NEW in 2024! Now that E-bikes give us endless options for cycling, we have chosen a new route that will be great if you know how to use the advantages of the E-bike. We must warn you, though, that this tour still needs some personal muscle power. A prerequisite is enough experience with an E-bike on other bike tours or day trips.
Ever heard of Lake Constance? Many tourists enjoy the boat tours, stroll through the villages and cycle on the cycle paths along the lake. It is a touristic region, from the start of tourism on.
Lake Constance (the Germans call it BODENSEE) is a big lake, once formed as a tongue lake during the ice age by the Rhine Glacier. It is the 3rd biggest Lake in Western and Central Europe, Lake Balaton and Lake Geneva; the region is prevalent among tourists, and 70 Million tourists annually visit it. It is a great place to start our trip, which will take us away from the big crowds into the lower Alps, at the feet of the German and Austrian Alps. The trip will have its ups and downs, and that is literally! So, unless you are an avid (mountain)biker, we strongly advise you to use one of our Flyer E-bikes, a Swiss Brand known for its excellent E-bikes. The daily distance will be a bit higher than usual because we expect the E-bikes to make it possible to do this longer itinerary.
We will enjoy the Alps as a backdrop of the meadows and lakes. The region oozes charm; cowbells tinkle, meadows will bloom, quant little villages and farmhouses, lovely views, lakes, old village centres…and almost no traffic, no highways, nothing. Just us, on nice cycle paths and quiet country roads. Excellent stops, with cake or pretzels and nice local beers on arrival. This is Bavaria at its best. Terraces are everywhere; the villages are lively. Life is good here. And so we cycle around 450 km/almost 290 ml, from West to East. Our final goal is to see Lake Koenigssee, and you end your trip with 2 nights close to or in the city of Salzburg.
We have reserved rooms at a beautiful countryside location 3 km from Salzburg, but you can also decide to book your accommodation, and then we will leave the costs of these last nights out of the booking. We are happy to advise you about this.
It is possible to arrive earlier and book extra nights at the first hotel in Lindau (on request!)
This trip can be combined with a bike&barge trip on the IRIS (departure 24th of August Aschaffenburg to Bamberg)
OR: after this trip, you could join the Bike&Cruise Trip on the Primadonna from Passau to Budapest and back to Passau, which starts on the 13th of SeptemberRead more
Arrival in Lindau
Lindau is a great place to start a cycling vacation. We advise you to book a few extra nights; we have some on hold. You can hire a bike locally and cycle a bit along the lake if you like and/or use a ferry to go to the Swiss side of the lake!
Lindau has a long history, starting as a Roman settlement; the oldest remains date from the 2nd Century. It had periods of great importance; in the later years, it became a regional town with a flourishing textile industry and, by the time people started to travel, a major tourist attraction with its central position at the lake with its beautiful harbour, guarded by an impressive statue of a lion.
We will not stay here for more than one night on the tour. Tomorrow the cycling starts!
Hergensweiler to Immenstadt 56 km
The cycling starts at a quiet location outside of Lindau, where we can do the bike fitting and start on our ride that will take us to the Grosser Alpsee (Big Alps Lake) and the lovely little town of Immenstadt.
After many little hamlets and villages, ups and downs, but mainly ups, and lunch somewhere on the way, we will get to Oberstaufen for an afternoon break. After that, our goal for the day is not far anymore. Our ride is a breeze for the last km, going slightly down or straight, as we are cycling along the Grosser Alpsee. If the weather is good, we might see many people bathing in the lake, with its clear water. Do bring your swimwear, there will be options to swim at some hotels on this tour!
Immenstadt to Hopferau 57 km
Some of the towns here had their glory days with the trade and transportation of salt around the 16th century. Not only salt but later on, also cheese became a significant product for the region.
The first Emmentaler, not produced in Switzerland, came from Blaichach, in 1827. It was the start to become the most loved German region for its cheeses.
And how about beer? Rettenberg is the most southern brewery village in Germany. Since 1447! Maybe we can arrange a visit here. A sip might be nice, but it is still morning when we arrive!
The Rothachsee (Lake Rothach) and the Gruentensee are on our path before we enter Nesselwang, also a winter-sport village with a nice cable car that could take us up to have a great view. it is about 15k to our final goal for the day, our hotel in Hopferau. The ups are a bit more often now.
This hotel is very special!
Schwangau to Murnau am Stachelsee 70 km/45 ml
Visit to Neuschwanstein first? Who can resist this tourist highlight. People from all over the world here! We will reserve tickets for a visit, and queue up at the bus to get to the Disney Castle, a late and very over-the-top remembrance of th megalomanic King Ludwig, in the late 19th century.
Today’s ride is beautiful; it takes us along the Wieskirche, a Baroque Chapel with nice cafes and huge terraces.
At Wieskirche you can call it a day, and get on our bus, with your bike. Or you continue for another 20 km to the beautiful hotel in Oberammergau, a nice ride through the hills. Oberammergau is the home town of the Passion Play, that is performed every ten years. Not in 2024, but still a very beautiful place and great to visit.
Murnau - Benedikbeuern-Gmund/Schliersee
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Berchtesgaden, day of departure
Time to leave or prolong your stay
This is a hotel tour, we will present the hotels soon
More info to follow!