From giant Lake Constance to the remotest corner of the Germany, this cycleway is a magical ride through the foothills of the Alps. You will encounter medieval hamlets along with infinite monasteries and churches. You will cross swamps and lush meadows before plunging into thick, dark German forests. You might curse the countless climbs you’ll be subjected to in the hilly Allgäu area, while becoming mesmerized by its unreachable beauty—all at the same time.
The snow capped peaks of the Chiemgau will take your mind on airy journeys and a pint of freshly drafted wheat beer will bring you down again. Sure enough, at the end there will be a feast of mountains, lakes and small city charm waiting for you in Berchtesgaden, but on this journey the way is clearly your goal.
The Lake Constance to Königsee cycle path is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association).
The starting point for the first stage on the Lake Constance-Königssee cycle path is Lindau, located on Lake Constance. Here you come with the train or the ferry. The world famous Old Town and the harbor of the city are worthwhile for a longer visit. After enjoying the island extensively, you cycle across the bridge to the mainland and then along the shores of picturesque Lake Constance. Here you will pass beautiful beaches where you can take a break and refresh yourself on hot days in the water.Shortly before the Austrian border you leave the bank and follow the Leiblach northwards. The river forms the border between Germany and Austria on a few kilometers, then meanders through the lovely forest and meadow landscape of the Swabian Prealps. Here you are in the middle of nature and you can see how the lofty mountains of the Alps rise bluish in the distance behind the green hills and forests. Through this unique backdrop you cycle to the final destination Hergatz.
From Hergatz you cycle on the second stage up into the hilly idyll of the Allgäu. Lush pastures with peacefully grazing animals, picturesque farms and quiet forests line the smooth paved paths, where you comfortably travel. From time to time you will come through charming villages where you can take a break and admire pretty chapels, churches or castles.Also for your physical well-being is ensured on this stage. Quaint beer gardens with beautiful terraces invite you to linger. With delicious Allgäu specialties, you can fill up your energy reserves, and then continue your bike ride towards Zwirkenberg, today's stage destination, with new energy and an unforgettable view of the snow-capped peaks of the Alps.
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On the third stage you cycle from Zwirkenberg along the Upper Argen. After you have crossed it, you follow the much smaller Tobelbach, which flows through the picturesque landscape embedded in untouched nature. You follow his joyful loops to Rötenbach in the Allgäu. Here you leave the valley and climb again into the lovely green hills of the Allgäu.After the climb you can enjoy a magnificent view from the height of the green meadows and pastures, the enchanted forests and the distant mountains in the distance. Without any significant gradients, you cycle comfortably through the rural area. Every now and then, on your way to Kalzhofen, you will pass through small villages or places where you can take relaxed breaks and strengthen yourself in inviting restaurants or cafes.
On today's stage, you cycle relaxed on flat paths towards the finish. From Kalzhofen you roll down the Jugetbach into the wide plain of the Konstanzer Ach. Here you cycle comfortably over the flat paths. On your right is the great plain through which the river flows, and to your left are picturesque mountains. From them, small streams and rivers flow down, sometimes they fall down as waterfalls to finally unite with the Konstanzer Ach. This then flows into the Great Alpsee, whose shore you reach about halfway.On the way to Immenstadt you drive along the shore of the Großer Alpsee, over which the Immenstädter Horn proudly towers. Here you come very close to the big mountains and can enjoy beautiful panoramas while looking over the clear waters of the lake to the snow-capped peaks. In Immenstadt, the beautiful Marienplatz with its historic buildings invites you to linger. Here you will find many good cafes, where you can relax. From Immenstadt it is only a few kilometers to the final destination Rettenberg.
With the glorious impressions of yesterday in your luggage, you will pass the private brewery Zötler today on the fifth stage, promising your tired calves refreshment. Strengthened with freshly tapped and a Vesper, it continues through a relatively shallow, water-rich Endmoränenlandschaft. After about half of the way you will reach the Rottachsee, where you can take another break. The large meadows on the shore invite you to relax and on hot days lures the refreshingly clear water to jump in the lake.After your long break at the Rottachsee, you are now ready for a longer climb that will take you up to 1,000 meters. This is not only the highest point of this stage, but the entire Lake Constance bike path. From here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Allgäu Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Zugspitze. From the height you then cycle slowly downhill, pass Oy and finally reach today's stage destination Guggemoos.
