The River Rhine source is high in the mountains above Lake Constance or Bodensee as known locally. It then flows into the south bank of the lake. On the east of the Lake by Constance, the Rhine flows out and starts its journey north. This self-guided cycling holiday will follow the course of the river from Lake Constance and visits the great historic towns of Basel and Freiburg. You shall see fabulous landscapes of the foothills of the Black Forest region and Jura of Germany and the famous Rhine Falls.
You can continue through Freiburg to Strasbourg, cycling through the Alsace region.
Constance RH ABC-Hotel https://www.abc-hotel.de/
Schaffhausen Park Villa https://www.parkvilla.ch/
Waldshut-Tiengen Waldshuter Hof http://www.waldshuter-hof.de
Basel Rochat Basel https://www.hotelrochat.ch
Müllheim / Badenweiler RH Schacherer Müllheim https://www.hotel-schacherer.de
Freiburg City Hot el Freiburg https://cityhotel-freiburg.de
Breisach/Vogelgruen / Vogtsburg: Hotel Le Caballin Vogelgruen
Ettenheim: Hotel Rebstock Ettenheim
Offenburg: Hotel Liberty Offenburg
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
During the day arrive in the town of Constance located on Lake Bodensee. Why not explore the old town or visit the island of Mainau? Maybe you wish to sit on a bench overlooking the lake and watch the world go by pure delight!
Today you set out on your cycle from Constance and follow the river to the town of Stein am Rhein. Here you shall see lovely medieval houses, many are frescoed. After visiting or taking a coffee continue switching several times between Germany and Switzerland as you reach the canton‘s capital, Schaffhausen. The town, whose citizens competed, with each other in building gables on their houses. Schaffhausen is overlooked by Munot fort which was built in the 16th century.
After breakfast, you have a short cycle ride to reach the Rhine Falls, one of Europe‘s biggest waterfalls. Here it is well worth getting a boat right up close to the mighty roar of the water. To continue your tour you follow the Rhine all your way to Waldshut-Tiengen, passing the Rheinau monastery and the little town of Kaiserstuhl.
Today you cycle further downstream, via the towns of Laufenburg and Bad Säckingen, where you‘ll find Europe‘s longest wooden, roofed bridge. If you stop here there are two very special museums you can visit, The Müllmuseum (garbage museum) and a museum about a famous Trumpeter from Bad Säckingen. Now cycling on the northern bank of the Rhine, you cycle on to Rheinfelden. Here to shorten the route you can board a train for the final miles (not included). Should you decide to continue by bike, a visit to the Roman fort Augusta Raurica is worthwhile in your final section.
You leave Basel behind which is on the border to three countries, here you will see the Istein Klotz from afar, which used to be located right on the Rhine and has always been a site for castles and forts. At the edge of the Black Forest, you cycle through small spa towns, which all draw on the healing waters of the area for its tourists.
Today you will cycle through many vineyards of the Markgräflerland with the Black Forest on your right and to the left the Vosges Mountains. Freiburg is Germany‘s warmest and most southern city. You will find it has its own particular charm. If you visit the Schlossberg, you have a great view over the town and the surrounding area.
Depart after breakfast.
Day 7 Freiburg to Breisach / Vogelgrun / Vogtsburg 19-28 miles ,30-45km
Day 8 Breisach / Vogelgrun / Vogtsburg to Ettenheim 22-28 miles, 35-45km
Day 9 Ettmheim to Offenburg and return excursion to Strasbourg (overnight Offenburg) 22 miles 35km plus train ride.
Day 10 Departure after Breakfast.
By Plane to Zurich airport and then by train to Constance.
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