Bike touring Switzerland, Germany and Austria – Lake Konstanz
We pre organised and booked to do a 10 day Macs Advantures organised, but self guided tour along the rein before we left Australia.
The aim was to navigate our way independently on the trails that the company had pre-planned for us.
We were given maps, literal paper maps, and that was it. Off we went!
We knew the name and location of our accommodation each day, and our bags would be taken there before we arrived, but the actual getting there was all up to us!
It was defiantly an adventure, we got lost almost every day and it was bloody hot, but it was also the highlight of my time spent in Germany
Our itinerary was slightly different to the one below, but the ride we did has since been merged with other trips so this itinerary is the closest to the one we completed*:
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: 50 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: 35 – 55 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.
*adapted from Mac Adventures website, out itinerary was slightly different to the above listed.