From Guggemoos you cycle on the sixth stage in leisurely up and down through the beautiful green forest and meadow landscape of the Allgäu. On an old Roman bridge you cross the Wertach and take course for Nesselwang. Here you can take an extended break and spoil yourself with delicious Allgäu cuisine in one of the cozy restaurants or cafes.Strengthened, it continues after. Accompanied by a breathtaking view of the Allgäu Alps, the Zugspitze and finally the Tannheimer mountains you cycle towards Hopferau, today's stage destination. On the way you can expect some highlights along the way, such as picturesque ponds, sleepy villages and the Mariahilfer brewhouse, where you can provide you just before the finish once again well with food and drink.
On the seventh stage a lot of highlights are waiting for you. From Hopferau you cycle on a gently sloping track past green pastures and meadows to Hopfensee. From its shores you can enjoy the magnificent view over the water to the majestic mountains in the background. Then it's on to the no less spectacular Lake Forggensee and into the historic city of Füssen, where ornate town houses from the 15th and 16th centuries line the path. Here you can take a leisurely break and strengthen yourself in one of the excellent restaurants.Then you cross the Lech and drive past the Kienberg to Hohenschwangau, where the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, built under the dazzling monarch King Ludwig II, stands. No question: The castle is world famous and certainly one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany, which means that you will be anything but alone here. It is best to plan an early or late arrival in Hohenschwangau, so that you have a little calmer at the castle. From here it then goes on a flat stretch on Bannwaldsee past way point Halblech.
Today, on the eighth stage, some climbs are waiting for you, because you drive into the Ammergau mountains. Here you will be enchanted by green pastures, picturesque meadows, wild and romantic forests and, above all, untouched, wild nature.From Halblech it starts first flat. You cycle comfortably through the idyllic, rural area for the first few kilometers, until you reach the "Königsstraße". It leads you lonely between the 1,012 meter high Schneidberg and the 1,589 meter high Niederbleick, along the wild Lähnbach. Finally, she takes you down to the Valley of the Halfhammer. On the way you drive through a dense forest, cross small streams that cross the path and enjoy the silence far away from traffic and people - a real piece of natural idyll! Just before you leave the forest, Forsthaus Unternogg invites you for a relaxing break. Strengthened you continue to roll downhill to Altenau. From there it is not far to the final destination Saulgrub.
The ninth stage of Lake Constance-Königssee Radweg starts with a relaxed downhill. After the first few kilometers, you can already take a break in Bad Kohlgrub, where cozy cafes and restaurants with good food lure. Through idyllic meadows and quiet forests, you can roll down to the Murnau Moos continue downhill. Here you will be enchanted by colorful moorland meadows with rich flora that characterize the landscape. The Murnauer Moos is also the home of some native birds, which you can observe with some luck in peace.In Eschenlohe you then meet the still relatively young Loisach and follow its shore for a good distance to the north. You will see the water sparkling in the trees and shrubs that line the natural bank of the river. Shortly thereafter you pass Ohlstadt and then cycle a few more kilometers through idyllic green countryside to the stage destination Schwaiganger.
At the beginning of the tenth stage, you will cycle through the fragrant meadows, the varied forests and wide fields to the Kochelsee, which lies at the foot of the Alps as a picturesque jewel. At the northern tip of the lake you cross the turquoise-blue Loisach. Here lies Kochel am See, where you can take a leisurely break, be it on the idyllic shore of the lake or in one of the inns of the village.On mostly flat route you cycle through a wide field and meadow landscape. The picturesque area throws you with their tiny villages back into the rural past of Upper Bavaria. In Benediktbeuren you can take another break and visit the monastery. Of course, there is also a monastery café, where you can strengthen yourself with delicious cake and fresh coffee. From Benediktbeuren it goes slightly hilly through the lush green landscape to the stage destination Bad Heilbrunn.
