Cycling Lake Constance (4d) - Germany
Short walks of generally 3-4 hours plus optional day excursions; level or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
2. Average/ Moderate
Easy day walks with more strenuous excursions. 4-5 hours per day in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous areas. 5-7 hours per day, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for one night; altitude differences between 1,500-3,000 ft. (500-1,000 m.) per day.
Serious excursions in high mountains, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for several nights. 6-8 hours per day; altitude differences up to 3,600 ft. (1,200 m.) per day. Only for those with an excellent condition and without fear of heights.
Easy cycling in nearly flat areas; Little or no experience needed. Approx. 20-50 km daily. Bicycles with up to 3 gears will do.
2. Average / Moderate
Nearly flat to hilly areas with the occasional short climb. Approx. 30-65 km daily. Bicycles with minimum 7 gears will do.
Strenuous cycling with some steeper climbs. Some experience needed. Approx. 30-75 km daily. Bicycles with up to 21 gears needed.
Serious and strenuous in mountainous areas. Slopes are longer and/or steeper. Good physical condition needed. Experience and a mountain bike needed. Approx. 30-80 km daily.
You can choose from 4 different levels of comfort, although most of our trips are rated 2 or 3 (or a combination of the two) on our accommodation scale. We try to provide en-suite rooms where possible but on occasions this may not be possible on some tours.
We are constantly looking for hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and mountain huts that offer a special location, ambience or atmosphere that fits the trip. Accessibility to the route and personal hospitality of the owners are part of our choice of accommodations.
A hotel, a pension or a mountain hut with all the basic facilities. Most rooms have a shared bathroom.
Fine hotels or B&B’s with basic to moderate facilities. Almost all rooms have a private bathroom.
A 3-star hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Comfortable rooms with private en-suite bathroom and often air conditioning. Some accommodations might have a swimming pool.
A 4-star chateau hotel or guesthouse. The rooms are relatively large with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A warm welcome and a high quality are guaranteed. Some hotels have a swimming pool or sauna.
This strenuous self-guided cycling trip from Ulm to Lake Constance, leads you through a beautiful landscape, is a demanding route and takes you to attractive Lake Constance with its Alpine panorama.
- Climb the highest church tower in the world in Ulm for some great views
- Enjoy a thermal bath in Bad Wurzach
- Visit the well-preserved old centre of Wangen
- Total distance: 195 km, 121 mi.
The indicated routes on Google Maps are approximate.
Day 1 Individual arrival in Ulm
Your cycling trip begins in the Swabian-Bavarian city. Stroll through the well restored inner city, climb the highest church tower in the world and visit the picturesque fishing and tanning quarter.
Day 2 Cycling trip: Ulm - Bad Wurzach
Distance: approx. 85 km, 53 mi. Today's bike tour offers you soft, rolling hills, moors and silted-up lakes characterize this route in Northern Swabia. However, culture is also represented; Ochsenhausen is home to an impressive Benedictine Abbey. Your destination for the day is most well known for its healing moor waters. Why not relax with a moor treatment or in the thermal baths. Overnight stay in Bad Wurzach.
Day 3 Cycling trip: Bad Wurzach - Wangen im Allgäu
Distance: approx. 65 km, 40 mi. Today’s route will not be any less demanding than yesterday as you will be exploring the Württembergian Allgäu. Zeil Castle is impressively located above Leutkirch, a trip to the winter sport town of Isny is recommended, and you can enjoy a relaxing evening in the well-preserved old town of Wangen.
Day 4 Cycling trip: Wangen - Friedrichshafen - individual return journey home or extension of your stay
Distance: approx. 45 km, 28 mi. To start off your bike trip, you will cycle through one of the most important hop-growing regions in Germany before apple trees and orchards take over the landscape. In Kressbronn, you will come to Lake Constance, the shores of which you will follow along until coming to the harbour and zeppelin town of Friedrichshafen. You will then begin your journey home. There are good train connections between Friedrichshafen and Ulm where you will not need to change trains.
- 3 nights in a double room with breakfast in family run guesthouses and middle class hotels (for an image selection, please see Flickr)
- Transport of luggage from hotel to hotel to Friedrichshafen, no limit on pieces of luggage but luggage may only weigh a maximum of 20 kg
- Telephone assistance, just a phone call away
- Detailed route description and map in English
- Flights and public transportation
- Travel insurance
- Bike rental
- Any items not mentioned in the program
Optional services (to be booked in advance):
- Additional night(s) at any of the accommodations (please use booking remarks field)
- Airport or station arrival and/or departure transfers
- Single supplement
- Bike rental 7- and 21-Gear price $Cdn 54.- or E-Bike price $Cdn 101.-
Mainly hilly along tarred cycle paths, quiet back-roads and sometimes along dirt tracks.
How to get there:
Best arrival and departure airport is Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, about 150 km from Ulm. The airport has an S-Bahn station, which connects to other Munich train stations. Alternative is Stuttgart Airport, 90km from Ulm.
The railway station (Hauptbahnhof) of Ulm is in the town centre, about a 10 minute walk from the cathedral (Ulmer Münster). Ulm is about an hour from Stuttgart and 1.5-2 hours from Munich.
Tip: For online rail connections and reservations visit Rail Europe.