highlights, jump off your bike to visit fairytale Meersburg boasting twin castles, steep streets and vine-covered hillsides. Get a true taste of Germany when cycling through the Bavarian vineyards - local Muller-Thurgau wines come from Riesling and Silvaner grapes for which Lake Constance is famous. For chocolate-lovers, mediaeval Stein am Rhein boasts an array of lovely chocolate shops, and you can visit the 11th century monastery while you're there.

During the week you'll stay in an old coaching inn, a riverside hotel that used to be a 15th century customs warehouse, and a luxury lakeside mansion - including two nights in Konstanz and two nights in Bregenz.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Bregenz

After arriving at your hotel, a historic coaching inn, in the centre of Bregenz, you can explore the ancient cobbled streets of the old town before dinner.

You stay at Hotel Weisses Kreuz.

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Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Bregenz

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The Hotel Weisses Kreuz is an old coaching inn, and it's central location makes it perfect for exploring Bregenz; it is only a couple of blocks from the lakeside and about a 5-minute walk from Bregenz station. Bregenz is on the eastern shore of Lake Constance, close to the 'four-border corner' with Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

The building has been impressively modernised in the last few years - bedrooms are spacious and light with dark carpets, light wooden furniture and big windows onto the street at the front or onto courtyard and the old town at the back.

Room upgrades: Suite.
Suites - have a separate lounge area.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Bregenz to Arbon (24km/14.9mi or 41km/25.5mi)

Today you'll 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 historic Arbon where you'll find pretty half-timbered houses and a 16th century castle.

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You stay at Hotel Seegarten.

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Hotel Seegarten, Arbon

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The 42 room Hotel Seegarten is on the outskirts of Arbon set amid large gardens and fields. It is a short 5 minute cycle to the marina and the centre of the village, and very close to the Arbon Strandbad - the waterfront swimming area that serves the village.

The rooms have been furnished in a simple but modern style, with neutral colours and each of the modern rooms are equipped with direct dial telephones and televisions.

Day 3: Arbon to Stein am Rhein (42km/26.1mi or 59km/36.7mi)

There are two routes today - if opting for the shorter route you can take the train to Guettingen this morning. Otherwise, you'll pedal clockwise around the lake and pass waterfront villages affording lots of panoramic sun terraces for coffee stops and lunch. In the afternoon, you coast effortlessly between sleepy harbours before arriving in medieval Stein am Rhein.

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You stay at Hotel Rheinfels.

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Hotel Rheinfels, Stein am Rhein

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Historically, this family-run hotel dates back to the 15th century and was originally a customs warehouse for goods such as salt being transported up and down the Rhine River. It was also a guild house. The hotel is located right on the River Rhine at the north end of the bridge in Stein am Rhein.

There are 16 spacious and light rooms with ensuite bathrooms with bathtub and/or shower, WC, hairdryer, minibar, TV, radio alarm clock, free Wi-Fi within the hotel, direct dial telephone, safe and a unique view of the Rhine. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients. There is a terrace with fabulous views over the river. The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays (excluding during July & August). The hotel also has a boat for trips up the river and onto the lake - the MS St Georg, that seats up to 60 passengers.

Day 4: Stein am Rhein to Konstanz (45km/28.0mi)

After freewheeling east this morning, you'll soon cross the border to enter Germany. In the Hornstaad Nature Reserve you may spot cormorant and red-crested pochard. 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 on to the unofficial regional capital, Konstanz.

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You stay at Hotel Halm.

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Hotel Halm, Konstanz

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The Hotel Halm in Konstanz is a grand central hotel separated from the waterfront by the railway station, so you can shorten the cycling on this day, as the train will drop you at the front door!

It is an impressive historic building with views from many of the rooms out over the lake, and it is located right in the heart of the town, which is why dinner has been left up to you in Konstanz - the town is full of restaurants and cafes squirreled away down cobbled streets as well as along the waterfront by the harbour, so it is a pleasant place to stroll around before and after a meal out.

The interior is impressive - there is a grand reception area and bar, and a rather incongruous Moroccan style dining room with very high ceilings which is rather unusual, but very lovely nonetheless.

Bedrooms upstairs are light and modern, and the breakfast here is a feast fit for a king!

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 5: At Konstanz

Today you can spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Konstanz: visit the Altstadt, Munster and the lively centre crammed with quirky shops and museums. Alternatively, you can hop on a boat (payable 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.

You stay at Hotel Halm.

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Hotel Halm, Konstanz

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Bank
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Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
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The Hotel Halm in Konstanz is a grand central hotel separated from the waterfront by the railway station, so you can shorten the cycling on this day, as the train will drop you at the front door!