From the former electoral-Bavarian court bath Bad Heilbrunn it goes for you at the foot of the Stallauer corner along to the Stallauer Weiher. Here you can look out over the water from the tree-lined shore and let your mind wander a bit. After you have passed the lake lengthwise, you take course on Bad Tölz on the Isar. During a break, it is worthwhile to look at the historic market street and relax a bit on the banks of the Isar.Rested, you then cycle on through the Gaißach felts and their unique high moor landscape. Finally you reach the Great Gaissach and follow it upriver. It leads you into a deep forest, where you are very close to nature. Here you can enjoy the wilderness, the chirping of birds and the soft sound of the river. Shortly before the finish, you will reach the highest point of the route, after which you can comfortably roll yourself to the idyllic Margarethenhof, where the stage ends.
At the beginning of the twelfth stage of the Bodensee-Königssee Radweg you can comfortably roll yourself to the Tegernsee. With stunning views over green meadows to the blue lake, which extends in front of the backdrop of the mighty Alps, you can take a first break at Gut Kaltenbrunn and be pampered in the beer garden with delicious Bavarian specialties.Then you continue along the lake until you cross the Mangfall. On the other side of the river you dive into the typical rural idyll of Upper Bavaria and cycle past lush pastures and meadows. From time to time, you dive into refreshing cool forests and enjoy from higher elevations beautiful views of the beautiful landscape to the Alps. With the beautiful view of the Schliersee ends today's stage in Breitenbach.
Yesterday you could already enjoy the view of the Schliersee from a distance. Today, on the 13th stage, you drive to the shore of the crystal-clear lake. At the foot of the Krainsbergkogel you cycle along the water. On the way you will find here and there beautiful bays and bathing places that offer to rest. On hot days you can then refresh yourself in the refreshing waters of the lake.After leaving the shores of Schliersee on the southern tip, you will reach the open-air museum Wasmeier. Here is worth a longer break. In the museum you will learn more about ancient craftsmanship, traditional rural life and typical farm architecture. Afterwards, you swing back on your bike and cycle behind Neuhaus on natural paths through the beautiful mountains. Wooded slopes, craggy rocks, lush pastures with peacefully grazing cows or horses line the roadside. Small, charming villages and rustic farms also adorn the picturesque landscape, through which you drive to the final destination Graben.
At the beginning of the 14th stage, you will cycle on a flat stretch over picturesque altitudes, from where you will enjoy an unforgettable view of the lovely hills of the surrounding countryside and the majestic Alps in the distance. Afterwards you can let yourself roll a good 300 meters downhill. You will come across wide meadows and enchanted forests.Once at the bottom, it is much flatter than in the last few days and the mountains move a bit further away, but still offer an unforgettable sight. Against this backdrop you cycle through the wide fields around Bad Feilnbach to the Inn Valley. Along the way, you will always find inns, such as the Moosmühle, where you can take a break and strengthen yourself. With Kirchdorf am Inn you will reach today's stage destination.
At the beginning of the 15th stage, you cross the Inn, where you have a great view from the bridge. On the other side of the river, it then goes slowly uphill, past meadows and colorful fields. Refreshingly cool woodlands provide variety and relaxation - here you are close to nature and enjoy the silence of the forest. Small towns and quaint villages are on the way, which are ideal for short or long breaks. In cozy inns you will be spoiled by the warm hosts with Bavarian specialties, before you continue your bike ride.After you have made the long climb, you reach Aschau im Chiemgau. The city in the Priental enchants with its remote location and the view of the Kampenwand, from the regularly daring Paraglider dare the flight into the depths. You land very often in the meadows around Aschau, from where you can watch the spectacle during your onward journey towards the stage destination Bernau.
