From the huge Lake Constance through the most remote corners of Bavaria to the picturesque Königssee - the Bodensee-Königssee bike path is a magical journey through the foothills of the Alps. On the uniquely beautiful path you cross enchanted marshes, peaceful floodplains and cycle through dense forests. After hilly climbs you see yourself from above with the endless beauty of the landscape and start dreaming when you look at the really high peaks. Ancient rural settlements, magnificent monasteries and charming cities such as Füssen, Bad Reichenhall or Berchtesgaden provide cultural highlights on the way.
The Lake Constance-Königssee cycle path winds its way around 285 miles (460 kilometers) on the edge of the Alps from the “Swabian Sea” through the Allgäu to the turquoise-blue Königssee. The tour is divided into nine moderately difficult to difficult stages. But even on the difficult — and therefore longer — stages, perfectly signposted and well-maintained cycle paths await you. Due to the good infrastructure, you can easily shorten the stages - you will find great accommodation almost everywhere. The journey starts in Lindau on Lake Constance. Due to its location, the island city is easily accessible by train and boat. The best way to get back is from Berchtesgaden, which also has a train station.
The Bodensee-Königssee cycle path is recommended in the ADFC brochure "Discover Germany by bike" and for good reason: Along the varied and uniquely beautiful route, not only untouched nature and breathtaking Alpine panoramas await you, but also cozy accommodation and rustic restaurants where you can let yourself be pampered with regional delicacies and a freshly tapped beer. At the end of the bike tour you will be enchanted by a gigantic symphony of mountains, lake and city - the icing on the cake of this unforgettable journey through southern Germany, where the route is clearly the goal.
A unique holiday feeling awaits you when you arrive in Lindau: If you arrive by train, your journey begins directly on the shores of Lake Constance. From the harbor you first enjoy a view for which Lake Constance is known: Between the Bavarian Lion and the lighthouse, the "Swabian Sea" is surrounded by snow-capped peaks.Before you start cycling, it's worth taking a walk through the winding streets of the island town of Lindau. You leave the old town on the railway embankment that connects the island with the mainland, and follow the Lake Constance cycle path for a short distance until just before the Austrian border.Then you leave the lake behind and drive along Leiblach in the middle of the Allgäu. Gentle hills covered with meadows, cozy hamlets and at the horiozont the Alps - there is no better way to cycle.Mostly uphill you can explore the hilly Allgäu with its scattered farms. Again and again a wonderful panorama opens up to you. The first stage ends in Oberstaufen. In the Aquaria adventure pool, you can end the evening and relax your calves in the thermal water.
The second stage of the Lake Constance-Königssee cycle path enchants you with a unique mountain panorama. It starts in Oberstaufen. After you have circled the Staufner Berg, you drive in a wide valley to the Großer Alpsee. The view of the mountains is fantastic! When the weather is nice, you can also cool off in the lake.In Immenstadt, the oldest town in the Upper Allgäu, the medieval old town invites you to linger and have a coffee break. After the rest you drive a bit on the Iller. The wonderful bike path leads you along the rushing river.The southernmost city in Germany, Sonthofen, is ideal for a lunch break. In the charming city center you will find many quaint restaurants where you can recharge your batteries. And you need the strength, too, because you have almost completed half the route so far, but the right climbs are still waiting for you.Past the beautiful Rottachsee you climb a hill just before Oy-Mittelberg. Here you have reached the highest point between Lake Constance and the Königssee at almost 1,000 meters. An impressive panorama compensates for every drop of sweat. You almost only roll downhill to an old Roman bridge and behind it, after a small climb, you reach your destination in Nesselwang.
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Today's stage is all about the castle park in the Allgäu, a region where you will discover countless castles and the rugged mountain peaks are reflected in the many large and small lakes.The first bit from Nesselwang is still quite hilly. Again and again, great panoramas and far-reaching views open up to you. The path leads through an idyllic picture-book alpine landscape at its finest.After 13 kilometers you will reach the first castle: Hopferau. From here the path is mostly flat and you can enjoy the bike ride through the landscape particularly well. The path leads from Hopfensee to Forggensee and on to Alpsee. In each one you can refresh yourself and stretch your feet in or swim a lap.Füssen is on your way, where a beautiful historic old town awaits you. Here you can take a leisurely lunch break. A fabulous view opens up shortly behind Füssen: With rocky mountains in the background, the Bullachberg, Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castles proudly sit side by side. Neuschwanstein Castle as one of the most famous postcard motifs in Bavaria is definitely worth a visit.Past the Bannwaldsee with beautiful views of the mountains, the path leads you to your stage destination Trauchgau.