It is an impressive historic building with views from many of the rooms out over the lake, and it is located right in the heart of the town, which is why dinner has been left up to you in Konstanz - the town is full of restaurants and cafes squirreled away down cobbled streets as well as along the waterfront by the harbour, so it is a pleasant place to stroll around before and after a meal out.

The interior is impressive - there is a grand reception area and bar, and a rather incongruous Moroccan style dining room with very high ceilings which is rather unusual, but very lovely nonetheless.

Bedrooms upstairs are light and modern, and the breakfast here is a feast fit for a king!

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 6: Konstanz to Friedrichshafen (25km/15.5mi)

Pedal through oak forest this morning to catch the 15-minute ferry ride (included) to fairytale Meersburg - built on a steep vineyard right by the lake, it boasts twin castles and many museums. It's a perfect place to stop for lunch! Then, pedalling south, it's a gentle cycle into Friedrichshafen.

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You stay at Hotel Buchhorner Hof.

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Hotel Buchhorner Hof, Friedrichshafen

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The Hotel Buchhornerhof is located overlooking the waterfront, on the road leading into the town centre - ideally situated for a stroll. It is a traditional building with a turret on the corner, and lots of attractive window boxes filled with flowers. Inside it retains a traditional charm, with wood panelled walls, stuffed animals on the walls, stained glass windows and snug corners with leather sofas where you can relax with a drink from the attractive horseshoe shaped bar.

The bedrooms here are light and modern and equipped with all the mod cons you would expect in a 4 star hotel.

Room upgrades: Comfort room or Suite.
Comfort room: Rooms are slightly bigger rooms (28 m') and have air conditioning. Junior Suite: The Junior Suite is equipped with lots of comfort and offers separate sleeping and living areas in a very spacious accommodation with bath/shower, hair dryer, telephone, TV, a minibar and air conditioning. Suite: Has two floors, the sleeping area is upstairs and on the lower floor is the living area. Bath/shower, hair dryer, telephone, TV, minibar and air conditioning. In addition there is a wonderful view over the lake which you can enjoy directly from the balcony.

Day 7: Friedrichshafen to Bregenz (33km/20.5mi)

Today you head to lovely Lindau, a stunning island village surrounded by cobalt blue waters with long-distance views of razor-edged peaks across the lake. En route you cycle past the pretty village of Langenargen and through peaceful vineyards and cherry orchards. After lunching in an idyllic setting near the lake, a final push alongside the lake takes you back down to Bregenz. Time permitting, you could take the cable car up Pfander mountain (1,064m), for a fantastic vista of your entire route, giving you a real sense of achievement!

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You stay at Hotel Weisses Kreuz.

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Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Bregenz

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Shops
Bank
Mastercard
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Safe


The Hotel Weisses Kreuz is an old coaching inn, and it's central location makes it perfect for exploring Bregenz; it is only a couple of blocks from the lakeside and about a 5-minute walk from Bregenz station. Bregenz is on the eastern shore of Lake Constance, close to the 'four-border corner' with Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

The building has been impressively modernised in the last few years - bedrooms are spacious and light with dark carpets, light wooden furniture and big windows onto the street at the front or onto courtyard and the old town at the back.

Room upgrades: Suite.
Suites - have a separate lounge area.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 8: Leave Bregenz

Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Austria for all customers under 12yrs. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.

Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £362.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £362.

Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as 'Austrian Twins' and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Zurich with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
  • First class rail
  • Electric bikes
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Zurich then rail Zurich Airport to Bregenz via St Gallen and St Margrethen and taxi to hotel payable locally Return: Taxi to station to payable locally then rail Bregenz to Zurich Airport and British Airways Zurich to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

First class rail is available at £52 per person return.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you. Please call for details and prices.

Standard transfers
Transfers from and to Bregenz train station (pay locally, allow approx 5 euros each way).

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am tomorrow) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

This is my second trip with headwater. That speaks for you

Philip Harrington, 3 May 2024

 

It was a great holiday - great location and all worked very well.

Alan Hayes, 22 Sep 2023

 

Very well organised holiday.

James Plant, 22 Sep 2023

 

Everything went smoothly, and the holiday totally lived up to our expectations. It was clearly quite an expensive holiday, but such was the quality of your company's support, the quality of the bikes and the tremendous hotels (we were clearly in superior rooms, and on occasion a junior suite) we couldn't fault the holiday. (We were lucky with the weather, and the cycling suited us perfectly, and it is a beautiful, and facinating part of the world.) Top notch.

Ewan Black, 9 Sep 2023

 

The holiday was really well organised. Luggage transfer was smooth and our bags were always waiting for us when we arrived at each hotel. The Headwater navigation app provided clear instructions and was very easy to use. On the odd occasion when we made a wrong turn, the app instantly told us we were off course so we could get back on track quickly.

