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Danube-Lake Constance Route

Long distance cycling · Oberschwaben–Allgäu
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This route leads from the world's highest church spire to the banks of Lake Constance, linking two well-known and popular routes: the Danube and the Lake Constance cycle trails. The Danube-Lake Constance route is awarded with 4 ADFC stars.
Distance 156 km
9:00 h
746 m
856 m
688 m
398 m

What's more, the Danube-Lake Constance Route is more than just a connection – it has many attractions of its own, quite apart from the beautiful scenery. It begins in Ulm, on the southern edge of the Swabian Alb, continues on through the hilly countryside of Upper Swabia and ends among the fruit plantations and hop fields in Kressbronn, on the banks of Lake Constance. A certain amount of muscle power is required, but there are lots of opportunities for relaxing en route: a wealth of lakes for bathing, health resorts and soothing thermal spas – Jordanbad in Biberach or the Waldsee-Therme, for example, are ideal. On the other hand, the route presents opportunities for longer breaks, as it takes cyclists through several towns on the Upper Swabian Baroque Route with their tourist attractions.

Author’s recommendation

The Danube-Lake Constance Route can be divided up into 4 stages of journey
Highest point
688 m
Lowest point
398 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Gasthof Grüner Baum
Hotel-Landgasthof Kreuz
Hotel Restaurant Grüner Baum & Altes Tor
Gästehaus Rössle
Adler Brauereigasthof
Hotel Alte Post***
Der BIO-Adler in Vogt

Tips and hints

for further information please contact Oberschwaben-Tourismus GmbH, Phone 07583 3310-60 or Mail


central station Ulm (477 m)
48.400001, 9.983465
48°24'00.0"N 9°59'00.5"E
32U 572792 5361227


Kressbronn at lake Constance, rail station

Turn-by-turn directions


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

You can get there by train or bus

Getting there

Using the motorway A8 or the main road B30

Please follow the information boards to the city centre / central statio


parking is available at central station


48.400001, 9.983465
48°24'00.0"N 9°59'00.5"E
32U 572792 5361227
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Get your free brochure "Cycling routes - Upper Swabia-Allgäu" just contact: Oberschwaben-Tourismus GmbH, Neues Kloster 1, 88427 Bad Schussenried, Phone: 07583 331060, Mail: 

Bikeline guide can be ordered from "Verlag Esterbauer GmbH" Hauptstraße 31, A-3751 Rodingerdorf, Phone: 0043 2983289820, Mail:


Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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156 km
9:00 h
746 m
856 m
Highest point
688 m
Lowest point
398 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Linear route


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Long distance cycling · Schwäbische Alb
Danube-Lake Constance Route - 1st leg
recommended route Difficulty Stage 1
Distance 47.3 km
Duration 3:16 h
Ascent 77 m
Descent 54 m

Cycle tour linking two fascinating cities.  Ulm and Biberach are today the keywords that will gladden the hearts of all those cyclists who are ...

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Long distance cycling · Oberschwaben–Allgäu
Danube-Lake Constance Route - 2nd leg
recommended route Difficulty Stage 2
Distance 31 km
Duration 2:13 h
Ascent 198 m
Descent 139 m

History comes alive.. At first it's hard to tear oneself away from Biberach – but it's worth it. Today we'll discover the beautiful natural ...

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Long distance cycling · Oberschwaben–Allgäu
Danube-Lake Constance Route - 3rd leg
recommended route Difficulty Stage 3
Distance 44.9 km
Duration 3:17 h
Ascent 303 m
Descent 338 m

Panoramic route with a wealth of culture.  Cycling through rural Upper Swabia is the perfect way to forget your cares. Quiet side roads take us ...

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Long distance cycling · Allgäu
Danube-Lake Constance Route - 4th leg
recommended route Difficulty Stage 4
Distance 32.6 km
Duration 2:29 h
Ascent 171 m
Descent 338 m

Exhilarating descent to Lake Constance. The final stage of the trip is dominated by the magnificent Alpine panorama. There are several more ...

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