From circus wagons to treehouses — unusual accommodation in Thurgau

Bike Touring Collection by Thurgau Tourismus

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

    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.The little tour starts in Bahnhofstrasse. From here the route leads you past picturesque orchards up a small hill. Once at the top, you can take a break at a cozy resting place, from which you can see Altnau and Lake Constance.Then you cycle on to the Feierlenhof. Here you have the opportunity to make a short or long stop, because you can even spend the night in the courtyard, in one of the four-poster beds from Thurgau Tourismus. The four-poster beds are in transparent, furnished ball tents in the most beautiful places in Thurgau. You can find more information on this at tportal.toubiz.de/ThurgauAfter this unique experience, you cycle past countless apple trees above Altnau and then comfortably roll back towards Lake Constance, where you reach the starting point of your tour.

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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.The second stage of the Eastern Switzerland Wine Route begins in Weinfelden and leads you through the beautiful Thur meadows. Here you can make the detour to Halden, where you will find your accommodation in the tree house.Then you cycle to Bischofszell at the confluence of the Thur and Sitter. In the remarkable old town you can take a coffee break and make a detour to the old Thur bridge, which is also called the "crooked bridge".Now it's getting really hilly. Through the so-called Fürstenland you drive to Gossau, which is ideal for a lunch break. You will soon reach the Sitter again and cross it on an impressive railway viaduct.St. Gallen, the destination of the Eastern Switzerland Wine Route, is not far from there. It is worth connecting the bike here and exploring the old town with its many shops, cafes and lively streets. The Abbey District around the Gallus Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is particularly beautiful.In just under two hours you will be back in Schaffhausen by S-Bahn. If you turn the tour around, i.e. drive from St. Gallen to Schaffhausen, it will be a little easier, because it will save you a few meters in altitude.

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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.The "Bluescht" is the most beautiful season in Thurgau, because it is the time of the fruit tree blossom in spring. The Bluescht bike tour takes you from the “Swabian Sea” through the blossoms of Switzerland's largest fruit-growing canton.It starts in Romanshorn, which you can easily reach by train or ship. The first 20 kilometers are always slightly uphill through a beautiful orchard landscape.On your way you pass the chapel Ruggisberg, from which you can enjoy a great view. The route also passes several castles, for example the moated castle in Hagenwil or the Dottenwil castle. Here you have reached the highest point of your tour.From now on it only goes downhill until you reach Lake Constance in Arbon. Shortly before in Roggwil there is a tiny brewery with an idyllic garden restaurant, the Huus Braui.In Arbon, the beautiful old town is ideal for a short walk. Then follow the Lake Constance cycle path to your starting point in Romanshorn. Don't forget your bathing suit, because several bathing spots and beach baths invite you to cool off.

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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.The second stage of the family route starts in Kreuzlingen. You drive along the border to the German border town of Konstanz towards Untersee. It is part of Lake Constance and connected to the Obersee via the Seerhein.Along your route you will find many swimming opportunities on the lake. You always drive through small harbor towns that invite you to linger, such as Ermatingen or Mannenbach. From here you can take a boat trip to the vegetable island of Reichenau.From Mannenbach the route becomes a little more hilly. If the route becomes too strenuous for you, you have the option of covering part of the stage by boat. You can find the timetables here: urh.ch.Lake Constance is getting narrower and the bike path offers many beautiful views of the opposite bank. Stein am Rhein is where Lake Constance ends and merges into the Rhine. Your milestone is best known for the well-preserved medieval old town.If you don't want to spend the night at the end of the stage, you can take the S-Bahn from Stein am Rhein with a one-time change in Romanshorn to Arbon, the starting point of the first stage, in a good hour. You can find their course here: komoot.de/tour/58547659.

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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 the same time comfortable monks' cell. You can find all information about the accommodation at kartause.ch/de/ferien-im-baudenkmal.The round tour starts in Frauenfeld, the main town of Thurgau. Here you can make a detour to the castle, which towers high above the city, and get to know the old town on a leisurely stroll.Then you cycle to the Ittingen Charterhouse, where you can take a leisurely break. There is a restaurant here where you have the opportunity to fortify yourself for the onward journey. If you want to stay longer, you can spend the night in a former monastery, which is a unique experience.Then the tour continues through the Seebachtal, where you drive past the idyllic Hasenseen, the Nussbaumersee and the Hüttwilersee. Behind the town of Hüttwilen you can expect a steep ascent on the ridges. Once at the top, you can enjoy an impressive view of the Alpstein massif.In a rapid descent you race down to the town of Pfyn and cross the Thur. Through the flat river valley you cycle comfortably back to Frauenfeld, the starting point of your tour.

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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 Thurgau. There you will spend the night in a large plastic bubble directly under the open sky. You can find all information about the accommodation at tportal.toubiz.de/ThurgauHimmelbett/ukv/house/TDS00020010471383584.The varied round tour starts in Kreuzlingen. From here you drive a crisp climb up to the Brommer Weiher. In the beautiful nature reserve you can take a well-deserved break and enjoy the tranquility of nature.You cycle through quiet forests to the Napoleon Tower, from which you have an unforgettable view of Lake Constance and the Alps. Also on the journey over the ridges you will always enjoy wonderful views of the mountains and the lake.In a rapid descent you roll down into the Seebachtal. Here you will pass the Hasenseen and the Nussbaumersee, where you can take a break and refresh yourself in the clear water. Then you cycle around the Stammberg to Stein am Rhein.In Stein am Rhein you take the ferry towards Kreuzlingen, but you disembark in Mannenbach. From here you cycle to the Arenenberg. Once at the top you have a wonderful view and the opportunity to spend the night in the Thurgau bubble hotel.Afterwards you drive via Ermatingen and Gottlieben on the shores of Lake Constance back to Kreuzlingen, the starting point of the tour.

