Lake Constance Bike Tour

Lake Constance Bike Tour

Lake Constance Bike Tour


From $1,075USD




Start Your Booking


Discover Three Countries on the Lake Constance Bike Tour

Explore three countries flanking Lake Constance, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, by bicycle.

Enjoy cozy, boutique accommodations in historic towns: Überlingen, Meersburg, Lindau, and Constance.

Discover incredible architectural world heritage wonders, harking back thousands of years ago, on St. Gallen and Reichenau island.

Get a relaxing work-out in as you cycle through the quiet, tranquil cycling paths carving through forests and meadows.

This epic cycle tour takes you through the famous Lake Constance region to the hinterland. The Alpine panorama and the vast expanse of Lake Constance create a unique atmosphere. At the foot of the Alps, you cycle through the magnificent landscape of the three hospitable countries Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Forest paths, idyllic villages, hamlets and beautiful vineyards and orchards will embellish your journey. The Lake Constance region also offers several architectural and historical sights and is filled with history, poetry, nature and wilderness.

Look forward to a unique cycling tour far away from the tourist hustle and bustle!

Lake Constance Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Überlingen

Your room will be ready for check-in at 3:00 p.m. From the terraces and many comfortable and first-class Parkhotel St. Leonhard rooms, you can gaze out over Lake Constance, which seems to stretch endlessly to the east and west. Over the next few days, you will not only cycle around this vast lake landscape, but you will also learn about the culture.

In the afternoon, you should take your time for a tour of the old imperial city of Überlingen. The contours of this medieval city, which flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries, can be seen even today. Mighty gates and walls carved out of the surrounding rock have been preserved. The soft rock of the hills around Überlingen allowed the city's builders to do this unique construction. The core of the old town is grouped picturesquely around the "Hofstatt" square with the town hall and many Gothic stair gables. The Gothic cathedral of St. Nicholas is also nearby. Not only is it imposing on the outside, but it also holds something valuable on the inside, including the works of art by the woodcarver Jörg Zürn. He created the sacrament house and a grand high altar.

Overnight Location
Parkhotel St. Leonhard in Überlingen

Day 2 Cycle from Überlingen to Salem

For luggage transfer, please bring your suitcases to the reception every morning by 9:00am and inform the hotel staff that the Lake Constance Cycle Route Service will pick them up. If you have booked rental bikes, they will be delivered by 9:30am this morning.

The first bike stage begins with a slight descent directly from the hotel and runs slightly hilly on paths off the country road. This is followed by forest and meadow paths with wonderful views of the lake on which you cycle directly to the gates of Birnau. This Rococo church has almost become a symbol of the entire Lake Constance landscape and is one of its most visited treasures. In front of the church is a balustrade from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the lake. Meersburg, surrounded by steep vineyards, is one of the most romantic medieval towns on the lake. Lined with beautiful old houses, quaint alleys lead up to the castle that still dominates the town today. Artists of all types flock to this lovely area, such as Annette von Droste-Hülshof, a poet from the Münsterland region who once lived here in Meersburg.

After an individual visit and lunch break, your route continues in the afternoon towards Salem, the former Cistercian monastery. It is still the residence of the Margrave of Baden and the seat of the world-famous boarding school. The route to Salem also leads through the field, forest, and meadow paths through an untouched landscape. As you pedal past silent ponds, you will see the hills called "drumlins" and witnesses of the ice age. This section of the cycle path is part of the "prelate path". On it, the monks and priests moved from Salem Monastery to Birnau to hold mass there. As a result, the venerable walls of Salem's monastery complex, which now houses a renowned and internationally known boarding school, rise suddenly. Here you can participate in a short tour (approx. 1 hour, €11 p.p.) to visit the monastery and church or take a coffee (or beer) break at the Schwanen Inn, located directly on the grounds of the Salem Castle / Monastery.

Overnight Location
Gasthof Schwanen in Salem

Day 3 Bike from Salem to Lindau

It is 10 km from Salem to the pretty town of Markdorf (alternatively, you can also take the train connection from Salem to Markdorf if the route seems too long to you today). For the way to Lindau, you will cycle on a little-known route through small villages and into the farmlands and forests.

Eventually, the landscape descends to Lake Constance and Wasserburg, which, literally translated, means castle in the water. The historical peninsula of Wasserburg, with the onion dome of the baroque church St. George, rises from the landscape and is an iconic landmark of the region. Cycling onward from Wasserburg to Lindau, you will enjoy a traffic-free route to the gates of your hotel at Lindau harbour. The port entrance with the lighthouse and lions is one of the postcard motifs of Lake Constance. Be sure to stroll on the harbour promenade and enjoy the alpine views.

