Our cycling holidays around Lake Constance are among the most popular bicycle tours that we offer! Cycle around the beautiful lake in the international border region and discover the best that Germany, Austria and Switzerland have to offer in terms of culture, cuisine and landscape!
Visit the highlights of Lake Constance such as the enchanting floral splendour of the island of Mainau, the early medieval Romanesque churches of the island of Reichenau and the 'Pfahlbaumuseum' in Unteruhldingen. Look at the monastery and castle Salem, visit the oldest still inhabited castle in Germany, the Alte Burg Meersburg, and don't miss the fascinating Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen.
From the Pfänder in Bregenz or the Säntis on the Schägalp where you can enjoy the views. Finally, you will visit one of the world's largest and oldest monastic libraries, the Stiftsbibliothek in St.Gallen, and admire the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, the largest waterfall in Europe.
About 260 of the 270 km long shores of Lake Constance can be reached by bicycle. The Bodensee is one of the largest lakes in Central Europe and offers cyclists a perfect environment for active hours on the bike. The popular Lake Constance Cycle Path largely runs directly alongside the lakeshore and therefore offers an unforgettable view of the lake.
Year after year, more than 200,000 cyclists come to Lake Constance, where they indulge in their favourite hobby in the mild climate of the three-country triangle. No wonder, of course, because 70% of the Lake Constance Cycle Path consists of car-free cycle paths and service roads. You can enjoy carefree cycling on the shores of Lake Constance!
Stilt houses in Uhldingen
The archaeological open-air museum on the shores of Lake Constance is one of the most impressive spots along the Lake Constance Cycle Path. The reconstructed stilt houses are intended to provide insight into life on Lake Constance during the Bronze and Stone Ages. The open-air museum in Uhldingen is the oldest archaeological open-air museums in Germany and one of the most popular excursion destinations on Lake Constance. An absolute must-see, not only for the cyclists among you who are interested in history.
Boat trip to the Rhine Falls
Going on a boat trip to the Rhine Falls will certainly amaze you. The Rhine Falls are one of the largest waterfalls in Europe and are only a few kilometres from Lake Constance. From April to October, a boat trip allows you to get very close to the waterfall and admire the falling water up close.
Stein am Rhein
The small town of Stein am Rhein in the Swiss canton of Schaffhausen is located directly on the shores of Lake Constance and forms the border between Germany and Switzerland. The medieval town with its beautiful facade paintings is certainly one of the highlights of the Lake Constance Cycle Path.
Überlingen is located in Germany on the north bank of Lake Constance. Strictly speaking, Überlingen is situated on the Überlinger See, the name of the northern part of Lake Constance. The old fortifications of Überlingen, are wrapped like a green ribbon around the city centre, giving this city its unique charm. Immerse yourself in the history of the town on Lake Constance during a city tour and enjoy the mild climate of this area.
The island of Mainau is one of the top attractions on Lake Constance. The delightful flower island, which can only be reached via a bridge, impresses with its exotic-looking flora, beautiful parks and historic buildings! Visit the Castle of the Teutonic Order, the Castle Church and of course the Gardener's Tower. Mainau Island will enchant you.
Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen
The Zeppelin Museum has the world's most important and comprehensive collection covering all aspects of airship travel from its inception to the present day. The highlight of the museum is the 33-meter partial reconstruction of LZ 129 Hindenburg. The museum contains large engineering objects, mostly fragments of airships such as skeletons, propellers, nacelles, altimeters, gears, etc. The historical exhibits are complemented by construction documents, engineering drawings, personal belongings, posters, postcards, newspapers, photographs or evidence of aerial skill and much more.
The weather around Lake Constance
Lake Constance has a huge impact on the climate in the area. Due to the large body of water that the lake has, the water can only very slowly adapt to the outside temperatures. This means that in the summer the lake only warms up very slowly and even cools down a bit. On particularly hot days with little wind, the water evaporates, making the climate more humid and humid. In winter, however, the lake acts as a heat accumulator. Due to the large surface of the water, it is very, very unlikely that the lake will freeze. However, this does mean that the area around Lake Constance is very foggy. But in winter we don't cycle along Lake Constance. We are interested in the weather in the warm seasons and that is always promising!
Lake Constance cuisine
Three different countries have three different cuisines. And yet, of course, there are similarities between them all. Great for cyclists on Lake Constance, they can choose the tastiest dishes and specialities. Delicious fish from the lake, game from the forest, fresh herbs and local vegetables, in short, the best ingredients, form the basis of this hearty fusion cuisine. Many award-winning chefs and restaurants converge in the region of Lake Constance, even more than in the gastronomic region of Alsace. Indulge in hearty dishes such as Dünnerli, Lake Constance's answer to pizza, hash browns, strudel or Mistkratzerli (chicken) and be curious to find out what's behind some of the names. Biberli, whitefish, Mistkratzerli or Mostbröckli? Get ready for a culinary adventure!
Apple growing in Lake Constance
The warm and sunny climate on Lake Constance is a great advantage for fruit growing. The apple thrives in this region. If you cycle through the mountainous dreamscape in autumn with your eyes closed, you can smell the sweet apples from afar. About 2,000 fruit growers grow about 250,000 tons of fruit here, mainly apples. No fewer than 20 different apple varieties are grown here. Every third apple sold over the counter in Germany is harvested on Lake Constance.
- ... the total length of the shores of Lake Constance is 273 km?
- ... the water is of drinking water quality? Even Stuttgart gets drinking water from Lake Constance.
- ... the last time Lake Constance was completely frozen was in 1963?
- ... the lake reflects more sunlight on vineyards and orchards and thus promotes fruit growing and viticulture?
- ... Lake Constance is the third largest lake in Central Europe?
- ... all three countries, ie Germany, Austria and Switzerland, have sovereignty over the lake, as the borders are never exactly settled?