This is a carefully-crafted itinerary that makes this the perfect Lake Constance family holiday over eight days. Rather than taking on the traditional full circuit of the lake, this self-guided tour takes you on a journey around the larger two parts of the lake, with many attractions and adventures en route. These include a visit to the lake’s Mainau Island, Ravensburger Spieleland Amusement Park and also taking a cable car to the top of Pfänder in Bregenz. Stay in a mix of mostly small, locally-owned hotels and guesthouses, with luggage transfers. E-bikes are also available to rent. This trip is also accessible by train and so it’s worth noting that children up to the age of 14 travel for free on German trains.
- Boat trip to Überlingen
- Rosgartenmuseum Konstanz
- Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen
- Mainau Island
- Ravensburger Spieleland
- Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen
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Day 1: Arrival Konstanz
Depending on arrival time, take the opportunity to wander through Konstanz’s Old Town and visit the Sea Life Aquarium or the Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg, an archaeological museum.
Day 2: Uhldingen-Mühlhofen | 25-30km
Begin the morning by cycling to Wallhausen, before taking a boat across the lake to Überlingen. Continue along the shore of the lake to reach Basílica de Birnau, which offers views of the surrounding area. From here, the route heads towards Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, passing prehistoric pile dwellings, before concluding in Meersburg to catch the ferry back to Konstanz.
Day 3: Konstanz – Friedrichshafen | 20-25km
Retrace yesterday’s route, by taking the ferry from Konstanz back to Meersburg, where a visit to the castle is highly recommended. From here, the route continues to Friedrichshafen for a visit to the Zeppelin Museum to learn about the history of airship travel. Friedrichshafen’s waterfront promenade also offers expansive views across the lake and over towards the Alps.
Day 4: Ravensburger Spieleland | 30km
Although today’s route covers a similar distance to other days on the tour, there are several elevation changes, therefore taking the bus from Friedrichshafen directly to the amusement park is recommended. Once at the park, there are plenty of things to do including, multiple rollercoaster rides, rafting and gold panning.
Day 5: Friedrichshafen – Lindau | 30km
If not already visited, today’s route offers ample time to discover the Zeppelin Museum, as the cycle route to Lindau is fairly straightforward. Cycle through Langenargen, passing Montfort Fortress, to the Bavarian town of Lindau, whose harbour is watched over by a 6m high lion.
Day 6: Lindau – Rorschach/Arbon | 40km
Today begins with a cycle towards Bregenz, to take the cable car to the top of Pfänder, above Bregenz and Lake Constance. Relax and enjoy the views from the summit or visit the petting zoo, before descending back into the city. From here, the route continues to Höchst, before crossing the border to Rorschach and Arbon.
Day 7: Rorschach – Konstanz | 40km
The last day of the tour passes through Romanshorn, before continuing along the shore of the lake back to Konstanz. The route is mainly flat and there are plenty of places along the way to stop for refreshments or enjoy a swim in the lake. Spend the final evening wandering through the Old Town or enjoying an ice cream down at the harbour.
Day 8: Departure
Departure after breakfast.
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of mostly small, locally-owned hotels, B&Bs and traditional guesthouses. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
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- ABC-Hotel or Apartment Hotel, Konstanz
- Hotel Waldhorn or Hotel City Krone, Friedrichshafen
- Gasthof zum Zecher or Hotel Pension Nagel, Lindau
- Hotel Seegarten, Arbon or Hotel Mozart , Rorschach
Hotels are subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available en route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops or packed lunches can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either at the accommodation or from restaurants in the local area.
Difficulty and terrain
This tour is rated easy and is suitable for all the family, with most days offering between 20-40km of cycling. The routes cover a variety of terrain including paved forest tracks and meadow lanes (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to only follow marked trails and never try to shorten the path through unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed route notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed information on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
This trip is available from April to October. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, meaning you can start your trip on any date in the season. For more information on travelling in Austria, please visit our blog Best time to go to Austria.
The best time to visit Lake Constance is June-August when the temperature is pleasant and there is little rainfall. The average water temperature of the lake is around 23C in summer and dropping to around 17C September and October.
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By train or bus
If you are able to travel to Germany without flying, this holiday is reachable by rail, with railway stations in Konstanz and Zurich. For more details, see the national rail operator Deutsche Bahn (Germany) or Swiss Federal Railways (Switzerland). it’s worth noting that children up to the age of 14 travel for free on German trains.
Train: From Zurich Airport, there is a direct train to Konstanz (1.5h). There are normally 55 trains per day and tickets for this journey start from €25.20 when booked in advance. For up-to-date train schedules visit Deutsche Bahn or use the Omio planner above.
Train from the UK: Take the Eurostar from London St-Pancras International to Paris (Gard du Nord). Change and travel to Gare de l’Est. From here, there are direct trains to Offenburg where you can change to Konstanz (approximately 8.5h).
Car: There are public car parks available in Fischmarkt, Dammgasse, Lago, Altstadt and Benedikti Nerplatz (approximately €10-20 per day). Free parking on public roads is often also available but cannot be guaranteed.
- 7 nights in private en-suite rooms
- Luggage transport (up to 20kg per person)
- Boat trip Wallhausen/Dingelsdorf Überlingen
- Entrance to Rosgartenmuseum Konstanz
- Entrance to Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen
- Entrance to Ravensburger Spieleland Meckenbeuren-Liebenau
- Entrance to the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen
- Return cable car ticket to Pfänder (excludes bikes)
- Return ferry ticket Konstanz–Meersburg
- Detailed digital holiday information pack including regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Return bus fare Friedrichshafen-Ravensburger Spieleland (group ticket up to five people approximately €10)
- Entrance to Mainau Island
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- We regret that this tour is not open to solo travellers
- Extra nights
- Bike, e-bike, children’s bike rental
- Children discount (discount applies for accommodation in a room with two full-paying guests,)
Standard trekking bikes, e-bikes and children’s bikes are available to rent on this tour. A child seat (up to 22kg) is free of charge when booked in addition to a rental bike. All bikes come with a bike lock, pannier, repair kit, extra inner tube, chain rivet extractor, hand pump and first aid kit. Sample pictures attached below, note that the exact models may differ depending on availability, but the standard will be the same.