Kevin Burt, 6 Sep 2023

 

If it wasnt for the experience of the last hotel with the air con not working we would have rated the overall experience as excellent

James Jardine, 6 Aug 2023

 

Great holiday - great journey and great destinations.

Rosemary Fennell, 1 Aug 2023

 

Excellent week spent round lake Konstanz. Plenty of places to stop off for swimming, mini golf, food and drink and even fishing. Stunning scenery, great accommodation. Would recommend b&b only as plenty of places to eat out but if you did want to eat in hotel book ahead. Bikes were excellent quality .

If I was bringing really picky I would suggest that GPS app for route would be a lot easier as it was a bit of a pain having to stop to read directions/turn page.

We did the recommends wine tasting at Hendricks (joesoh Furst) this was a fantasy experience with a wonderful lady who was so passionate and knowledgeable and extremely friendly, she also has amazing English, we really wished we could had carried more wine on our bikes.

Overall this was an excellent family holiday and would definitely recommend it.

Mrs Carney, 19 Aug 2022

 

Enjoyable safe cycling along mainly dedicated cycle tracks through some beautiful countryside. Everything ran very smoothly - with our luggage generally waiting for us when we arrived at our hotel. The hotels were all very pleasant and the breakfasts were plentiful with a focus on fresh local ingredients. The hotel staff were pleasant and helpful and all spoke good English (whilst also humouring our attempts to speak German) The arrangements for picking up our bikes were straightforward and the bikes were comfortable and well maintained. The route is extremely well sign posted and once we realised this on the first morning we stopped trying to use the overly complicated/excessively detailed notes provided by Headwater.

Mrs Monkhouse, 26 Jul 2022

 

Most enjoyable, lovely scenery, excellent cycle paths, perfect bikes and very good hotels.

Mr Cadman, 10 Jul 2022

 

An excellent week cycling round Lake Constance. The route took in many villages and towns with opportunities for sightseeing and refreshments. The lakeside sections provided beautiful views and lots of picnic opportunities. The cycling was not difficult and the distances each day allowed for leisurely cycling with lots of breaks. On the shortest day there was plenty to see en route so we did not arrive at our destination too early. The directions were clear and easy to follow. We had been warned that it is busy in August and certainly at the weekend especially the route was well used but it never felt over crowded and in many ways this added to the atmosphere. For anyone who does not like cycling on roads this trip is ideal, the majority was on dedicated cycle paths and the short sections that were on roads usually had a dedicated lane. We also found that motorists were much more considerate of cyclists than we are used to! The hotels were all good with individual charms, the quality of the food was very good and we enjoyed every meal and not having to find restaurants in unfamiliar places every day. This is one of few holidays we have said we would consider doing again as there is so much more we could explore.

Mrs Turner, 3 Aug 2019

 

We had a fantastic holiday. We were particularly impressed by the company that provided the bikes as they went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect and that we were happy with the bikes before we set off.

Mrs Watkinson, 12 Jun 2019

 

Great way to explore a region little visited by Brits. Despite no Headwater rep and notes which show their age (and accuracy) the maps and general set up for cycling made this a great holiday.

Mrs Stevenson, 2 Sep 2018

 

A very good holiday package around a great lake for cycling.

Mr Hill, 10 Jul 2018

 

Beautiful lake with some great cycles - different scenery every day. Perfect iced coffees and strawberries for sale on the way.

Ms Clarkson, 27 May 2018

 

an excellent location for an easy cycling holiday with many options to vary the length of the cycling day due to the number of stations close to the route.

Mr Reynolds, 19 May 2018

 

An excellent cycling holiday for those who enjoy fine scenery and want to avoid demanding gradients

Mr Butler, 9 Apr 2018

 

A fantastic holiday all round; great bikes, great route through 3 contrasting countries around the Bodensee. A wonderful opportunity to travel by bike and to explore at your own pace and under your own steam. A unique experience !

Mr Busby, 19 Aug 2017

 

At the end of a busy academic year two teachers find this the ideal way of switching off and relaxing. All we have to do is pedal by day following pre designated tested routes, often along traffic free cycle paths , then feel fully justified in eating wonderful meals we know will be waiting for us at good local hotels, all booked and waiting to welcome us.

Mrs Seville, 26 Jul 2017

 

Headwater are a very professional company even when things go wrong they are very quick to sort them out . We travelled with last year to Cataluna an area where you have your own representatives , this was not the case for Lake Constance , we were not met by any rep for the company only the hotel receptionist .as we had travelled with you before we were

Comfortable with that bit if we hadn't I'm not sure we would have been so confident .the guide had obviously been translated from German to English and was not terribly accurate

Some of the time .



Ms Burke, 17 May 2017

 


Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

10.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

Optional
e-bike hire

7 nights from £1319

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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