Cycle tours at the Lake of Costance
Cycling at Lake Constance – this comprises cycling along Germany's most popular cycle route, the Lake Constance cycle route. However, in Langenargen and the Lake Constance region there are many other attractive cycle routes, particularly in the hinterland and in the nearby Alps.
Even cycle routes along the River Argen provide inviting, easy-going cycle tours. The hinterland around Langenargen, with its country roads and little traffic, is a paradise for hobby racing bike enthusiasts. Mountain bike fans can endeavour on a challenging tour up the Pfänder, the local mountain of Lake Constance, or to the nearby Allgäu region.
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Family cycle tours
The widely branched and fairly even cycle route network are ideal prerequisites for an easy-going cycle tour with the entire family.
Maps can be obtained at the Tourist Information in Langenargen.
Easy-going cycle tour without mentionable rises on shady paths along the River Argen, the second largest tributary of Lake Constance. Ideally for families with children.
From Montfort Castle through the historical centre of Langenargens, along the Lake Constance cycle route, past the BMK Yacht Harbour to the Argen Bridge. Cross the Argen Bridge and head upstream on the eastern bank of the river to the oldest cable suspension bridge in Germany.
The construction plans of the 1897 built bridge were exhibited at the World Fair in Paris (1900). A number of bridges were constructed in accordance with this model, including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The span amounts to 72 metres, the cable ropes are 130 metres long and are lead two high, pylons with sophisticated designs to the ends of the bridge.
The route continues further upstream to the Giessenbrücke bridge. This provides an ideal opportunity for a side trip to the former moated castle of Giessen. The well-maintained castle was a fortified moated castle during the Middle Ages, and is now privately owned. Sightseeing tours are currently only possible for groups with prior booking. The castle also accommodates small cultural events, such as readings, concerts and conferences.
Cross the Giessen Bridge to the western banks and then head back downstream along the Argen toward Langenargen. At the BMK Yacht Harbour, the route forks of toward the natural lakeside beach known as the Malerecke (Painter's Corner). An ideal place to relax after the cycle tour.
Overall distance approx. 17 km.
Via the typically rural district village of Oberdorf (with attractive places to stop for a drink and a bite to eat) through rambling orchards and apple plantations back to Langenargen.
Along the Lake Constance cycle route toward the BMK Yacht Harbour, cross the Argen Bridge, continue past Ultramarin and the Camping Site in Gohren toward Tunau. There in Tunau is an inviting beer garden with a small playground. Continue on toward Kressbronn, pass the Strandbad bathing facility in Kressbronn until you reach the shipping pier. The playground is located around 100 metres to the east of the shipping pier in the direction of Nonnenhorn. This is a tranquil, almost hidden location with a sunbathing lawn, lots of shade-spending trees, direct access to the lake with a pebbly beach, and there is also, of course, an exciting, well-equipped playground for the little ones (there and back approx. 11 km).
Maps can be obtained in the Tourist Information Langenargen.
Follow the cycle route along the Friedrichshafener Strasse Road to the Sports Centre and on to the district village of Bierkeller-Waldeck. Follow the cycle route signs toward Tettnang. The Tettnang Forest begins shortly after leaving the village. This is a dense woodland area that has a network of hiking and cycling routes. The woodland stretches to Eriskirch-Mariabrunn in the west and to Tettnang in the north. This cycle tour is particularly recommendable in summer when it is hot (the cycle tour to Tettnang and back is around 25 km, but can be shortened according to preference and stamina).
Tip: A hike along the geological hiking trail in the Tettnang Forest:
The geological hiking trail Tettnang is a geological nature trail in the Tettnang Forest, which was officially opened in June 2009. Hikers are provided with insights into the geological layers of the Tettnang Forest at ten stations. The first station can be reached easiest via the main hiking trail from the hiker's car park Hagenbuchen (at the edge of Tettnang), past both of the ponds.
Maps can be obtained from the Tourist Information Langenargen.
Along the Lake Constance cycle route toward Eriskirch, cross the River Schussen on the left after passing the district of Schwedi. The Eriskircher Ried is the largest nature reserve on the northern banks of Lake Constance. From the mid May to early June, the Eriskircher Ried blooms with the most opulent blaze of colours imaginable: Thousands of Siberian irises coat the meadow of the Eriskircher Ried nature reserve in an amazing shade of blue, which is interspersed with vibrant dabs of yellow of the water iris. The Eriskirch Strandbad bathing facility with sunbathing lawn and direct access to the lake lies at the heart of the Eriskircher Ried (to the Strandbad Eriskirch and back approx. 12 km).
