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Mike Wiederich

Trip Captain

Bike the Bodensee

Starts:
Ends:

24-27 May, 2019
Memorial Day Weekend

Trip Opens: 20 March, 2019
  Trip Closes: 15 May, 2019

TRIP COST
1/2Double:  320€  
Triple: 305€
Single:  385€

Highlights

  • Ride the shoreline of Europe’s favorite cycle path, Lake Constance
  • Easy going cycling through Austria, Germany and Switzerland
  • Visit the ‘Bavarian Riviera’
  • Medieval towns of MeersburgConstance, Überlingen & Lindau
  • Lakeside beaches & Alpine mountain views
  • Visit Europe’s largest waterfall, The Rhine Falls

Trip includes:

  • Daily bus transportation with daily bicycle and luggage transport
  • Hotel accommodations for 3 nights with 3 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Snacks and drinks on the bus
  • Bike Trailer for up to 40 bikes

TCs: Mike Wiederich / Maritza Taylor
Emails: mikewiederich@gmail.com or patchskiclub.bookingdirector@gmail.com

Nature of the Ride

The Bodensee, known in English as Lake Constance, is the third largest lake in Western Europe — after the IJsselmeer in the Netherlands, and Lake Lehmann in Switzerland (known in English as Lake Geneva). Whereas Lake Lehmann is ringed by highways and busy cities without many bike routes, the Bodensee is ideal for easy lake-view biking out of traffic’s way. The Bodensee is fed by, and drained by the Rhine River, which gathers it waters in the Swiss and Austrian Alps, and, after the lake, eventually dumps them into the North Sea. The falls of the Rhine river, the largest falls in Europe and a sort of mini-Niagra, lie only 20 miles west of lake.

The Bodensee (in German see means lake) touches three nations: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. On all shores, the German language is spoken, and lifestyles are similar. No border stations now exist between Germany and Austria, and the border controls of Switzerland are minimal: As a cyclist, you can pass many times in and out of Switzerland without being stopped.

Bike routes along the lake shore are always flat. They traverse a a few small slopes away from the lake .

The Bodensee Bicycle Circuit mostly follows paved bike paths without traffic. Occasionally it follows mainly-traffic-free minor roads, or packed dirt lanes. On a handful of occasions, it follows town streets.

Attractions

The lake itself is the major attraction of the circuit, with its vistas, occasional marinas, and charming lakeside towns. Of the towns, the most impressive are Lindau and Konstanz in Germany; Bregenz in Austria; and Stein-am-Rhein in Switzerland, On the Rhine extension, Schaffhausen Switzerland is clearly worth a visit. The Mainau gardens, occupying an island near Constanz, are filled with delightful plantings and hilltop vistas, and the falls of the Rhine, near Schaffhausen, are spectacular, and worth views from all angles. Between the towns and the sights, woods, farms, and pastureland provide welcome variety to the eye.

Day 1: Friday – Stuttgart to Meersburg

Travel Stuttgart to Meersburg. Small snacks and drinks served on bus.  Arrive at Hotel JUFA Hotel Meersburg , at around 17:30 hrs where we will be having our first dinner.

Overnight: Meersburg

Highlights

The attractive old lakeside town of Meersburg — a name that literally translates to “Castle on the Sea” — is home to not just one, but two, fine old castles. The Old Castle (Alte Burg), is a well-preserved medieval fortress, which can, in fact, trace its history all the way back to the 7th century.

Just a short stroll away is the New Castle (Neues Schloss), an attractive 18th-century edifice with Baroque flourishes that was completed in 1712 as a palace of the Prince Bishops. Now open to the public, the castle houses the Town Gallery (Städtische Galerie) and the Dornier Museum, both worth visiting for their impressive displays and exhibits related to local history and culture. Also worth a visit are the castle grounds, which include a lovely garden terrace boasting magnificent views over Lake Constance

After exploring these two lovely castles, be sure to spend time visiting some of the historic castle-inspired attractions in the old town. Highlights include the town square, or Schlossplatz, notable for its large old clock with an attractive face portraying Chronos, the God of Time; the pleasant Castle Chapel; two old town gates that have survived since medieval times; and a number of well-preserved half-timbered houses.

Day 2: Saturday – Meersburg to Lindau

From Meersburg, with it’s ancient Merovingian Castle, start pedaling onwards through the wine growing villages of Immenstaad and Hagnau and Zeppelin Museum of Firedrichshafen. Before arriving at the Island Port Lindau, the route leads through enticing beaches of the Bavarian Riviera. From Lindau, after putting away our bikes, we’ll travel to Sipplingen by PSC bus.

Long Route – Meersburg to Lindau – Cycle : 45 km.
Easy Route –  Meersburg to Friedrichshafen by bike –  20 km. Friedrichshafen to Lindau by PSC bus – 25 km.

Overnight: Sipplingen

Highlights

Friedrichshafen – Interested in how Count Zeppelin had his airship built? Curious to know about his greatest achievements – and how such terrible tragedies could have occurred? Discover the museum of technology and art. The Zeppelin Museum invites you to take a fresh look at these works of art. This approach is unlike any other in the world!

