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From circus wagons to treehouses — unusual accommodation in Thurgau

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From circus wagons to treehouses — unusual accommodation in Thurgau

Bike Touring Collection by Thurgau Tourismus

12

Tours

39:18 h

369 mi

18,150 ft

Stretching from the foothills of the Alps to the southern shore of Lake Constance, Thurgau is a beautiful region in Switzerland. Here, fields of apple trees and orchards hug the road and wildflower meadows paint the landscape in pastel hues. By day, you cycle through the countryside overlooking the Alps. By night, you sleep in the most unusual accommodation you have ever slept in on a cycle tour.

In this Collection, we take you to 12 quirky overnight stays – from a circus wagon to a treehouse, a farm, a monastery, and a transparent bubble tent. Each of the accommodations is located on a cycling route so you can explore the Thurgau region, Lake Constance, and the foothills of the Alps on two wheels.

Both the accommodation and the cycling routes are perfect for a family holiday. On the Altnauer Apfelweg (Altnauer Apple Way), you can learn about fruit growing in the region and the Bluest Route will impress you with its fragrant fruit blossom. The Lake Constance Cycle Path takes you on a flat adventure around the edge of the lake. If you consider yourself a foodie, the East Switzerland Wine Route is for you. Finally, the Tour de Thurgau reveals the diverse landscapes of this stunning region.

Whether you want to cycle with the whole family, as a couple or alone, you will find idyllic rides, spectacular views, and unusual accommodation in Thurgau. Here, both the days and nights are unforgettable.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Easy
    00:32
    4.63 mi
    8.8 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The apple trail leads you around Altnau. You will learn exciting facts about fruit growing on 24 information boards. In addition to the countless apple trees, there is another highlight here: namely, one of the five locations of the Thurgau four-poster beds is located on the Feierlehof. It is a cozy bed in a transparent plastic bubble. If you sleep here, you are directly under the open sky. All information about the accommodation can be found at tportal.toubiz.de/ThurgauHimmelbett/ukv/house/TDS00020010683110091.

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  • Difficult
    02:54
    25.0 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,575 ft
    750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Eastern Switzerland Wine Route is equally suitable for connoisseurs and nature lovers - and this also applies to the tree house in Halden. In the pretty house with the small terrace and the huge panoramic windows you spend the night at lofty heights and enjoy a wonderful view of the Thurgau. This unique accommodation is located on the second stage of the wine route. You can find all information about the accommodation at baumhaus-thurgau.ch.

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    22.4 mi
    9.6 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Would you like to spend your night in a comfortable concrete tube with a double bed? Then go to the Hotel Wunderbar in Arbon. Here in the garden there are several spacious tubes for your overnight stay to choose from. The best way to reach the hotel is by bike on the Bluescht bike tour. You can find all information about the accommodation at hotel-wunderbar.ch/hotel.

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    21.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This accommodation is just perfect for the Bodensee Rhein family route: You and your loved ones spend the night in a romantic wooden circus wagon at the Wagenhausen campsite in Stein am Rhein. The second stage of the six-day family route ends in Stein am Rhein - but thanks to good connections to the public transport network, you can also only drive this stage without any problems. You can find all information about the accommodation at campingwagenhausen.ch/zirkuswagen.

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  • Difficult
    02:59
    29.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In keeping with the name of the tour, you will spend the night on the Council tour in the Carthusian monastery Ittigen - for example in a simple and at …

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  • Difficult
    05:17
    52.6 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,200 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The “Natural and cultural pearls on the Untersee” bike tour takes you to the bubble hotel at Arenenberg Castle - and thus to one of the five bubble hotels in …

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  • Difficult
    03:10
    26.0 mi
    8.2 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The unique Zinipi Lodge awaits you at the Hüttenberg campsite, not far from the Rhine. Traditional construction made from fragrant stone pine meets the most modern design. Simple cubic shapes, a huge panoramic window and a lush terrace make the small lodge a real dream house. The best way to reach the Zinipi lodges is on the “Garden Rendezvous Thurgauer Seenücken” bike tour. You can find all information about the accommodation at huettenberg.ch/index.php/de/campingplatz-vermietung/bungalow/zinipi-lodge.

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  • Difficult
    02:29
    24.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Seehorn campsite - located directly on the Velotour farm garden and on the shores of Lake Constance - has a particularly quaint accommodation for you: the PODhouse. The mixture of igloo and classic Swiss wooden construction is compact, elegant and very cozy and is also suitable for a long stay. And that's a good thing, because here you will hardly want to move out again. You can find all information about the accommodation at seehorn.ch/camping.

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  • Intermediate
    02:59
    30.7 mi
    10.3 mph
    850 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lake Constance Cycle Path takes you all around the Swabian Sea - what could be more obvious than spending the night in a listed fisherman's house? We have selected the section between Romanshorn and Stein am Rhein, at the starting point of which you can spend the night with Monika and Adrian Ammon in their cozy bed and breakfast, which they run in an ancient fisherman's house. You can find all information about the accommodation at fischerhaeuser.ch.

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  • Difficult
    04:35
    40.2 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,000 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Are you looking for a special bike tour off the beaten track? Do you want to cycle near Lake Constance, but don't feel like the hustle and bustle of Lake Constance? Then the Seerücken-Route is ideal for you - especially if you want to spend the night in a rustic hay hotel. You can find all information about the accommodation at hof-tschannen.ch.

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    24.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Spend the night like a castle owner - this is possible on the pleasure bike tour. It will take you past the Hagenwil moated castle, where you can spend the night in the romantic castle room. If you don't want to spend the night, the castle restaurant is also worth a stop. You can find all information about the accommodation at schloss-hagenwil.ch/angebote/arrangements.

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  • Difficult
    07:32
    68.5 mi
    9.1 mph
    3,900 ft
    3,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Tour de Thurgau shows you the most beautiful sides of the canton - and one of the most unusual accommodations at the destination of the route. The centuries-old monastery of the same name awaits you in Fischingen. Here you can sleep in style in a former monk's cell and practice contemplation. You can find all information about the accommodation at klosterfischingen.ch/Angebot/SEMINARHOTEL.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    369 mi
  • Duration
    39:18 h
  • Elevation
    18,150 ft

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