Maps can be obtained from the Tourist Information Langenargen.
Starting point in Eriskirch is the Naturschutzzentrum (Nature Conservation Centre) at the train station. The ride through the Eriskircher Ried is particularly rewarding during the blossoming season of the iris. Along the Lake Constance cycle route we reach the edge of the Zeppelin Town of Friedrichshafen. Trough the Seewald Forest we enter the Schussental Valley with its expanses of fruit orchards and hop gardens. Via an old, roof-covered, wooden bridge we can cross the River Schussen at Oberbaumgarten. Soon one can see the baroque castle of Tettnang. In Tettnang we follow the sign of the "Hopfenpfad" (Hops Trail - see below), which takes us up to the hops museum in Siggenweiler. Along the trail one can see hops that give the trail its name and our beer its delicious flavour. The trail then continues from Siggenweiler an on past Brünnensweiler. On a clear day it is well worth considering a side trip by foot up to the top of "Brünnensweiler Höhe". Before we cycle back down into the Argental Valley, we visit the natural history museum in Waldhub, which also has a petting zoo. The ride down into the wild yet picturesque valley of the Argen brings us directly to the village of Laimnau. We now follow the flow of the river as it runs toward Lake Constance. We see the sight of an impressive building in Giessen. This building was a former moated castle. On the left banks of the Argen, after leaving Giessen behind, on can stop for a break at a playground and BBQ area. We then cross the historical cable suspension bridge to return to Langenargen, which has long-standing and historical ties with Tettnang through the now extinct dynasty of the Counts of Montfort. The route takes us back along the Lake Constance cycle route to the starting point in Eriskirch.
Cycle tours for bon vivants
The Lake Constance cycle route connects the numerous excursion destinations of the region. Here are a few suggestions of how you can combine an easy-going cycle tour with visits to the most significant attractions and places of interest at Lake Constance.
Maps are available at the Tourist Information in Langenargen.
Along the Lake Constance cycle route, you head to Friedrichshafen, where you can visit the Zeppelin museum or climb the pier tower. From the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) Friedrichshafen, the route continues via Immenstaad and Hagnau to Meersburg. There you can visit both the famous old castle of Meersburg and the new castle. The commercial passenger boat takes you comfortably back to Langenargen.
The Tettnang hops circuit is a well sign-posted cycling circuit for the whole family. This route goes from Langenargen via Eriskirch to Friedrichshafen. From Friedrichshafen the route heads through the Seewald Forest to the Schussen Valley, where the cycle route leads through plantations of fruit and hops to the baroque castle in Tettnang. In Tettnang the route continues slightly uphill to the hops museum. Then the route heads into the Argental Valley, where the shady cycle route goes all the way along the Argen until it flows into Lake Constance at the Malerecke (Painter's Corner) in Langenargen. Shortly before the Argen reaches Lake Constance, the historical cable suspension bridge stretches across the Argen - a masterstroke of engineering and supposedly a model upon which the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is constructed.
The Lake Constance cycle route leads to Lindau, an island town in the Bavarian section of Lake Constance. The harbour and the historical old town are world-famous. A stopover in Wasserburg on your way back is also worthwhile (castle and church on a peninsula jutting out into the lake).
This tour goes along the cycle route, past Lindau and on to Bregenz, where the world-famous Bregenz Festival is held each year. Bregenz has a beautiful old town. 5 minutes walking distance from the harbour is the valley station of the Pfänder cable car. The Pfänder (1064 m) is the local mountain of Lake Constance. The viewing platform provides a wonderful panoramic view of the lake, as well as the Austrian and Swiss alps. The commercial passenger boat takes you comfortably back to Langenargen.
Rally around Lake Constance
The Lake Constance cycle route - the most famous cycle route in Germany. Thousands of cyclists ride around Germany's largest lake each year. Daily changes of accommodation and daily suitcase packing, however, is not everyone's thing. From Langenargen you can comfortably circle Lake Constance in several daily stages. And if it rains one day, then you can simply visit the museum or go on a shopping expedition. You can conquer the next stage the following day.
Maps are provided at the Tourist Information in Langenargen.
Meersburg-Constance-Swiss lakeside-Romanshorn-ferry to Friedrichshafen (approx. 65 km).
This stretch of the Lake Constance cycle route heads past Friedrichshafen, Immenstaad and Hagnau to Meersburg. Then you take the commercial passenger boat to Constance. The route continues along the Swiss lakeside to Romanshorn, where you can take the ferry back to Friedrichshafen.
