From Constance to Überlingen
Our day kicked of at 8am. The breakfast was great and we were fuelled up for our first stage.
Udo had already explained how to best leave the city the day before. But everything is well signposted. If you don’t talk too much, you can’t miss the signs 😉 – but that only happened to us once and we noticed quickly! The cycle path is paved and runs partly near the lake. Sometimes separated by a small road, sometimes directly on the lake. It travels through Wollmatinger Ried (a nature reserve at the Untersee) in the direction Allensbach and on to Radolfzell. There we took our first longer break to visit the old town with its winding streets and of course to enjoy a cup of coffee.
We continued towards Bodman. This stage leads away from the Untersee and is at times a little hilly. In Sipplingen, shortly before Überlingen, we were overcome by hunger and took a stop in the lake restaurant Sipplingen. There were fresh chanterelles and you sit on a great terrace overlooking the lake. We then went on strengthened. Our hotel was right on the cycle path and we could not miss it. It was still early in the afternoon, we freshened up briefly and then jumped into the lake. We deserved it! 😊
Afterwards we visited the beautiful Überlingen, the city garden and the pedestrian precinct before we looked for a nice restaurant on the promenade for dinner. Since our lunch wasn’t so long ago, we ate a small antipasti plate. The evening ended with a view of the lake and a great sunset. Susi was thrilled with her first day of cycling.
Back to Constance and departure
Since today was our last day and we still had to make our journey home, we shortened part of the stage by train. Along this route you can get on and off about every 10km.
The first part to Stein am Rhein would have been the same as yesterday, so we decided to cycle from Stein am Rhein to Constance. The cycle path now led us on the Swiss side, past nature reserve Kreuzlingen and back to our starting point of Constance.
Once there it started to rain, suitable for the trip home! We waved goodbye to our bikes and colleagues and the tour was over.
The stage from Constance to Schaffhausen was my personal highlight of the tour, as you are off the beaten track in nature and Stein am Rhein and Schaffhausen are very beautiful. Susanne liked the stage to Überlingen a lot, as there was so much to see with the stilt houses, vineyards and small spots beside the lake.
The tour around Lake Constance has something for everyone and I was very happy to take a friend on one of our cycle tours – next year she would like to cycle with her family.