The panoramic cycle circuit around Lake Lindau has more in store for you than the name promises. The circular route first takes you along the shore of Lake Constance, through the "Bavarian Riviera" and offers magnificent views over the lake and the lakeside landscape. Then it goes a little bit into the countryside, to higher vantage points. To be precise: you experience the six most beautiful viewpoints in the region. But it's not just the view across the lake and into the countryside as far as the Swiss and Austrian mountains that make this circular tour so appealing. You cycle past orchards, vineyards and through picturesque villages. Again and again, the tour offers romantic places and cosy inns and wine taverns.
The route partly follows the Lake Constance cycle path, with gentle gradients and very good, paved paths. You can also hire bikes suitable for people with limited mobility from the Lindau Cycle Island.
A cycling tour for families, explorers and nature lovers.
Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on the trains is limited and taking your own bike on the train cannot be guaranteed, depending on the capacity.
Start and end station
28 km / 3 Stunden
Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.
Tour starts on Hauptbahnhof Lindau
DB Bicycle Service Station Lindau-Insel
There are 279 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the station.
With the DB app Rad+, you can collect kilometres cycled in the participating cities and then exchange them for discounts or rewards at exclusive partners.
When leaving the Lindau island railway station, turn left. You will find the "Radinsel" after about 3 minutes behind the bus station, at the beginning of the Lake Constance cycle path. Here you can rent the right bike for your cycling tour. With a prior call or email enquiry, you can already order the right bike for you from the Radinsel.
RadInsel bicycle rental
At the "Radinsel" bicycle rental, Lindau residents and their guests will find bicycles for almost every need. Whether someone is going on a day trip, sightseeing tours, or simply looking for a way to get out and about even with mobility impairments - the RadInsel is sure to have the right thing for them. Bikes for all ages, including tandems and e-tricycles, can be rented here. Everything from 12 euros per day. Please ask for the current availability of the bikes and opening hours before you start your journey.
Men's or ladies' bike 12,- € / day
Youth bike 7,- € / day
Tandem 17,- € / day
You now ride, well equipped, always along the railway embankment in the direction of Wasserburg am Bodensee. During the tour, keep to the trail markings with the No. 1.
Once you reach the mainland, turn left over the tracks towards Bad Schachen. You will ride along the lakeside promenade, the Lotzbeckweg, and have a clear view of the powder tower on Lindau Island. You will pass a small rarity: one of the last wooden bathhouses on stilts, as there were many of them on Lake Constance a hundred years ago. The Aeschach baths are still in use today. Now you walk close to the shore to the first two viewpoints "Lotzbeckpark" and "Giebelbach".
The "Lotzbeckpark" vantage point, located directly on Lake Constance, offers a panoramic view, not only far across the water. If you look back at the shore from here, you get a good impression of the elegance of the "Bavarian Riviera". The shore region was already given this name at the end of the 19th century. At that time, the idyll of this landscape had long since been discovered by aristocrats, rich industrialists and wealthy merchants. They had villas built here by renowned architects and parks laid out by horticulturalists.
This was also the case for the royal Bavarian chamberlain Carl Ludwig Freiherr von Lotzbeck. He finally decided not only to spend his summers in Lindau, but to live here completely. His descendants continued to live here until the second half of the 20th century. Then part of the entire complex, including the villa, fell victim to modernisation plans. Today, the former park is home to a residential complex and a hotel. Old trees and paths still bear witness to the splendour of the former park.
Other villas that still exist include Villa Alwind, which once belonged to the König family of sugar manufacturers. Leopold König had already built in Bonn, today's Villa "Hammerschmidt".
If you want to know more: at the "Lotzbeckpark" lookout point, a display board provides information about the history of the "Bavarian Riviera".
From the Lotzbeckpark viewpoint, continue along the promenade and after just one minute you will reach the "Giebelbach" viewpoint.
Relax on the comfortable double loungers and let your eyes wander over the sparkling Lake Constance. At the end of Lindau Island, you can discover the centuries-old Powder Tower. It was built in 1508 as a defence tower. Its original tent roof was reduced in size during the Thirty Years' War to provide less attack surface. It helped to repel the siege by Swedish troops in 1646/47. After the Napoleonic Wars, the tower was converted into a powder tower. At the end of the 19th century, it became the summer residence of the mayor. Today, meetings and conferences of the public utility company are held behind the two-metre-thick walls.
As a tourist highlight, night watchman Fridolin tells old stories about the Powder Tower at this vantage point.