Catamaran Friedrichshafen-Constance, Stein am Rhein, Radolfzell, Reichenau, Constance, commercial passenger boat to Langenargen (approx. 65 km).
This stretch of the Lake Constance cycle route heads to Friedrichshafen, where you can board the Catamaran to Constance at either 09.02 a.m. or 10.02 a.m. The route continues along the Swiss lakeside to Stein am Rhein, then it goes right around the Lower Lake and through Radolfzell back to Constance. From Constance you can either board the commercial passenger boat to Langenargen or take the catamaran to Friedrichshafen.
3 country cycle tour via Lindau, Bregenz (Austria) and on to Switzerland, back with the ferry from Romanshorn to Friedrichshafen (approx. 85 km).
Via our neighbouring village of Kressbronn, the route goes through Nonnenhorn
and Wasserburg to Lindau, the island town of the Bavarian section of Lake Constance. The route continues on to the nearby town of Bregenz on the Austrian side of Lake Constance, then continues through Rorschach and Arbon (twin town of Langenargen) to Romanshorn, where you can board the ferry that takes you back to Friedrichshafen. Between May and October it is possible to travel with the commercial passenger boat directly from Rorschach to Langenargen (shortening the cycle tour by approximately 30 km, please check at the Tourist Information in Langenargen to find out the precise departure time before you set off).
Meersburg, Überlingen, Dingelsdorf, Mainau Island, Constance (approx. 60 km).
This stage goes via Friedrichshafen and Meersburg to Überlingen, then the commercial passenger boat takes you to Dingelsdorf. Then the route continues on past Mainau Island and back to Constance, where you can travel back comfortably with the commercial passenger boat or catamaran. An alternative possibility would be to from Überlingen via Ludwigshafen and Bodmann to Radolfzell and from there to Constance (approx. 35 km more). Between Bodman and Dingelsdorf there is no cycle route connection directly by the lakeside.
A day of rest or a cycle tour along the River Argen.
The Argen is the second largest tributary of Lake Constance (after the Rhine). It originates around Isny in Allgäu and flows into Lake Constance at the Malerecke (Painter's Corner) in Langenargen. Well sign-posted, shady cycle routes lead along the Argen to the beautiful Lake Constance hinterland.
Challenging cycle tours
A great tour for both racing bikers and mountain bikers: The Lake Constance region provides the ideal training conditions for sporty, ambitious cyclists. Several active and former professional cyclists live here in the region, such as Jan Ullrich who lives on the Swiss lakeside between Romanshorn and Kreuzlingen.
Maps are available at the Tourist Information in Langenargen.
Tour 1: 3 country cycle tour via Lindau, Bregenz (Austria) to Switzerland, return with the ferry from Romanshorn (approx. 85 km)
Via our neighbouring village of Kressbronn, the route goes through Nonnenhorn and Wasserburg to Lindau, the island town of the Bavarian section of Lake Constance. The route continues on to the nearby town of Bregenz on the Austrian side of Lake Constance, then continues through Rorschach and Arbon (twin town of Langenargen) to Romanshorn, where you can board the ferry that takes you back to Friedrichshafen.
This tour goes via Friedrichshafen to Meersburg, continues along the Überlinger Lake to Ludwigshafen, via Bodan-Rück (molasse ridge climb) to Radolfzell. Then the tour continues to Stein am Rhein and along the Swiss lakeside to Romanshorn, where you can board the ferry to return to Friedrichshafen.
This tour heads via Lindau to Lochau, near Bregenz, and up the Pfänder (approx. 650 metre climb). The ridge of the Pfänder provides bikes a wide range of possibilities (tour suggestions provided at the Pfänder cable car station).
The Höchsten (837 m) lies in the hinterland of Lake Constance around the municipality of Deggenhausertal. This is Germany's first permanent mountain race course for cyclists. The journey there goes via Friedrichshafen, Ailingen, Hefigkofen to Urnau. The Stoppomat (time trial device) is located on the municipal car park of Schönemühle near Urnau. Since the year 2006, around 8000 cyclists have used the facility. The course record is held by cyclist Jörg Ludewig of Team Wiesenhof with a time of 16:09 minutes. That is the equivalent of an average speed of von 30.46 km/h. With 560 participants in 2006 and 620 participants in 2007, the so-called "Lightweight Uphill“ competition is currently Germany's biggest mountain time trial course for cyclists.