Overnight Location
Lindauer Hof in Lindau

Day 4 Experience three countries

Please note: Your suitcase must remain unlocked today since it will be transferred to Switzerland (via an EU external border!). Therefore, customs must be able to open and check the luggage.

Today you experience three countries in one day! The medieval city of Lindau merits a closer look before you set off for your cycling day. There are alleys and streets lined with arches, a magnificently painted town hall crowned with stepped gables, and wonderfully decorated churches. The port of Lindau is the most important in Bavaria, and a lighthouse and a huge stone lion flank its entrance. The bike path from Lindau to Bregenz takes you across the German-Austrian border. You bike the winding paths near the shore, to the natural idyll of the Bregenzer Ache, and finally to the biodiverse nature reserve near Rohrspitz, surrounded by two arms of the Rhine. It is not only a haven for migratory birds but also rich in flora and fauna and is an intensely beautiful wilderness. In May, the nightingale sings, and the cuckoo calls.

After you have passed the customs station (be sure to have your identification documents), you reach the town of Rheineck. From here, the signposted cycle path leads to St. Gallen on a steady but gentle uphill (approx. 22 km). If this is too tiring for you, you can also get on the train in Rheineck (Attention! In Switzerland you also have to buy a ticket for your bike!).

It is a 15-minute walk from the train station in St. Gallen to your modern and very comfortable hotel, ideally located close to the old town.

Overnight Location
Hotel Einstein in St. Gallen

Day 5 Explore St. Gallen

St. Gallen has always been a prosperous city from the Middle Ages to the present day. The vast, centuries-old monastery with its cathedral and the world-famous abbey library form the heart of the old town. A visit to the library (world cultural heritage) is highly recommended (opening times: daily 10 am to 5 pm, admission: SFr 12). From the old town to the villa and university district on the slope, you first have to go uphill, and you may have to push your bike. A cycle route now leads to the lakeshore, where you cycle more downhill than uphill. You approach the lakeside on agricultural paths and small streets. The day's destination is Gottlieben, a small town with picturesque half-timbered houses on the Untersee.

Overnight Location
Hotel Die Krone in Gottlieben

Day 6 Go back to Überlingen

Please note: Your suitcase must be unlocked today as, again, it will be transferred over the EU- Switzerland border. Your tour around the lake ends with today's bike route. You get on your bike from the hotel to return to Germany near Constance along the lake. A beautiful bike path crosses this council city. From 1414-18 the famous Council took place here, which was one of the most important of the Middle Ages. After a stroll through the city and/or a coffee break on the lakeshore, you cycle through elegant residential areas from Constance to the south shore of Lake Überlingen. You follow a quiet and picturesque bike path that leads you to the town of Wallhausen, and here from the small port, you take a ferry to Überliningen. If you stick to the proposed schedule, you will arrive in Überlingen at around 1:35 p.m. From the port to the hotel, where your luggage will be delivered and where your car may be parked), it is still 2.3 km through Überlingen (approx. 90 meters in altitude). Luggage will also be delivered to you by 6 p.m. today, so it may be more relaxing for you to book another night here.

You can, if you prefer, travel to the vegetable and monastery Island of Reichenau. At 9:32 a.m., a Swiss liner is only a few steps away from the hotel in the direction of Schaffhausen. Reichenau is reached after about 34 minutes. A tour around the enchanting island with its 3 Romanesque monastery churches (world cultural heritage) increases the distance to Constance by approx. 11 km. You should expect at least 2 hours more time due to the ferry and viewing times! Depending on the length of your lunch break in Constance, you will catch the ferry to Überlingen at 4:12 p.m. and arrive in Überlingen at 4:42 p.m. Again, this option may be much more relaxing for you to book an extra night.

Overnight Location

Lake Constance Bike Tour Price and Dates

This tour is always run as a self-guided tour for your group only, where the pricing depends on your travelling dates, as well as the types of the rooms that you need.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: from $1,225USD*
  • Price per person sharing a double room: from $1,075USD*

*-Pricing for this tour depends on the dates of your trip. Please click the Book Now button below to get the exact pricing for your trip dates. Hotel upgrades are available.

Start Your Booking

Accommodation on Lake Constance Bike Tour

This tour is based in boutique hotels. Hotels on this trip are 3 and 4-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. You can also pay a supplement to upgrade your hotels to premium.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Night 1-5

3-Star hotels along Lake Constance

Enjoy the selection of different hotels or wineries in 3 star category along your route.

Standard hotels

Parkhotel St. Leonhard

Parkhotel St. Leonhard is an exquisite, modern hotel in a scenic position above Überlingen with an expansive view of the lake. The hotel features an indoor swimming pool, and is ideal for extending your stay before or after the trip. In fine weather, dinner is served on the hotel terrace with a beautiful view of the city.

