Looking for a real challenge? Walk across three different countries along the Lake Constance circular trail.
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The 270 km hiking route passes three national borders. For a complete tour by foot you definetely need to plan more days as on a bike tour. Skilled walkers should spend at least 8-10 days. Who, on the other hand, wants to visit the numberless attractions, have some rest along the lake shore or enjoy the spas and thermes, should remain at least two weeks.
Around the lake there are world-class museums, castle and gardens, funiculars and all sorts of lidos. Among them you can discover the real classics, such as the Flower Island Mainau or the Zeppelin Museum and the UNESCO World Heritage sites. We suggest taking enough time to enjoy them!
The hiking route goes all around Lake Constance. Although the path is not always directly on the coast the route often leads to particularly nice paths in the surrounded countryside or above the lake. The main path is continuous and indicated at the national borders. The signal is a white sign with an open black circle coloured in blue.
Around the Überlinger See
Constance – Bodman (26km)
Bodman – Uhldingen (25 km)
Around the Obersee
Uhldingen – Friedrichshafen (26 km)
Friedrichshafen – Lindau (25 km)
Lindau – Rheineck (33 km)
Rheineck – Romanshorn (27 km)
Romanshorn – Kreuzlingen (21 km)
Around the Untersee
Kreuzlingen – Steckborn (17 km)
Steckborn – Stein am Rhein (12 km)
Stein am Rhein – Radolfzell (25 km)
Raolfzell – Konstanz (28 km)
Shorten the route:
The 270 km route can of course be shortened at own discretion. The route section around the Überlinger See, for example, can be bypassed with the car ferry Constance – Meersburg. The route around the Untersee can also be bypassed at own discretion, by going from Kreuzlingen directly to Constance and continuing until Bodman-Ludwigshafen. Some single routes, during summer, can be bypassed by taking the Lake Constance boats and all year long by taking the car ferries, trains and busses. Basically it's also possible to make some day trips, coming back to the same place; Lake Constance boats and public transports can make this easier.
Sturdy shoes and enough time.
The Marienschlucht Gorge, between Bodman-Ludwigshafen and the district of Allensbach is closed until further notice due to landslide risk.