Lake Constance: 3 Countries on 2 wheels

ByAndrea Thompson

May 14, 2024

Biking around Lake Constance, also known as Bodensee, is an exhilarating experience that combines scenic beauty, cultural exploration, and physical activity. The lake borders three countries, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and offers a unique international cycling adventure.

The lake spans approximately 260km and the journey can be completed within a week.  The route can be divided up into manageable stages, allowing leisurely rides and ample time to explore.

What to See and Do:

  • Konstanz Minster and the Old Town: Start your journey with the cultural hub of the region, where you can visit the historic Konstanz Minster
  • Flower Island (Mainau): Known for its stunning gardens and arboretum.
  • Medieval towns: Explore the charm of medieval towns like Meersburg and Stein am Rhein.
  • Zeppelin Museum: The birthplace of the Zeppelin in Friedrichshafen.

Stops Along the Way:

  • Mainau: The flower island.
  • Überlingen: With its lakeside promenade, chich cafes and restaurants and shops.
  • Birnau Church: A little pink church
  • Pfahlbaumuseum: UNESCO World Heritage site of reconstructed pre-historic pile dwellings.

Tips for the Trip:

  • Accommodation: There are bike-friendly hotels along the route.
  • Luggage: You can opt for the services that transfer your luggage from one hotel to the next.
  • Navigation: The cycle path is well-marked but having GPS or cycling app would help.
  • Bike Rental: You can rent bikes, including e-bikes which are perfect for the terrain and may cycling even easier.


  • Weather: Be prepared for varied weather conditions and pack accordingly.
  • Maintenance: Ensure your bike is in good condition or rent one that is well-maintained.
  • Hydration: Carry enough water and stay hydrated throughout the ride.

Cycling around Lake Constance offers a blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. With its flat terrain, it’s suitable for cyclists of all levels, and the well-structured path ensures a memorable and hassle-free experience.