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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.The tour starts in Stein am Rhein. From here you cycle over the Rhine bridge and on to the monastery island of Werd. After the detour to the idyllic island, you follow the Lake Constance cycle path to Mammer. Here you drive a little further towards Steckborn to pay a visit to the private garden Kohler.Then a crisp ascent leads you up to the ridge, from which you can enjoy wonderful views over Lake Constance and the Alps. In a long descent you roll down again and soon reach the Ittingen Charterhouse with its magical rose gardens. If you want, you can also fortify yourself here in the restaurant.With new strength, you first cycle through the relatively flat Nussbaumer lake landscape and then pedal properly again to cross the forested Stammerberg. You roll back to Stein am Rhein via Kaltenbach.For your unique accommodation option, head to the nearby Hüttenberg campsite. You can find more information 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.The start of the round tour, on which you pass idyllic farm gardens, is in Romanshorn. From here you cycle comfortably along Lake Constance to Camping Seehorn, where you can take a first break or inspect your PODhouse.Then you turn your back on the shores of Lake Constance and drive to the first garden on the tour, the Ackermann farm garden.Passing picturesque orchards and with the best view to the Säntis, you cycle on to the Steinebrunn apple farm, where you can stock up on produce from the farm with home-made products.Across Amriswil and past vast fields, idyllic orchards and through quiet forests, you come to the Feierlenhof with its animal inhabitants who warmly welcome you.From here you roll downhill towards Lake Constance. On the way, you can pay a visit to the Müller Nature Garden in Güttingen before you drive back to Romanshorn on the shores of the lake.

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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.This section of the Lake Constance Cycle Path begins in Romanshorn. After an unforgettable overnight stay you cycle via the towns on the lake Uttwil and Kesswilbis to Altnau, where there is a pretty harbor and a beautiful lakeshore with cozy bathing spots.Then you continue to drive along the shore, enjoying wonderful views of the water. Via Kreuzlingen you get to the listed church of Gottlieben. From here you can look into the Wollmatinger Ried nature reserve, which is the most important nature reserve in Lake Constance. 230 species of birds live here, including the rare black-necked grebe.On the wonderful bike path, which often leads you directly along the water, you continue through the former fishing village of Ermatingen to Berlingen and over the picturesque Steckborn to Stein am Rhein, the destination of your tour.

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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.You start in Schaffhausen, the capital of the canton of the same name. If you follow the Rhine a few kilometers downstream, you will come to the famous Rhine Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Europe.The Seerücken route takes you briefly along the Rhine until you leave the river in Diessenhofen. From now on it gets hilly. In Nussbaumen you can make a small detour to the three lakes of the Seebachtal. Here you have the opportunity to jump into the water or have a picnic on the shore.There are some climbs over the next few kilometers. You will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Alps and wide valleys. And while we're at the view: the 40 meter high Napoleon Tower is in Hohenrain. 208 steps take you to the viewing platform.Passing the idyllic Bommer pond you reach Siegershausen after 56 kilometers. From here it is not far to the Tschannen farm, where you can spend the night in a very special atmosphere in a straw bed.

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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.The pleasure bike tour starts at the Romanshorner train station, which you can easily reach by train. You always drive uphill on small streets through a beautiful meadow landscape full of fruit trees.Countless courtyards are on your way. One of them is the organic farm Mausacker, which is surrounded by ancient apple trees. It is one of many farms where you can taste various Thurgau apple specialties such as the dried apple ringli or shop for your provisions or a picnic.It continues hilly to the Hagenwil moated castle, where the lord of the castle spoils you with Thurgau specialties in his restaurant.On the way to Lake Constance you drive a bit on the Altnauer Apfelweg, where you can learn a lot of exciting things about fruit growing on information boards.Shortly after Altnau you reach Lake Constance again. You follow the Lake Constance Cycle Path for twelve kilometers until you have returned to Romanshorn. There are lots of nice swimming spots along the way, so don't forget to pack your swimming gear.

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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.It starts in the picturesque Weinfelden. From here you drive past extensive orchards and colorful fields up to the ridges. Once you have reached the top, you can enjoy wonderful views of the wide expanse of Lake Constance and the Alps.After a rapid descent you reach Kreuzlingen and then cycle comfortably along the shores of Lake Constance to Stein am Rhein. You cross the Rhine Bridge and cycle along the Rhine to Germany.After a short detour through the neighboring country, you have Swiss soil under your wheels on the other side of the Rhine in Diessenhofen and drive past the Stammerberg into the Seebachtal. Here you pass the idyllic lakes Nussbaumersee, Hasensee and Hüttwilersee.You roll down into the valley of the Thur, where you cross the river to get to Frauenfeld, the main town of the Thurgau. From here you work your way up several crisp climbs through beautiful countryside to Fischingen, where you reach the destination of the tour at the monastery and can spend the night in a unique atmosphere.

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Collection Stats

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

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