The fourth stage of the Bodensee-Königssee cycle path is all about the Ammergau Alps. Past lush meadows and through thick forests, you cycle steadily up and down through the idyllic and typical alpine landscape.The cultural highlight of the stage is the Wieskirche in richly decorated Rococo style. But this stage is also particularly scenic. After a total of around 25 kilometers, you cross the Ammer at the Altenauer Schleifen. Here the river flows wildly through the landscape.Behind Bad Kohlgrub a long descent begins, over which you whiz down. The rest of the stage is flat except for a few minor climbs. You drive past the Murnauer Moos, one of the largest natural moor areas in Central Europe.The stage ends in Schlehdorf on the banks of the Kochelsee. Here you can cool off after the tour and enjoy the evening with a cool wheat beer.
From the Kochelsee you start your day comfortably and with almost no gradients. On the way you can enjoy a view of the moor meadows on the Loisach. This is a magical sight, especially in the morning mist.You can see two onion towers from afar. They belong to the oldest monastery in Upper Bavaria in Benediktbeuern. The monastery with its baroque basilica has been the spiritual and cultural center of the Tölzer Land for centuries.After a long climb that leads you past the herb garden in Bad Heilbrunn, you will reach the Stallauer Weiher and at the same time the highest point of today's stage. It is worth taking a short rest on the shore or jumping into the cool water.About 20 minutes by bike you will reach Bad Tölz, the lively city on the Isar. In addition to interesting museums, you will also find some shops and a variety of restaurants there. It is also a good idea to spend the night here as the city has a lot to offer.After you have left Bad Tölz behind you are back in the middle of nature and comfortably continue to your stage destination Reichersbeuern.
You haven't had enough lakes on your trip yet? Then look forward to the sixth stage with Tegernsee and Schliersee. This stage is quite hilly, so don't start too late so you have enough time to enjoy the lakes along the way.After a long climb you drive down to Lake Tegernsee. During the descent, a wonderful panorama opens up to you: in the foreground the lush green meadows, in the middle the lake and behind it the mountains rise directly from the shore. You can take your first break in Gmund. A little south of Gmund, in Seeglas, there is a great lido in case you want to jump into the lake right now.It continues hilly. You can expect a particularly beautiful route through nature, far from roads and car traffic. The path is partly natural. Reason enough to slow down and enjoy the landscape intensely.The next highlight, the Schliersee, is not far away. The lake nestles gently into the forested pre-Alps and offers you a real picture book idyll. In the town of the same name you will find a few cafes and around the lake there are several swimming spots.The rest of the route gurgles up and down gently before you reach your destination near Bad Feilnbach after a long descent.
Less distance, less incline than on the previous day - the seventh stage is a little more comfortable. After about 14 kilometers you will reach the Inn. The river, which rises in Graubünden and gushes through the Engadin as a torrent, has already reached a stately size here and shimmers in its striking green.Immediately after you crossed the Inn, you arrived in Neubeuern. The town center seems to be cut out of a picture book. The next ten kilometers you cycle gently uphill.It is not far to the next pretty place, Aschau. The church with its two double onion towers is a pretty sight. A little later you roll downhill towards Bernau am Chiemsee and can really relax there on the shore.
From Chiemsee, the path first leads you through an interesting moor area. In the Salt and Moor Museum you can find out exciting details about salt production in Bad Reichenhall and the raised bog areas. Did you already know that there are carnivorous plants here?It continues on pretty paths. The Alpine panorama accompanies you all day today. The next exciting museum awaits you in Siegsdorf, where the White Traun and the Red Traun unite: the Mammoth Museum.From there you follow the Traun to Traunstein. The town square in the center with its colorful house facades is particularly pretty. The beer tastes particularly good there. Before you complete the last five kilometers of the stage, you can take a relaxed walk through Traunstein.
On the last stage on the way from Lake Constance to Königssee you will once again experience dreamlike landscapes like from a picture book. At the beginning of the day it is a bit wavy, but more downhill than uphill.The first impressive highlight can be found in Höglwörth. Next to the monastery with its huge onion dome is a small, pretty lake. You can cool off well there or walk around the lake in around 15 minutes.After following a short stretch of the Saalach upstream, you will reach Bad Reichenhall. The city, known for its salt, is ideal for a lunch break. Many restaurants and restaurants are waiting for you. Or you can stop by the interesting saltworks museum.A long climb begins behind Bad Reichenhall. But the wonderful view of the surrounding mountains gives you strength. You will then comfortably roll down to Berchtesgaden. Your journey is almost over here. Now there are only five kilometers along the Königsseer Ache and you will reach the Königssee, the destination of your trip. When you look at the steep cliffs that surround the lake, you will have forgotten all your efforts and you know that you will never forget this unique panorama.