The 16th stage of the Bodensee-Königssee cycle path begins with comfortably flat paths that lead you through lush meadows that are bursting with life. Especially at the Kendelmühlfilz, at the edge of the bike path leads along, worth a break to discover the flora and fauna of the enchanted bog area. Grassau offers itself afterwards for an extended meal break. In the cozy village on the Tiroler Ache, cozy guest houses and cafés invite you to linger.Freshly fortified, you then cycle over the Tiroler Ache. Also on the other side of the river, a pleasant flat route through fragrant meadows, in which it creeps and flees. This area south of the Chiemsee, between the Tyrolean and the White Ache, is a paradise for all sorts of colorful birds and other animals that you can watch with some patience. Only towards the end of today's stage will it be a bit hilly again. A steep climb brings you up to Bad Adelholzen, where you can refresh yourself at a fountain with the Adelholzener Sprudel. From here it is not far to the final destination Siegsdorf.
Today, the 17th stage is mostly downhill. Right at the beginning you cycle relaxed along the banks of the Traun. Here you can enjoy the view of the water and the cool shade of the many trees that line the Traun, until you reach the almost same name place. Traunstein itself is a picturesque town in the midst of extremely fertile floodplain. Here you can take a break, stroll through the pretty old town and be pampered in one of the restaurants or cafes with delicious Bavarian food.With renewed strength, you'll continue your tour by crossing the Traun River and turning east to dive into an enchanting rural area. Past small wooded areas, wide fields, lush green meadows and pastures, you drive on flat terrain towards the finish. Here and there you see a farm or roll through a sleepy village and when you look across the idyllic landscape to the horizon, you can see the impressive Alps in the distance. The last few kilometers you do not even need to pedal, because it goes up to the final destination Oberteisendorf only downhill.
After passing the charming village of Teis at the beginning of the 18th stage, you dive into a beautiful, wildly romantic forest. The slightly curved path takes you right along the Ramsauer stream, whose lapping sounds always accompany you. Again and again you have here in the middle of nature, the opportunity to take relaxed breaks, whether on cozy benches in the woods or at the small chapel on the roadside. In Höglwörth you can then take a longer break: Here you can expect not only a picturesque lake and a magnificent panorama of the mountains, but also the monastery Höglwörth, where you can strengthen yourself in the associated inn.Afterwards you will cycle through the pretty village of Anger. From here you can roll down to the valley of the Saalach with a view of the Alps. After you have crossed the river, you drive on a flat stretch through the beautiful riparian forests along the shore to today's stage destination Bad Reichenhall.
In Bad Reichenhall you can enjoy the royal spa garden right at the beginning of the penultimate stage of the Lake Constance-Königssee cycle path. Here you have the opportunity to take a deep breath in the outdoor inhalatory before you swing on your bike and pedal. After leaving the houses of Bad Reichenhall behind you, you are going uphill. First past meadows, then through a quiet forest, where you are very close to nature. After you have reached the highest point of the stage at almost 700 meters, it goes slowly downhill again.Framed by majestic mountains, you can roll through the valley of the Bischofswiesener Aache on well-developed cycle paths. Along the way you will find small villages with inns and supermarkets and a campsite, so you can choose where and how you want to take a well-deserved break. But at the latest in the stage goal Bischofswiesen you can strengthen yourself with a hearty Bavarian court.
Today, the last stage of the leisurely drive from Lake Constance to the Königssee. From Bischofswiesen you cycle first on a flat, then downhill route to Berchtesgaden. On the way you have a great view of the Alps with the striking Watzmann. In Berchtesgaden you can treat yourself to a long break and have a drink in one of the many restaurants or cafes.Strengthened you then follow the Berchtesgadener Ache south and then the Königsseer Ache, which sometimes rushes along steep cliffs along the valley. Just before you reach the destination of the tour, take a break in the picturesque Schönau am Koenigssee. Spoil yourself here with a tasty piece of cake and a steaming cup of coffee, while enjoying the view of the Berchtesgaden Alps. The last few kilometers to the Königssee cycle then freshly strengthened almost by itself. Here at the destination of your bike tour, you can look back over the turquoise blue water of the lake surrounded by mountains, the varied tour again satisfied.