The highlight of the Lindau island is the glorious entrance to Lindau harbour. It features a statue of the Bavarian lion on one side, and the new lighthouse on the other, with glorious views of Lake Constance and the Alps in the background.

Day 3: Sunday – Sipplingen to Konstanz

Long Route – Sipplingen to Konstanz – 40 Km

Short Route – Sipplingen to Konstanz  via Uberlingen (ferry) – 25 KM

Overnight: Konstanz

Highlights

Welcome to the Stone Age! The lake dwellings of Unteruhldingen are one of the largest and oldest open-air Museums in Europe. From the museum’s villages, you enjoy a stunning view over the entire Überlinger See.

A highlight of any visit to Konstanz is exploring the town’s harbor. It’s here you’ll find the Kaufhaus dating from 1388, an old warehouse built specifically for trade with Italy. It’s often referred to as the Konzilsgebäude, having been the meeting place of the conclave of cardinals who elected Pope Martin V in 1417. The harbor entrance is marked by a fascinating statue called Imperia,which commemorates this famous event. Although only erected in 1993, this stunning nine-meter-high statue has become a well-known landmark in Konstanz.

The Flower Island Mainau can be explored on 45 hectare of impressive gardens. The second largest butterfly house in Germany invites everybody to its tropical world with numberless colourful butterflies and blossoms. Look around in one of the themed gardens including a Rhododendron Slope, Italian Rose Garden, Dahlia Garden and Hydrangea Path or the Herbaceous Garden.

Day 4: Monday – Konstanz to Rhine Falls (the largest waterfalls in Europe)

Cycling from the town of Constance through Rhine River fishing villages and over the Swiss border to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein worthy of a couple hours of exploration. From here, we continue towards Schaffhausen where you can take a boat trip to the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfalls in Europe, bridging Germany and Switzerland. From there back to Stuttgart.

Highlights

Rhine Falls: Every year, more than two million visitors make the pilgrimage to Schaffhausen to see the roaring waters of the Rhine. That is why Schaffhausen is sometimes called the “City of the Rhine Falls”.

The Rhinefalls are the highlight of this trip. These falls are Europe’s largest, 500 feet wide and 80 feet high. You will need to visit the falls themselves on foot, so we will leave our bikes at the PSC bus stop.

The falls may be seen from above and below, on both sides of the river, which you can cross by a long pedestrian bridge. The views from the castle, Schloss Laufen, both above and under the falls, are worth the small admission fee. You may wish to take the boat ride to the observation pinnacle amidst the falls. Several restaurants and snack bars are at the castle and on the lower riverbank. The 2 mile walk back to town along the Rhine’s north bank is very satisfying. (For more information, see the URL: http://www.rhinefalls.com)

Bus Itinerary

 Friday, 24 May

  • Departs Patch at 15:00
  • Arrives JUFA Hotel Meersburg, Vorburggasse 1-3, Meersburg, 88709

·  Saturday, 25 May

  • Bicyclists ride direction Landau Island.  
  • Bus departs Meersburg to Landau Island 12:00
  • Bus stops Friedrichshafen to drop/pickup bicyclists 12:30
  • Bus departs Friedrichshafen 14:30
  •  Bus arrives Landau Island 15:00
  •  Bus departs Landau Island 17:00 for HOTEL KRONE Seestrasse 54, D-78354 Sipplingen   

·  Sunday, 26 May:

  • Bicyclists ride direction Konstanz.
  • Bus depart Sipplingen NLT 14:00
  • Bus arrive at Hotel Graf Zeppelin, St. Stephansplatz 15, Konstanz, 78462around 15:00 hrs.

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Monday, 27 May

  •  Bicyclists ride direction Stein am Rheim
  • Bus arrives Stein am Rhein NLT 12:00 to drop and/or pick up bicyclists
  • Bus departs for Neuhausen am Rheinfall at 14:00
  • Depart for Stuttgart at 17:00
  • Estimate time of arrival in Stuttgart – 20:00 hrs

To Join the Trip:

Download a Trip Application (Top Right Corner) fill it up, sign it and email a copy to:patchskiclub.bookingdirector@gmail.com.

Make a Payment by Bank Transfer to the PSC Community Bank Account use the following:

Patch Ski Club
IBAN DE33501109000015502341
BIC MNBIDEF1XXX
Details: Bodensee & Last Name, First Name

Did you know…

  •  …that the entire length if Lake Constance is 273km?
  •  …that the water is drinking quality? Even Stuttgart is supplied with drinking water from the lake.
  •  …that the last time Lake Constance was completely frozen was in 1963?
  •  …that the lake reflects sunlight onto vineyards and orchards, favouring fruit and wine growing. One third of apples consumed in Germany come from the Lake Constance region.
  •  …that Lake Constance is the third largest lake in Central Europe?
  •  …that all three countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, have sovereign rights on the lake, because borders were never exactly regulated.