Three Lakes - Four Countries
Lake Constance, Lake Zurich and Lake Walen.
- 9 Days / 8 Nights
- Self-guided tour
The largest town on the Lake Constance is still quiet Medieval in character to this day and in 1414 hosted the only church council ever to take place north of the Alps.
Today you will cycle along the romantic Lower Lake through small fishing villages and the well-known town of Stein am Rhein. The Canton capital of Schaffhausen is towered over by the Munot Fortress. There are over 170 oriels in the town which testify to the former wealth of the citizens.
The first highlight of your trip is the Rheinfall waterfall, which you will approach by boat. The Glatt valley will lead you on to Zurich, the fascinating cosmopolitan Swiss city
Today you will cycle along the banks of Lake Zurich, which is also known locally as the Gold Coast, until you come to Rapperswil with its old castle and cross over the lake using the dam. You will come to the small little town of Lachen on the opposite shore.
Today you will cycle along the Linth Canal, the man-made canal between Lake Zurich and Lake Walen, and come to Weesen. Here you will board a boat which will take you to the other end of the lake and Walenstadt. The Lake is 150m deep and is towered over by the 1800m high Churfirsten Mountains.
After a few kilometres you will come to the valley of the Alpenrhein. From here you will reach quickly the principality of Liechtenstein, where numerous and impressive castles are over the valley. The Medieval town of Feldkirch is on Austrian ground.
You will continue to follow along the Rhine for a little longer, then a cogwheel railway will bring you up to Appenzell countryside, to Gais. Alpen meadows and sows, like those from children’s books will accompany you on your way to St. Gallen which is home to one of the formerly most important monasteries in the region. The library is a UNESCO – world heritage site.
You will cycle downhill towards Lake Constance today, which you will reach at the town of Arbon. From here you will cycle along the shoreline through Swiss villages and apple orchards on towards Constance.
Departure or extension
The route runs mainly along its own cycle paths and separate cycle routes. The rout is mainly flat but in Appenzell there it is a little bit hilly.
The route runs mainly along its own cycle paths and separate cycle routes. The route is mainly flat but in Appenzell there it is a little bit hilly.
Category: Hotels of national 3***-niveau
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French with route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- 1 Entrance Rosgartenmuseum incl. 1 cup of coffee
- 1 Boat tour Weesen - Walenstadt incl. bike
- 1 Boat tour Altstätten - Gais incl. bike
- 1 Boat tour to the Rheinfallfelsen
- Service Hotline
- Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Constance train station
- Zurich, Friedrichshafen or Stuttgat airport
- There are parking spaces available at the hotels most of the time for EUR 20 to EUR 50 per week.
- In Constance you can park at the office for EUR 39 for the duration of your tour, reservation necessary, to be paid for in advance.
Parkingspaces without fee along the public streets.
Things to note:
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
- You can book extra nights for any day of your tour. Prices upon request!
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!