From Lindau's lakeside promenade, cycle towards Wasserburg. On your left you will see the Lindenhofpark. A visit to the villa in Lindenhofpark is highly recommended. This is where the foundation stone for the entire villa district was laid in 1842, when the Lindau merchant Friedrich Gruber had an Italian-style country house built and the park laid out. It is also a special place today, because in the east wing of the villa there is a peace museum where you can interactively explore the themes of peace and justice.
Passing the village of Reutenen, you approach Wasserburg. The view back falls on the charming peninsula with the church of St. Georg. The next destination is Nonnenhorn, reached via Wasserburger Straße. Before you reach the town centre, cycle towards the water again. Here you should look out for the signs to the Panorama-Radrunde. Your tour leads past the Alter Nonnenhorner Torkel, an old wine press, and also passes the municipal fish hatchery to the viewpoint "Im Paradies".
Viewpoint "Im Paradies" - Nonnenhorn
An idyllic spot situated directly on the water, with an unobstructed view of the Wasserburg peninsula, the Rhine valley and the mountains around Lake Constance - that is the "Im Paradies" lookout point in Nonnenhorn. Right next door is the state fish hatchery. This is where the fish stock in Lake Constance is maintained, because professional fishing is still widespread on Lake Constance.
Wasserburger Str. 2A
The idyllic wine village tempts you to linger and enjoy. Do you fancy some delicious Bodenseefelchen? Along the panoramic cycle route, numerous restaurants and "Rädlewirtschaften" invite you to feast and enjoy. Or take the opportunity to relax and recharge your batteries over an ice cream sundae. Finally, you will come across the St. Jakobus Chapel in the village of Nonnenhorn before crossing the railway tracks and heading towards Hege and Selmnau.
Once you arrive in Selmnau, you cycle up the field path to the "Antoniuskapelle" viewpoint.
Viewpoint "Antonius Chapel
The Antonius Chapel is located on a moraine hillside typical of Lake Constance. It was first mentioned in a document as a hermitage in 1492. Surrounded by fragrant orchards and vineyards, you can enjoy a unique view of the Lake Constance region from here. The panorama panel provides information on the Austrian and Swiss mountain peaks, the origins of Lake Constance and wine growing in this region. The climb to the "Bergle" is well worth it. The comfortable double wooden lounger at the vantage point invites you to relax in the impressive landscape.
Accompanied by orchards, the signposts lead you along well-maintained paths via Hengnau and Rickatshofen. You will reach Unterreitnau in a leisurely up and down. At the village church of St. Urban, turn right and you will reach the country road. Turn right here, cross under the main road after the Lourdes Chapel and turn sharp right immediately after the subway in the direction of Taubenberg. The road climbs into the village. Shortly before Bodolz, the signs lead to a hidden vantage point, the "Herrmannsberg".
It immediately hits your nose - the scent of the orchards around the Herrmannsberg with their juicy, red-cheeked apples. Fresh fruit from Lake Constance is known beyond the borders, and in Bodolz, too, numerous farmers tend their orchards every year. An apple press, as it was used in the past, and a board with information about the Lake Constance apple are waiting at Herrmannsberg. And if you want to see an apple princess, take a look at the video, which can be accessed via the QR code on the information board.
The onward journey crosses the railway line to Schönau. If you have now worked up an appetite for local apples, juices or wines, you can satisfy it in Schönau, for example. On the way to the last vantage point, you will pass the Haug winery and the Brög fruit farm.
The signs now lead you to the "Entenberg": Here you have to hitch up your bike and climb some stairs. But it is worth it! After you have climbed the numerous steps, an unobstructed view of the Lindau island opens up.
Numerous steps lead up to the "Entenberg" vantage point. But the effort is worth it, because once you reach the top, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view. Who can identify the mighty mountains with the four countries? An information board and a video will help! And if you just want to let your eyes wander over Lindau and Lake Constance, you can make yourself comfortable on one of the double loungers.
Tour ends on Hauptbahnhof Lindau
With lasting impressions in your luggage, you cycle on. Did all that good air and exercise make you hungry? Then we recommend the Rebstock Restaurant. (Kirchgasse 2, 88131 Lindau (Lake Constance), Tel. 08382 6710 ) From Haxen-Gröstl to Schnitzel or Krautkrapfen, served with homemade spaetzle or dumplings, you can choose from a variety of Bavarian meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
Follow the signs and finally cycle back over the bridge to the island of Lindau. If you still have time and leisure, a visit to the numerous historic buildings and the harbour on the island is worthwhile to round off your tour.