Gasthof Schwanen / Salem Castle

Gasthof Schwanen (Gasthaus zum Schwanen) was built in 1665 as a cloister inn of the Cistercian monastery. Only a few steps away from the lower gate, through which the wealthy guests entered the complex.

Lindauer Hof in Lindau

Hotel Lindauer Hof is situated at a prime location on the island of Lindau. It is particularly picturesque on the harbour, with a view of Lindau’s harbour entrance.

Hotel Einstein

Hotel Einstein is a four-star hotel with very comfortable furnishings behind a classical facade. Go for an evening stroll through the nearby old town, the venerable district of St. Gallen Cathedral, and its monastery district.

Hotel Die Krone

Hotel Die Krone is a historic and lovingly restored 300-year-old building. Each room has its unique character. Though some rooms are small, this accommodation is one of the most romantic places on the banks of the Rhine and the lake.

Premium hotels

What’s Included in the Lake Constance Bike Tour?


You are responsible for your meals on the Lake Constance Bike Tour.


Accommodations for 5 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour are not included, but you can always book an extra night in Überlingen before or after the tour and it can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included from hotel to hotel throughout the tour.

Also Included

  • Maps with marked routes & travel information
  • GPS-tracks for navigation via a smartphone app or Garmin
  • CO2 compensation in the region

Not included

  • Flights to and from Friedrichshafen (FDH) Airport (or any airport near Überlingen)—you need to buy your tickets
  • Bike rental
  • All beverages other than those offered at breakfast
  • Meal other than those mentioned
  • Helmet (you must bring your own helmet due to COVID hygiene protocols)
  • Ferry & train fares not mentioned as included
  • Gratuities
  • Bike protection
  • Travel Insurance

Optional Extras

  • Travel to the vegetable and monastery Island of Reichenau on Day 6
  • Transfer from the airport to Parkhotel in Überlingen
  • Extra nights in Überlingen
  • Bike rental

Frequenty Asked Questions about Lake Constance Bike Tour

How hard is the Lake Constance Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will cycle between 23-63km daily, so some physical fitness is required.

Do I need a visa to travel to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Lake Constance Bike Tour?

You are responsible for purchasing your own meals on the Lake Constance Bike Tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover biking. Get your travel insurance.

How do I get to Überlingen to start this tour?

Fly into Zurich Airport (ZRH). You can take public transport from the airport to Überlingen. It takes around two hours via public transport to get to the city. You’ll need to transfer in Schaffhausen en route to Überlingen from the airport. The train station in Überlingen drops you off around one mile from your hotel.

Is the Lake Constance Bike Tour in English?

This is a self-guided tour, but the instructions will be in English.

Where does the Lake Constance Bike Tour end?

The tour ends in Überlingen. You can take public transport or look into a private transfer.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a bike suitable for the demands of the tour

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Germany, Austria, Switzerland?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Germany, Austria, Switzerland?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.


All tours on 10Adventures are operated by highly vetted local tour operators and guides.

Having local tour operators and guides means you get a more authentic experience, and your booking creates jobs in the local communities you visit.

Details of the local tour operator will be listed on your booking invoice. If you have questions about the local operator prior to booking, please click the “Ask a Question” button below.

11 ratings
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Written Reviews

There are no written reviews yet.

11 total ratings, 0 with reviews

Add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Thank you!

Thank you for submitting your review!

If you enjoyed your tour please consider leaving a Google review for 10Adventures to help others discover the world of custom adventure travel.

Google Review


From $1,075USD




Start Your Booking

What travellers say

When can I do this tour?


Why 10Adventures?

Save time and let us plan your perfect trip.

Customize your travel experience to get it just right.

Knowledgeable adventure specialists are a click or call away.

Stress-free booking at your fingertips.

Flexible payments with interest-free installments.

Rated 4.9 on Google Reviews

Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You will cycle between 23-63km daily, so some physical fitness is required.

Read about our scale for Tour Difficulty Ratings.

Get in touch

+1 (587) 327-9828

Book your next Adventure on 10Adventures

Hassle-free Adventure Travel

Sit back, relax, and enjoy! Let us take care of all the travel planning details, so you don’t have to.

Don't Just Take A Trip, Take YOUR Trip

Let us help you get exactly what YOU want with a customizable adventure tour centred around your active interests and passions.

No Hidden Fees

We don’t believe in hidden fees like credit card fees, booking fees or more. Even better, most people can pay in their local currency!

Happiness Guarantee

We want your journey to meet your expectations, and we will work with you to solve any issues you’ve encountered.

Personal Adventure Travel Concierge

Our dedicated adventure travel concierge will curate the perfect itinerary to make your travel dreams a reality.

Vetted Local Guides

Book with confidence, knowing that our team has carefully hand-picked each tour operator and they use local, experienced guides.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers