On the Donau-Bodensee Cycle Route (Donau-Lake Constance Cycle Route), you cycle through the heart of Upper Swabia in southern Germany from north to south. From the Danube River, you cycle through the picturesque Alpine foothills, passing colourful fields, fragrant meadows, lush pastures, small woodlands, and romantic villages. To conclude your adventure, fruit, and hop orchards flank the road as you arrive at Lake Constance, a beautiful stretch of water backdropped by the Alps.
The 97-mile (156-km) long Donau-Bodensee Cycle Route connects the popular Danube cycle path and the beautiful Lake Constance cycle path. Awarded three stars by the ADFC, the route can be completed in four stages. Your adventure begins in the city of Ulm which is convenient to reach with regional and long-distance trains. You can also easily take a train or boat home at the end of your journey in Kressbronn.
Cycling from the Danube to Lake Constance doesn’t just offer beautiful landscapes. You will also stop off at various highlights such as wild swimming lakes that are perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot day, spas with relaxing thermal baths, and impressive baroque buildings. You can also indulge in Swabian cuisine and hospitality at the various restaurants and inns en route.
The first stage of the Danube-Bodensee cycle path begins in Ulm at the main train station, which you can easily reach by long-distance and regional trains. Of course you can also travel via the Danube Cycle Path. You can find all stages of the Danube Cycle Path here: komoot.de/collection/359.Before you start cycling, it's worth a detour to Ulm Minster, which has the world's tallest church tower, and the romantic fishing district.Then you start the bike tour that leads you out of the city along the Danube. You follow the river bank to just behind Donaustetten and then cycle through colorful fields to Laupheim. Here you have completed about half of the stage and can take a well-deserved lunch break.With new strength you drive past the Laupheimer Badesee and then follow the Riß through the beautiful landscape to the stage destination Biberach an der Riß.
At the start of the second stage you leave Biberach to the southeast and cycle to Ummendorf, where you will find a great swimming lake and a romantic natural lake, both of which are ideal for a first break.Rested, you will then continue your journey, which will soon have a steep climb ready for you. Arrived on the hill, your efforts will be rewarded with a wonderful view. A rapid descent then takes you to Eberhardzell, where you have completed half of the stage and can stop off in peace.Through a wonderful forest and meadow landscape you cycle with new energy further south, where you finally reach the stage destination Bad Waldsee. Here you can end the day with a stroll through the pretty old town, which lies between two small lakes.
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Behind Bad Waldsee you dive directly into a lovely hilly landscape. You cycle past green meadows, lush pastures and colorful fields. On the way you can enjoy unique views of the beautiful landscape, which is adorned here and there by small villages.A climb through a shady forest finally takes you up to Wolfegg, where you can take a leisurely lunch break. Freshly strengthened, we continue through fragrant meadows and romantic forest to Kißlegg. Here you can admire impressive historical buildings while strolling.Afterwards you drive through the rural idyll of the Allgäu, which always enchants you with wonderful views and grazing cattle grazing happily on the roadside. A rapid descent takes you towards the valley of the Lower Argen towards the end of the stage. After a short, crisp ascent, you will reach the stage destination Wangen im Allgäu.
As on the previous day, you cycle through the beautiful, hilly landscape of the Allgäu at the beginning of the last stage of the Danube-Lake Constance cycle path. Your path is lined with wide meadows and lush pastures. Small pieces of forest provide refreshing variety on the way with shady trees.If you want to take a lunch break, you can stop off in Neukirch halfway or get supplies in the village shop. A short descent follows into the valley of the Argen. A counter climb takes you to the Degersee, where you can cool off in the lido.From here it is always slightly downhill. At Schleinsee you roll towards Lake Constance. You can see it from a distance. Through picturesque vineyards and past idyllic orchards you finally whiz down to Kressbronn, where the varied bike tour ends on the shores of Lake Constance.After reviewing the tour while looking over the large lake, you can start your journey home from Kressbronn by train or boat. If you want even more adventure, you can of course continue cycling on the Lake Constance cycle path. You can find all stages of the Lake Constance Cycle Path here: komoot.de/collection/41.