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Memories of Summers Past: My Bicycle Tour Around the Bodensee

This year, on August, I made a bicycle tour around Lake Constance, touching three nations (Austria, Switzerland, and Germany). On a very hot week, with temperatures that often exceeded 35 degrees, I really enjoyed the pleasure to swim in the lake and relax on lovely beaches.

This year I used a Smena 8M and a Superheadz White Slim Angel (a clone of the Vivitar UWS) to report my bicycle tour across Europe. The first day (Friday, Augst 17), I reached the train station of Chiasso from my city, Como, to take a train directly to Schaffhausen.

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Here I started my new adventure on my mountain bike. In the afternoon, I reached Dachsen and Neuhausen, to see the wonderful waterfall of the Rhein River.

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In the late afternoon, I rode towards the east to reach Stein am Rhein, a wonderful medieval town on the Rhein River (see photo below). I made 55km on the bicycle.

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On the second day (August 18), I traveled along the Swiss coast of the lake, taking many interesting photos. The first one was taken a few kilometres outside Stein am Rhein, where there is a nautical base dedicated to water ski amusement!

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At lunch time, I made a short break in Konstanz, the main German city on the lake. In the photo below you can see the beautiful flowers in the public park near the haven:

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A few kilometres, and I was in Kreuzlingen, where there is a band doing a performance:

In the afternoon I took a break on a free beach near Kesswil, where I did some relaxing yoga exercises.

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Followed by many funny dips into the lake, as these boys!

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In the evening I reached Rorschach, before searching for a hotel I visited the wonderful sand sculptures:

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Here I took some photos of a relaxing game on the grass (many thanks to the boys and girls for their permission!)

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That day, I made 73 km on my bicycle. The next day, I reached the Austrian border in the morning, and then I made a short stop in Bregenz at lunchtime. This was a very hot day!

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Because of the very high temperatures, I escaped from the city center to reach the relaxing beaches in Lochau, where I enjoyed the shadows of the trees and took a dip followed by a swim in the lake.

In the afternoon I reached Lindau, the German city situated on an isle in the lake, where I took some photos of its historical center:

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In the evening, before dinner, after 65km on my bicycle, I stopped in Langenargen, a quiet town on the German side of the Bodensee.

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The next day (August 20), I left Langenargen and went off to Friedrichshafen, the city known for its Zeppelin Museum. After some kilometers, outside the city I saw two airships in the sky!

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The bicycle path continues in the direction of Meerburg, along a coastline famous for its vineyards. Here I made a stop for a snack, then I continued slowly towards Überlingen. In the early afternoon, I stopped at Ober Uhldingen where I made a stop on a free beach during the hottest hours of the day.

After a one-hour break, I reached Slippingen. Here I abandoned the lake for a few kilometres, directed to Radolfzell, where I stopped at about 19:00pm. Today I made 73 km.

On August 21, I made the last part of the Bodensee tour. From Radolfzell, I reached the town of Wallihausen, and then I reached the wonderful Isle of Mainau.

At lunchtime, I passed Konstanz again and went to the UNESCO World heritage site of Reichenau (see photo below).

Here I took some photos of wonderful wild flowers! In the afternoon I cycled in direction of Allensbach where I made a break on the park

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Then I returned to Stein am Rhein, where I stayed for the night after having cycled for 90km. The next morning, I took a train directed to Schaffahusen:

After a short break to visit the city center I took another train to return home! Here you can see the waterfall (again) of the Rhein River in a photo taken while I was on the train!

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Here’s a tribute to the excellent Swiss trains, which offer great service for bicycle touring!

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Ride your bicycle and explore the world!

written by sirio174


  1. rbruce63


    Outstanding pictures and a lot of sun loving youth in your part of the world! Reminded me of my Swiss-European vacation down in 1989!

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  2. geegraphy


    Wow! I wish I could go and travel through Europe in my bike as well! All the sights to see, all the people to meet, and most importantly, all the food to eat! :)

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  3. doctorsavoy


    Bodensee is a true must for anyone in south Germany of north Switzerland. You awesome pictures stand as solid proof:)

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  4. artichekt


    Bel giro hai fatto!! Conosco tutti 'sti posti! ;-)

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